Travel toiletries 750% more expensive at the airport

Having to throw away your favourite perfume or a bottle of water you’ve just purchased to go through airport security is a gut-wrenching way to start your holiday. What’s worse is paying almost 750% more to replace your liquids in smaller quantities.

Under global flight regulations, air passengers are not allowed to carry any liquids, creams or pastes that are more than 100ml with their hand luggage. That means ditching non-travel sized shampoos, body creams, sun protection lotions and more. Unprepared holidaymakers end up paying the high price by stocking up on travel miniatures at the airport.

Yet research has shown that travellers pay significantly more for travel-sized items at the airport compared to the high street. A 150ml can of anti-perspirant spray will set back consumers just £1 on the high street, compared to £1.99 for a 35ml travel sized spray at the airport; a rise of around 750% per millilitre.

The research, commissioned by comparison website TravelSupermarket, found that a 500ml bottle of baby bath wash costs just £2.67 from a high street supermarket. However, this jumps to a whopping £1.99 for a 50ml bottle purchased at the airport – a mark-up of 645%.

“Whilst security regulations are tight in airports in this day and age, consumers can easily get caught out paying over the odds for their toiletries,” said Bob Atkinson, a travel expert at TravelSupermarket. “We found over 30 products where the mark-up was over 100 per cent – or double the normal price per ml. In most cases passengers are in a no-win situation. They either have to pay out to put their bags in the hold, or travel hand-luggage only and shell out for miniatures.”

Mouthwash, Vaseline, hair serum, shaving gel and deodorant are just a few of the other holiday essentials that travellers end up paying over the odds for at the airport.

If you are heading abroad on holiday soon, travel insurance can help give you peace of mind while you’re away.

Date Created: 21 August 2012

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