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Finding a Bathroom While Traveling Internationally

When Traveling With IBD, You Need To Be Aware Of The Local Bathroom Scene


Updated March 03, 2014

Toilet In A Field

When you travel internationally, the bathroom, toilet, or water closet situation may be different from what you're used to.

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When you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), finding a bathroom while traveling can be tricky. You sometimes need to use the bathroom in a hurry, so when traveling in a strange city or in a strange country, you really need to be prepared.

In some countries, you need to pay to use public toilets. Be sure to keep some change on you at all times. If you're a fan of toilet paper (and who isn't?), you'll want to have some with you if you're traveling to a country that has squat toilets. Antibacterial hand gel is a good idea no matter where you're traveling.

Flushing mechanisms may be located on the floor in the form of a pedal, or above in the form of a chain that you pull. Be sure to find out how the toilet works before it becomes a problem.

If you don't speak the language, you'll want to at least be able to ask where the nearest toilet is located.

Spanish: Where is the bathroom? -- ¿Dónde está el baño?

French: Where is the bathroom? -- Où se trouve / Où est la salle de bain? or -- Excuse me, sir / ma'am, where is the toilet? -- Excusez-moi, monsieur / madame, il y a des toilettes? (More on the cultural aspects of asking for the bathroom in France)

German: Where is the restroom/toilet? -- Wo ist das WC/die Toilette?

Italian: Where is the bathroom? -- Dove sono i gabinetti?

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