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Delving into Britain’s suitcases

22nd August 2013 Print

Monarch has been taking a closer look into holidaymakers’ suitcases to find out what essential items its customers can’t leave at home when jetting off on their holidays.   And the results proved very interesting.

In a recent survey by the airline, more than 1360 people answered the question: ‘What is the one thing you can’t live without and always take with you on holiday?’ The responses revealed that more than 12% cannot leave home without their favourite piece of electronic equipment, including phones, tablet computers and music players. More than 8% always have a book or an e-reader with them and the same percentage have to take tea bags to ensure they can enjoy a ‘proper cup of tea’. Whilst some were concerned about what they are drinking, the same percentage were thinking more of the way they look, with another 8% making sure they packed a hair dryer or hair straighteners.

For some, essentials included mayonnaise, mint sauce, slippers and toilet paper, whilst a few were a little more romantic with 4% saying they couldn’t leave home without their partner!

When asked ‘What is the most unusual thing you packed for your last holiday?’ the responses were a little more diverse with various food stuffs featuring widely including:

14 packets of instant noodles
24 curry pot noodles
Mustard powder
2kg jelly babies
Dog food
Corned beef
Custard powder
Baked beans and tomato soup

And not forgetting Marmite which 2% of respondents had in their suitcases. Non-food items were a little unusual too with 1% packing a hot water bottle and others taking a bath plug, a shower attachment, a long handled shoe horn and an extension lead.

There’s still time to pack your suitcase with your favourite items this summer and grab some summer sun abroad with some great deals on offer from Monarch. Visit for a range of great value flights, holidays, accommodation options and more.