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This Electrical Travel Essential Ensures That Your Phone Sleeps Nearby!

The Professional Traveller • Jul 27, 2020

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Saves Lots of Frustration

Have you checked into your hotel room, unpacked your belongings, made a cup of tea and then realised there is no electrical socket near the bed. Oh the disappointment!

Have you then ended up crawling round on your hands and knees looking under desks and behind curtains only to find an electrical socket some distance from your bed?

You plug the lead on and despite moving a chair or a table you find you can’t actually reach your phone for the bed?

This means you go to bed worrying if the alarm will wake you up in the morning? To make sure you set the volume to maximum so you don’t miss it.

The next morning you are awoken by your alarm going off at full volume, so loud that it sounds as if it could wake most of the hotel. You scramble out of bed trying to turn it off before you wake everyone else.

Instead of a nice gentle start to the day your day has started with a real bang.

Like you I have also spent lots of time crawling around to find electrical sockets. Given that I am usually travelling for work I am on call during the night so I always like to keep my phone right beside me in case of emergency.

I have also spent quite a bit of time crawling around in guests rooms trying to help them find a socket too. They have been all over the place – under desks, in the floor, behind curtains and generally not where you would expect to find them.

Of course the ideal is to have an electrical socket next to the bed but this isn’t always the case, especially in older hotels. Short of lobbying hotel designers there isn’t much we can do about electrical socket locations.

That’s why extra long leads have been a electrical travel essential of mine for some time.

A long electrical lead still means you need to do a bit of detective work to find the electrical socket, but once found you can generally get the phone to the side of your bed fairly easily, without having to rearrange furniture to balance your phone on.

This means you can relax, going to sleep with your alarm set at a sensible volume for the morning.

If like me you are working, you know the phone is right there in case anything happens.

If you are like me and you use a bedtime app like Calm to help you drift off to sleep you can do that much more easily by having it beside your bed too. Listening to Cillian Murphy is not quite so relaxing when he is speaking at full volume because the phone is a long way from the bed!

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Long Leads – An Absolute Electrical Travel Essential!

Below you can find the link to the leads I use – they are long, really long infact, but they have gotten me out of trouble on many an occassion.

These leads are 4.5m long which is 19’6″. This means they should ensure your phone is right beside your bed.

These particular ones are the leads only which mean you can plug them into your adaptor which then goes into your electrical socket.

These leads help me to sleep better when travelling which is why they are an electrical travel essential!

If you don’t have a USB socket adapter then you can easily buy one.

Why not consider getting a 4 in 1 socket so you can charge multiple things in one go and reduce the number sockets you need to take with you?

Further Reading:

Check out my Travel Essentials page for more tips.

Check out my Travel Hacks page for little travel tricks to help you travel smarter and better.

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