Desert island discs: one in 30 Britons take CD player on holiday

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<span>Photograph: Jonny White/Alamy</span>
Photograph: Jonny White/Alamy

It may seem like a blast from holidays past along with printing pages of directions from the AA website or waiting for handwritten airline tickets to arrive by post.

But about one in 30 Britons (3%) admit to packing a CD player when going on holiday, a survey has found.

And more than a quarter (26%) still take a camera, another item thought to have fallen by the wayside with the advent of the smartphone.

E-readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, have failed to dislodge the old-fashioned paperback from people’s suitcases, with 54% of Britons preferring to pack physical books.

Women are more likely to take a physical book with them on holiday (63% compared with 52% of men) but men are more wedded to their old CD players (21% compared with 14% of women).

The survey, commissioned by YouGov for the mobile phone network Three, was completed by 2,259 adults from across the UK.

The research also found that 22% of Britons said they were most likely to forget their phone charger, followed by toiletries (19%) and sun cream (17%).

One in 50 people bring a portable DVD player, despite the plethora of titles available on streaming services, while the survey also shows a gender divide in packing habits.

A fifth of women pack more than 50 items, compared with 30% of men bringing 25 items or fewer, the poll found. Women are more likely to overpack tops (42%) while men tend to bring too many socks (30%).

Those travelling with children said modern technology had helped keep younger passengers happy on long journeys, with 53% of parents saying such trips have been saved by occupying their under-18s with digital entertainment.

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