I will be on one of RS' Ireland 14 day tours this fall. For those of you who have been on this tour, do most of the places that you stay at have hair dryers available? I intend to bring a folding curling iron but was hoping not to have to pack a hair dryer. Thanks.
Thanks. I have very short hair.... very thick. But would at least like to have a curl to start the day or for nicer occaisions, at least to look a little womenly. It usually holds the curl, even in damp weather.
Depends where you're staying. Many "mid-range" B&B places and most hotels - even budget - have some form of hair dryer. Otherwise, just buy one overseas that you can always use on future trips world-wide. My girlfriend found a dirt-cheap, powerful and neatly folding one, albeit it in Krakow, for about $9. It's a pain to find a 220-240V hair dryer here and forget taking a voltage converter - the wattage required for a blow dryer is so great that you'd need a sizable and expensive converter.
The earlier person posting is correct - a lot of B&Bs have hair dryers to lend (with or without a deposit). You can also buy small folding dual-voltage hair dryers and a "UK" type plug to use - just switch from 120 to 240 on the dryer. Some links below. But if you can do without, it saves some space and weight.
When I was on a very long trip with no dryer and had cut my hair short, plus we were tent- or cabin-camping, I'd find the hand dryers in the communal bath houses and use them to dry my hair...worked just great!
Here are some links for you:
Amazon (inexpensive): http://www.amazon.com/Andis-33805-Micro-Turbo-Voltage/dp/B0009XH6V4