Brits packing for their stay at villas in Spain need to make sure they keep their passport safe before travelling.

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Figures released by the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) have revealed that more than 10,000 people a year throw their passports out with the rubbish by accident.

More than 162,500 passports are replaced for men annually, while 112,000 women require a replacement each year.

A wild night out prior to jetting off to villas in Spain could prove problematic, as 10,000 passports of the 110,000 lost by twenty-somethings go missing in a bar or club.

Sarah Rapson, chief executive of the IPS, said: "Your passport is not only increasingly attractive to fraudsters, but it will cost you at least £77.50 to replace, so it's really important that you keep it safe."

Travel insurance is also important when planning a holiday and a new guide offers advice on how to choose the perfect policy.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has launched consumer guidance aiming to help holidaymakers determine exactly what is covered by their policy before jetting off to villas in Spain.