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As an Indian I have grown up in Delhi using water to wash after using the toilet instead of toilet paper. In Indian culture this is considered a cleaner practice because of the use of water in order to wash the privates instead of toilet paper which may leave a residue.

Although I was able to comfortably adjust with the toilet paper system, many Indian people find it quite difficult and "dirty".

Are there any tips for a traveler to appropriately conduct themselves while fulfilling their wish of using water instead of toilet paper. I have heard of several people carrying PET bottles to the washroom in Western countries due to lack to tap and jug or hand shower, but I feel this is even worse and inappropriate as well.

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>Although I was able to comfortably adjust with the toilet paper system, many Indian people find it quite difficult and "dirty". What source you got on this ? –  happybuddha Mar 27 at 6:24
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>I have heard of several people carrying PET bottles to the washroom in Western countries due to lack to tap and jug or hand shower, but I feel this is even worse and inappropriate as well. - This is perfectly alright IMO. I have given away empty soda bottles to many of my Indian colleagues in the US. Even if I see someone take a bottle of water into a public restroom, I have never found it to be inappropriate. –  happybuddha Mar 27 at 6:26
    
@happybuddha Many older people in my family find it difficult and do not like the idea of using toilet paper and encourage me to only use the toilet when I can take a shower afterwards or carry a bottle etc. I personally think that it is difficult to use a bottle as you may not have one or may have to buy a drink just for the bottle and dispose the drink. Some people also tend to use dedicated bottles which I feel is inappropriate and unhealthy –  Aditya Somani Mar 27 at 6:26
    
Does this post answer your question? travel.stackexchange.com/q/17641/324 –  Andrew Grimm Mar 29 at 10:51
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This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but it will be better than just dry toilet paper. Wet wipes are sold in most grocery/sundries stores in the baby section. They can even be purchased in small packages which are made to fit in a purse and some of them are specifically sold as being flushable (i.e. it's ok to just throw them in the toilet afterwards). I usually take some of these along for hiking/camping trips when I'm not sure how long I'll have to go without a shower.

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I like this idea. Wet toilet paper easily breaks down but I believe wet wipes can be carried easily in a purse or a bag. –  Aditya Somani Mar 28 at 1:12
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Many of my Japanese colleagues (as well as Indian colleagues) usually prefer to stay in hotels that provide bidet toilet pots. If that is not available then most will keep an empty bottle in their bathrooms. I can say this for sure about my buddies from the Middle East, India and Asia in general. It is fairly common to instruct house keeping not to dispose of the bottles from the bathroom. Or they will keep a glass which is washed regularly

If one really needs to relieve themselves in a public bathroom, IMO, it is alright to take a PET bottle along with oneself. I have given away many of my used soda bottles to colleagues in emergencies. Even in public toilets I haven't seen anyone bat an eyelid if someone takes in a bottle of water with them. Just don't leave the place wet and soggy. If a bottle isn't available most people will simply wet some tissue paper at the sink and take it along with them as apparently cleaning with toilet paper will never give the feeling of clean to most people not used to it.

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I really like the padded wet toilet paper idea. But I'm still wondering if there is a better solution to PET bottles. –  Aditya Somani Mar 27 at 6:37
    
I would like to combine yours' and Chris' answer. Is there some nifty way of doing something like this on SE? I feel your bidet suggestion is great and his wet wipes suggestion is great too! –  Aditya Somani Mar 28 at 1:21
    
I don't know how well the comment response system works. But I hope you're able to read my comment above. Would it be possible to do something like that? –  Aditya Somani Mar 30 at 12:55
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Get a Hand Bidet Sprayer @ www.bathroomsprayers.com and then you can clean with water conveniently. Nothing you can do about a public toilet but as soon as you get home you'll be all set and your visiting guests will be much happier also! enter image description here

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Someone I know brought a plumbing 'T' joint and had this kinda sprayer/shower fixed in his bathroom. I think it barely costed USD 20 and the apartment maintenance guys installed this for free. –  happybuddha Mar 29 at 3:12
    
@user12649 I meant it as a reference to while travelling while using public toilets. We have those in almost every place in India. :D –  Aditya Somani Mar 30 at 12:54
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