The British tea bag is the most well-travelled food item ever, according to a survey from The Co-operative Travel, with a third of holidaymakers claiming they can’t be without their favourite, quintessential brew while they are abroad on holiday, while one in ten charitable Brits forgo space for themselves to pack gifts to give to local people overseas.

Despite the rise of the all-inclusive holiday, the cherished tea bag has remained firmly on UK holidaymakers’ must-pack list, whereas tea-making travel items like the travel kettle, which had its heyday in the 80s and 90s, have now officially fallen out of favour – being replaced by gadgets including hair straighteners, Kindles, iPads and other mobile devices.

According to the poll which surveyed 2,000 people, only towels have survived as a holiday item deemed essential enough to rival today’s electrical gadgets and the all-important travel adaptor for space inside the suitcase.

Joanna Wild, the company's retail director, said: "The psychology of the suitcase is an interesting concept and reveals a lot about us as individuals and as a nation. It’s not just what we pack, it’s how we pack too. Brits seem to have strict rules for folding or rolling, layering and ordering items inside their case. Packing differs by country too with the suitcase of a Belgian or German tourist being arranged differently to a British holidaymaker, so it seems the art of packing reveals a true piece of our national psyche.”

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