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Holiday Chore Wars – Who planned the holiday and packed your case?

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Women do the lion's share of chores in the run up to a holiday, with many men not even bothering to pack their own suitcase, according to a new YouGov survey.

The survey, commissioned by, the leading supplier of stand-alone car hire excess insurance, looked at who has responsibility for what when it comes to our nation's holidays.

When holidaying abroad with a partner, over a third of women with children in the household do ALL the family packing, compared with a measly 6% of men, and while 92% of women pack their own cases, the same can only be said of 66% of men.

Women are also more likely to take the lead when it comes to researching their holiday options, from which country they go to and the resort they stay in, to the type of accommodation (69% women v 52% men).

It seems that men are more proactive when it comes to booking the hire car (21% women v 34% men), arranging the foreign currency (64% women v 67% men) and organising car hire excess insurance (30% women v 34% men who have hired a car). However women are still responsible for looking after the passports and tickets (71% women v 56% men), ensuring the passport details were up to date (58% women v 44% men) as well as the crucial buying of sun cream and holiday toiletries (85% women v 15% men) when holidaying abroad with a partner.

"It's clear that women are in the driving seat when it comes to ensuring that they get the type of holiday that they want, even if this extends to actually putting their loved ones' smalls in the suitcase to get them off on their annual trip," said Ernesto Suarez, CEO and founder of

"Men are more likely to take responsibility for organising the hire car and the car hire excess insurance, which they hopefully buy in advance from an independent insurance provider, like This not only gives them better protection, as they could save up to £21 a day* compared with the rental desk's excess waiver policies, but they can then spend their holiday money on the things they love."

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