Traveling on a budget means that you need strategies for coping. Here’s our well tested surviving budget bathrooms travel hack. I swear once you’ve tried it you won’t go back.
When I was younger, a “wet room” was the “thing” to get your bathroom remodeled as. When you get to Asia and budget accommodation, they’re the scourge of your traveling life.
A budget bathroom means a wet room
Throughout China, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India so far wet rooms are the norm. The shower is usually situated either over the toilet, or between the toilet and the door. Drainage is usually poor to non existent.
And of course that means that once you take a shower, or wash your clothes, the floor is wet. You only usually forget this once while wearing socks. And the floor remains wet until you leave the accommodation. Sometimes, if they have heavy traffic, its still wet from cleaning (or the previous inhabitant) when you arrive.
In Sri Lanka, where we spent a month it rained pretty every day, it became thoroughly depressing.
The Solution to Surviving Budget Bathrooms
We bought this shower squeegee – FINALLY – in Ernakulam, over the water from Fort Kochi, Kerala. And it is bloody marvelous. No it doesn’t always get ALL the water up, but it gets enough out of the way that the floor dries really quickly.
This turns your wet room experience from a toe curling, soggy footed, constantly wet towel time into an almost zen like experience.
Here’s an even better version of it. A folding shower squeegee. Perfect.