It's the little things which through time and experience that add up to travel convenience. Most of our previous cruises had been within the Western Hemisphere (and Hawaii) and little details such as power and electrical outlets were not much of a concern. After all, the ship will have familiar 120 VAC power with the outlets we use.
Then we had the Mediterranean cruise a few years ago and preparing for that cruise we had to consider outlets and power. Most of the devices we have are dual power. 120/240 VAC 50-60 Hz. Except for my wife's curling iron. 120 VAC only. Considering that appliance and possible some of the others, we did buy a down converter to carry along. Along with that came the outlet adapters for the style of outlets we would encounter in our stays in Venice before the cruise and Barcelona after the cruise.
That converter and the adapters met our needs in both hotels as well as the adapters coming in handy aboard the ship as most of the outlets were the European style.
In our preparations for our upcoming cruise one detail began bugging us. Bringing along a down converter for just one item? The curling iron, when everything else we have, including my laptop power adapter, the battery charges for our camera batteries, the Nooks, the cell phone and the GoPro all are dual power.
Maybe it's time to buy a new curling iron. Nothing wrong with the old one other than the power requirement. Now to look and see what's available in curling irons which must meet two criteria. It must be dual power and it must be the thinner diameter one. On that latter, ladies, don't jump on me, it's her requirement. Oh yes, it must cost less than the mortgage payment. That's right, we don't have a mortgage payment since the house has been paid off for several years, but you get the point.
Walmart's got nothing fitting the requirements. On line maybe. We find a model she likes. Well, we will order it. Oops. Out of stock. Hmmm, everybody is out of stock on this one. Maybe it's a discontinued item. Target on line hints that they might have it at the store. It's just a get dressed and we will go see. Target's not too far from us.
They had one on the shelf. One of the model she had looked at and liked. Good deal, now we can leave the heavy power converter at home. One less thing to add weight to her suitcase. Travel planning is fun. Right?