The ultimate guide to international travel plugs and wall sockets

Editor’s note: This article was originally written by our friends at OFFGRID. Check out their site for more survival-related tips.

Preparedness at home is crucial, but any frequent flyer knows that adequate preparation for international travel is even more important.

Forgetting something small can result in major headaches abroad, especially if you’re visiting a locale where replacement goods are exorbitantly expensive or completely unavailable.

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You’ll probably get by if you forget your toothbrush, but finding electronic equipment can be much more difficult. This is why we recommend building a portable electronics EDC (“every day carry”) kit to cover all your mobile devices.

This is important. Photo: Courtesy of OFFGRID

This is important. Photo: Courtesy of OFFGRID

However, there’s something we alluded to in past articles that we feel deserves more attention: travel plugs. Many countries outside North America use different wall-outlet types, so you’ll need to obtain an adapter ahead of time. Otherwise, your entire electronics kit will become useless in a matter of hours.

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However, it’s not always easy to know these travel-plug types and where they’re all used.

The following infographic from Citybase Apartments makes the subject much easier to understand. It visually identifies 14 different types of travel plugs, their cross-compatibility and the countries that use them.

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Graphic: Courtesy of City Apartments

Graphic: Courtesy of Citybase Apartments