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Brits pack more than £2,500 of possessions into their suitcases when they go away, usually much more than the cost of their holidays, a new survey suggests. LV= travel insurance polled 2,004 adults and found that travellers typically take £700-worth of electronic gadgets such as digital cameras, tablets, smartphones and laptop computers away with them, £400 of clothing and shoes and £350 and £100 in accessories and toiletries respectively.

The research discovered that the value of items packed in luggage has risen by more than two-thirds in just five years and even children, some as young as three, take hundreds of pounds worth of goods with them. On average they take around £550 worth of stuff, including £151 in gadgets and £149 worth of clothes. It seems many are not being careful with their money, as 15% of respondents said they had at least £500 in cash in their suitcases. Others are being wasteful, with 18% saying they don't use everything they pack and 17% having so much luggage that they are forced to pay excess baggage charges while checking in at the airport. On average the charges amount to £84 each and a total in the region of £412 million in the last five years.

With all these possessions, some are inevitably going to end up lost or stolen. Electronic gadgets, sunglasses and items of jewellery are among items commonly stolen from holidaymakers. The value of items people take with them often adds up to more than the actual cost of their holiday, according to LV= travel insurance managing director Selwyn Fernandes.

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