The study by Debenhams found the average woman needs 57 items for a two-week trip, although many pack three times as much. Nearly 80 percent of 1,000 women questioned admitted taking extra items. A third said they were caught out by excess baggage charges due to overenthusiastic packing, a website reported.
Of these almost half lied about the weight of their bags to their partner before leaving for the airport. Forty percent of women admitted they added to the load by shopping for more clothes while away.
"Women plan their holiday wardrobe months in advance, with new dresses, shoes, swimwear and accessories. A woman's worst nightmare is being on holiday and wanting to wear something they've left behind," said Debenhams spokesperson Anne Deegan.