This post is part of my recurring series of hotel trends I’ve seen on the road:
One of the biggest problems I’ve had in recent years is being able to charge all of the electronic devices that I bring on trips. Between the iPad, the iPhone, one of my cameras and a laptop, the outlets become overloaded quickly. And if my husband comes along, essentially doubling our power needs? Forget it.
When we travel domestically, we’ve started carrying a small powerstrip with us so we can triple our outlet capacity. Our model also has two USB ports, which also frees up some plugs. We’ve had some problems using the three-prong system overseas, however, as the sheer weight of the powerstrip is too heavy for our adapters, particularly in older European hotels. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve investigated buying international power strips, especially for longer trips.
That’s why I was so pleased to see that The Aubrey, a boutique hotel in Santiago, recognized the problem that tech-laden guests like me face. They made a powerstrip available in the room, right next to the hair dryer in the closet. It came with one international adapter already attached, so I only had to use one of my own.An included powerstrip also means that I didn’t have to scrounge around looking for different plugs.
Here’s hoping that more hotels, both international and domestic, start providing powerstrips to tech-y guests.