I’ve been traveling overseas for the past couple of weeks, and unfortunately, I’ve made this mistake not once, but twice. It is small in the big scheme of things, but can be awfully frustrating when you realize that it is such a simple mistake to make.
The mistake that can only happen when traveling overseas
In my experience, in the US, power outlets are always on–unless they are specifically tethered to a wall switch. Traveling overseas however, you see outlets with switches to turn the outlet on. See below:
So here you are, you’ve dug through your suitcase for the right adapter–Is it European? Is it UK? In this case, it is Australia–and get everything plugged in just right, but you forget the final step. Turning the power outlet on!
There you have it – the outlet on the right will power your gear, the outlet on the left will not. It is a small thing, but can make a huge difference when you wake up and find that your device has not charged over night.
While my experience happened in Australia, but this is something that can happen nearly anywhere. I’ve seen outlets with on/off switches on every continent that I’ve traveled to, with the exception of North America. So please, let me have made the mistake, so you do not when traveling overseas!
Have you ever forgotten to turn the power outlet on?