Using Electronics While Traveling
Justin: Are you nearly packed?
Marsha: Almost. Let’s see, I have wall chargers for my cell phone and other devices, extra memory cards for my camera, and noise-canceling headphones for the airplane.
Justin: Oh, yeah, I forgot to pack my headphones. I’d better dig them out right now.
Marsha: I’ve also packed portable batteries for our devices in case we run out of power en route. I’ve also brought a power strip to use in our hotel room.
Marsha: Hotel rooms never have enough outlets.
Justin: That’s true. I hadn’t thought of that. Maybe I should bring one, too. Between the two of us, we have a lot of gadgets to plug in. Marsha: And I’m bringing some cables in case we want to hook up our devices to the TV. Justin: Don’t you think that’s overkill?
Marsha: Not at all. How else will we entertain ourselves for an entire week? Key vocabulary packed: if you are packed, you have put everything you need into cases ready to go somewhere wall charger: something you plug into the wall usually with small whole that allows you to provide power to a cellphone or some other electronic devices’ they are called wall chargers because you plug them into outlets which are on the wall device: a machine or tool that does a special job; gadget memory card: a piece of electronic equipment for storing data (=information), used in computers, digital cameras, mobile phones etc. noise-cancelling headphone: headphones that reduce unwanted ambient sounds using active noise control dig something out: to find something you have not seen for a long time, or that is not easy to find portable: able to be carried or moved easily run out of: to use all of something and not have any more left en route: on the way power strip: also known as an extension block, power board, power bar, or a plug board is a block of electrical sockets that attaches to the end of a flexible cable typically with a mains plug on the other end, allowing multiple electrical devices to be powered from a single electrical socket outlet: a place on a wall where you can connect electrical equipment to the supply of electricity gadget: a small, useful, and cleverly-designed machine or tool plug in: to connect a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity, or to another piece of electrical equipment cable: a plastic or rubber tube containing wires that carry telephone messages, electronic signals, television pictures etc. hook up: to connect a piece of electronic equipment to another piece of equipment or to an electricity supply overkill: more of something than is necessary or desirable