Londoners 'are worst at packing'
Published 24/10/2010 | 08:44
Londoners are the least organised holiday packers, according to a survey.
Those in the capital tend to leave packing to the last minute, the poll by www.travelsupermarket.com found.
Also, more than two in five London travellers have to buy something on holiday as they forgot to pack it.
As many as 67% of Londoners begin packing two days or less before departure, while those in the east of England were second only to travellers in the capital for being disorganised packers.
The best packers appear to be those in the north-east of England, with only 35% of them having to buy "forgotten" items overseas and only 42% - easily the lowest figure nationally - leaving packing to the last two days.
On average, 39% of holidaymakers in England, Scotland and Wales forget items when packing and 60% start loading up their cases two days or less before departure.
The most-forgotten item is suncream, followed by a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and sunglasses.
Travelsupermarket travel expert Bob Atkinson said: "It seems that Britain is a nation of preoccupied packers - leaving things until the last minute and forgetting the basics."
A total of 2,011 adults were surveyed.