for odors in bathrooms...
China, I found the washroom facilities in public places were
almost always workable. However, there were times that the
odours could be overwhelming. A lady on my tour brought along
a very tiny bottle of lavender oil. A sniff of a small drop
on my finger tip was a blessing and made the bathroom situation
much more bearable.
(Shirley Yarmoloy, Delta, Canada)
Wear a long skirt in developing
The floors in
the public toilets I've used in India were always wet and
very dirty. Wear pants if you must but the bottoms of those
pants are going to get wet. Instead wear a long skirt that
you can hike up away from the mess. A long skirt is also so
much better when you have to go beside the road or by the
side of your tour bus. It affords you at least a tiny bit
Free tissue in Japan...
In Tokyo's city
core there are people handing out free tissue. You'll see
some Japanese people refusing to take it. That's because the
companies offering freebies are advertising "escort services."
Our advice is for women travellers to take the tissue and
pretend you don't know what's being advertised. Because, when
you get to a Japanese washroom you'll find that many of them
do not have tissue and then you'll think...what a thoughtful
Bathroom etiquette in Japan...
When using the
toilet facilities, you will find a pair of toilet slippers
for the exclusive use of this room. Leave your house slippers
outside the door and slip on this special footwear. Be sure
to remember to change back again before returning to the living
(Raise Your Cultural IQ, Louisa Nedkov, Trade Winds Publication
Japanese toilets are fun...
Once you have
used the Japanese version of a Western toilet, it's hard to
come home. In a pristine, quiet and privately enclosed space,
complete with purse hook, bench and a gently warmed seat,
they have built-in front and back bidets controlled at the
touch of a button (like a car wash) and, for the toilet-timid,
sound effects like faux-flushing, birdsong or chimes summoned
with a wave of the hand. Western public toilets and their
grimy bathroom stalls now fill me with dread.
(Source: National Post Newspaper)
Best free public toilets
in London, England...
We all need
to know where the best loos are in central London whether
we're visiting or local. London train stations (not tube stations)
all have toilets but are not usually free. These public toilets
have been chosen by About.com: London Travel for their close
location to major London attractions. (Remember, all museums
and galleries have free loos too.)
free public toilets to Buckingham Palace are in St. James's
Park. Go up The Mall -- the long road in front of Buckingham
Palace, towards Trafalgar Square -- and enter the park on
the right at Marlborough Gate. There are men, women, and disabled
toilet facilities. For more great advice, just click here:
Congrats to Canada's top
Check out the
Cross-Canada powder room map for facilities that have been
rated 'tops in Canada.' You'll also find readers suggestions
for cleanest loos as well as resources for women with overactive
A tip about toilets in Korea...
Here's some advice for JourneyWomen around
the world. Don't expect toilet tissue in all public restrooms
in Korea. In this country it's customary to bring your own.
When you go into Korea's small little markets or convenience
stores, you'll notice flat, plastic packs of tissue papers
- the whole pack is about the size of a standard greeting
card. These are their travel packs of toilet paper. I suggest
you buy several of them. They can even be 'fun' gifts to bring
home for your travelling girlfriends.
(Lisa, New York, USA)
A great gadget for women
exposure, awkward poses and wet shoes. Try Whizzy for women,
and stand and "go" with ease. Stand inches from
the toilet. Stay clean. Stay dry. Disposable. Fits purse,
pocket or pack. Invented by a woman for women to make life
a little easier. A great inexpensive bon voyage gift for the
gal who will be roughing it. Visit our website for a better
idea of how Whizzy works. http://www.whizzy4you.com
Washroom in New York's Chinatown...
Have a peek
at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (65 Bayard Street). Look
at the flavors. A little different from the Baskin-Robbins,
isn't it? Lychee, green tea and red bean are a few of the
selections. Those feeling less bold may choose from some of
the classics, too. At the Bowery, check out the Chinese Pagodalike
Macdonald's with Ronald sitting out front on a bench. This
is a good place to use a bathroom as they are somewhat hard
to come by in Chinatown.