Everything and Anything! 8 in 10 Brits Overpack Their Luggage

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UK air traffic is set to remain sky high as holiday-makers seek October half-term breaks and winter sun, new research into packing habits has revealed that Brits routinely overpack their luggage – wasting a great deal of money on unnecessary excess charges.

When surveyed, over eight out of 10 were found to pack items in their hold luggage that they didn’t end up using while away on holiday. This then resulted in a waste of money as four in 10 Brits reportedly paid excess baggage charges instead of packing more efficiently.

The study, conducted by discount voucher website MyVoucherCodes, found that the following items are most commonly unused when packed:

Excess toiletries (36%)

Books (27%)

Board and card games (21%)

After sun (20%)

Extra shoes and trainers (18%)

Waterproof coat (18%)


The typical British over-packer is most likely to waste valuable space by folding all their clothes (69%) as opposed to rolling when necessary. They’re also likely to forget to check the facilities at their destination or to check the weather, leading to unnecessary items being packed and going over the weight limit.

When it comes to packing styles of the sexes, men are firmly “Team Fold” (71%) whereas more women roll their clothes compared to men (34%). Men also prefer to pack the night prior a flight, compared to women who like to get organised by writing a list (43%) and packing a few days before.

Brits are rather resourceful however and work to get around excess charges where possible. 15% admitted they had tried to WEAR as many items as possible from their hold luggage, 6% have thrown items of clothing away and 5% asked a family member to come to the airport with them so they could take any excess items home.

Compact Luggage

Chris Reilly, Managing Director of MyVoucherCodes commented: “Holiday goers should check their luggage allowance before packing so there are no nasty surprises at the airport. The average hold luggage is 20kg but there are airlines such as Jet2 which offer a generous 22kg – so shoe lovers might be able to pack that extra pair after all.”

The Art of Packing – Top Tips

Tip 1- Write a quick list before packing

Over 80% of British holidaymakers admit they pack too many items for holiday. Only bring the essentials and save money on excess baggage charges by taking a few minutes to write a good old-fashioned list.

Tip 2- Roll your clothes tightly

Having a suitcase full of creased clothes won’t do any favours for the Instagram posts. Look your freshly-ironed best and also save space by tightly rolling your clothes not folding them.

Tip 3- Pack a canvas bag

It may not be your first thought when packing, but canvas bags make for excellent spare hand luggage capable of carrying shopping, beachwear or even storing dirty laundry.

Tip 4- Do a Joey and wear your bulky items

Even if you check the weather in advance, we feel better packing a jumper or waterproof coat just in case. These items take up way too much room, so if they are essential be like Joey Tribbiani in FRIENDS and wear what you can on the plane.

Aircraft Baggage Trolley

Tip 5- Wrap your toiletries in cling film

You may think this is a waste of valuable packing time, but consider the time needed to clean clothes covered in erupted shampoo and sun cream. Plus, you’ll be left having to spend money replacing items you need.

Tip 6- Leave no space un-filled

Step one is stuffing your shoes with socks to make the most of that empty space. Little known step two is to go further and stuff your socks with fragile items like glass perfume bottles. The result? A Russian doll of packing efficiency.

Tip 7- Bonus luggage allowance

When picking an airline, the majority of us pick the cheapest and most convenient. Yet always factor in baggage allowance to see who offers the most space. Beating the usual 20kg or under, Jet2 allows up to 22kg and the peace of mind that comes with it.

For more information, please visit: www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/jet2holidays

Written in partnership with About MyVoucherCodes, the UK’s leading discount voucher website

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