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Carry toilet tissue around?

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Carry toilet tissue around?

I read on other forums that we should carry our own toilet tissues to the various tour sites. Is this accurate?

I also read that due to poor plumbing, the local custom is to throw used tissues into the waste basket, NOT directly into the toilet.

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Thanks again!

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Thanks gang. Appreciate the advice as we are headed their on Sunday.

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All of this reminds me of the most practical travel website ever:


It seems that Peru is pretty much in the world mainstream, toilet-wise.

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: ) Very good website MsMacha!

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I carry in my bag a Zip-Loc with:

small bottle of sanitizer

Lysol wipes


"girly" wet wipes-aka "Always" brand

a snack-sized Zip-Loc with broken hotel-sized soaps in it so that I had enough for a single washing at a time. Sanitizer does not actually CLEAN anything, just disinfects. The "girly wipes" were my backup but I hate the fragrances of those on my hands.

This way I could clean EVERYTHING. This time I am also including some ultra-thin plastic bags (think dollar store type small garbage bags) to put on the floor to set my back pack down on. I can just trash it.

Note: Don't expect to see a toilet seat outside of the main tourist areas.

Note #2: For females, an option of a "feminine urinary device" was worth its weight in gold for me. I bought a P-style that I used in very busy areas without any toilet facilities or places to hide--example, mountain pass between Arequipa and Colca Canyon. With just a little practice, you can use this to pee discretely standing up with no one even noticing that is what you are doing. My other half thought that was the coolest thing he had ever seen and kept threatening to take pictures!

Note #3 Almost all public toilets cost 1/2 Sol so be sure to carry small coins ALWAYS. The attendant will provide a portion of paper. Each time, for me, it was more than enough. I am not sure what the fee is used for because rarely does there seem to be any investment in cleaning/disinfecting products.

Note #4 Before entering a public toilet, I recommend putting some smelly lipgloss or Carmex on to help counteract the odor of the place. Seriously. If you can smell the place from a distance and you are desperate to use it, put the Carmex on your nostrils. Again, SERIOUSLY!

This is all part of the adventure.

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