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How to vomit during a flight?

Last time I travelled I wasn't feeling quite well just before boarding the plane. I either had eaten something wrong or a flu just appeared. The thought of having to vomit during the flight made me ...
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How can I wash myself Indian-style (using water not toilet paper) in Western toilets?

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 ...
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Where can I take a shower at Dubai Airport?

I've got two transfers between long-haul flights coming up at DXB, and I'd like to freshen up with a shower. Information on the net is outdated and contradictory, and the official site is remarkably ...
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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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Netherlands: where to find public water tap?

We are wandering around the Netherlands (on foot, hitchhiking, and by bicycle). We aren't sleeping in campsites, but just putting our tent anywhere "in the bush". We are used to travelling this way ...
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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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Why do some hotels etc and other accommodation have rules against washing clothes in your room or in the sink?

In some hotels and other kinds of accommodation including hostels and I believe even campgrounds there is a rule against hand washing your laundry in the sink or handbasin, or in your room. I'm sure ...
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Can you get sucked tight on a plane's toilet?

The sounds of flushing an airplane's toilet can be quite intimidating. When going to the toilet on a plane, I am always a bit cautious of accidental flushing. If so, do you risk being sucked stuck to ...
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What's the best way to take a cold shower?

This is a question that most people probably never think about, because it's an every-day thing. But for many of us, such as myself, who grew up in more western cultures, with more modern ...
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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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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 ...
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Is there any reason not to do laundry with bar soap?

When traveling light, is there any reason not to use standard hotel-issue bar soap to wash clothes in a hotel sink? Carrying powder laundry detergent (or worse, liquid!) seems like a big hassle if ...
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Dealing with smelly travel daypacks?

This came from an idea I saw on another website's thread that wasn't getting much love. When travelling, especially in hot, humid regions, you tend to sweat - especially in the back area where your ...
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How to use toilet paper

If someone who has never used toilet paper ever travels to countries where only toilet paper is used - how could one learn to use toilet paper? One of my (Asian) colleagues who is more of a friend ...
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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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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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Shower rooms at Incheon airport

I will be in transit at the Incheon airport for a couple hours and wanted to make use of their 'shower rooms'. Has anybody used them? Can you take your luggage in the shower room? The airport's ...
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Do travel diapers exist for long bus/prop plane trips that don't have on board lavatories?

A long time ago a Cessna pilot showed me a diaper he wears when he is flying around. It makes sense that a pit stop isn't something you do during flights. Apparently there is a type of gel inside the ...
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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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What is the proper etiquette at Japanese onsen?

Japan is a volcanically active country which means it has a plethora of onsen (hot springs) all around the country. Visiting these onsen is supposed to be a popular vacation destination for the ...
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Staying in the toilet during landing

For safety purposes all airlines make you go back to your seat when you are in the toilet just before landing. But, what if you really had to go and don't come out even after persistent knocking. ...
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OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?

OK so for anyone that's travelled beyond North America and Western Europe you know what I'm talking about. Left: Romania, last year. Right: Turkey, last night. They start popping up in the Balkans ...
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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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Why do public toilets in the US have large gaps (no privacy)?

Most public toilets in the US are very low in privacy, the bottom gap in the door is so big something around 15-20% of the door, the side gaps are too big as well. This will make the toilet experience ...
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Is it rude to ask for toilet paper in Bangladesh?

I have read this post : Stuck without toilet paper while travelling - what is the best approach? Does not quite answer my question. Are toilet papers common in hotels in Dhaka ? It seems too off to ...
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Stuck without toilet paper while travelling - what is the best approach?

Well, this has happened to everyone at some point - you find out there is no toilet paper just after you need it the most. Usually it's not a big deal, even in public toilet room you can wait until ...
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What do you do when you're on-the-road and you cannot shower?

Let's say you're backpacking and you're staying at a super-cheap hostel. Either because you have a lot planned for the day or you're catching long distance bus / train, you've to get up really early ...
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OK we're all nerds here, so really, how on earth should I use a Japanese toilet?

OK so for anyone who's traveled to Japan you know what I'm talking about. They're devices that are a textbook example of excessive featuritis. But I want to use something other than the flush knob ...
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Do microfibre towels dry quicker and absorb more water?

I am going to be doing a tour of Europe, visiting like 20 countries in 49 days and staying in hostels and cheap hotels. Given all this travelling, I think it is possible that my towel may not always ...
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How to dry yourself after using the hand shower in the toilets?

Inspired by this question How to use toilet paper I want to ask "How to use toilet without toilet paper". During my travels through Asian countries, it was common to see the toilet without toilet ...
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How to use Turkish toilet tap?

I was in Turkey a while ago, and encountered sit toilets with taps (edit: taps controlling a nozzle a wee way below a normal western sit-toilet rim, making a little fountain from the back to the front ...
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Finding public toilets in Taiwan

I've been in Taipei for over a week and keep running into the problem of not being able to find public toilets. I can't recall seeing a single public toilet in a street or park. Train and MRT ...
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Where to shower for free in Singapore airport?

I have a similar question to this Shower rooms at Incheon airport My buddy has an 8 hour layover in Singapore. Is there any place where one could shower for free at Changi (Singapore) airport? The ...
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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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I have discovered that the hotel room toilet is blocked, but too late :/

Ok, I have used the toilet after holding myself for too long because of a long haul flight and I am not comfortable using the airplane's lavatory. The problem is, after releasing all the damn load, I ...
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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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Travelling while afflicted with Delhi Belly?

We've got a great existing question on how to avoid Delhi Belly, but what happens if you're afflicted with it but still need to travel? For example, you have a non-changeable travel booking, or your ...
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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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In Asian restaurants and airlines is it correct etiquette to use the hot towel on my face?

In many Asian restaurants both inside and outside Asia, and also on some Asian airlines such as Korean and JAL if I recall correctly, hot cloth towels are given out to all passengers before each meal. ...
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Do hostels provide toiletries?

From my experiences at hotels, I'm used to toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.) being provided. Do hostels also provide these, or do I need to bring my own? Do hostels provide towels as well, or will I ...
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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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How to hide your bodily odors after a long flight?

Of course I could fly first class on an airline that provide on-board showers. Since I lack the funds, that is not an option for me. The scenario is as follows: Your plane leaves in the evening. ...
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Shower at Heathrow during Layover in Terminal 5

Reading the other questions here, I am not too hopeful, but this is the perfect site to find the answer if it does exist: Facts: I arrive at T5 (British Airways) at 08:30, depart at 11:40 from T5 ...
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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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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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Are there trains without WC in the Netherlands?

I have read some news that in the Netherlands there are no WCs in some short-distance trains because it would be too expensive. Is it true that there are urinal bags in these trains? How can I check, ...
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OK we are all adults here, so really, how on earth should I live without bidet?

This is the part four in the interesting series: "OK we are all X here, so really". You can find the past episodes here: OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat ...
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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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How on earth can I use a Canadian toilet without splashing myself?

The last few days I had to use Canadian toilets. Now I'm from Europe and I'm used to Central European toilets: As you can see, the water is really far down the toilet and if "things" fall in there, ...
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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?