Christmas Parties Cost Commuters in Lost Shopping

According to our research, one in five UK rail commuters have lost Christmas shopping on the train over the festive season. Read on to find out how and why we’re more likely to lose items over the Christmas period.

Office Christmas party

A stream of never-ending canapés, Prosecco flowing, festive tunes on repeat - but behind this facade of organised fun with colleagues lurks the sobering possibility that your annual end of year party may cost you in lost shopping.

Research by Towergate has revealed that 20 percent of rail commuters from across the UK have lost Christmas shopping over the festive season, losing an average of £101 worth of items each. Over 60 percent believed that alcohol was to blame for their festive blunder. Other key reasons were daydreaming about work and putting bags of gifts under train seats and forgetting about them.

Tellingly, men are more likely to lose personal items such as mobile phones and wallets at the office party, compared to women who more commonly misplace umbrellas and gloves. 

At this time of year, commuters are often carrying valuable and newly bought gifts on their way to and from work. With the Christmas party season fast upon us, these expensive and carefully chosen items can easily be forgotten during festive celebrations and without adequate insurance. The cost of losing these items, or any personal belongings, can put a serious dent in your Christmas spirit, which is why it’s important to understand what your personal policies cover outside of the home and this is precisely where we can help.

Drew Wotherspoon, Towergate

The news comes as a stark warning to post-work revellers, with over 50 percent of Brits admitting to either not having insurance for personal items, or being unsure whether they were covered. A further 13 percent were unsure of whether their work-owned items such as mobile phones and laptops were covered by insurance.

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Christmas Parties Cost Commuters in Lost Shopping

According to our research, one in five UK rail commuters have lost Christmas shopping on the train over the festive season. Read on to find out how and why we’re more likely to lose items over the Christmas period.