Hairdryer & Irons

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1. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Just half way through packing for my RTW trip, and stuck with whether to take a hairdryer or an iron. I've never done anything like this before so have no idea how practical they are to use halfway through China in a monastry! I don't want to take something I won't be able to use, anyone have any suggestions?


2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'd say try to take clothes that don't need ironing. If you carefully roll things, and hang them up if you get a chance they don't crease as much.

As for hairdryers, I have the kind of thick hair that takes ages to dry and looks a mess but I still don't intend to take a hair dryer. I'm obviously going to have to leave my straighteners too which is a shame cos in all that humidity my hair is going to go crazy. I may never take my hat off!

Still, all the other travellers you meet will surely have crumpled clothes and bad hair?

3. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi both,

Was kinda having this dilemma myself!! Do I take, dryer, straighteners and iron or do I do without??
Have decided to leave behind the iron but have found the most brilliant straighteners, you can use them on wet hair and they dry your hair as well as straighten it!!
This is a godsend, because like you Lil Liz, I was contemplating never taking a hat off!

happy (straight hair) travels!!!


4. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one with this dilemma!

Kristie, where are those drying straighteners from? How expensive are they?

I can't believe how vain I sound, but please believe me I'm not! It's not so much what I will look like, as I'd also thought that everyone will look a bit bedraggled to a certain degree. The main concern for me is that I am going to be in China in November/Decemer where it is freezing, and I don't fancy walking along with long wet hair. I just keep remembering when you were little coming out of the swimming pool with wet hair and how uncomfortable that was and the ice cream headache you would get from it, and really don't want to be like that for a whole month! I tried to just leave my hair to dry naturally to see how long it took, and in a house with central heating, it took over 3 hours. Doesn't look good girls...

5. Posted by julieoz (Full Member 95 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

im going for a year and my friend and i are taking a hairdryer AND a hair straightener because you can get travel straighteners which are really thin and pretty tiny!

the wet to dry straighteners are pretty bulky and big.


6. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Phily,

Your last post made me giggle

You don't sound vain at all, know exactly what you mean about ice cream headaches from wet hair!!!!

I've tried to let my hair dry naturally too, was trying to go for the sexy wavy look!! Ended up like some kind of crazy frizz woman!!
Those straighteners are by Remington and although they are a little pricey, I think of it as an investment!! They are £78.95 from Argos and they are called Wet2Straight Slim, they are the same size as the new ghd's and the other slim ceramic ones so they won't take up alot of room at all.

Hooray, here's to straight hair

7. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

£78!!! Do you know how far that could get me in China?! I don't think I could afford them, but I am definately going to have to take a hairdryer. My most recent plan is to get my boyfriend to carry it to prove himself as a big strong man! I just hope there is somewhere for me to plug it in?

His idea was to wear a hat so it doesn't get wet in the rain. The thought that I may like to actually wash it at some stage was lost on him. What am I getting myself into? I can just see him using this trip as an excuse not to wash for a year. Boys!

8. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

oh man -hair straighteners-gosh i am so gona have to take em-they are like my baby! they are certainly addictive-i am just too vain! actually i'd prob only use em half the time coz wen your away you dnt care as much! my hair just goes slightly wavy wiv the odd kink!!-kinky hair!!!!

there are some good ones out there its just the prices you have to pay!

9. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I know. Boys just have no idea how lucky they are not having to worry about things like this - life is so unfair!!!

Maybe we should start some sort of campaign to get every hostel/B&B/Guesthouse to provide straighteners frizzy travellers?!

10. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

you really don't need an iron especially if you have a boyfriend. I'm sure he'll love you wrecked hair and wrinkly clothes and all.