In this electronic age, traveling can be a real drain on your batteries. So the next time you’re headed to the airport, bring along a power strip.
I learned this the hard way. I was stuck in one of those airports with a nearly dead laptop and no available outlets. I wandered aimlessly until I found a bank of pay phones (remember those?) each of which had an electric outlet. Luckily, each phone was enclosed in a sort of booth with a small seat. I plopped down in the cramped space, plugged in and started writing. Not exactly ergonomically correct, but it did the trick.
Never again. Today, I don’t leave home without a power strip. That way, when I find myself running low on juice in my latop, cell phone, a kid’s DS or any other power-sucking travel neccessity, I simply walk up to whoever got to the outlet first and ask, very nicely, “Do you mind if I plug this power stip into that outlet and then we all can plug into the power stip and power up?”