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What People Leave Behind Most Often in Hotel Rooms

Hotel & Resort | Janeen Christoff | September 07, 2016

What People Leave Behind Most Often in Hotel Rooms

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It’s happened to all of us.

We get to the airport, next destination or even all the way home and we realize that we’ve left something in the hotel room, and Hospitality Industry is reporting that you are not alone. Recent research says that guests commonly leave items in rooms, and now we know just what is most often left behind...and by whom.

According to a survey by Choice Hotels Canada, nearly half of Canadians admit to leaving a personal belonging in a hotel room while on the go.

“It’s easy to forget items in your hotel room,” said Julie Chan-McConnell, Director, Marketing and Loyalty at Choice Hotels Canada. “If it’s important or valuable, our hotel staff do everything they can to return the belonging to its owner, but more often people leave minor items behind like toothbrushes. If you check into one of our hotels and are missing a toothbrush or other small personal items, the front desk will be happy to help find or source a replacement.”

What is the most common item left behind? Toothbrushes were left behind by 18 percent of people responding to the survey. Next up were phone chargers. 

Ever wondered who leaves more stuff behind? 

“Women probably won’t be surprised to learn that men are more likely to report they’ve forgotten personal belongings in hotel rooms. While only 38 per cent of women say they’ve left items behind while travelling, 48 per cent of men say they have done so,” notes the report. 

Parents are also frequently leaving behind items. 

“People with children have a higher than average chance of leaving items behind in hotels, with 50 per cent saying they’ve done so,” the survey found. 

READ MORE: How to Score the Best Hotel Room   

Here is a list of the most popular items left behind. 

*Sunglasses (14 percent)
*Books (10 percent)
*Hats (9 percent)
*Makeup (8 percent)
*Shoes (7 percent)
*Toys (7 percent)
*Prescription glasses (6 percent)
*Goggles (2 percent)
*Wallets (2 percent)

To find out more about what is left behind in hotel rooms — and who is leaving these items, read more here


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