Chargers are the most left-behind item in pre-travel packing, according to a poll.

But the more unusual items left behind include a fondue set, chest hair mousse, Engelbert Humperdinck CDs and soap carving knives, according to the research by easyHotel.

The poll of holiday makers by easyHotel identified mobile phone chargers as the most frequently left behind item by travellers, eclipsing toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Growing reliance on smartphones, means that guests are often caught short when staying in a hotel. According to Ofcom data, 93 per cent of UK adults now own or use a mobile phone.

Asked what items people were most likely to leave behind when packing for a trip, the majority said phone chargers, followed by laptop chargers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, other toiletries, spare pants or socks, health cards, passports, tickets and books.

To help guests who feel ‘powerless’, easyHotel has started rolling out integrated USB charging ports in its bedside tables to help guests who have left their chargers behind.

Jorge Rodriguez, easyHotel’s chief sleep officer, said: “It used to be that our communities were people who lived around us, but these days with social media, our friends and communicates are worldwide. It can feel even more important to keep this connection when we’re away from home, so having a built-in ‘charge-free’ charger port by the bedside can help to keep the connection going.”

He said: “The mobile phone has actually enabled us to make our prices even lower. So many of the things that you’d have previously found in a hotel room, including alarm clock radios, are now built into a phone. If we don’t need to provide an extra and put all of our effort into comfortable beds and absolute essentials, we can be even more competitively priced.”