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Americans lose more things in hotels than they took away

Staff writer |
As summer comes to a close, Americans reflect on all the memories gained and all the things they have lost along the way.

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According to a new survey by G6 Hospitality, Motel 6 and Studio 6, more than half (54 percent) of travelers admit they have left something behind in a hotel room.

The "Motel 6 Left Behind Survey" conducted by Kelton Global found that 29 percent of Americans are more likely to accidently leave a belonging behind in a hotel room than take a hotel item, such as shampoo or soap, home with them.

Travelers may not be losing their heads but three percent have left behind false teeth or hearing aids. Vacationers were not shy about sharing their travel truths.

From their most cherished childhood keepsake to a pair of underwear, Americans reveal the top items they've left behind throughout their travels:

Clothing (42 percent)
Toiletries (42 percent)
Electronic devices/chargers (40 percent)
Jewelry, including watches (15 percent)
Underwear (13 percent)
Hair styling tools (13 percent)

More than one-third (35 percent) of Americans have returned to a hotel to retrieve what they forgot. In fact, on average, respondents would travel:

Over 110 miles to reclaim their money or wallet
Over 95 miles to recover their electronic device
Over 30 miles to pick up a forgotten device charger.


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