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#1 Oct 13th, 2003, 23:03
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How does one go to the bathroom on a squatting toilet (or whatever it is called) Specifically a female???? This is my worst fear about my first trip (strange I know). I have never been camping so I've not done the outside thing. I guess this will be a whole new experience for me
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Don't wear jeans or any trousers with tight waist! Salwar is best for this.

Try this in your bathtub a few times before leaving.

Place feet on the "footprints." Pull up the legs of the salwar 'til they can't go any higher (somewhere mid-calf). Gather up the material at the top, including your undies and hold (right hand) together at mid-thigh, then squat. Feet flat. Squat all the way down.

Do your business.

Grab watering can with right hand and pour water into the left hand, which should be in an appropriate location to wash yourself clean. Females should always wash "the front part" first, so's not to carry fecal matter in a position to give you a urinary tract infection.

Stand. Walk off the footprints. Re-tie the drawstring, push salwar legs down, rearrange kameez. Walk out of the restroom.

Try it! Now, you can also go camping!
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#3 Oct 14th, 2003, 00:28
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>>Try this in your bathtub a few times before leaving.
good idea..
>>Do your business.
Not so good..

(RE is it polite to pee in your bathtub at home?)
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Great explanation Gretchen, something I wonder about though: How do you get your feet flat on the floor when you squat down?

Nobody I have discussed it with can do it; I always assumed that, because Asians do it from birth, their joints adjust naturally to that position, could there be something wrong with my feet?

I canít get the 'ball' of my foot to an angle of less than 85 degree's to my shin.
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Come on, Steven, you can do it!
Maybe yoga would help.

Which brings us to:

You may be missing India when you....
sign up for a yoga class to improve your squatting technique.
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I've just tried again a few times on my floor, (my cat keeps giving me dirty looks), but still can't do it.

Yoga.............anything's worth trying, so long as I donít lose my balance and end up on the floor of an Indian train toilet again.
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Hmmm... it's hard for some women to keep feet flat on the floor because wearing high heels all the time shortens the hamstrings. You, OTOH, shouldn't have that problem unless you have a secret life you haven't told us about!

Ask one of your running friends for "hamstring stretch" exercises and get to work on them!

I wrecked my right knee over a year ago, and find it very painful to do any squatting ... can't imagine how the elderly Indians do it. Or do they have helpers?
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Originally posted by steven_ber
I've just tried again a few times on my floor, (my cat keeps giving me dirty looks), but still can't do it.
The things people will do for this website I am glad there are no pictures.

Have no fear lokie western style toilets are very common and most hotels and higher end restaurants will have them. Also remember the trains have a squat toilet on one end and a western toilet on the other end.

It's the long distance bus rides that you have to worry about. For something like that I make sure not to eat anything the day of or during the ride except for biscuits or something light. A surprise attack of Delhi belly in the middle of a long ride is not a pleasant thing.

You could go your whole trip and never once have to use a squatter.

Some people prefer them and some don't and it's just a matter of preference.

But thanks to everyone for the detailed description, again it's only old India hands who can talk about this with such great detail and enthusiasm

Mike
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LOL My dog keeps peeing on the floor I think he might be practising too!! I'm going to stop him reading posts for the next week!!
Mine's not as clever as yours!
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squatting tips for men:
feet slightlywider than your shoulders, or thereabouts,
splay feet out, oh, say 90degree angle or so (This is the most useful part for me)
keep feet flat
slowly lower your bum, while raising arms
light bidi when you reach bottom

Plan B. Turn ubiquitous plastic bucket in loo upside down next to floor hole
Park one cheek on bucket
light bidi


Plan C
aluminum framed, plastic seat "camper seats) fit nicely into ones pack. ultralight, cheap too. see camping store
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Tip: The footprint "thingies" are usually a little raised. You can let your toes and ball of your foot hang off so that actually only your heel is on the footprint. Raising the heels even a little helps those who have trouble squatting with their feet on the ground. ALso very important for women in salwar kameez--you've got alot to hold on to. Don't let the tail of your kameez drop into the toilet!
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Excellent stuff bij , and if you slipped of the bucket and suffered an injury, the claims form would be a scream.

I'll get practising again soon.

Plan D
Cover the squat toilet with inflatable rubber ring, the kind used for swimming (remember to inflate it).

Sit on it and light bidi.


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Lookin' good, Steve! I'd like to see the shoes you're wearing with that outfit!
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Plan E

1.attach hang-glider beginner harness to usha fan
(lightweight, fits in pack)
2. put bath bucket underneath harness
3. Light bidi

Caution:
fan must not be engaged
check switch in case power is off and suddenly restored
check power switch outside room in hallway in case the boy decides to reward your room with surporise of power
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helmet not included
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