- Step 1: Know what you're getting into If you’re traveling internationally, be prepared to encounter a non-Western, or squat, toilet. It’s usually a stall with a hole in the ground that may or may not have a flushing mechanism.
- Step 2: Don't expect privacy Don’t expect privacy. Public restroom stalls might only have two-foot-high walls and no doors.
- Step 3: Bring toilet paper Bring your own toilet paper. It’s often not provided in public restrooms.
- Step 4: Practice your squat To strengthen your legs and prepare yourself for the real thing, practice your squat. This will also help boost your confidence.
- Step 5: Position your feet Position your feet on the foot grids on either side of the sunken toilet.
- Step 6: Drop and squat Drop your drawers and squat as close to the opening as possible for accurate aim.
- Step 7: Dispose of toilet paper When you finish your business, dispose of your toilet paper in the receptacle placed behind you for that purpose.
- Step 8: Flush If you’re in a restroom with flushing toilets, hit the button on the wall.
- Step 9: Wash your hands Use your hand sanitizer and remind yourself that travel is all about broadening your horizons.
- FACT: In some remote areas of the Chinese countryside, toilets are actually positioned over a pen of hungry pigs.
You Will Need
- Strong thighs
- An ability to hold your breath
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer gel