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Multiplug, Surge Protector needed?

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We are driving Italy, Croatia and Slovenia for 3 weeks in September, followed by a 2-week Adriatic-Mediterranean cruise. In the past we've got by with a simple electrical "converter" plug for recharging our New Zealand phones and camera from European power points.

People tell me that today's traveller has so many more gadgets to recharge (in addition to the foregoing we'll have an iPad and an android tablet this time) they need to take along a 4-point multiplug or "power board" in order to recharge several gadgets simultaneously. I wonder how necessary this really is - any opinions? Ordinarily I'd take along my in-car charger for recharging our phones while driving, but now that connection (the cigarette-lighter) will be taken up by yet another gadget - our GPS!

I like to pack light. While shopping for a light, slimline multiplug I came across a surge protector/multiplug with 2 power point plugs plus a USB plug for tablets, iPads etc. It's rather more expensive than a straight power-board multiplug, but it got me thinking - how important is it to have that surge protection capacity for the more precious items like tablets, in countries like Croatia, Slovenia etc? Any thoughts, anyone?

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