When it comes to travel essentials, finding the best travel adapter has to be up there on your list, yes even hire than a clean pair of pants.
There's nothing more annoying than unpacking your suitcase on holiday and realising, with horror, you've forgotten to buy an adapter.
If you remember in time, you can get one at the airport. But these tend to be overpriced, and you don't get that much choice.
So if you want to be prepared but don't know where to start, here's our guide to the best travel adapters out there.
Whether you want something simple for your annual European holiday or are a seasoned traveller looking for something more comprehensive, we've got you covered.
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Best travel adapters 2020
1. Syncwire USB Plug Travel Adapter
If you're after something simple, this Syncwire travel adapter will do the trick. With US, EU and UK plugs, you'll also get four USB sockets to charge multiple devices at once. Other features include overcharging protection and two high-powered 2.4A sockets. Easy to use, too.
2. MyTravel Pal adapter
If you're looking for safety, this is the one for you. MyTravelPal is one of the only adapters that passes the regulatory standard BS:8546. This probably means nothing to you, let's be honest, but it basically means it has a ground earth connection that lets you use electrical items including hair dryers.
3. Suplong Universal Travel Power Adapter
This should do the trick for any world traveller. With US, EU, Australian and UK plugs included, this covers over 200 countries. Charging is fast on this model – and you can charge up to five devices at once. It's also ready for some of the latest USB-C only tech as there's a USB-C socket right next to the other USB ports.
4. Inibud US/EU/AU to Africa adapter
Most travel adapters cover Europe, America and Australia. But many have no settings for African countries – so if you're travelling there, you'll need to get a 'type M' adapter like this Inibud pack of two.
5. Bestek Worldwide travel adapter
Another great all in one travel adapter, you can simultaneously charge numerous devices at once. Built in safety features mean your devices will be safe from excessive current, a risk with cheaper models. A handy carry case is included, and there's even a spare fuse tucked inside.
6. Apple World Travel Adapter
If you have a MacBook and don't want to bother packing an adapter every time you travel, this official adapter set from Apple will help. Seven AC pugs will fit various worldwide power points – so you'll be set wherever you are.
7. Hyleton Worldwide Travel Adaptor
An incredibly versatile piece of tech, the Hyleton worldwide adapter has something for everyone. There are four standard USB sockets plus a USB-C. And baked in smarts use the fastest charging possible for phones, tablets, laptops and more. It also comes with four international plugs for use in over 150 countries, so you won't be caught short.
8. John Lewis & Partners International Travel Adapter
There are plenty of fancier adapters out there – and if you want to simultaneously charge laptops and phones, or use more heavy duty electrical items, they're probably going to do a better job. But if you want something small but sturdy for a low price, this John Lewis adapter for Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Oceania will do the job.