What’s the point of taking a fabulous vacation if you can’t look fabulous doing it? No matter your destination this summer, you’re going to want your best friends by your side. And by best friends, we mean your favorite styling tools of course. That’s why we consulted our very own Paul Mitchell® Tools expert Marci Miguel for the low-down on traveling with your tools and the accessories you do not want to leave home without.
Q: What do I need to bring with me to use my tool abroad?
A: If your tool is dual voltage╌like the Express Ion Smooth®+ and the Express Ion Unclipped 3-in-1╌all you need to bring with you is a plug adapter. Make sure you check the plug type of the country you’re traveling to, or you can purchase a universal plug adapter that will work globally.
If your tool is single voltage, it will only work in a country with the same voltage. So before you pack your bags, make sure you check the voltage of the country you’re traveling to. Most dryers are single voltage due to the wattage their powerful motors generate.
Q: What’s the difference between a plug adapter and an electric converter/transformer?
A: A plug adapter allows a dual-voltage appliance from one country to be plugged into the wall outlet of another country (think JFK to Charles de Gaulle).
Converters and transformers can either step up or step down the voltage. But just a heads up! We don’t recommend the use of converters or transformers as it voids the warranty of the tool.
Q: How can I best take care of my tools so they last and last?
A: Always unplug your tool when it’s not in use, and never wrap the cord around the tool (I know, I know, it’s tempting!)
Q: Okay, I think we have room for one more thing in our over-packed suitcase. What’s the one product you can’t live without when you travel?
A: If you’re like me, you’re creating beach waves by day and sleek looks by night╌so don’t forget your Hot Off The Press® which protects your hair from damage during styling marathons.
Short on time between destinations? Click here for our post on making your blowout last.
Wendy Herman is Paul Mitchell's Web Content Editor. She nerds out over finding typos and she'll probably unfriend you if you put two spaces after a period. Her other hobbies include selling vintage dresses online and cooking up delicious vegan feasts.