We don't get to pick when we have to use the bathroom. We don't always have a say in where we use it, either. When nature calls, where you are determines the facilities you can use. Would I love to only relieve myself in the pristine executive washroom at SkyMall Tuesday headquarters? Of course. Sadly, you don't always have the luxury of using your own toilet. Once you leave your house, you're at the mercy of the elements (and that sloppy joe that you had for lunch). That's when you need to brave a public restroom. Not all public facilities are created equal, and any time you enter one it's like playing a game of Russian roulette (with slightly lower, though grosser, stakes). It pays to be prepared when you need to use the bathroom away from home, but assembling your own kit can be challenging. Thankfully, SkyMall has your back (and your front, if you just have to go #1). Before you venture out of the house to eat as many tacos as you can fit inside your belly, be sure to grab your Public Toilet Survival Kit.
There are certainly things that you can do to minimize your exposure to bathroom grime. Always wear shoes inside of public facilities (that includes airplanes). Wash your hands thoroughly after doing your business. Try to touch as little as possible (you can push doors open with your elbows rather than grabbing doorknobs). Beyond that, though, you need to arm yourself with the proper tools.
Think that only germaphobes arm themselves with survival kits? Believe that some antibiotic hand sanitizer is all that you need? Well, while you're futilely wiping your hands together under the air dryer, we'll be reading the product description:
One toilet seat cover, 2 antiseptic wipes and 1 pair of latex-free disposable gloves. All in a grossly funny mini tin. You're welcome.
Sounds like the recipe for a grossly fun night.
If peeing in the car just isn't an option, be sure to carry your own gloves and wipes with your wherever you go. Even if you don't need to use the restroom, you might have to hide a body. You're welcome.
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