I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to organize my schedule when I travel. Recently, Asha at the fabulous website ParentHacks, directed me to a unique online service that helps travelers in a non-traditional, but very important way.
SitOrSquat.com is a website and service that tells you where public restrooms are located anywhere in the world. When I’m traveling, especially in countries outside the US, it’s nice to know this information without having to pull out a map or guidebook that indicates to the world "I AM A TOURIST!" Also, if you’re traveling on a busy schedule or with children, it’s nice to be able to plan out these stops in advance.
You can access the SitOrSquat database on your iPhone or Blackberry, which is extremely convenient when you’re on the road. Be sure that your mobile device’s data plan is approved for use if traveling outside the US, though. I usually call and make my plan international a few days before I leave the country, and then discontinue the plan when I return home.
Another wonderful feature is that you can rate the restroom after you use it to give future users an idea of what level of cleanliness to expect. The program also tracks which bathrooms are handicap accessible, if there are changing tables present, and if the location with the bathroom is open (you might be near a restaurant at 3:00 a.m., but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to get to it). Some entries even come with a picture of the facilities. If you discover a toilet that isn’t yet in the system, you can add it and rate it.
Happy organized traveling!