Protecting your valuables on holiday

holiday belongings

holiday belongingsOne in 10 UK holidaymakers has had something stolen when at the beach or pool, highlighting the need for adequate travel insurance cover when away.

A new poll from the Post Office reveals that two thirds of Brits abroad drop their guard when they head to the beach, often leaving valuables unattended.

The average value of property in a beach bag amounts to hundreds of pounds per person, with contents even worth around £600 in some cases.


It seems that a lack of trust towards hotel staff is often the reason for taking our high-value belongings to the beach or pool with us, as over a third (35 per cent) of people cited this as an issue.

Instead, 22 per cent of Brits admit they adopt the Ostrich approach and hide their items under a towel or sun lounger when they head for a dip in the water.

In fact, only a fifth of travellers said they would use a locker to keep their valuables safe.

Of those who choose to ignore the security of the hotel safe, just over a quarter (28 per cent) hide their belongings in their suitcase, while 13 per cent do so in a drawer.

Bag contents

According to the research, the top items we take to the beach or pool and their average value are:

1. Money - £163

2. Mobile phone - £202

3. Digital camera - £170

4. Watch - £328

5. Passport - £115

6. Designer sunglasses - £105

7. iPod- £117

8. Kindle for reading- £105

9. Laptop/ipad - £423


"Our love for gadgets knows no bounds as we even take our technology down to the beach or pool with us," said Paula Cottrell, Head of Travel Insurance at Post Office Ltd.

"With many holidaymakers leaving their highly priced valuables unguarded on the beach or hidden under towels, we are urging travellers to carefully check their travel insurance policies to ensure they have adequate cover for their needs and belongings."

When choosing your family travel insurance policy it is important to find out exactly what is covered in the plan.

The excess is an important element to look into as sometimes it may not apply to each person on the policy, or to each claim.