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Travelling with the creature comforts of home

Travelling with the creature comforts of home

Category: Travel insurance

Updated: 26/10/2016
First Published: 26/10/2016

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We all love the creature comforts of home, but it seems that some people love them so much they make sure to bring as much of their home life with them as possible when heading abroad.

Everything but the kitchen sink

Research from Saga has found that the over-50s in particular love to pack a piece of home in their suitcase – they may be intrepid travellers who don't mind splashing out, but they still enjoy their home comforts. For example, the survey found that one in three take teabags on holiday with them – highlighting the devotion to the true British cuppa – and one in five even pack travel appliances, such as a travel kettle, to ensure they don't have to go without.

More than a quarter also fill their suitcases with their favourite treats, such as cereal and chocolate, and 3% even take a jar of marmite with them for a taste of home away from home. Other must-pack items include photos of their family (6%) and even their pets (2%), and some even take their own pillow with them to ensure a good night's sleep.

However, it seems that all this focus on creature comforts means many forget to pack the holiday essentials, such as travel adaptors (13%), phone chargers (9%) and sun cream (6%). One essential that should never be missed off the list is travel insurance, and luckily, many over-50s appear to be on the ball when it comes to this must-have item.

Don't forget the basics

The question is, are you equally as prepared? While it can often be nice to bring a bit of home life with you on holiday, the essentials are arguably even more important. Travel insurance is an absolute must and should be at the top of any packing list – particularly if you'll be indulging in winter sporting activities while you're away – alongside things like arranging airport parking and getting the best exchange rate.

Make sure to have the basics covered before you jet off, and even if you forget the kitchen sink, you can be confident that everything else will fall into place.

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