When you next feel angry with yourself for forgetting to take your phone charger with you after a hotel stay, spare a thought for some of the more bizarre items left behind at Travelodge properties last year.

According to the group, items include £500,000 worth of share certificates, an urn containing ashes of a beloved husband, and even a bath full of Jersey potatoes.

The list also includes half a dozen fully decorated Christmas trees, a life-size cut out of Ryan Gosling and many more, a Montblanc fountain pen worth £8,000 and a 24ct gold laughing Buddha necklace.

Pets including cats, dogs, rabbits and even a pair of Oranda fish have been found in rooms following guest departures, and one new bride at York Central Travelodge reportedly managed to leave behind her mother-in- law, only realizing the mistake when she got home.

Commenting on the list Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge’s spokesperson said:

“With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our hotels, we do get interesting items being left behind for a wide variety of reasons.

“The running theme our customers do tell us, is that the pace of modern life is so fast and furious that time is off the essence. Therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”

Despite the list of more unusual items, the most commonly forgotten possessions remain more on the mundane side, with the top ten list including electronic devices, books, pyjamas, toiletry bags, and yes, mobile phone chargers.


Zhou Zhang