How to dress
for the bathroom in Nepal...
Whether it be
in the city of Katmandu or trekking in the mountains, skirts
are the best item of clothing to have. You can wear pants,
but skirts are more culturally acceptable and they work better
while using the toilet. I brought four skirts (ended up loaning
one out to a friend) and one pair of pants with me for 22
days in Nepal. I wore a skirt everyday finding it more comfortable
then wearing pants. The only time I recommend wearing pants
is when you are trekking, to avoid getting it caught on branches
and such. If you stay in villages, I recommend changing back
into a skirt. Also if you have a favorite skirt style, bring
it and you can get one tailored just like it in Katmandu for
about $5. And, if you are going to be spending quite a few
days in Katmandu or any of the other cities, I suggest you
purchase one or two scarves to cover your nose and mouth,
as the pollution is quite bad. I purchased two wonderful scarves
for around $8.
(Jane, Littleton, Colorado)
The National Public Toilet
Map of Australia...
This is a perfect
tip for the female traveller who's always on the lookout for
the nearest loo. Worry no more. Before heading out for a day
of sightseeing, simply log onto the Aussie toilet map site
and follow the instructions to locate the nearest lavatory
to where you plan to be. Just point, click, print and... you're
prepared 'to go'.
(Teena, Sydney, Australia)
Create travel toilet paper...
On an ongoing
basis I replace rolls of toilet paper when there are about
five uses left. I flatten each nearly used-up roll and save
it. When going on a trip, I pack these flattened rolls in
a zip lock bag. They take little space, weigh next to nothing,
cost a minimal amount, create very little waste, and are always
there if I need them. In Third World countries where toilet
paper is often non-existent I bless my little stash.
(Eliza, Baltimore, USA)
Consult your iPhone for best
Do you have
an iPhone? I downloaded an helpful iPhone application called,
'Sit or Squat.' It shows you the nearest bathrooms with photos
plus ratings. It's perfect not only for mummy but for when
you're on an outing with the kiddies and they 'gotta go'.
(Carrie Ann, Toronto, Canada)
Hurray for Disney...
We don't know
how they do it but the washrooms in Disneys' parks are always
spotless. How spotless? You could set up a food stand in one
and I'd still be OK with it. You know I'm kidding, of course
but that is just my way of showing how clean their loos really
(Lisa, Kitchener, Canada)
Protect your belongings in
What do you
do when you have to watch your bag, your purse and a computer
and you need to use the washroom in a train station or airport?
My advice is never to leave things outside your stall for
even a few minutes even if the bathroom seems empty. Instead,
I head for the handicapped washroom. Most often they are empty,
there are no lineups and they are large enough to bring all
your belongings in with you.
(Robin Brown, New Zealand)
Editor's Note: Never
hang your coat over the top of the stall door. Never leave
your parcels too close to the door as well. Someone can reach
in and be gone before you even have the time to flush.
in Hong Kong washrooms...
Please be culturally
correct. Chinese women, if and when they do breastfeed, would
never consider feeding their child in public (i.e. restaurants
or hotel lobbies). I suggest breastfeeding moms seek out the
washrooms of the upscale hotels and restaurants. Many of them
have lovely lounge type areas with comfortable chairs, etc.
One extraordinary facility that comes to mind is the Mandarin
Oriental at 5 Connaught Road in Central.
(Jeannie Hau, Hong Kong Guide, Hong Kong)
Public washrooms in Hong
if you can find them in Hong Kong -- are appalling! "Wot
duk!" -- disgusting, as we say in Cantonese. A smart
Journeywoman always keeps change on hand, a HK$5 coin (60
US cents, 90 Canadian cents), or a couple of HK$2 coins so
you can duck into a top hotel or restaurant and use the loo
there. Just walk in looking like you belong. If you're a foreigner,
no one is likely to question you. Chances are high, though,
that there will be a cleaning lady waiting inside the loo
-- and she expects a "tip". Given the fact that
she keeps those loos clean enough to use, it's well worth
(Cathy Hilborn Feng, Hong Kong)
Look for the pink flower
in Hong Kong...
loos in Hong Kong do not supply toilet paper so be prepared.
Know how to identify a public washroom in this part of the
world? Look for a sign on a facility that has a pink flower
engraved on a metal background.
Posh hotel washrooms...
you are backpacking doesn't mean you have to look dishevelled.
The smarter you look the easier it will be to gain access
to posh hotel washrooms. I like to use them to freshen up
at the end of the day before heading off to dinner or a night
at the theatre. Comb your hair, put a dimestore barette in,
add some lipstick to the mix and you are good to go.
(Evelyn Hannon, JW Editor)
A website all about award-winning
washrooms in America...
Who knew? There
is a website called Best Restroom that showcases the best
of the best in American washrooms. They award five winners
each year. Number one in 2009 is Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in
Branson, Missouri. It features marble fireplaces, hand-carved
mahogany pool table, antiques, lion's head sinks, leather
chairs, stained glass and chandeliers. Click
here to learn about the rest.
Indonesia only westerners carry toilet paper...
was in a panic. The site of my hard-learned lesson was Lake
Toba, in northern Sumatra, in Indonesia. My friend and I were
staying on Samosir Island in a village called Tuk Tuk. The
island was beautiful. At that time, there was no electricity,
the accommodations were spartan, the food delicious and the
tourists tended toward the bohemian. More...