by Brenda Murray
Finding public toilets in a foreign country is a legitimate concern and can be a bit challenging, but with some planning and the right approach, you can locate them more easily. Here are some tips:
- There are several mobile apps and websites that can help you locate public toilets. Popular ones include Google Maps, TripAdvisor, and apps specifically designed for finding restrooms like "Flush Toilet Finder" or "Bathroom Scout." Download and use these apps before your trip.
- Be sure to use the facilities before you leave your hotel in the morning then try to time your needs to coincide with your breakfast, lunch and dinner so that you can use the bathrooms in the restaurants where you will eat.
- Very large hotels usually have washrooms on the main floor just down the hall from the front desk and these places have so many people coming and going that no one is paying attention to whether you are a guest in that hotel or not. Just walk in to the lobby with confidence, look for a sign on the wall and most likely no one will notice.
- Keep a few euros in your pocket because use of a public toilet in Europe often costs one euro collected by an attendant or needed to for the machine that unlocks the door or lifts the gate.
- In some countries, public restrooms may not always be well-stocked. It's a good idea to carry tissues and hand sanitizer just in case.