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When you Gotta Go: 4 Apps for Finding a Clean Bathroom Anywhere in the World
Everyone has been there -- you're on a long ride with children and you hear the dreaded, “Are we there yet? I need to go potty!” Or, perhaps you've just packed your cheap car hire to set off on a long road trip with friends when you realize you've had one too many sodas and need a bathroom…soon. Just a few years ago, it was a guessing game -- if I stop at this gas station, what are the chances they'll have a public restroom? Or perhaps the better question -- what are the chances that it's clean? Today, you can find clean (and free) bathrooms with a click of a button thanks to a variety of smart phone apps. Here are a few of our top picks that will help guide your way: Sit or Squat - Free Available for the iPhone and Blackberry, Sit or Squat lets you search for a public toilet by entering your address, zip code, intersection, or city. The results will guide you to a clean bathroom within minutes. If you don't have a smart phone, no problem. Just text “sitorsquat”to 368266 to find a nearby restroom. Whizzer - $0.99 Whizzer Lite - Free Whizzer lets you search by current location to find clean restrooms, those that are open late at night, and those with showers. You can also search to include baby changing stations, feminine hygiene products, and can even specify just how clean you want the restroom to be. Upgrade to the regular version of Whizzer for $0.99 and enjoy the app without ads. Diaroogle - Free Created by the website with the same name, Diaroogle is an app available for the iPhone that helps you find a free, clean restroom nearby by entering your zip code, neighborhood, or street address. For each entry you'll find general cleanliness, the rules of entry, and sometimes even photos. Restrooms are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 and if you disagree with someone's review, you can submit your own. MizPee - Free Although the site doesn't offer an app, you can easily take advantage of the mobile site on your smart phone. Simply enter your location and the app will pull up a list of nearby restrooms, its rating, and whether or not it's free. On some entries you'll also find details like if it has a diaper changing station and wheelchair access. As with Sit or Squat, you can also send a text message to (415) 350-2290 with your location and you'll get details about the nearest restroom location. And there you have it, folks. Before your embark on your next trip, make sure you download one of the above apps first. Editors note and about the author Laura Murphy could never be considered a homebody – in fact, she is quite the opposite. She has traveled all over the world, never staying in one place too long and always anxious to explore new territory. A gig like hers –writing for the cheap car hire site NovaCarHire.com – is a dream come true! She hopes you'll continue to follow her as she explores the globe...and who knows? Maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about budget traveling! Thanks to her for this guest post.