When travelling abroad, it’s great to get a taste of different cultures which include a variety of things such as religion, food, the scenery and so much more, but have you ever spared a thought as to the huge variation of loos internationally?
The answer is probably not, however when you come to think about it, there is actually a huge variety as to how toilets function worldwide. Unfortunately, you can’t always guarantee that you’ll be presented with such high standards which you can ensure when hiring our luxury loos here at Event Washrooms which can make using the loo facilities whilst travelling an interesting experience, to say the least!
We had a look at Sloan’s International Guide to Bathrooms featuring how restrooms differ worldwide which is particularly useful if you’re looking to go away! So let’s take a look at some of things you might want to watch out and be prepared for when using toilets across different cultures and countries.
Paying to use the bathroom is an unfamiliar notion for Americans, yet this is actually quite normal across many countries worldwide. Whilst across Europe and Asia you would expect to put your coins into a machine which allows you to use the facilities, toilets across Eastern Europe might have attendants at the doors who collect the money, and yes they should be tipped!
Other cultures don’t quite receive payment to use loos in the way that you might think. In Taiwan for example, (which is also home to the Modern Toilet Restaurant in which food is served in mini toilet bowls and drinks served in urinals) when using the loos, you only pay for the toilet paper you use, not the actual use of the loos!
In India though, the loos are controlled using the social service organisation, Sulabh International. using the loos costs roughly two rupees in which the profits are used to help operate toilets in areas with lower standards of sanitation.
You can often be expected to pay a small amount to use the loos in German service stations but you are often given a refund voucher when exiting the bathroom.
What is referred to as the ‘squat toilet’ is most regularly found in Asia and is a porcelain container built into the floor, thus meaning you have to squat down to use it. Be warned, though, squat toilets may or may not offer loo paper so make sure you’re prepared!
Japanese loo facilities are very well known for being a step above the rest in terms of their elaborate designs, for example, built-in bidets. Electronic toilets, which are also popularly found in Japan, have various extravagant electronic settings such as an option for white noise.
Have you heard or even had the experience of using a ‘washout toilet’? The toilet is designed fairly conventionally with a loo seat, however, an added platform inside the loo allows people to inspect deposits before flushing which are often found in Germany.
Toilet Travel Tips
As you’ll have seen, the variation of loo features, functions and even etiquette ranges quite widely! On average, we use the loo about six to eight times a day, therefore, whilst away on your travels, it’s best to be as prepared as possible and here’s how according to Sloan’s guide.
As payment to use restrooms differs from place to place, ensuring you have plenty of spare change to pay for using the loos, as well as to tip the loo attendants is a must. If for some reason you don’t have any money on you, restaurants and museums are often a safe bet for restrooms which don’t charge.
As we already mentioned, in some locations you won’t be able to guarantee that loo paper is provided or that it’s free, therefore, make sure to carry some spare around with you should you need it. Carrying a mini bottle of hand sanitizer or wipes is another great tip should the restroom not have the best or any sanitation facilities.
Finally, it might also be worth packing your rucksack with an umbrella even if the weather suggests no sign of rain! The reason for this being that not all toilets might give you the privacy that you’re used to, therefore an umbrella would give you sufficient cover.
We hope you’ve found this quick guide to bathrooms use across the world helpful, especially if you’re going to be off on holiday this summer! It’s best not to be caught out when it comes to using the restroom, therefore, follow these helpful tips and you won’t find using loos abroad a too unfamiliar or challenging experience.