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Using an iron in Europe

Can one use a normal travel iron in Europe if we have the right plug adapter?

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If your travel iron can be switched (or will switch automatically) to 220-240 volts (it should say something like "100-240 volts" on it somewhere), then all you need is an adapter plug. If not, you'll need a high-capacity converter...something that'll take somewhere around 1600-2000 watts.

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Check before you plug in. You don't want to blow fuses. Older hotels and B&B's might not be adequately wired.

Go for clothes that are presentable when wrinkled rather than carry an iron to Europe.

Posted by
3 posts

Thanks for the advice. Now to just convince my wife! :)

Posted by
3419 posts

Carry an iron!!! What nonsense!!!! Many hotles have irons you can borrow. Don't waste the space or weight of even a travel iron. Pack senseably, and hand things to "steam" out wrinkles in the shower if needed!!!!

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Toni...nonsense? Not at all! I've carried a small travel iron on business trips (and a pleasure trip or 2)for more than 30 years, to make sure creases are sharp and surfaces are wrinkle-free. I don't want to run up against a hotel that doesn't have one, or doesn't have one available right away, or takes an hour to send it up to your room, all circumstances I've run into. While not everyone may want to carry a travel iron, some do. It's not terribly fair to dismiss that desire as nonsense.