While roaming Australia, I am using just one of the international plugs on the electrical adapter
(that would be its Australia plug) which Walkabout Travel markets -- but I wouldn't trade this universal box for a teeny one-country electrical plug. Easier to just keep this international adaptor
in my travel carry on and I can leave for any country without giving the plug scene much thought. What am I talking about?
Well, when out and about in the world, you'll find that your laptop and phone charger cords' plugs don't match what's in the wall, and you need an international electrical adapter
to get the juice. You can buy one for the country to which you're traveling or get a plug adapter like this, which has four kinds of electrical plugs built into one small box -- each set of plugs works in a different part of the world and you just pop out what you need (Aussie plugs are pictured). At $20, it's a deal. Traveling with bigger appliances, like hair dryers, is another electrical story (and the hassle and bulk of those might be a good reason to let the 'do go au naturel on the road).
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Photo Kathleen Crislip, 2006