I like to get up early and go out exploring when often
my travel companion wishes to sleep in. Any message
I wish to leave I write on a post-it and stick it
to the lavatory lid. (toilet seat cover). This can
then be read by my travelling companion when she gets
Lucinda, Bath, United Kingdom
First one up checks
With us -- two widows -- whoever wakes up first, asks
the other if she has to use the bathroom. If she is
not ready to then the first up gets to use the bathroom
and have a shower. Then when she is done, out she
comes and gets dressed while the other is using the
Arlene, Boston, USA
Use a mini flashlight
As I'm a very light sleeper who, once awakened has
difficulty getting back to sleep, I let my travel
companion know this and we compromise on those nighttime
bathroom trips by using a mini-flashlight to get to
the bathroom and then by just closing the toilet top.
Whoever gets to the bathroom first in the morning,
once we're both awakes, flushes at that time with
the toilet seat down. A simple compromise.
If I'm traveling with someone who goes to sleep earlier
than I do because I want to read or organize the next
day's plans, I use that same mini-flashlight to light
my side of the room and keep my back to my travel
companion. That also helps to shut out the small light.
Arlene, Bethesda, USA
No need for two of each
Share bathroom amenities instead of carrying two of
everything -- ie two hairdryers, toothpaste, body
wash, shampoo, etc. This lightens the load for both
Susan, California, USA
She needs private bathroom
Travellers should be prepared to compromise. I remember
once staying at a pension in Europe with a friend
who refused to get a room with a shared bathroom.
We ended getting a room with a private bathroom, but
she paid the difference in cost for the private bathroom.
We were both happy.
Daria, Vancouver, USA
Sleep closest to W.C.
I normally get up to use the W.C. two or three times
in the night. I always ask for the bed closest to
the W.C. This way there is less chance for me to disturb
my travelling friend.
Alana, Rome, Italy
What's your bathroom schedule?
The first order of business when traveling with a
friend is how long each person needs the bathroom
in the morning or evening and plan accordingly. It
normally works out well when traveling with a friend
who likes to pamper in the morning, because I like
to pamper in the evening. If we both like to pamper
in the evening, then we set a little schedule and
abide by it for the mental sanity of both.
Rebecca, Madison, USA
Matches help in the W.C.
I always carry matches and set them out in the bathroom.
If you're sharing with another person, after using
the washroom, light a match, hold it and let it burn
for as long as possible. It clears the air of bathroom
Susan, Davis, USA
words on toilets...
nature calls, even intrepid travelers prefer to make a comfortable
reply. In this spirit, www.thebathroomdiaries.com
created by Mary Ann Racin (an American Journeywoman), locates
clean, free restrooms around the world. This informative
site depends on the largesse of its readers. So, if you
know a tidy public loo anywhere in the world, please submit
it to this website and make the world a better place for
on the topic of toilets, there's a new book out's that well
worth looking into if you're travelling in developing countries.
Written by Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth, it's called "Shitting
Pretty: How to Stay Clean and Healthy While Traveling
(Travelers' Tales Guides.) Need we say more? We think the
very direct title says it all.
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