Questions relating to cleanliness and prevention of diseases and infections while travelling.

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Is it a good idea to use liquid soap to wash dishes when travelling?

So we arrived to an apartment we rented and noticed the dishes didn't seem very clean. Since we were told previously no toiletries would be provided, we brought some with us, but we had no dishwashing ...
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Why are there no waste bins on public transport? [closed]

I have frequently noticed that public transport vehicles do not have waste bins inside. Instead, those are located on the stations. This seems to be the case in all the German cities I have visited ...
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Do hotels in Japan always have manual baths in their rooms?

In Japan, most homes have automatic baths which set up the bath at a pre-set temperature and pre-set level. However twice I stayed at high priced hotels and the room bath was a manual bath like you ...
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How to deal with a full trash can for used toilet paper where you are not allowed to flush the toilet paper?

On different trips I have noticed a sign in toilets asking not to flush toilet paper, but throw it in a bin next to the toilet. This was either on island destinations or in areas with rocky grounds. ...
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Small, warm towel on an airplane - what is it for?

While traveling with a overnight flight, I was given a moistened, warm tissue during the flight (it was a night time long distance flight). That was my first long distance (several hours) flight. I ...
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Non-biological laundry detergent available in the US?

I'm from the UK, visiting the US for a few months. I am allergic to biological laundry detergents. I can't seem to find any non-biological detergent available. Is it sold under a different term in the ...
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Shower for a traveler passing through Delhi

Since I have a bunch of flights and train rides that depart from Delhi, I go through the city quite a few times without the need of a room for the night. I'm interested whether there is a shower ...
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Showers at/near Paris Gare du Nord station?

As part of a great skiing trip in France by train, I'll be getting a sleeper train into Gare d'Austerlitz at around 6am, then heading across Paris to Gare du Nord to get the Eurostar back to London. ...
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Is pipe water drinkable in cities of Bergamo and Milan in northern Italy?

Do the cities of Milan and Bergamo have drinkable tap water, or is the practice to buy bottled water?
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Where can I have a hammam (Turkish bath)?

The most obvious country to have a hammam in would be Turkey, but it's a country I'd rather not visit for a couple of reasons. I'm aware there's a spa resort in the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, ...
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is there a bag for shower stuff?

My university is in a different city than the city that I live in. I have one class this semester. Thus, I have to travel every week one day. my problem is that every week i have to pack my shower ...
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Are there showers / sleeping facilities at SFO?

Odds are good I'll be sleeping in SFO in a couple of weeks' time, before a flight to YVR, upon which I'll go directly to work. Not wanting to look too dishevelled, and not generally trusting myself ...
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Flying with a baby, changing diapers onboard

Babies do require a nappy change more frequently when they are few weeks old, I am wondering is it a problem to change the diapers onboard? Do I have to worry about health issues when using ...
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Is “gutter oil” a problem in any other country besides China?

China has a known problem with "counterfeit" cooking oil made illegally by gangs. Not just inferior cooking oil relabelled as well-regarded brands, but made from waste oil and rotting animal parts. ...
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How long does travel toothpaste last?

Let's say I'm going on a week-long trip and I'm hoping to bring only one small travel-sized tube of toothpaste (25 g) with me. Usually I just bring a normal-sized toothpaste but since the trip is ...
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Is there anywhere to get a haircut at Miami International Airport?

Tomorrow I'll have a 2-hour layover in Miami International Airport (MIA) on my way to a job interview. Is there anywhere within the airport that I can get a haircut? I don't see any such options ...
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Found a bug in my hotel room, can anyone identify? [closed]

I found 2 different kinds of bugs on 2 different nights in 2 different hotels. I don't think they are bed bugs, but can any one help identify them? They both were around 5 mm long. Edit: It occurs ...
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Are there laundry services or shops in Bangkok, Thailand?

In Ko Chang, laundry services can be found in any street, around 25 baht per kg. In Bangkok, I am unable to find any such service. I could only find hotel services that charge 25 baht per pair of ...
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How long is an acceptable shower in Spain? [closed]

I hear taking long showers in foreign countries is looked down upon, especially if you are living with someone temporarily. Is there a standard shower time in Spain that is considered acceptable?
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Countries with hi-tech toilets

While in Japan I was amazed by the hi-tech toilets I saw everywhere (even in rural areas) and I even felt a bit inferior because Italians' toilet don't offer anywhere near such a range of personal ...
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Best OneWorld lounge for a shower at London Heathrow Terminal 3 (LHR)?

On an upcoming trip, I'll be flying into London Heathrow on a flight with one OneWorld airline, then continuing on from Terminal 3 with another OneWorld flight. Coming off an overnight flight, I'm ...
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Bidets aren't really a thing in Western Europe. What can I do as a traveler? [duplicate]

In my home country, using a bidet or a bidet spray is the de facto method to clean yourself after a number two. Many people go for the water-then-paper method, and I'm one of those people. Currently, ...
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Long drive in France. Are there places to shower and securely park my car?

I'm debating if I should go for a long drive (possibly over night) in France. However, if I opt to do so, are there places where I can shower, and park my car securely (sleeping in car)? How do I go ...
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Why did this particular Czech toilet have no paper? [closed]

A few days ago, I visited a large, modern¹, public toilet at a Czech university which featured no toilet paper in the cabins. This wasn’t simply because the supply was depleted: There was no device ...
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Restroom facilities near Saint Chad's Well (Sacred Spring in England)

A visitor to the UK wants to visit the sacred spring associated with Saint Chad (Chadwell Heath -- Not the other ones in Mercia and Lichfield and Staffordshire) for its reputed healing and spiritual ...
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Which (South) East-Asian contries are the cleanest? [closed]

I had been in Thailand recently and I was negatively surprised with how dirty the country is. Garbage was everywhere - along the roads, in the temples and museums, even in the sea. I expected the ...
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Is there a way to know if a spring/water has sulfur?

Is there a quick way or a cheap test (like some kind of strip which would change its color if sulfur is present) to know if the water in a spring has sulfur content in it ? Specifically, I am ...
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Is brushing your teeth in the public toilet a culture specific activity? [closed]

I have seen on a number of occasions in Australia of people brushing their teeth in a public toilet, whether it is in a library or office building. I am trying to work out whether this is something ...
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Is there such a thing as travel-sized organic kitchen detergents?

Besides filling up some dish-washing detergent in a travel-sized container on my own...I want to know if any companies sell pre-packaged packets or tiny bottles of organic dish-washing liquid that ...
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Heathrow Aiport showers for connecting passengers [duplicate]

I am arriving at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 (Air Canada) and departing from Terminal 1 on SAA to SA (layover is 11 hours). Are there any showers for connecting passengers anywhere (money is no ...
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Suitcase starts smelling like petrol (gasoline) when stored in the closet [closed]

I've noticed this with two pieces of luggage over the years, in different flats and closets entirely. When stored in an enclosed space, there's a noticeable smell similar to that of petrol (gasoline). ...
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Do doctors outside of US routinely shake hands with their patients and staff? [closed]

Researching whether fist-bumps indeed would transmit less bacteria than a handshake, I found that, apparently, shaking hands with your doctor is a thing in the US, and, apparently, is expected by both ...
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Handwash on the go

I am searching for some time for a small "pocket soap" which does not require water. I am aware of the problems but I can't imagine that there is not a creative idea how to implement this. I think ...