UK Driving Tour Honeymoon - 3 technical questions Re: US cards in a Chip & Pin world, UK power conversion with 110v power strips, and things to know about congestion fees, and tolls, etc.
We're leaving for the UK for a driving tour next week for about a (hastily planned) fortnight's stay, and I am having a bit of trouble finding current answers to the following questions. There have been several helpful askme
threads. I feel I almost get the answer I need, but as times change, so do answers, and I could really use some help.
1. US debit credit cards in the UK - I understand that ATMs are the way to go, and that there was still some amount of support for the mag stripe US cards, but can I go to a store and purchase a prepaid /gift Visa/MC cards, put a hundred pounds or so on it, to make some transactions easier (i.e standalone automated toll/public transportation things, etc)? The last answer was from 2008, I think, and I'm figuring there's even less places that can take mag stripe cards now.
2. Power Conversion - Binging several 110v devices, like a laptop, iPhone, etc. I thought that buying one or two UK power outlet converters, and using an American 110v power strip might save some cash and make things easier. Is this a good idea?
3. I have a rental car through Hertz, and it seems I'm responsible for all tolls and charges, like the London Congestion Charge. I assume at least for tolls I can pay cash in dedicated lanes, but how would I make sure that I am not skipping or missing tolls?
Forgive me if any of these are ridiculously easy to answer questions that makes me look like I have no Google-fu, but with the wedding in 4 days, and the trip right after, my mind feels like a boil-in-a-bag dinner with all the to-do lists to finish.
Also, who would like some 'new friends from out of town' to crash with them? (just kidding, but it would be cool to meet a mefite or two along the way to share a drink and get some cool destination suggestions)