How to Use a Squat Toilet

If you're thinking "Aren’t toilets the same all over the world?” you don’t know squat.


  • 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

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