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In today’s wired world, perhaps the most important things to pack are electrical. Travel-friendly devices and appliances make communication, wayfinding, entertainment, and the comforts of home more easily accessible. Before you’re wheels-up to a faraway land, make sure you’ve got everything you need for the trip.
To make packing easier, here’s our shortlist of the best devices and travel-sized appliances you need in your suitcase:
Add any of these electrical travel appliances to your packing list and you won’t be sorry. But before you pack your favorite devices and travel-friendly electrical appliances, you may want to ensure they’ll work at your final destination.
It’s important to note that while your travel-sized hair dryer or miniature steam iron might fit nicely in your suitcase, it might not be compatible with the same type of power socket and voltage used in many countries. Across the world, there are several different types of power outlets and voltages.
To ensure your electrical appliances will be usable at your destination, you’ll need both an electrical adapter and a voltage converter specific to the country or countries you’ll be staying in. Here are some important considerations when picking out travel adapters and converters:
There are many kinds of adapters for electrical outlets across the world. If you’re shopping for a travel power adapter, you’ll find yourself faced with myriad options, many of them suited for more than one country. It’s important to double-check that the adapter you select is certain to function in your destination.
Know the difference between an electrical adapter and a voltage converter. Electrical adapters are for converting outlets, not voltages. When you arrive in another country, you’ll notice that the holes in the electrical sockets likely do not match those back home. An electrical adapter will convert the layout of the holes to match the pins of all your appliances so that they fit the socket. But what you won’t be able to see is that the voltage of the electricity from these sockets may also be different. So while your hair dryer might now fit into that plug, higher voltage may cause it to make a burning smell or break entirely. Most portable electric appliances have a sticker that indicates the range of voltages the device can handle. Research the standard voltages of the country you’re visiting and bring a corresponding voltage converter.
Buy an adapter before you get to the airport. Just like coffee and sandwiches, electrical adapters are far more expensive when purchased at the airport. Plus, it’s not guaranteed that the airport will even have adapters, or that they’ll be the right type for your destination.
Small adapters are better than large, universal adapters. It may seem like a smart idea to purchase an “all-in-one” electrical adapter for travel, but in addition to taking up valuable suitcase space, large adapters can be too bulky once they’re in the outlet. If an adapter is too large it can cover the other plug on the outlet. They also often fall out of the socket, especially if the socket is loose-fitting. Buying an adaptor specific to your destination is the best way to go, and single-region adapters are usually lower cost, too!
Without the right electrical adapter and voltage converter, your trip may take a turn for the worse. Your safety and your appliances are at risk every time you plug in.