Over-50s pack a piece of home when they holiday


A survey of more than 8,000 over-50s has revealed most pack some home comforts when they go away.


Trip Planner reports that over-50s pack a piece of home in their suitcase when they go away, according to a survey of more than 8,000 people.

A poll of almost 8,000 over 50s shows that one in three can’t go without a cup of tea as they take tea bags on holiday with them; one in five say they pack travel appliances, such as a travel kettle, so they can make a cup of tea while they’re away.

More than a quarter of over 50s also fill their suitcases with their favourite treats, such as cereal and chocolate. Some of these people also say they take a jar of marmite (three per cent) on holiday with them so they can enjoy a taste of home while they’re away. However, it’s not just food and drink that over 50s pack in their suitcase. Around six per cent of people travel with photos of their family, two per cent take a picture of their pet with them, and some over 50s even take their own pillow with them.

It seems that while focusing on packing home comforts, the over 50s also overlook some holiday essentials. The most common items people forget are travel adaptors (13 per cent), phone chargers (nine per cent) and sun cream (six per cent).

Saga, a company that serves the needs of the 0ver 50s, recently launched a trip planner website to help people prepare for their holiday, complete with ready-made packing lists so people don’t forget things like their sun cream or adaptors and buy their travel insurance and airport parking. The over 50s can also input their travel details and check the status of their flight, baggage allowance and what the weather will be like so they know what clothes to pack.

Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services, said: “Everyone looks forward to their holiday but there are lots of things you need to take care of before you go away such as buying your travel insurance and booking your airport parking.

(Article source: Trip Planner)

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