Revealed: The items the Welsh can’t go on holiday without

It seems that we Welsh are very particular when it comes to going on holiday – here’s just some of the things we insist on including in our suitcases:

Here’s the ‘must-take’ items popular in Wales:

  Holiday essential Welsh holidaymakers
1 Electronic Devices (mobile phone / ipad, etc.) 77%
2 Headache tablets 65%
3 Diarrhoea tablets 39%
4 Curling tongs / straighteners 18%
5 Toilet roll 9%
6 Condoms / contraception 7%
7 Religious texts 5%
8 Photographs of family / children 3%
8 Photographs of pet 3%


However, a leading travel insurance provider says the 77% of Welsh holidaymakers who insist on taking devices could find themselves without adequate cover should those devices be lost or stolen.

Chris Rolland, AllClear CEO says travel insurance policies usually have a limit on the number and value of gadgets that can be claimed within baggage cover:

“Many people may well be going over this limit and might want to consider additional gadget cover.”

Within the survey, respondents put forward ‘other’ items also important to them for a happy holiday and supporting the tea-obsessed stereotype, teabags came up regularly. Other essentials taken on holiday were surprisingly celery, masking tape and “husband”.

Toilet paper features at number five in the table with 9% of the Welsh considering it a holiday essential – three times as essential as family photos (3%), considered equally as important as pet pictures. Unsurprisingly, parents (8%) tend to take toilet roll on holiday more than non-parents (6%), but oddly this spikes significantly for parents of children aged between 17 and 18 years with more than one in six (17%) considering it a holiday essential.

Cautious practicality wins out with headache and diarrhoea tablets taking the second and third spots for Welsh holiday essentials, at 65% and 39% respectively.

Chris concludes that with so many Brits off on their holidays this summer, his advice as always is to ensure you have full comprehensive travel insurance in place:

“Baggage and gadget cover is certainly useful when something goes wrong, but the more common and bigger claims arise from cancellation and medical bills abroad. The latter can reach hundreds of thousands of pounds and so it is essential to be properly covered this summer.”


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