OTHER PREPARATIONS FOR GETTING
(ALL THE SUPPORT ITEMS YOU MAY NEED FOR YOUR TRIP)
Specialty Stores for Travelers
There are numerous travel-specific items designed to make travel
more comfortable, safe or just easier:
from luggage to clothing, to travel items for the plane, to electrical plugs/convertors for overseas
You will be amazed by the variety of items
available just for the traveler.
TSA-Friendly Laptop Bags
--> 3 -1-1 Travel Kit
Travel Blanket and Pillow Set
- for Men
Travel Accessories for Men
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- New and Bestselling
- for Women
Travel Accessories for Women
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Electrical Requirements: In case you have never traveled to a foreign country, there is a dazzling
array of plug configurations to deal with as well as different voltages (some countries use 220-240
volts vs. the 110v you are used to using for small appliances). What to do? First, figure out what
appliances you need to take with you, including all items that must be charged while away (cameras or
camera batteries, cell phones, PDA's, computers, etc.). You will need to check every item for it's
particular electrical requirements: read the "fine print" embossed on the item itself to see what voltage it is
designed for. Some are for 110v only, some 110-240v. The latter (dual voltage items) will generally only
require an adaptor plug for you to use so purchasing a kit of various plug configurations will generally take
care of those appliances.
In the case of items designed only for 110v and you plan to visit a country with a
220-240v power system, you will need a transformer as well to reduce "the juice" for your appliance.
With sensitive electrical equipment, such as sophisticated camera batteries or cameras, you must read the
manufacturer's book on charging them overseas. Some require that you purchase only their specific
transformer/converter to avoid problems with subtle electrical differences.
For a great article to reduce confusion on this subject, read: "With electricity, knowledge is power"
A comprehensive web site, suggested by the previous article, that provides
additional information as well as worldwide electrical standards, see: WORLD STANDARDS -
Electricity around the world (you may want to have your pop-up blocker on before going
to this site). This is an excellent resource on the subject.
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