A new survey by eShores, a luxury travel company in the UK, has found that 80% of people lose, forget or have their items stolen when on holiday.
Of the items that went missing, only 40% were ever returned, and people appeared to lose a range of different things while on holiday, the most common being:
The survey found that on average, holidaymakers lost an average of £176 worth of personal belongings – this adds up to a whopping £1,760 over 10 years, which is easily enough to buy another holiday or two.
While travel insurance is always highly recommended when travelling for just for illness, cancellations or lost items, it seems that holidaymakers don’t always use it – 54% of those surveyed said that while they had purchased travel insurance before their holiday, they didn’t actually claim upon discovering that their items were missing.
Gavin Lapidus, Director at eShores, says:
“It’s amazing to see how many people lose, forget or have personal items stolen when they go on holiday – usually, you worry about buying too many new things on holiday and not managing to fit them in your suitcase.
“It’s never nice to lose sentimental items or personal belongings that are worth a fair bit of money, and that’s one of the main reasons to have travel insurance, so it’s interesting to see so many people don’t use it to claim. Hopefully, our tips can help holidaymakers keep their valuables safe when they travel this summer.”
- Keep your small valuables close to you – the best way to do this is to use a money belt. They can be worn underneath clothing and will keep your money, cards, jewellery and other small valuables as close to you as possible at all times.
- Use the safe in your hotel – the majority of hotel rooms will have some form of locker or safe, and these are perfect for protecting larger items such as passports, mobile phones, cameras, and wallets. They are easy to use, just make sure you lock the safe using a code you can remember.
- Use safety straps to avoid dropping things – often items such as phones, cameras, and sunglasses get lost when they are dropped without the owner realising. Using a strap around your wrist for your camera and a lanyard or neck cord for your sunglasses should ensure your belongings never go far, even if you do drop them.
- Label some of your belongings – if you lose something, how is anyone going to get it back to you if they don’t know who or where you are? Label your luggage and larger electrical devices like cameras and laptops, and make sure you are traceable should someone find your mobile or bank cards.
- Do a thorough final check before you leave – especially if you are on a multi centre holiday and staying in a few different hotels. It’s so easy to leave something plugged into the wall or tucked inside a drawer, so before you leave your accommodation to come home, make sure you do a final sweep of your room and check you haven’t left anything behind.