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Top 10 items left in hotel rooms by travellers

From phone chargers to toiletries, forgetful travellers leave thousands of items behind in Australian hotel rooms each year.

When you check out of a hotel, it’s amazing how easy it can be to forget something important and leave it behind. If you’ve got a plane to catch and a new destination awaiting your arrival, gathering up all your belongings and stuffing them into your suitcase is often a rushed job left until the last minute.

Unfortunately, leaving one or more personal items behind in a hotel room is a common problem among travellers, and one that can quickly ruin a memorable holiday. Let’s take a look at the most common items left behind in Australian hotel rooms and what you can do to stop your forgetfulness spoiling your trip.

The Top 10 Most Forgotten Items

Research compiled by from hotel lost and found data and an analysis of social sharing sites and forums has revealed that there are thousands of items left behind in Australian hotel rooms by forgetful travellers each year.

The top 10 things left in hotel rooms are:

  1. Mobile phone chargers
  2. Clothing - mainly shirts
  3. Toiletries
  4. Books
  5. Shoes (often just a single shoe)
  6. Pillows
  7. Eyeglasses/sunglasses
  8. Sex toys
  9. Underwear and hats
  10. Wallet contents including membership cards

Of the twelve hotels surveyed, all nominated mobile phone chargers as the most commonly forgotten item, with each hotel finding at least one a day. One hotel recorded finding 370 chargers in the past year, with most devices usually left plugged into a power socket after its owners have checked out. Our phones form such a crucial part of everyday life for many people, so forgetting your charger can be a dreadful inconvenience when you’re on holiday.

Clothing took out second place on the most forgotten list, with one hotel finding 880 pieces last year. Most items of clothing are either left hidden out of sight in the wardrobe or even camouflaged on the bed.

Another hotel even recorded finding about 50 stray pillows, the sixth most commonly forgotten item on the list, each year.

How travel insurance can help

This research shows that leaving one or more items behind while travelling is quite a common problem. While losing the odd sock won’t cause you any sleepless nights, leaving behind your phone, wallet, items of clothing and even expensive toiletries can be very costly.

That’s why it’s always recommended that you take out comprehensive travel insurance cover before embarking on your trip. Travel insurance provides cover for the repair or replacement of lost, stolen and damaged items during your trip, which means that your forgetfulness doesn’t have to leave you out of pocket. On average, travel insurance policyholders claim $553.45 on lost or damaged personal belongings.

Travel insurance also covers a wide range of other common travel risks, such as overseas medical expenses, giving you the peace of mind you need to relax and enjoy your holiday.

Some policies also offer an excess eliminator feature, which means that you won’t have to pay an excess when claiming for the replacement cost of a valuable item you leave behind on your trip. However, remember that you’ll usually need to pay an additional premium to activate this feature.

Tips to prevent forgetting items

  • Make a checklist. Before you travel, create a checklist of all the items you are taking with you. This will help you ensure that everything is packed into your suitcase before you check out.
  • Leave time to pack. Instead of leaving your packing until the very last minute, start well before you have to leave so that you have time to search for any missing items.
  • Check the room thoroughly. Instead of just shoving everything into your bag as quickly as possible, do a thorough sweep of the hotel room to find anything you may have missed.
  • Know where to look. From power points to wardrobes and bedside drawers, make sure you double-check all the places where items are commonly left behind.

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William Eve

Will is a personal finance writer for specialising in content on insurance. While he cannot give personal advice to clients, Will enjoys explaining the intricacies of different types of protective cover to help individuals and businesses find affordable cover that won't leave them underinsured.

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