Brits take £700 of gadgets on trips
Holidaying Britons are packing more valuables in their luggage, according to a survey.
The value of the items people cram into their cases is now more than £2,500 - far in excess of the cost of most holidays, the poll by LV travel insurance found.
The value of goods in suitcases and hand luggage has risen 67% over the past five years, with children as young as three taking items worth hundreds of pounds away with them.
Based on responses from 2,004 adults, the survey showed that on average, Britons will take £700 worth of electronics (including cameras, ipads, phones and laptops), around £400 in clothes and shoes, £350 of accessories such as jewellery and close to £100 worth of toiletries on their trips abroad.
As many as 15% also pack at least £500 worth of cash in their case before it goes in the aircraft hold.
Children as young as three are taking items such as gadgets (£151) and clothes (£149), worth nearly £550 on average.
The poll found that 18% fail to use all the stuff they pack, while 17% have had to fork out for excess baggage charges on arrival at the airport.
These charges have totalled £412 million over the past five years - around £84 each.
Gadgets, sunglasses and jewellery were the items stolen the most from holidaymakers.
LV travel insurance managing director Selwyn Fernandes said: "The plethora of gadgets now being taken abroad has pushed the value of luggage to more than the holiday itself."