Women 'pack too much for holidays'

04 December 2012 12:21

Many women pack so much for a holiday that they fill their own case and their partners' as well, research has shown

Many women pack so much for a holiday that they fill their own case and their partners' as well, research has shown

Most women pack too much in their suitcases, with some also using their partner's case to take even more stuff with them, a survey from travel agent sunshine.co.uk has shown. Researchers quizzed 2,317 women in relationships who had travelled with their partner in the last year. They discovered that 78% filled a case to the maximum weight, with a large majority (84%) admitting they had taken away more than they needed.

Results also showed that 67% of those quizzed used their partner's case to take even more items. Cameras, hairdryers and other electrical items were among those most commonly used to clog up their partners' cases. Toiletries were also highlighted as a favourite overflow item, with some suggesting they split essentials like this over both cases to safeguard against one bit of luggage being lost, which can be annoying for anyone even if it is covered by their travel insurance.

Sunshine.co.uk co-founder Chris Clarkson said: "I think it's well known that women in general pack a lot more into their holiday suitcases than men. I think it's down to the just-in-case mentality that many of us have, like packing for all weather conditions, occasions and eventualities. To see that many women fill their own cases and then around a third of their partner's was surprising though; most airlines give quite a generous 20kg allowance for checked-in bags and it's tough to fill that for just a week or two."

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