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Are you a perfect packer? The top 10 things we forget

Ever arrived at the beach without a bucket and spade, needed to buy a new toothbrush on the first day of your holiday? Or even find a shop to purchase new underwear? Then you're probably one of the many thousands of people who will forget something when packing for this year's summer holiday. In the excitement to get away, it seems, there's nearly always something we'll leave behind.

A recent social media survey by Highways England on how people plan and prepare for their family summer holiday journey, found that while few people forget to check their tyre pressures (11 per cent) or calculate the journey time, many people forget to pack the essentials. Seventeen out of a hundred cars will have a roof rack, top box or bike rack fitted, and thankfully all but a handful made sure they were secured properly. Good scores for safety, but less so for suitcase contents. 

According to the survey of holidaymakers via the Highways England Twitter channels and followers of the Met Office, the items we forget range from the slightly trivial box of matches to the rather more essential medicines, credit card, travel cot or "an entire case of my wife's clothing".

So, when we set off on the motorway with a holiday destination programmed into the SatNav, what are the top ten things us forgetful Brits are likely to have left behind? Here's the top 10 list:

10. An item of beach or swimwear
9. Towels
8. Shoes or sandals
7. Razor or shaver
6. A coat or rain mac
5. Another item of clothing. One in five times it's the underwear we forget!
4. Various items of toiletries
3. A hairbrush or comb
2. Toothbrush and toothpaste

So for the thousands of people needing a summer break to re-charge their batteries, what is the number one item they all leave behind?

1. Mobile phone charger

See our 'Out andAbout' travel pages for more information about preparing for your summer holiday car journey.

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