*Why are people so arrogant they think these travel tips do not apply to them?*
Most learn by experience. Some do not even learn from that. But you are missing another thing. You do not *need* to carry toilet paper handy. That is a convenience.
If you don't bring it, you have to adopt. You may be uncomfortable, but you can use your underwear. Newsaper. Water. Whatever. I think, though, once you get caught in this situation once, you will say *Why did I not listen to Andy?*.
FWIW I have always had my paper handy when travelling. On the bike, by plane, bus whatever. I always bring it into public restrooms if I am a decent walk away from my bag/bike. Keeps me from having to walk all the way back to my bag/bike if there is none in there. When I am moving fast, as I often do in the US, riding 18 to 29 hours a day on the motorcycle I keep toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, soap and a washcloth in my riding suit. Makes this kind of weird travelling faster and easier. You can stop someplace private, clean up, brush teath and sleep on a picnic bench without ever unpacking the bike. I have never been in a situation where I felt I *Needed* toilet paper to be imediately handy. So far, all my *disturbances* have been controllable enough that I could get to a toilet/tree at a relaxed pace. The only times so far in my life I have had less than controllable problems, I was in bed and could quickly get to my own toilet. So far, so good.
Obviously, I am not a Hobo Traveler. But love and use many of your tips. Some were new to me, some I learned on my own.
Oh, another tip, for if you are not going to be able to find toilets at all. (camping etc) Don't remove the tube. Keep it, and run a string through the tube and tie it in a loop. The string needs to be long enough so you can hang the roll over your neck. That way you do not need to put the paper down on the ground while you are squatting. This is also good for some public restrooms wher ethe floor/walls etc are not exactly clean. And don't forget the plastic bag to keep it dry.
I would say, you are obviously a Hobo type of traveler. You adapt to situations.
I think this is some type of writing style, it works, I know if I call a person something, it makes their brain work.
If you want to learn how to use water, go to Asia, there is no paper, only on the restaurant tables, a roll they use for wiping our mouths.
People get hung up on status, I was laughing at Chris, he said, that room is not a 10 dollar room, it cost more.
"Who give a shit about the price, I would stay in a 100 dollar room if it fit what I needed on that day."
I do not want to pay 100 dollar, have not found many rooms that include the two girls to make it worth the 100 dollars, but I suppose one day I could justify something that is worth 100 dollars.
I purcahsed a fan yesterday, I will use for a week and throw away, I will lose 15 US to be cool and comfortable.
Adapt, this is Hobo, they went from place to place in any way that got the job done, they were effective, they did not get captured by their egos.
Great example of adapting to the envriroment to survive, and even better thrive...
I know I live better than most five star people. My friend just came back from staying in a Hilton in Barcelona.
He hated Barcelona, I loved Barcelona, I would say he took a wrong turn, could not adapt, paid to reserve a week of crap living style, thinking money buy love.
Nice post dude!!!
Removing the cardboard is an old backpacker trick. Pinching a piece of the middle is a new one for me.
When we were visiting the Philippines last winter I found many "comfort rooms" there do not have paper, but they do have a little long handled bowl called a "tabo". It is for washing your behind...with your hand.
Luckily there is usually soap to wash your hands afterward.
Hehehe, the funny part, I almost always try to buy napkins for the table because easier, simpler and more durable. This type of thinking even deviates farther away from the culture.
First tourist and travelers should accept it is wise to carry paper.
Second learn this is quick, and easy to do...
Third, switch them if possible to table napkins, however, not all countries have napkins, and countries such as Brazil sell paper that does not absorb for napkins, a real waste of time.
Change, think, adapt, there is never one answer to travel tips.