Travelling to Europe for tourism or business purpose can be fun. All you need to know is the tricks for staying for a short time in a foreign country. Various countries in Europe have little differences in culture, but the essential point remains the same throughout. For most of the people, one of the most important questions is about the loo in hotels or hostels they will be staying in.
How are the bathrooms in Europe?
The first thing you will notice is that the bathrooms are super clean and hygienic. The showers work well and the water comes with a good force and lets you take the bath you want. The size of the bathrooms differs from each hotel but you will find enough space to take a comfortable shower. If you are lucky enough, you might get to enjoy jacuzzi at some hotels/hostels. Hotels do provide you with towels, soaps, and all the other bathing essentials but as for hostels it differs. Some may provide towels and soap for free and some may charge near around 2 Euros for the same. You need to ask the management if the towels provided are free or not. We try our level best to negotiate and provide towels free of cost to our users.
The shower strategies are a bit different than all other countries. Try to be informed on the timings of the availability of hot water in the hotels. Most of the hotels try to save on their bills as energy is expensive. Hot water is available for 5-6 hours in the morning, and you will get enough time to finish your daily chores. Breakfast timing starts at 7:30 am and ends around 10-11 am so you must try and complete your morning rituals within that time.
In the case of hostels, bathrooms can be ensuite (in your dorm room) or in a separate area altogether. The bathroom area usually will have around 4-10 showers separated floorwise or in a single line. You might not get a shampoo kit in case of hostels and so it is advised to bring your shampoo kit. The good thing about having separate showers is that you can utilise them in case you reach before check-in time.
Beware about the water hiccups in the hotels. Read the instructions before you start using them. In Spain, ‘C' stands for Caldo/Caliente which means hot. In Croatia, you will find an icon with fuming water beside your bedroom switch. In Paris, you will have timely hot water coming, but you will find a knob to regulate the heat.
Most places you will find hand showers, so try and be acquainted with it. You will have to master the art of lathering in one hand and showering with the other, keeping in mind that it does not spill on the floor. In the case of a bathtub, the same theory applies. Avoid taking long showers. In some hotels in France, you will see that the geyser comes with a gadget that automatically switches off after every 5 minutes. So, practice taking a short and efficient shower within 5 minutes.
You will get coin-operated public showers all over Europe, wherein you have to insert coins to take a bath. Be prepared and have two coins ready to avoid that ‘lather look.' You can Google to see where you have public showers. Sometimes a hectic schedule can allow you a shower, every 2-3 days. So, please plan accordingly.
How to deal with toilet tricks in Europe?
The first truth that you will face is that the Europeans don’t use any water in the toilet, only toilet paper to clean themselves and unfortunately, you will have to accept that without any questions. If you are one of those who feels uncomfortable, there is not much that you can do unless you are ready to use the flush water.
In various locations in Amsterdam, you will find squat toilets. Squat toilets are more or less like Indian toilets. It's better to get acquainted anywhere rather than pausing the essentials. Toilets anywhere in Europe are amazingly maintained and have ecological features installed. You might be charged 50 cents or a Euro for using a public lavatory. The lavatory contains two buttons, one for flushing and the other for saving water.
There are a few toilets that are auto sanitized, which means that the next person has no threat of carrying any germs from the previous one. 50 cents or a Euro is a standard charge all over Europe to use toilets and restrooms in public places. And if you do not want to spend money on this, you can find a loo in the nearby café or restaurant.
If you are not able to find anything, paid or unpaid, and it’s urgent, we recommend you to enter any public building or a museum or anything official and kindly ask for permission to use the lavatory. In some cases, men and women share the same restrooms and toilets. Do not get shocked when you see a woman clean the room while you are still using the loo. (Of course, they are separated by wooden planks and are fully opaque). Toilets everywhere are clean and sparkling. You will hardly get any stinky toilets and urinals.
For women, there is a separate arrangement of disposing of sanitary towels and a temporary foldable bed to feed your baby. Knowing these hacks can save you from embarrassment in any situation.