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Hairdryer for Best of England tour in May?

Should I plan on bringing a hairdryer or will the accommodations on this tour provide one?

Posted by
918 posts

I took this tour several years ago and every single hotel provided a hair dryer. It may be located in the bedroom (in a desk drawer) instead of the bathroom. Or you may have to ask at the front desk and they will provide you with one.

Posted by
2508 posts

You won't find outlets in bathrooms in the UK, by law, so hairdryers are often in the room.

Posted by
4012 posts

Contact the tour office to learn if hairdryers are provided in all rooms and they’ll tell you immediately.

Posted by
914 posts

All the hotels provided hairdryers when I took this tour six years ago but be aware that they might be unpleasant to use. I just got back from the Southern England tour, where only one hotel provided a nice, normal hairdryer like the kind you'd buy at, say, Target. The other dryers you might encounter are:

  1. The Worst Hairdryer in the World (TM), which looks like a vacuum cleaner attachment and has a handle that heats up to 380 degrees so that it's impossible to hold after a few minutes. I don't see this one much anymore because it has given way to …

  2. The Second Worst Hairdryer in the World (TM), which is pretty much the same as version 1.0 but it has a small blue screen showing time and temperature and also a better handle; still looks like you're drying your hair with a crevice tool though;

  3. The Thumb Cramp Special, a seemingly normal hairdryer that requires you to keep your thumb on the "on" button the entire time;

  4. The Yanker, which doesn't have any sort of filter or guard on the back end so if you get it too close to your hair, it will yank a clump of hair out of your head; and

  5. The Arrgh!, which also looks more or less normal but has a weird button configuration, and you end up turning it off or to the cold setting multiple times while drying your hair.

But as long you're prepared to face any of these, it won't be so bad. Have fun on the tour!

Posted by
343 posts

Brilliant! But you’ve forgotten one - The Hopeless, that never gets hot enough or strong enough to actually DRY any hair…

Posted by
422 posts

Teresa,

Thank you for giving me a GREAT laugh! I'll see which type of hair dryer I have in England in the next week.

Posted by
289 posts

Teresa,
Your post reinforces that a wash-and-wear haircut is the best solution.

Posted by
914 posts

Omigosh, AmandaR, yes! I forgot all about the Hopeless. Number 6!

Posted by
2225 posts

Teresa—oh my gosh that was funny! Especially since my mom actually had it be of those #1 vacuum style ones installed in her bathroom when she had it remodeled. Why????? Lol!

Posted by
189 posts

I was on the Best of England tour September. 2022. All hotel rooms had adequate hair dryers. No problems with any of them.

Posted by
2225 posts

Teresa--I know!!! LOL! She had a medical emergency last September and never made it back to her home. She is an an assisted living now. We were flying down weekly to take care of everything and I did not bring a hair dryer with me because there was that one, but geez it was awful! I almost ripped it out of the wall before we sold her place, but I forgot. I wonder what people said about it when they went through on the open house, lol!

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9855 posts

Teresa, Amanda, THANK YOU for those beautiful listings !!! Hilarious !!

Posted by
2147 posts

When I receive the complete hotel list I check their websites to see what amenities are listed.

Posted by
906 posts

In addition to the "interesting" variety of hairdryers is finding somewhere in the room with a plug and a mirror. I've crawled around on the floor hunting an outlet. Once had to drag up a desk chair to a full length mirror with a nearby outlet because the cord was too short and the outlet too low. Heading to Scotland in a few weeks and this thread was a reminder to pack a mirror.