Have you ever lost anything at the beach? We asked 1,500 UK adults if they’ve ever lost at the beach, and a whopping 70% said that they had absentmindedly left something behind after a day of lounging about during their summer holiday.
So what’s the most popular item to leave behind at the beach? Unsurprisingly, beach towels, flip-flops and beach bags topped the list, with jewellery and wedding rings coming second.
Here at Holiday Gems, we always advise people to avoid taking anything expensive to the beach with you, even if that means removing some jewellery. It’s better to leave your wedding ring in the hotel room than to have it swept out to sea, never to be seen again!
The third most common thing that people tend to lose on the beach is money. Now, anyone with an ounce of common sense will know that seawater and money don’t mix, but most of the time you will need to take some cash with you for your day in the sun.
Our advice would be to keep your money in a waterproof container that you can keep on your person. There are a wide variety of waterproof pouch bags available that are suitable for storing paper money and coins inside.
TOP TIP: While spending the day at the beach, you shouldn’t need a lot of money. Just take enough for a few drinks and a bite to eat. Never, ever take all of your money with you at once, leave what you don’t need in the hotel room’s safe.
Worryingly, a number of Brits even admitted to losing their passport on the beach. If you lose your passport abroad then you will need to apply for an emergency travel document to be able to leave the country you’re in and return to the UK once your holiday is over.
To apply for an emergency travel document you will need to be a British national outside the UK. This document allows you to leave the country you’re in and travel to your destination via a maximum of five countries. To apply for an emergency travel document, visit the official government website.
Interestingly, virginity was the fourth most common thing people lost on the beach. No wonder there’s a cocktail named after doing it in the sand!
Teeth and socks are also among some of the more unusual items lost on the beach.