The One Item People Won't Travel Without Definitely Won't Surprise You

Vacationing should be all about relaxing and disconnecting from the rest of the world for a while, but it seems most people aren't willing to unplug even while away on a trip. A new survey has just concluded that the number one item people won't travel without is — you guessed it — their smartphones.

In a survey conducted by Expedia, 60 percent of the 9,642 travelers who were polled said the one item they consider most necessary to travel with is their cell phones. That item's importance in traveling was ranked higher than a toothbrush, deodorant, and driver’s license.

For most people, that probably doesn't come as a huge surprise. After all, many of us take along our cell phones on trips, if only to keep in contact with family or friends and let them know we're safe. The problem is, it's hard to have your cell phone with you and not use it for more than just a call back home, as the second portion of the study proves.

When asked about their cell phone habits during these vacations, another 60 percent of those same travelers said they never truly unplug on leisure trips. In fact, 35 percent said they actually use their devices more on vacation than at home, probably because they have more leisure time to do so. And it's not like they're just killing time, playing Candy Crush. More than half of respondents also admitted to checking in on work at least once a day while on vacation.

It's safe to say we are all too aware of how hard it is to resist reading email and posting to social media on our phones in our daily lives, but it's a shame that so many of us struggle to unplug even while we're supposed to be relaxing. After all, it takes hard work to save up enough money and time to go on vacation. You should make the most of it while you're there — not spend the whole time picking the perfect filter for your Instagram.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways for tech addicts to learn how to unplug. Try them out, and you might realize just how good it feels to take a break from your phone every now and then.

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