Has your holiday ever been affected by a forgotten item? Well it turns out that most Brits do too, as a new survey has discovered that UK Holidaymakers spend an outrageous £144 million a year on forgotten holiday items.

Clothing (20%), glasses and sunglasses (15%), phone chargers (13%) and toothbrushes (12%) were found to be the most commonly forgotten items by Brits, with just over half of the nation’s households (53%) admitting to leaving behind a major item whilst they’ve headed away on their holidays.

FlightDelays.co.uk, a UK based flight delay compensation firm, conducted the study of 2,000 Brits, which also revealed that over a whopping 80% of holidaymakers have had to buy a replacement for something they’ve lost, costing Brits on average £27.35.

A tenth of the traveller’s surveyed admitted to previously leaving behind important prescriptions and contraception’s, however others revealed that their worries lay elsewhere, with forgetting to lock doors and leaving on electrical items preoccupying the minds of two thirds of Brits during their travels.

Despite forking out an astonishing amount on forgotten items each year, holidaying is still as popular to Brits, with the average holidaymaker going on holiday twice a year, with the average trip costing £826, not forgetting the hefty £408 of spending money too.

Brits love of holidaying has been backed up by the Office of National Statistics as they revealed that 12 million visits abroad were made by those living in the UK in 2016.

A representative from the flight compensation experts Flightdelays.co.uk, Steve Phillips, said about the study: “Booking a holiday abroad can cost a heck of a lot, especially when you consider flights, hotels, insurance and entertainment for the kids.

“But imagine adding more money to that cost to replace items you’ve actually already got – how annoying!

“Although we can’t help you replace your forgotten holiday items, if your flight was delayed or cancelled, you could be entitled to compensation if your flight arrived or departed from an EU-based airport in the last six years.”

Top 10 most commonly forgotten items;

Item of clothing                                19%

Glasses / Sunglasses                       15%

Phone charger                                   13%

Toothbrush                                        12%

First aid items or medication       11%

Sun tan lotion                                    10%

Toiletries                                             10%

Female sanitary items                    8%

Food / Snacks                                    6%

Swimwear                                           5%


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