Travellers’ Tips (the electronic luggage)
Posted by Lisa Hill on October 28, 2010
I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while…
Backpackers who travel light may well be scornful, but for those of us who cart about a bit of electronic luggage on international holidays, the chargers can be a bit of a problem.
The spouse and I between us have an iPhone, two cameras, two iPods (essential to make long haul flights bearable), an iPad and a Kindle (essential if you are travelling in countries where you can’t buy books in English) and a netbook (which has facilitated the blog you are reading now). I also brought the lead to transfer photos from my camera to the netbook in case the camera card is temperamental but have mostly not needed it (I upload my photos to Google photos regularly so that if my stuff gets lost or stolen, at least I have my photos).
All these things need charging and the chargers are mostly not compatible with each other. And of course, the Australian electricity system is not compatible with either Europe or the UK so we have to have two adaptors as well, and share them. Which means a power board and extension cord too, just in case the requisite power point is in a silly place (which it so often is, especially in boutique hotels).
Last time we travelled these leads were a pain in the proverbial and if there are any inventors out there who are working on a nice wireless solution sign me up to be a guinea pig please!
Anyway, in the meantime, I would like to share with you the handy little ‘carry-bag’ that I have for my share of the wiring. I bought this (which is meant to be a handbag) on our Vietnam trip in 2007:
Spread out like this, the three zipped compartments can be seen. One takes the Kindle charger and the camera lead, one takes the camera battery charger and the other takes the charger for the netbook (which is currently attached to the netbook on which I am writing this which is why it’s not in the picture). The little square compartment is just the right size for one adaptor. I considered sewing another one onto the other side but that would make it bulky so decided not to.
The advantage of this little carry-bag is that it keeps my share of the leads all together so that I don’t lose them, but it’s flexible in shape. I can spread it flat like this or fold it in half or scrunch it into a corner of the suitcase depending on what’s in my carry-on bag at the time.
Any fool who can sew could make one of these, and a smart entrepreneur who mass-produced them in strong but lightweight see through material would make a fortune.