A universal necessity when traveling is to have the ability to find available public toilets and restrooms. One could argue that indoor plumbing is the greatest advancement of civilized living. I now introduce you to my self-appointed candidate for second place –- internet tools that guide you toward safe, clean bathroom facilities. These tools allow you to confidently plan an outing, using your computer or your mobile phone. Bathroom-finding tools present a wonderful resource for everyone, but are particularly valuable for people who have health conditions that require quick and easy access to a restroom.
SitOrSquat.com is a user-friendly site. Opening the home page brings you to a map of your current location covered with flags marking available public toilets. When you scroll over each flag, the location is identified and an address provided. If you click on the location, more detailed information is provided. You are also given the option of typing in your desired locale to be transferred to the appropriate map. Coverage is worldwide, although the amount of available options varies by location.
The site also has an ‘Add a Toilet” function. This allows you to identify an available restroom, rate it, and provide information about amenities, such as handicap accessibility, private stalls, or the presence of an attendant.
In addition to accessing the site through the internet, there is an app available for use on your iPhone, iPod Touch and Blackberry. You can also use SMS/Texting to have the nearest facility sent to your mobile phone.
Geographically Specific Resources
This website covers public restroom availability throughout London. The database is available on your computer or through Apple and Android smartphones.
This site is a great resource if you live in Australia. The site displays over 14,000 public toilet facilities. One valuable tool is a “Trip Planner,” which helps you locate restrooms along your travel route.
Great idea - find a toilet with your mobile device. Here are some of the available app options:
Unfortunately, this is an app with some limitations in terms of its helpfulness. Luckily, there is a free version, so you can try it out for yourself.
This user-friendly app takes advantage of the large online database found at SitOrSquat.com.Take the Public Toilet Poll!