Manage Pee Breaks

Pee breaks on the road can be a challenge. Don’t be caught with your pants down.

I will not soon forget the first time I saw someone use one of those old-fashioned public pissoirs in Amsterdam. I thought: seriously? Isn’t Europe a first-world place? Gross. Since then, I have gone to the bathroom in places I would rather forget. My new mantra: Get over yourself and get on with your business. Here are a few tips:

1. Always take advantage of a washroom when one is available, even if you don’t think you have to go.

2. Be mindful of your water intake if there is even a remote chance of getting stuck in traffic. (I once flew to Montreal with a bursting bladder, because the plumbing at Billy Bishop Airport was malfunctioning that morning and there was turbulence the whole way.)

3. Carry a few sachets of disinfecting wipes in your day pack. Good for skinned knees, too.

4. A small bottle of hand sanitizer is great for sharing with the group/kids.

5. Pocket extra napkins from the lunch table, in case you need them later.

6. Keep a few coins on you in case the toilet has a toll. Or an attendant.

7. When presented with facilities that are not what you’re used to (i.e. holes in the floor), just roll with it. At least you’ll get a good story out of it.

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