Holiday strife in a suitcase

What NOT to pack this summer

What to pack and what not to pack for a summer holiday is one of the biggest bones of contention between the sexes during the holiday season, according to the over 50’s travel review and advice site Silver Travel Advisor ( with arguments often breaking out before couples even set foot out of the front door.

Silver Traveller’s managing director Debbie Marshall said “Our members have listed their partners’ most annoying packing habits, with inappropriate clothing being the most annoying male faux-pas and packing excessive beauty products and un-necessary extras being the most annoying female trait. We hope the experiences of our mature travellers will contribute to others finding holiday harmony this summer!”

Ten things that women would rather men didn’t pack

• T-shirts with inappropriate slogans on them and Hawaiian shirts.
• Leather sandals with socks.
• Anything made from corduroy.
• A `family sized’ aerosol of shaving foam (once out of the can, it never goes back).
• Speedos.
• A Beanie hat.
• A compass or other navigation system.
• Shoulder carried video cameras and excessively large photographic equipment.
• Gadgets. Leave your inner geek at home.
• Buoyancy aids. If you can’t swim, don’t swim.

Ten things that men would rather women didn’t pack

• More than three pairs of shoes. (We have two feet and one suitcase).
• `Essentials’ such as a universal sink stopper, inflatable coat hanger or lobster pick.
• A kettle. Not every hotel room has one, but if you’re that far from boiling water then there won’t be a socket to plug it into either.
• Photographs of the family. No-one wants to see them.
• Clothes. Without them life is more interesting and there is no risk of excess baggage.
• A suitcase. Most men would rather the contents arrived magically in the hotel room.
• More than one moisturiser, cleanser or anti-wrinkle cream.
• Excessive medication.
• Anything brightly coloured, garish or flamboyant.
• Large or embarrassing headwear, there’s no point when a Beanie hat would suffice.