5 bathroom finder apps to download when traveling
Whether you are traveling or just going around your town, and all of a sudden need to urgently do number one or number two, know that there are great apps out there to help you spot a restroom to go. We picked 5 apps that are still in the market (as many have simply stopped working) that promise to come to your rescue in those moments of rebel bowels.
1. Flush Toilet Finder
If the urge to run to the bathroom comes out of nowhere and you need a handy app, Flush is the first option, especially if you are traveling, as it has a global database of restrooms. The company claims to have more than 190,000 bathrooms, loos, and WC listed. If you are in New York, it will be useful. If you are in Madrid, you won´t be disappointed. If you are in Tokyo, everything works alright. If you are in São Paulo, you won´t find the private restrooms of restaurants, for example, but the public ones for sure. Besides, it works offline, which is REALLY useful when you are traveling abroad or don´t have the normal internet connection you’re used to.
Flush uses Google Maps to guide you, has filters to spot places with access to disabled people, and if the bathroom is free, paid or if it requires a key. You can also contribute by informing the app about not listed toilets, increasing the database and helping other users.
Flush has two versions: Flush Toiler Finder & Map, that is a free app, and Flush Pro Restroom Finder, that costs 1.99$.
Conclusion: Flush is well-designed, easy-to-use (great UX, guys!), and has a powerful global database that increases by its own users’ activity. So we definitely recommend it as an app to have when you travel.
2. Good2Go Restroom Access
Finding a restroom in a crowded city like San Francisco is not easy. So when going there, remember: Good2Go is the app to locate restrooms in cafés and retailers. The app developers partnered with San Francisco businesses to guarantee access to clean and modern bathrooms. Everything is hands-free! From opening to door to flushing the toilet, you don´t need to touch anything. The app also creates a virtual queue so that no one has to desperately wait in line to answer the nature’s call.
Good2Go was released in 2017 for iOS and Android. It is free but developers are considering changing to a paid subscription model.
3. San Bidet
Yes, the moment is critical but you don´t give up a little luxury. In the Philippines, an app has gone viral for helping people find the nearest restroom with a bidet. Yes, a bidet… to make it more comfortable to poop, according to its creator Lawrence Velasco.
He had the idea when stuck out of his house, in that sweating situation of urgent need of doing number two, but with no bidet around. It took him 3 weeks to develop San Bidet, and it was an immediate success in the Philippines. Users can add new restrooms with bidets and the database is steadily growing.
San Bidet is quite simple but it does the job. It is available for iOS and Android. So, if going to the Philippines and if you find it hard to poop without the water giggles from a bidet, you already know what to download.
4. Toilet Rush
This is the ultimate bathroom app in Hong Kong , and informs users about their nearest public restroom, its condition and amenities. You can check ratings on the facilities listed and also contribute with your feedback to the community.
Toilet Rush supports offline mode although it needs to be connected on Internet on the first launch. It is developed in Android and iOS.
5. The National Public Toilet Map of Australia
Incontinence issues? The National Continence Program of Australia comes in rescue! The Australian government developed The National Public Toilet Map to show the location of more than 18,000 publicly available restrooms in the country. It includes details of accessibility, opening hours and other features, such as sharps disposal and diaper changing facilities.
Besides the usual GPS capabilities, the app allows search filters to be toggled to show ambulant toilets, accessible parking nearby, and right or left hand transfer information for wheelchair users. The idea is to assist the estimated 4.8 million Australians affected by continence issues and, of course, travelers.
The National Public Toilet Map is available for iOS and Android, and is free.