How to Find a Public Restroom

When nature calls it is very reassuring to know that an available restroom is somewhere nearby. When you are going about your normal routine, you probably have a good sense as to where you can find a clean, open restroom. It is when you are traveling off your typical beaten path that you might need some guidance.

Luckily, there are now internet tools that can guide you toward safe, clean bathroom facilities. Some of these tools can be accessed from your laptop or desktop computer so that you can map out a comfortable plan for yourself before leaving home. Other tools are apps for your smartphone or mobile device - apps that can come in quite handy if you find yourself on the road and in sudden need of a toilet.

Bathroom-finding tools present a wonderful resource for everyone but are particularly valuable for people who have health conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that require quick and easy access to a restroom.

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Worldwide Resources was a user-friendly site with one major drawback. Since the site was taken over by Charmin you need to agree to have your data connected with Facebook in order to access the database. If that is okay with you, you will be able to benefit from the information on the site.

Opening the home page brings you to a map of your current location covered with toilet paper roll flags marking available public toilets. Green toilet paper roll flags indicate that the bathroom has received positive reviews (Green for "Sit"), while red toilet paper roll flags indicate negative reviews (Red for "Squat"). 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. 

You can also access all of the information from the company's database through the use of their app. The SitOrSquat app is available for both Apple iOS products through the App Store and Android devices through Google Play. The app offers all of the same functionality as the desktop version.

Geographically Specific Resources

National Public Toilet Map (Australia): This site is published by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the National Continence Program. The site displays over 16,000 public toilet facilities. One valuable tool is a “Plan a Trip,” which helps you locate restrooms along your travel route. 

The Great British Public Toilet Map: This database is published by the Royal College of Art and includes information on over 11,000 public toilets.

Find a Toilet Apps

The following are all apps that you can install on your mobile device free of charge. Each app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

  1. Bathroom Map: This handy app provides quick visual feedback as to how open the access is to each available toilet in the area in which you are searching. 
  2. SitOrSquatAs stated above, this user-friendly app takes advantage of the large online database found at 
  3. Toilet Finder: This app claims to have a database of over 190,000 public facilities.
  4. Flush Toilet Finder: This app reports that its database contains more than 190,000 public restrooms.
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