When it comes
to using non-western and often, sub-standard bathroom facilities
men are far less concerned and they get things done a lot faster
than we JourneyWomen do.
one thing 'their equipement' is better designed and much more appropriate
for use in Third World toilets.
- Guys are definitely
not as squeamish as we are about wet seats, messy floors and yucky
- They go in, use
the loo, come out and never comment on their experience.
- Women on the other
hand will ask your opinion on what the bathroom was like before
they use the washroom.
- They will also offer
their own detailed description of the facility when they are done.
for these reasons that Journeywoman has created this compilation
of bathroom tips to use as you travel the world. It never hurts
to be prepared...
||Do your potty research...
If you are travelling
to a country where you don't speak the language find out how
to say, 'where is the toilet/washroom?' before you leave. Either
learn to pronounce the full sentence or copy it into your travel
journal for when you need it. Our favorite resource for this
language research is wikiHow
and as they explain, often you don't even need to know the full
sentence; just learn how to say the word 'bathroom.' For example:
in Mexico, use the words, "el baño" or just
Want to impress
Arabic (Saudi Arabia; UAE) = Ayna Al Hammam?
Czech = Prosim Vas, Kde jsou toalety?
Dutch = Pardon, waar is de W.C
Cantonese Chinese = Mm-goy, chee-soh hai been-doh-ah?
toilets in India...
In my country
public and paid toilet facilities are not so common so I'm
sending along some advice for female visitors to India. Almost
every restaurant and some tourist spots have toilets attached
to them. Have a cup of tea at a hotel and take this opportunity
to use the toilet facility available there. If you've had
a meal at a restaurant, don't leave without using their facilities
(even if you don't REALLY need to go). It might be a while
before you find another proper toilet. Alternatively, if you
are traveling by car and stop for a petrol fill, take the
time and use the toilet facilities available at most petrol
pumps. Carry tissue and wet wipes. You'll probably need them.
(Resmi, Kerala, India)
Her Germany Washroom Advice...
be without a 50 pfennig piece in Germany! All public washrooms
that I used required 50 pf. to get in. Also they never seemed
to have hot water, soap or paper towels. Best to carry antiseptic
wipes with you for washing your hands and face.
(Marilyn, Toronto, Canada)
The same goes for Prague...
If you have
to walk downstairs to any loo, please take coins with you.
You might get all the way down and have someone waiting there,
with hand out for payment to use the facilities.
(Sunny, Tel Aviv, Israel)
Where’s the W.C in
China has some
token throne toilets in more expensive establishments but
the squat toilet reigns supreme. The cleanliness of them varies
dramatically. Often public toilets don’t supply toilet
paper so always carry tissues in your handbag. Depending on
where you travel you will encounter squat toilets with private
cubicles and others will be a much more public experience.
Some have no doors, dividing walls only a metre high and a
trench running the length of the room. Leave your dignity
at the door and put it down to a fab travel story.
(Sonja Seifert, Melbourne, Australia)
Pack an umbrella for China's
Yes, there can
be lots of rain when you're in China but that's not why I'm
suggesting you pack an umbrella. My reason is so much better.
If you're going to the outskirts of any Chinese cities, you
absolutely must bring along a collapsible umbrella. You see,
not all toilet doors close properly -- some don't even close
at all. So open that umbrella and shield your body -- it can
save you a lot of embarrassment.
Tiger balm and squatting
It depends on
where you are going -- some restrooms in China are still pretty
primitive -- so be prepared. Take your own toilet paper and
seat covers for where the toilets actually have seats. Most
public toilets are the squat type so start exercising your
thigh muscles and practice squatting. A small dab of Tiger
Balm under the nose can be very helpful in dispelling unpleasant
odors in the toilets.
(Estelle, California, USA)
Ed. note: I
use my mentholated lip balm under my nose in "hard-to-be-in"
washrooms. I also wear pants with tight fitting legs so the
bottoms don't get dirty in the squat washrooms.
Outdoor bathrooms are scary things...
The loo was
out side. Now here I lay, listening to hyena cackles split
the night while untamed creatures skittered over my tent roof.
The air was moist, cool, and pungent with alien smells of
a world untouched by so-called civilization. It was the loo
that finally made me realize I was living my dream. More...