One thing we were particularly worried about before leaving the UK was how best to keep on top of the dust build up, especially as Esther has allergies that are easily aggravated.
The obvious place to start looking, we thought, was small hand held battery powered vacuum cleaners which are in plentiful supply. Well known brands such as DustDevils compete with supermarket own brands in the entry level range (less than £50) whilst the premium models led by Dyson can set you back close to £200 in some stores. However, after several visits to our local supermarket and nearest Curry's to test out the hand held battery powered options we were not impressed. Even the very expensive Dyson models seemed low power and unlikely to make hoovering easy.
In the end we decided that as the battery powered options were disapointing that we'd prefer a mains power vacuum that could give a much more powerful clean. Even though we didn't know how often we'd be connected to mains power we could then just use a dustpan and brush on a day today basis as well.
We use it pretty much daily when we are staying on campsites and the dustpan and brush on days in between (obviously if you have 1000W inverter you needn't be on mains power at all). Occasionally, if we go for too long between mains power stops we take up the carpets and beat them outside. A bit more hassle overall but much cheaper and efficient compared to the battery powered hand held options in our opinion and its been working well for us so far.