One in ten Brits take teabags on holiday, survey finds

Women start packing an average of six days in advance of a trip, compared with four days for men. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Women start packing an average of six days in advance of a trip, compared with four days for men. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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The average Briton heading off on a week’s holiday has six pairs of socks, seven T-shirts, four pairs of shorts, two pairs of sandals, two towels and eight pairs of underpants stuffed in their suitcase, a survey has found.

They also typically pack two swimsuits, two bottles of sun cream, two pairs of trainers or shoes, one jumper, a pair of sunglasses and a hat, according to a poll for Nationwide FlexPlus.

Many also like to have their home comforts on their trip, with around one in ten taking teabags with them.

On average, holidaymakers spend £40 a day while away and nearly three in ten say they don’t worry over the amount of cash they are forking out while away.

The research also found Britons spend around £140 before even boarding the plane – splashing out around £100 on holiday clothes and toiletries, and £40 at the airport.

Those surveyed said they spend around 10 per cent of their salary on holidays.

City breaks and beach hotel holidays are the most popular.

More than a third said their preferred trip would be an all-inclusive package holiday deal, while 19 per cent like adventure holidays, 16 per cent prefer cruises and 13 per cent are fans of caravanning or camping.

As well as their main annual getaway, short trips to recuperate from the daily grind were also found to be popular, with Britons taking four short breaks of less than three days away per year on average.

When it comes to planning their packing for their trip, women start around six days in advance on average, while men start four days beforehand, the research suggests.

Around two-thirds of people said they had been on a ­multi-generation family holiday, taking children, grandparents, aunts and uncles abroad.

Dan King, Nationwide’s head of FlexPlus, said: “The classic British summer holiday has been the staple diet for well over a century and continues to be extremely popular.

“It’s important that we jump off the hamster wheel to enjoy one or two weeks each year where we can relax.”

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