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Valuable items 'should be stored in hand-luggage'

26 January 2009 10:46

Valuable items 'should be stored in hand-luggage'

Experts are warning people who are planning to travel to places such as Asia and the Middle East to pick up cheap electronics goods to store their purchases in their hand luggage.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), there has recently been a marked increase in the number of Brits heading abroad on shopping excursions.

"The Middle East, places like Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, they are good for electrical goods, as well as the States," Frances Tuke of the Abta said.

She added: "In terms of insurance we would say not to put anything of high value into your checked-in luggage.

"It's important that you take that in your hand luggage really because it's not necessarily safely insured in your checked-in luggage."

A recent study by supermarket giant Sainsbury's revealed that 4.2 million did not bother to take out any travel insurance the last time they went abroad.