Carry a Surge Protector While Traveling to Become an Airport Hero

Most airports could use more power outlets. Why not bring your own power strip and guarantee you’ll have a slot on one? And help some other travelers too!

Even though more and more airports are installing additional power outlets, the vast majority of them don’t have nearly enough to meet the demand of modern times where everyone and anyone has a mobile device that needs charged. To make up for the difference, and maybe even find some new friends, carrying a simple surge-protector power strip can save the day.


At least that’s what it did for longgoodknight. He relates his experience with this tip:

I was able to make use of it at several airports. The only downside was when I left and four people had to try for the one outlet.

Everybody asked, and every body was very grateful, but only two people of those plugged in were on my flight.

When his flight was ready to board and he had to take his power strip with him, the only sad part was the power-hungry friends left behind:

They actually stared at each other while waiting to pounce on the outlet.

The next time you travel via airport, bring along a surge protector and see what happens!



  1. Paul

    April 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I’ve done this for years. Always easy to get a spot to charge. In the case above, why not ask if anyone staying would like to buy the strip from you, just to cover your costs. You’ll have to get another, but they’re not left high and dry. Belkin has a nice model that has three plugs plus 2 USB plugs for around $11 last time I bought one.

    • Steve Krause

      April 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Really great article. Is this the one you bought Paul?

      Looks like it has 3 plugs and 2 USB. Both a 5 and 10 watt strip and Amazon Prime. Very Nice. I’ll have to grab one.

      • Paul

        April 16, 2013 at 8:35 am

        Yep, that’s the one. Not too large, the price is right and you get surge protection too boot.

        • Steve Krause

          April 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

          AND, you become very popular at the airport…. that is until leave.

          Perhaps buy two of them and when you leave, offer to sell it for $15. Make a little cash and not be the bad guy hehehe

  2. PaulT

    April 17, 2013 at 7:33 am

    now this is just pure genius. What is it these great ideas are so simple but it takes years to think of them?

    Just bought that surge protect Steve. Thnx

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