Should I Bring A Clothes Steamer On A Trip?

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Do you wish you could travel without the hassle of getting your clothes pressed by a hotel’s laundry staff? For those on a tight budget or with limited time, a clothes steamer might be the best solution.

For instance, if you want to iron an expensive silk shirt that you bought for a special occasion, a clothes steamer will be gentle enough not to ruin the fabric.

So, if you’re wondering how to choose the best clothes steamer for travel, read on to learn more about what you should consider before making a purchase.

How to Choose the Best Travel Steamer

bring steamer on a trip

There are several factors that, in my experience, you should consider just to make sure it’s the right one.

-Lightweight and Easy to Carry.

-Power and Tank Size.

-Dual Voltage.

-Cord Length.

PRODUCT DETAILS
dual voltage
Dual Voltage Garment Steamer
TRAVEL SMART Conair 450 Watt Dual Voltage Garment Steamer
  • Dual Voltage (110v-240v)
  • 8-foot cord & detachable bristle & lint brush
  • 4.5 x 4.5 x 9.5 inches
  • 1.2 pounds
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Electrolux Portable Handheld Garment & Fabric Steamer
  • 1500 Watts of power
  • 300 ml tank
  • 6 x 4.5 x 9.75 inches
  • 3.98 pounds

Lightweight and Easy to Carry

The travel steamers are compact and easy to carry around. It is an excellent option for travel. They are light enough to be carried from place to place, so they are always with you, and the compact design means the steamer will fit in your suitcase or travel bag. You can use the travel steamers for your clothes, so you can always look your best no matter where you are traveling. The steamer is a small and portable appliance, so it is a good option for travelers who like to be prepared.

Power and Tank Size

In order to have a travel steamer that can efficiently perform at its maximum capabilities, it is imperative that it contains a power of 1200 watts and a tank capacity of 4.3 oz. The size of the tank should be considered because the bigger the tank the more steam will be produced and the longer it will last.

Dual Voltage

Since we are answering whether to take a Travel Steamer on a trip, make sure that if you are traveling to a foreign country, check the voltage they use. Here in the US, our appliances use 110V-120V while in Italy and in Perú, for example, they use 220V-240V.

I’ve heard of people bringing their travel steamer with them to Europe and as soon as they plug it in, it didn’t work or even worse, it got fried. If you plan on using your steamer on a trip outside the US and you are not sure what voltage they use, I highly recommend you bookmark the following table and check the corresponding voltage before packing your steamer.

COUNTRYVOLTAGE
Afghanistan220 V
Albania230 V
Algeria230 V
American Samoa120 V
Andorra230 V
Angola220 V
Anguilla110 V
Antigua and Barbuda230 V
Argentina220
Armenia230 V
Aruba127 V
Australia230 V
Austria230 V
Azerbaijan230 V
Bahamas120 V
Bahrain230 V
Bangladesh220 V
Barbados115 V
Belarus230 V
Belgium230 V
Belize110 V
220 V
Benin220 V
Bermuda120 V
Bhutan230 V
Bolivia115 V
230 V
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba127 V
Bosnia and Herzegovina230 V
Botswana230 V
Brazil127 V
220 V
British Virgin Islands110 V
Brunei240 V
Bulgaria230 V
Burkina Faso220 V
Burundi220 V
Cambodia230 V
Cameroon220 V
Canada120 V
240 V
Cape Verde220 V
Cayman Islands120 V
Central African Republic220 V
Chad220 V
Chile220 V
China (mainland)220 V
Colombia120 V
Comoros220 V
Congo, Republic of the230 V
Congo, Democratic Republic of the220 V
Cook Islands240 V
Costa Rica120 V
Côte d’Ivoire230 V
Croatia230 V
Cuba110 V
Curaçao127 V
Cyprus240 V
Czech Republic230 V
Denmark230 V
Djibouti220 V
Dominica230 V
Dominican Republic120 V
Ecuador120 V
Egypt220 V
El Salvador115 V
Equatorial Guinea220 V
Eritrea230 V
Estonia230 V
Eswatini230 V
Ethiopia220 V
Falkland Islands240 V
Faroe or Faeroe Islands230 V
Fiji240 V
Finland230 V
France230 V
French Guiana220 V
French Polynesia110 V
220 V
Gabon220 V
Gambia230 V
Georgia220 V
Germany230 V
Ghana230 V
Gibraltar240 V
Greece230 V
Greenland220 V
Grenada230 V
Guadeloupe230 V
Guam110 V
Guatemala120 V
Guernsey230 V
Guinea220 V
Guinea-Bissau220 V
Guyana110 V
220 V
Haiti220 V
110 V
Honduras110 V
Hong Kong220 V
Hungary230 V
Iceland230 V
India230 V
Indonesia230 V
Iran230 V
Iraq230 V
Ireland230 V
Isle of Man230 V
Israel230 V
Italy230 V
Jamaica110 V
Japan100 V
200 V
Jersey230 V
Jordan230 V
Kazakhstan220 V
Kenya240 V
Kiribati240 V
Kosovo230 V
Kuwait240 V
Kyrgyzstan220 V
Laos230 V
Latvia230 V
Lebanon220 V
Lesotho220 V
Liberia120 V
240 V
Libya127 V
Lithuania230 V
Liechtenstein230 V
Luxembourg230 V
Macau230 V
Madagascar127 V
220 V
Malawi230 V
Malaysia230 V
Maldives230 V
Mali220 V
Malta230 V
Martinique220 V
Mauritania220 V
Mauritius230 V
Mexico127 V
Micronesia120 V
Moldova220 V
Monaco230 V
Mongolia220 V
Montenegro230 V
Montserrat120 V
230 V
Morocco127 V
220 V
Mozambique220 V
Myanmar230 V
Namibia220 V
Nauru240 V
Nepal230 V
Netherlands230 V
New Caledonia220 V
New Zealand230 V
Nicaragua120 V
Niger220 V
Nigeria240 V
North Korea110 V
220 V
North Macedonia230 V
Norway230 V
Oman240 V
Pakistan230 V
Palau120 V
Panama110 V
120 V
Papua New Guinea240 V
Paraguay220 V
Peru220 V
Philippines115 V
230 V
Poland230 V
Portugal230 V
Puerto Rico120 V
Qatar240 V
Réunion220 V
Romania230 V
Russia230 V
Rwanda230 V
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha220 – 240 V
Saint Martin (French)220 V
Sint Maarten (Dutch)120 V
St. Kitts and Nevis110 V
230 V
St. Lucia240 V
Saint Pierre and Miquelon230 V
St. Vincent and the Grenadines230 V
Samoa230 V
San Marino230 V
São Tomé and Príncipe220 V
Saudi Arabia220 V
Senegal230 V
Serbia230 V
Seychelles240 V
Sierra Leone230 V
Singapore230 V
Slovakia230 V
Slovenia230 V
Solomon Islands220 V
Somalia220 V
South Africa230 V
South Korea220 V
Spain230 V
Sri Lanka230 V
Sudan230 V
Suriname127 V
Sweden230 V
Switzerland230 V
Syria220 V
Taiwan110 V
220 V
Tajikistan220 V
Tanzania230 V
Thailand230 V
Timor-Leste (East Timor)220 V
Togo220 V
Tonga240 V
Trinidad and Tobago115 V
Tunisia230 V
Turkey230 V
Turkmenistan220 V
Tuvalu220 V
Uganda240 V
Ukraine230 V
United Arab Emirates220 V
United Kingdom230 V
 United States120 V
U.S. Virgin Islands110 V
Uruguay230 V
Uzbekistan220 V
Vanuatu220 V
Venezuela120 V
Vietnam220 V
Yemen230 V
Zambia230 V
Zimbabwe220 V

Some people would recommend bringing a converter, but, I am sure they have never seen one that steps up from 110V to 220V with power greater than 1000 watts. It’s double the size and price of the travel steamer and weights 10-20 lb. Don’t bother.

Check it out for yourself. Here is a converter from Amazon.

Size: 9.8 * 6.7 * 7.5 (in), Weight 14 lb.

Cord Length

If you’re staying in a hotel, don’t forget to pack an extension cord. Some models come with longer cord, but they all range between 6 and 9 feet. It might not seem a big deal, but wait till you have a long dress or a suite to steam iron. You will definitely notice the difference.

FAQ

Conclusion

A Portable or Travel Steamer is a small enough appliance that you can bring on a trip, so it is a good option for travelers who like to look sharp and wrinkles free. Just remember that you can’t take it with you on a cruise ship.

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