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Toilets aren’t something that many of us put much thought into when planning our travels. However, they’re often an important part of the trip worth preparing for. At some point during your travels, you’ll need to use the bathroom, and it’s worth knowing what to expect. Below are 10 useful toilet travel tips to consider.
Pack some loperamide
Many people experience diarrhoea when travelling abroad. This is sometimes the result of a difference in tap water – while you may be able to stick to bottled water to avoid getting an upset stomach, it may not always be possible to avoid drinking the water if you’re somewhere more rural. Changes in diet and routine may also lead to the runs. To prevent diarrhoea from ruining your trip, consider packing some antidiarrheal such as loperamide.
Pack some hand sanitizer
You may end up stopping at public bathrooms on your travel that don’t always have the best maintained facilities. Soap may not be well stocked up and there may not even be working taps in some cases. A bottle of hand sanitizer is useful to bring for these situations so that you can keep your hands clean.
Pack some toilet roll
Similarly, some public bathrooms and even some hotel rooms may not have toilet roll. It’s never fun getting caught short of toilet paper, so bring some just in case. A pack of pocket tissues could be a more portable emergency option.
Know when to use the wastebasket
Some countries don’t have great plumbing and so flushing paper down the toilet may be advised against. Signage will be displayed in these cases and a wastebasket should be provided that you should use instead. Bear in mind that some countries don’t use toilet paper at all – instead you may have to learn how to use a bidet.
Keep some change handy
In some places across the world (particularly cities), you have to pay to use public bathrooms. While some bathrooms now accept card payments, others only accept coins. Make sure that you have some change handy for these situations.
Consider distance to bathrooms when camping
When camping, some people are happy to do their business in the wild. However, others still prefer to use an actual toilet. If you fall into the latter category, make sure to choose a campsite with a bathroom block and try to opt for a tent pitch nearby so that you’re not having to go for a ten minute walk in the middle of the night..
Alternatively, bring an RV
Many RVs have their own toilets. For those that prefer their camping with some home comforts, it can be worth investing in an RV. Of course, RVs have a tank and you will need to learn how to dump RV waste if you’re going to be using this toilet regularly.
Be prepared for different forms of toilet
Not all foreign toilets may be familiar. You may encounter all kinds of flushes from pull chains to pedals on the floor. It’s worth also bracing yourself for squat toilets in some countries, which are essentially holes in the floor with no seat. Open-air urinals are also common in some cities.
Plan bathroom stops with kids during travel
Bathroom stops are always important to consider when traveling, but can be particularly important when traveling with kids. Make sure to plan frequent stops when organizing a road trip. Before catching a plane, it could also be worth making sure that kids all use the bathroom in the departure lobby, as it may be a while before you can use them in the plane.
Look into toilet finding apps