Why Does The United Kingdom Use a South Africa Adapter Plug?


If you are traveling to the United Kingdom, you will need adapter plugs to charge your cell phone, iPad and power your laptop computer. England uses two types of plugs. One plug is called the United Kindgom plug (GUD) and has three rectangle pins. The other plug used in England is the South Africa plug (GUE) that has three large round pins.

So why does England use a South Africa plug? It is common for countries to have more than one type of outlet. Most areas in England will use the GUD plug, however in some older parts of England you might see an outlet for the GUE plug. The reason that South Africa and England share a plug type is because the British Empire controlled South Africa for quite some time. 

Most likely when you are in England you will encounter the GUD plug, but it is prudent to take along the GUE plug just in case. Many countries share adapter plug types so don't be surprised if an adapter works in more than one country worldwide. You can always check Going In Style's Adapter Guide to make sure you have the correct adapter for your trip.

Countries that use the GUE type plug include:

Still Not Sure? Read our Adapter Guide >> http://www.goinginstyle.net/not-sure-read-our-adapter-guide/

My Appliance Plug Wont Fit Into My New Adapter Plug. Help!

Some customers are concerned when it seems as though their power plug wont fit completely in the female side of the adapter. Your power plug will fit, you just need to push hard the first couple of times you use your adapter. 

The adapter plugs are designed to fit snuggly so you have a tight connection. The alternative would be if the power plug fit loosely, then there would be safety issues. Your power plug could fall partially out of the adapter and cause electric shock. For safety, Going In Style adapter plugs are designed to fit tight. The first few times you use your adapter the connect will be very snug, but will loosen up after a few uses. 

If you are having trouble inserting your power plug into the back of your adapter ask someone who is stronger to help you push the power plug in all the way. Then disconnect the power plug from the adapter and insert it again. Do this a few times until the adapter loosens up and your power plug glides in more easily.

Tips For Staying Hydrated While Traveling

It is important to stay hydrated while you travel especially when traveling by plane. Airplane cabins have low humidity and dry air. Staying hydrated can help you avoid jet lag and feel better when you arrive at your destination.

Water Drinking Tips: 

  • Drink water with every meal and snack
  • Drink water instead of soda or juice when you're thirsty
  • Even when you don't feel thirsty have a glass of water
  • Drink a glass in the morning to start your day and jump start your digestive system
  • While you are deciding what to eat have a cup of tea or water
  • Flavor your water with tea or different water flavorings -  you can buy already made flavoring or make your own
  • Spice up your water with cucumbers, lemon, frozen berries, rosemary or mint
  • When you are drinking alcohol, have a glass of water or soda water between every drink and add a garnish for fun
  • Remember soup, juice and foods have water  
  • Download an app to keep track of how much water you are drinking throughout the day
  • Keep water with you so it is convenient to drink
  • Buy a fun water bottle that you want to show off
  • Remember to drink water between doing sets at the gym
  • Try warming up your water, its comforting and good for you - many cultures drink their water warm
  • Try sparkling water

Packing For TSA 3-1-1 Liquid Requirments

TSA Regulations, Rules and whats the 311?

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

TSA working with our partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.

Acceptable Identification at check out include:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Border Crossing Card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) NEW DRIVERS LICENSE REQUIREMENTS APPLY
  • A Native American Tribal Photo ID
  • An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • A foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)


TSA: Prohibited Sharp Items

Box Cutters: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Ice Axes/Ice Picks: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Knives – except for plastic or round bladed butter knives:  Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Meat Cleavers: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Razor-Type Blades – such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted):  Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Sabers: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Scissors – metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches:  Carry-on: Yes Checked: Yes

Swords – cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils:  Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

For the full list of prohibited items go to the TSA Travel Website.


MyTSA Mobile Application Now Available

MyTSA has multiple functions, including the following tools:

  • Airport Status: Users can see what airports are experiencing general delays (not flight specific) or search for conditions at a specific airport. This information is provided by the FAA.
  • ‘Can I Bring?’: Users can type in an item they plan to bring on a trip to find out if it is permitted or prohibited, and whether they can pack it in carry-on or checked bags.
  • Guide: Users can get travel tips on an array of some of the most popular topics of air travel, including traveling with children, 3-1-1 rules for liquids, gels and aerosols, special medical needs, packing tips, tips for how to dress for airport security, tips for military members, and traveling with food and gifts.
  • Security wait times: MyTSA gives passengers the ability to share their wait time and see what wait times other passengers have posted for U.S. airports.
  • Wait Times: Passengers can also post the approximate amount of time it took them to get through security for other travelers to view.

To get MyTSA on your mobile device, type in www.tsa.gov/mobile.

You can find the MyTSA iPhone app on iTunes.

For any additional, up-to-date information with TSA, please visit their website: www.tsa.gov

What Size Of Carry On Should I Buy?

A guide to airline carry-on regulations

Choosing the correct carry on size can be tricky because each airline sets their own carry on size restrictions. Going In Style recommends thinking about whether you spend more time traveling domestically or international. International carry on requirements are generally smaller.


Carry-On sizes can be a bit confusing. Airline carry-on restrictions vary from airline to airline as well as from airplane to airplane. For accurate information please contact the airline you are flying with for their baggage limitations in advance. Carry On size can even vary depending on whether you are traveling International or Domestic within the same airline. 

A general guideline you can use for a maximum size carry-on bag is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). A standard size that fits this requirement is, 22 x 14 x 9”. Anything larger should be checked. If you have a bag that is an unusual shape but still within the total number of inches, you may find it being rejected. Also keep in mind the limitations are going to be different for international flights.

Airlines have restrictions on the number of pieces you can carry-on and some will even limit the weight of the bags. Don’t forget, for up to date accurate information contact your airlines. Below are links to luggage information for each airline.

One of Going In Style's favorite carry on luggage brands is Briggs & Riley Carry On Suitcases. Briggs & Riley carry on luggage comes is super durable and comes with a Briggs & Riley lifetime guarantee

TIP: When purchasing carry on luggage in store, Going In Style recommends bringing along a tape measure. Measure the luggage to make sure it actually fits withing the size of carry on regulations including the wheels. Sometimes luggage on sale or discounted carry ons are discounted because they don't quite meet airline carry on sizing regulations. You don't want to buy a brand new carry on luggage and then be charged for an oversize carry on once you get to the airport. 





Alaska Airline Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry on Bag Dimensions 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 56 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm including wheels and handles.

Personal Item such as purse or briefcase

Note: Alaska Airline changed to these dimensions as of June, 4, 2018

American Airline Carry On Baggage Requirements

Carry on Bag Dimensions 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 56 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm including wheels and handles.

Personal Item Dimensions 18 inches x 14 inches x 8 inches / 45 cm x 35 cm x 20cm

Delta Airline Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry on Bag Dimensions 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 56 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm including wheels and handles.

Personal items that are approved are 1 purse, briefcase, camera bag, diaper bag, or laptop computer.

Hawaiian Airlines Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry On Bag Dimensions maximum outside dimensions of 45 linear inches including wheels and handles and fit in the overhead bin.

Personal Item such as purse, daypack, backpack, briefcase, shopping bag, laptop computer or diaper bag.

United Airline Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry On Bag Dimensions 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 56 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm including wheels and handles.

Personal Item Dimensions 17 inches x 10 inches x 9 inches / 43 cm x 25 cm x 10cm (If you are flying Basic Economy ticket, your personal item will be the only item you can bring on board).

Virgin America Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry On Bag Dimensions maximum outside linear dimensions of 51 inches including wheels and handles and fit in the overhead bin.

Personal Item such as purse, daypack, backpack, briefcase, shopping bag, laptop computer or diaper bag.

The Difference Between Adapters and Converters

What is the difference between an adapter and a converter? Going In Style gets this question a lot. An adapter changes the plug configuration so your US power plugs fit into the wall socket in the foreign country you are visiting. A converter changes the electricity so you can use your NON-DUAL-VOLTAGE appliances when visiting a foreign country.


Chances are, if you are traveling to a foreign country, you WILL need an adapter plug to plug your smartphone, tablet, laptop computer, hair dryer and other appliances into the wall outlet to charge. United States power plugs have two flat pins, while another country, such as the United Kingdom, power plug's will have three large square pins. The pin configuration on your US power plug will not fit into the wall socket in the United Kingdom unless you bring along an adapter plug.

Many devices, such as your Samsung phone will use a USB cord to charge your phone. Going In Style also carries USB adapters that also include an AC outlets Input to plug in your laptop


Now that you have your adapter plug, do you still need a converter? The United States operates on 110-120 volt electricity while many foreign countries, such as Australia, operate on  240 volt electricity. If your appliances are NOT dual voltage, this difference in electricity can damage and blow out appliances such as your hair dryer.

Most electronics on the market today ARE dual voltage and do not require a converter. Smartphones, kindles, tablets and many laptops are dual voltage. ALWAYS CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOUR ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES ARE DUAL VOLTAGE before leaving for your trip.

Do check to see if your hair dryer or other appliance is dual voltage, there should be a label on your hair dryer that either says 110 - 120 volts (which would not be dual voltage) or 110 volts - 240 volts (which would be dual voltage). If your hair dryer says the later, then it IS DUAL VOLTAGE and will work in foreign countries such as Australia. 

If you hair dryer is NOT DUAL VOLTAGE then you will either need to purchase a travel hair dryer that is dual voltage or purchase a converter. Going In Style usually recommends purchasing a hair dryer made specifically for travel in this case. Converters can be heavy and bulky and take up unnecessary room in your luggage when you are trying to pack light. A travel hair dryer will usually be compact, lightweight and sometimes foldable, and quite easy to pack in your suitcase. 

In summary, if you are traveling to a foreign country, you will most likely need to bring along an adapter. However, you only need a converter if your appliances are not dual voltage and not compatible with the electricity in your destination country. You can avoid packing a converter by making sure all your appliances are dual voltage before you leave for your trip. 

For a step by step tutorial on How To Tell If My Appliance Is Dual Voltage? Watch the video on dual voltage appliances. 

Packing Checklist

Printable Packing Checklist>

Planning a trip can seem overwhelming with so much to do before your flight and so many items to remember to pack. Going In Style has a comprehensive pre-departure and packing checklist to help you plan for your trip.

Going In Style also has a printable version of our Packing Checklist.


  • Passport(s), Visa(s) & Photo ID(s)
  • Health & Vaccination Documents
  • Medical Insurance Information
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Tickets / Itinerary / Hotel Info
  • Frequent Flyer Cards
  • Travelers Checks
  • Cash & Foreign Currency
  • Credit Cards & ATM Cards
  • Telephone Calling Card
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Copies of Passport & Tickets
  • Advise Credit Card Company of trip


  • Stop Newspapers & Deliveries
  • Post Office to Hold Mail
  • Plan Care for Lawn, Plants & Pets
  • Set Up a Timed Lighting System
  • Leave Trip Itinerary & Copy of Passport with a Friend 
  • Eliminate Possible Fire Hazards (unplug appliances)
  • Adjust Thermostat & Water Heater
  • Store Valuables in Safe Place
  • Lock all Windows & Doors
  • Reconfirm Schedule with Airlines







New Gabby Mycra Pac Raincoats Available Now!

Black Gabby Mycra Pac Raincoat

Black Gabby Mycra Pac Raincoat

New seasonal Gabby Mycra Pac Raincoats are now available on Going In Style's Travel Rain Gear website goinginstyle.org >> http://www.goinginstyle.org/

When traveling to rainy destinations such as Paris, London and Tokyo, you want to bring along the travel gear to keep you dry and comfortable. 

Mycra Pac Raincoats are a beautiful option for a stylish and practical travel raincoat. Mycra Pac coats are water resistant, wrinkle resistant and fold up into their own travel tote bag.

New Gabby rain jacket is a super comfy raincoat with a two way stretch fabric for easy movement. Cute inside lining features patterns such as gingham and polka-hearts that peak through on the underside of the hood and rolled up sleeves. Going In Style currently carries Gabby raincoats in the colors Black and Blue.

Shop all Mycra Pac Raincoats at goinginstyle.org >> http://www.goinginstyle.org/

New Italian Leather RFID Blocking Wallets From Castello

Family Zip Around Passport Case

Family Zip Around Passport Case

Going In Style now carries Italian leather wallets with RFID blocking technology. Castello brand wallets are made of choice leather that has been stained with vegetable oil and hand rubbed.

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. RFID microchips are embedded in your credit cards, debit cards, drivers license and passport. These microchips contain sensitive data such as your name, birthday, and credit card information. Tech-forward thieves can easily steal your data from meters away with an RFID reader. Prevent identity theft by protecting yourself with RFID blocking technology. 

Castello wallets contain a thin layer of RFID blocking tech that will not change the look or feel of the fine Italian leather wallet, but will offer you peace of mind that your data is safe. Castello offers a variety of wallets and passport cases to meet your needs including a leather zip around family passport case that holds up to 5 passports, change, itinerary and more.

Shop RFID blocking money belts, wallets and more >> http://www.goinginstyle.info/rfid-security/

What is RFID Blocking?

RFID chip next to a grain of rice

RFID chip next to a grain of rice

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, or Radio Frequency ID. This means that identification information and data can be transferred through radio frequency. 

RFID technology has a wide range of uses in to today's society. RFID can be used to pay for groceries by scanning your credit card instead of sliding it. Another great use for this is micro chipping your dog or cat. The micro chip is about the size of a grain of rice and can contain all sorts of important data about your pet including their name, address, owner's phone number, and vaccinations. The chip can be scanned through the skin if your pet is ever lost and hopefully your pet can be returned to you quickly.

RFID chips are used in all US passports created after 2006 and in over 35 million credit cards. The technology was designed to let us bypass the standard requirements of scanning or checking in. However, electronic identity thieves have undermined the security of RFID products by devising scanners that read your personal information without you even realizing it.

The possibility of thieves being able to read personal information has become a concern because of the ease of data transfer.  Someone could transfer personal information without your consent. 

It's very important to choose products with RFID blocking features because RFID chips are in personal identification items such as passports (all passports issued since 2006), credit cards, and debit cards. Thieves will use handheld RFID Readers or Scanners to intercept personal information.


Travel Safety

Travel Safety Tips:

  • In case of an emergency it’s a good ideas to leave copies of your itinerary, passport and visas with family or friends.
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home – this also includes expensive-looking jewelry – you don’t want to make yourself a target.
  • Don’t forget to fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
Design Go Money Belt worn by woman
  • For extra security carry your valuables in a hidden money belt – most travelers find the waist version most comfortable.
  • Get health insurance and make sure it will cover you at your destination.
  • Use traveler’s checks or a credit card for large purchases. Both of these are traceable and replaceable if you lose them and are a better option than large amounts of cash.
  • To avoid pickpockets carry your money in different places on your body, rather than together in a highly visible waist pack – money belts are your best bet.
  • Keep a copy of your credit card numbers and credit card companies in the hotel safe. If your credit card is stolen you’ll still have access to report it and freeze the card.
  • Be wary if someone bumps into you, the person might be a pickpocket.
  • Know where the nearest U.S. embassy, a police station or hotel is in case of an emergency.
  • Don’t share personal information with anyone you don’t know.
  • Travel in numbers to ensure safety.