Shocking but true – Your travel power is very important!
Nothing can spoil your trip faster than having the wrong power plug for the country/countries you are visiting. Most countries in North and Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador use the same type plug, but not all do.
To complicate it even more, some areas may use more than one type of plug depending on where you are. Confusing? Right. But that is only half the problem.
Many countries use different voltages, either 110v or 220v, and like power plugs, some areas may use more that one depending on your location.
Most computers, tablets and cell phones support both voltages, so you should have no problems with them.
But a hair dryer and other appliances made for 110v put in a 220v socket will go into overdrive (if they work at all), and you will be left with an overheated, useless and smoking mess. A 220v appliance using 110v will run in slow motion. This is not good.
Luckily, there is an easy solution: a travel power adapter that handles all of the different plug types and a converter (transformer) to switch from one voltage to the other. There are also some that do both.
More countries use 220v than 110v, so be smart and be prepared. Save yourself the grief of being in new surroundings on a rainy night desperately out looking for a shop that sells these gadgets so you can dry your hair and use your travel iron.
Don’t be unplugged, and don’t be powerless. Get what you need before you go: