I’ve had a couple of emails recently asking me what I recommend packing for the US. Given that I travel with a Mac Air, a Samsung Galaxy tablet – my new love, a BlackBerry Torch, iPhone & Samsung Galaxy II smartphone, my must-packs are my Belkin plug/outlet strip and a generic extension cord. (Unlike in the UK, US plugs are very lightweight, as are extension cords, so they aren’t nearly as heavy to pack as their UK equivalents would be.)
They are vital to me because no hotel, however well thought out, ever has enough plug sockets/electrical outlets. If they do, they are scattered around the room and I end up balancing my phones on shelves, edges and tops of TVs. Packing a strip means I can just put everything in one place. (I don’t have one of the adaptor strips that takes UK plugs but has a US plug on the end as they require all yr electricals to have dual voltage.)
I’ve also invested in US chargers for most of my tech, plus USB plugs and both sizes of USB cables. And a USB car charger.
The extension cable is because 90% of hotels don’t have a spare plug socket next to the bed (thank you Soho Beach House for your thoughtful design). I don’t just work in bed, I often watch movies on my Tablet or on my laptop, and I want it charging simultaneously, given how quickly batteries die when you watch multimedia. These US versions can also take three plugs, so I can have one of my smartphones charging next to my bed whilst I sleep.