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:D I grew up using that thing. When I went studying abroad, I had problems with the toilet you guys called as the normal one (the sitting one). I literally wet my pants several times. Probably I should start a post about "How to sit on the normal toilet". Here are just some extra tips so you don't wet your pants on a squatting toilet. I will suggest you ...


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Here is a video that explains how people use this thing. Seriously, it's informative and visually presented and makes it much clearer.


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It’s a bath mat - for use when stepping out of the shower, or indeed as you say, when using the toilet (tiled floors can be cold underfoot!)


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Ok, I'll take the risk in answering ;) Anyway, I'll take the notes from a Wiki How link, and add in bits from past experiences... Bring your own toilet paper. I used to think this was ridiculous. How could a public bathroom NOT have toilet paper? Then I went to Egypt where the majority of our group had Delhi Belly AND you had to pay for a couple of ...


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Nobody seemed to have given emphasis on what I consider the most important, the position of your arms when doing it: they must be extended away. No: Yes! I live in China and got used to them squat toilets, they are actually better for the transit, and learning this position is good for many other purposes, like waiting for the subway, watching the sun ...


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If you have an Android phone, then there's an app called Where is public toilet. It indicates the public toilets near you, and if they are free to access or not. It works for most of Europe. Play store link. Other similar apps are available.


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Should I put toilet roll in airplane toilets? YES. Airplane toilets are designed to take the toilet paper provided by the airline. The sign is to inform you that nothing other than the provided toilet paper should be put in the toilet, including the paper towels used to dry your hands. Source: Millions of flight miles and articles like 16 Tips on How to ...


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This is funny. When I first read the question, I thought it a humorous prank. But, half way through the page, I was sort of convinced that it may possibly not have been intended to be. I have used squat toilets for nearly all my life. At home, we have both the squat toilets and the sitting ones. I don't mind either, but I find the squat toilets to be more ...


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I have not been to London with kids but according to my experience there are plenty of public toilets available. Most parks have facilities that include a café and toilets. In the city there are toilets on most big squares. There's always a McDonald's restaurant nearby where you can go. One advise is not secret but always given: go to a museum. In many ...


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Three reasons for this: The main reason: Passenger comfort. If the light continuously remains on, then if a passenger opens the door of the lavatory when the cabin lights are off, it will fill the cabin with unwanted light. This can be avoided by making sure that the door is closed before turning on the light. Aircraft lavatory doors and door frames are ...


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Yes, we Indians normally don't use toilet papers. We use water to clean after toilet use. The water hose is used exactly for that.


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Most of the answers here cover most bases you need to know so I'll try to cover topics not mentioned yet. Do a short flush / send a bit of water down the pan before you begin. It'll help sending everything down later. Washing up after you're done: Sometimes, you find a soap bar left inside a toilet instead of liquid soap. I'd suggest you to use this for ...


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Is it acceptable to ask businesses for kids to use their toilets, even if we are not customers? It is if you ask first. It's also not that difficult to become a customer. Go to a café, order a cup of coffee or an ice-cream. Nobody expects you to order a three-course meal to let you use the bathroom. If you absolutely don't want to buy anything, you can ...


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It is a Bidet Shower. A bidet shower (bum gun, bidet spray, bidet sprayer, or health faucet), is a hand-held triggered nozzle that is placed near the toilet and delivers a spray of water used for anal cleansing and cleaning of the genitals after using the toilet for defecation and urination. The device is similar to that on a kitchen sink sprayer. ....


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I grew up with those as well and only positive that comes out from using those is that you get a good work out and avoid keeping reading material in your bathroom. I am not sure about other parts of Asia but in India they mostly have western toilets in metropolitan cities. I had a tough time adjusting back to the squatter when I went back after 10 years. ...


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A typical lavatory will often contain two paper products. Toilet paper is intended for cleaning your nether regions. It is soft (usually!) and is not intended to retain any strength when wet. It is actually designed to turn to flushable mush on contact with water, and to essentially disintegrate the longer it stays in water. As such, the toilet paper on ...


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Its for cleaning yourself, and is not limited to India. They are also common in the Middle East, and there are also portable versions people take with them when traveling. Cleaning with toilet paper after attending to nature's call is foreign in the Middle East and many parts of Asia.


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It's easy, use the hose! while you're sitting on the toilet seat, direct the hose to your private area (do not insert it there, of course), press and get yourself cleaned. This answer explains how to use the hose.


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I've read through all the answers and comments and, if I'm not mistaken, they seem to be always written by men. Using a squat toilet is surely much more complicated when wearing trousers, as most men do around the world, so I appreciate your points and debate. Squat toilets are not as much of a problem from a female point of view, if we think of women ...


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They need to go now. As the parent of an 8-year-old, the most successful approach about age 4-5 was to insist he went to the toilet at intervals which fitted what we were doing, even if he claimed to not need the toilet. If he genuinely didn't, that was fine - just give him 5 minutes and then move on. Often he did though. Now it's a case of him saying "I ...


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I'll add a short answer to address the central point in the question: "trousers seem to be blocking an important thoroughfare! How the hell is this supposed to work??!!" I traveled in Asia for a while and at first had the exact same problem. For the first few months there, I would actually completely take my trousers off before using a squat toilet. But ...


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Understand that toilet paper is designed to be just solid enough to get the job done, but not so solid that it cannot be broken down as waste later once it is wet (this is a general rule for paper waste not specific to airplanes). Too many people think that paper is paper and just flush whatever down, not realizing that it can clog the system (paper towels, ...


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They are the thick ones, I usually put these on the floor, wipe the floor with them (using my foot) in case it got wet. I could be using them wrong all these years, but hey! I love using them that way.


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People in India who use Squat toilets at home wear a specific attire called 'Lungi' for this job. This makes the whole process more comfortable. Public domain image of men wearing lungis in Kolkata (Calcutta) thanks to WikiMedia Commons. In most of the public toilets, you will find space above the door where you can hang your trousers. The real problem ...


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For this particular hut, there's a comment from a visitor ("Will"): The caveats: the toilet is clean, but “outhouse style”- no running water. It is connected to the house, but not accessible from inside. This wasn’t a problem for us. The house does have running water, but no shower. This sounds to me like the toilet is a pit toilet: a seat over a deep ...


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To add to all of the above, there are pubs everywhere - and there are always toilets in pubs. In my years of living and working in London, I have many times used a toilet in a pub without being their customer. Now, these toilets may not be the cleanest around, but "when you gotta go, you gotta go".


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A European toilet can easily handle 10-15 sheets, don't worry. It depends a little on the thickness of the paper and the quality of the plumbing of course. You don't have to flush multiple times.


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The Great British Public Toilet Map might be able to help find toilets in the UK: https://www.toiletmap.org.uk/ You might be able to find similar such maps in other places you travel. The Australian Government, for example, maintains the National Public Toilet Map https://toiletmap.gov.au/


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On one photo, you see that there is a large sink, which you will use to clean. Note: you have only cold water, and in mountains it could be really cold. You can clean up yourself pretty well, with standard shower gels. It is just slower to get the gel out of you (but remember cold water, so maybe it is a good thing). I think for few days it is ok. For more ...


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