According to Expedia.co.uk Brits are overindulging when it comes to packing, costing them up to £270million in additional baggage charges in summer alone.The company's findings revealed that one in six have admitted to paying excess baggage charges for their bulging suitcases, while one in ten paid an average of £50 in excess baggage in the last 12 months.
Meanwhile, it's not only how much to pack that Brits are struggling with, but also what they are allowed to pack. Some 72% of Brits have had items confiscated at the security check with cosmetics (19%) and food (12%) among the top two. Meanwhile, nearly a third (58%) of Brits consider a city break the hardest holiday to pack for, with the broad range of activities from site-seeing to shows and dinners leave Brits panic-packing outfits for every eventuality. Three quarters of those asked (73%) admitted to not using everything they packed. The survey found that the Top 10 items that people cannot live without were: a camera, books, sun cream, sunglasses, guide book, mobile phone, travel adaptor, shoes, iPod and bikini.
The company's Giovanna Picciano said: “Our data shows that city breaks are the most common type of break for autumn travellers, and with more people travelling this autumn it seems we may need some guidance on how to pack more efficiently so we’re launching a packing challenge to find Britain’s best packers."
The online game, 'Case Closed', which launches on October 1 at game.expedia.com will challenge participants to pit their packing skills against other players through a viral game and also against their friends through a Facebook application to find champion packers.