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1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I am just trying to plan what electrical equipment I need / would like to take with me on travels in 4 months time.

So far the list includes:
Mobile Phone – Charger
Ipod – USB Charger
Travel Plugs
Portable DVD (this is a luxury item, still under consideration)

And think my girlfriend is taking hair straightners / dryer

Is there anything else that could prove to be useful while travelling for over a year?

What is the best way to store and protect these items?

2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jadeverell

Is there anything else that could prove to be useful while travelling for over a year?

Check out this packing list, compiled a few years ago from suggestions by members in the forums. :)

3. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Really, I wouldn't bother with the DVD player. Not only must you carry that around, you'd also need DVDs. It's not worth the hassle. Plus if anyone were to see you on a train watching a movie on a portable player, you'd only make yourselves stand out even more to potential thieves.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

A camera seems the most obvious omission...

I would personally avoid the DVD player, and I also don't carry a shaver. A razor is much lighter, more adaptable (you don't need electricity), less likely to break and easier to replace.

With travel plugs (i assume you mean adapters), don't take everything. A bit of pre planning with where uses what means that you can either just dump the one adapter you have when leaving the place and replace it with the new relevant one or swap them in hostels. You can but adapters everywhere and not carrying every possible one you might need saves space and weight.

I would, however, recommend dumping all British plugs before you go, and replacing your "standard" chargers with, say, 2pin European style ones which are more generic. The British style plugs will only be of use in HK/Malaysia and Singapore, and even there you can generally find some other sockets as well. My logic is that British plugs & adapters are the biggest & heaviest that exist, and so you'll be adding unnecessary weight/bulk by carrying them/adapters.

5. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I purchased a universal adaptor (Brand: Sportztrek) for AU$25. This is a brilliant little piece of work. It will connect anything to anything any where in the world except Sri Lanka or South Africa. It packs down into a cube (almost) that measures 6x5x4cm.

6. Posted by DoA (Budding Member 84 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I haven't been travelling yet, but am setting off in a few months.

What you take varies dramatically on where you'll be going. I, for example wouldn't dream of taking a DVD player / laptop to Asia because

a) Most of the time when you want to use it (trains / buses) it'll either be too busy or attract too much attention
b) I will be travelling in monsoon season, therefore the humidity will more that likely destroy the electronics
c) Most places have an internet cafe.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you're trekking through the jungle then you may need certain items that wouldn't be on your list if you were in central Paris or Bangkok.

Just use common sense!

7. Posted by andybster (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

i was just wondering, is it easy enough to pick up adapters when you get to countries. i'm heading to bangkok in a few weeks then moving to aus and s america. would it be easier to buy one for se asia for british plugs when i get there? i'm guessing it'll be cheaper too?

andy :D