Be very careful in choosing a surge protector for international travel. The one that Jason recommends has a "clamping voltage" of 800v, which is suitable for the purpose. Standard U.S. 110/120v surge protectors have clamping voltages in the range of 300-400v; they respond when the voltage surges to that level. If used on a 220v line, where surges up to about 700-800v can be "let through," it would fry easily. Look for a clamping voltage of 700v or so, or a "dual-voltage" in the description.
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When I pack, I always include Belkin's mini 3-outlet travel swivel surge protector.
It turns one charging outlet into three charging outlets, which makes life so much easier. It seems that although our devices have multiplied, available power outlets have not. This thing makes me friends at airports where people gather around charging stations, and it means that I can still charge up all my items no matter how old and outlet-deprived the motel or hotel. There are also two slots for charging things that can be charged by USB. And, yes, it's a surge suppressor, too, which has its own obvious benefits. Here is a shortlink that takes you to its Amazon page: http://j.mp/Yp01jf
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