What adaptor do I need for Europe, America and Dubai
It is also worth knowing the voltage, as some plugs can handle different amounts.
For example, US appliances run on 110 volts while European appliances run on 220 volts – meaning you could blow a fuse if you use the wrong voltage plug.
Only dual voltage items, such as laptops, can handle being in both countries without problems.
We explain which plugs you might need and how they work when travelling abroad.
Europe plugs are two pronged with round pins, although there are two slightly different varietiesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
This plug has two round pins, although some countries have other plug types.
The US plug (left) the UK plug (middle) and the Europe plug (right)Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Type A plugs have two flat pins, and can also be used in Canada and Mexico.
Type B plugs are similar, but they have a third rounded pin at the bottom.
However, Type B plugs are grounded – which can prevent electric shocks if the plug is broken.
The three pronged plug is used throughout Dubai and other places in the UAE.
Other countries in the world to use type G include Cambodia, Gibraltar, Malta and the Maldives.
Brits previously argued that the UK plug was better than the US plug as they can carry double the volts.