Traveling can do a number on one’s hair routine and ultimate hair health. Between switching shampoos to whatever travel sizes you have on hand, to using the complimentary dryer at the hotel, your hair can end up looking a mess!
To avoid such hair woes, you can easily purchase your own high quality travel tools to take with you on the go. But how does all that voltage stuff work anyways? This handy guide will help you find the perfect flat iron, curling iron, or hair dryer to suit your travel needs!
There are 3 factors you need to consider when traveling:
- Is your hair dryer/flat iron single voltage? Dual voltage? Universal voltage?
- What are the voltage requirements of where you are traveling? If it is outside the continental U.S., you will most likely need an appliance that offers dual voltage.
- What plug type does your hair dryer/flat iron have? Most likely if you are purchasing in the U.S., your plug will be Type B.
- What type of plug is required to use your appliance in the country you are traveling?
- Do you need a small item to easily fit in your carry-on bag? If so, there are a variety ofmini hair dryers, mini flat irons, and travel curling tools to suit your needs!
Depending on what country you are traveling to, the national standards for voltage can be anywhere from 110 volts up to 240 volts. Most of North America runs on 120 volts which means you can use any appliance with 110/120 volts through North America and Canada.
Many other countries run anywhere from 220 volts to 240 volts. If you are purchasing a dual/universal voltage appliance, then you can use this product anywhere throughout the world with only a plug adapter. If the appliance is not dual voltage, then you can use aconverter, however this is not recommended and can both void the warranty and break your hair dryer/flat iron.
You can always see if an item is dual voltage on Folica by clicking on the specifications tab of any appliance product page. To make it a little easier, below are some of the best dual voltage items available:
Dual Voltage Hair Dryers
Dual Voltage Flat Irons
Most of the appliances you see here on Folica as well as through stores feature plug type B which fits in any plug you find throughout North America. But the majority of the world runs on different plug types. You will need to purchase an adapter to utilize your appliance in a different country, or can use the below (please check with your hotel on the exact plug as some countries utilize multiple plug types):
|Associated Countries||Flat Iron for you!|
|United States of America, Canada, Mexico, American Samoa, Antigua, Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Midway Islands, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamas, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, Wake Island|
|Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Azores, Balearic Islands, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Denmark, Djibouti, East Timor, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Faeroe Islands, Finland, French Guiana, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Madeira, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, St Vincent (Windward Island), Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia|
|Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Djibouti, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, France, French Guiana, Greece, Guadeloupe, Laos, Madagascar, Mali, Martinique, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Niger, Poland, Reunion Island, St Vincent (Windward Island), Senegal, Slovak Republic, Syria, Tahiti, Tunisia|
|Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Brunei, Channel Islands, China, Cyprus, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland (Eire), Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Oman, Qatar, St Kitts and Nevis (Leeward Island), St Lucia (Windward Island), Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe|
Finally, if you are just looking for those perfect sized travel items that can easily squeeze in your suitcase, try out these items which may or may not be dual voltage, but they’ll get the job done while not taking up a ton of room in your suitcase: