The Drop Toilet

As far as drop toilets go, it’s in a lovely spot!!

Quite a pretty Drop Toilet. Where does one start when discussing a drop toilet? I can say that I am fairly lucky in that I have been to Nepal, India and other Asian Countries to experience the ‘real’ drop toilet. You could ask the question, does this help visiting drop toilets here in Australia? I am going to say, yes it does help…and it helps a lot, in more ways than one. The Drop Toilet can be very deceptive.

Drop Toilet on the hill.
Drop Toilet on the hill.

Firstly, I will say, that very quickly and I mean, very quickly, you learn to breath through your mouth, you walk in and sometimes, WHAM, you get hit with a very foul stench and then and only then, do you internal shut your nostrils down and breath through your mouth. This method of mine has been working for a very long time and I will continue to do so for the years to come as well. I explained my method to the kids one day, after experiencing a very nasty drop toilet once, and they all said yes I will try that. You know full well they haven’t ‘shut their nostrils down’ when they come out, gagging constantly until they suck in huge gobfuls of fresh air.¬†

Drop Toilet, hidden away waiting for that door to open!
Drop Toilet, hidden away waiting for that door to open!

Some drop toilets are deceptively pretty from the outside, a lovely view, or surrounded in beautiful gum trees, only to open the door and be reminded that you are about to use a drop toilet that stinks…all business is done faster than you can unroll the toilet paper and stumble out the door. Other times, the toilet might be tucked away in some strange location in the campground, looking sad and unwelcome, but you are pleasantly surprised to find that it doesn’t smell at all and is very clean, so one doesn’t need to rush their business as much.

Lastly, the best way to cope with an ultra gross drop toilet, if you can, is to leave the door open. This can’t happen often, but I have had some of the most ‘spectacular views, doing twos’ that it occasionally makes you forget where your are, until your nostrils suddenly bring you back down to earth with a BANG!

Good luck in your quest to conquer the ever surprising Drop Toilet.