I think the process of packing for an extended trip — or any trip for that matter — seems daunting because there are so many little things to consider. Just looking at the one little thing posts contributed by other female travelers gives you an idea, but I’m also a little bit surprised that no one has talked yet about this one little thing.
The universal plug adapter. It’s small, compact and helps you take your electronics all around the world without losing a charge. Whether you’re hanging out in Canberra hotels, Buenos Aires hostels or Thailand bungalows, the one adapter will do the job.
All universal plug adapters tend to work the same: you select the country or area of the world by flipping up some dials, and out pops the plug you need to use. They’re perfect for those going on multiple country round the world trips, or even those involving a long layer in a country not on the same individual plug style (you might want to do a quick charge at the airport).
Things to Note with Plug Adapters
When using a plug adapter, it is wise to note that most of them do not include a power converter. In cases like that, check your original product’s power cable to see about the output (laptop power cords often work universally). Otherwise, you will need to invest in a separate power converter to go with the adapter.
One issue that bothers some people with universal plug adapters is their size. Sometimes using the adapter will cause another space on the plug board to be “taken up”, which is always an issue when in public hostels and cafes. Overall, my feelings are that a universal plug adapter is less hassle for me to carry around than individual adapter plugs for all the destinations on my travel list.
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