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Most British people take tea bags on holiday



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Over half of British people take tea bags with them when they leave Britain to go on holiday or go on a business trip. British people are famous for loving tea and need their cup of tea even when travelling overseas. A survey found that tea bags were the most popular comfort item Britons pack in their suitcase when going abroad. The survey is from a car rental company. It asked over 1,000 holidaymakers what essentials they need when visiting other countries. Around 55 per cent of them said tea bags. Other items Britons couldn't do without are toilet paper, fluffy towels, potato chips and bacon. Britons also take their favourite biscuits, presumably to dip into their morning cuppa.

One of the people who took part in the survey explained why he took tea bags with him. Richard Ellis, 39, said: "I always take my favourite tea bags on holiday. I took them to Thailand last year. It doesn't matter where I am, the tea bags go with me – even to my parents who live down the road from me but don't drink the same tea as me." Another person wondered why people needed to take things from home. Sue Smith said: "We can buy things from home in other countries. We should try the food and drinks of the culture we are visiting." The car rental company said: "It's really interesting to see what holidaymakers decide to take with them." The company added: "A fifth of people admitted they pack too much."

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