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Lynn Feb 7th, 2002 01:53 PM

Bring Your Own Toilet Paper???
 
A friend said I should bring my own towels and toilet paper to Italy. She said the towels are paper-thin and TP is rare??? True?

Rex Feb 7th, 2002 01:56 PM

Towels are a little smaller and thinner - - especially in very low-cost hotels.<BR><BR>TP rare? I have never encountered a shortage of toilet paper in a hotel in Europe, nor in America.<BR><BR>I wouldn't take either, unless you really want your own particular beach towel, and you're going someplace you plan to swim.<BR><BR>Best wishes,<BR><BR>Rex<BR>

Capo Feb 7th, 2002 01:59 PM

Hi Lynn. We had some pretty thin towels in our pensione in Rome, but they got the job done. <BR><BR>Toilet paper rare? Sure, why not? I mean, would you really want toilet paper that's well-done? :~) <BR><BR>Seriously, the shared bathroom in our pensione did run out of TP once and I suppose that could happen to you so, if it brings you peace of mind (since it certainly doesn't weigh a lot) bring a small packet/roll with you.

Sheila Feb 7th, 2002 02:01 PM

Be sure to bring some wax paper too.<BR>It is the best! Cheers!

Lynn Feb 7th, 2002 02:02 PM

Thanks, Rex. Capo - you have a point. Well done would imply crispy. Not a comfortable thought.

Helen Donegan Feb 7th, 2002 02:06 PM

The thin towels are very popular here - said to absorb more and so dry you faster - like blotting paper. They don't look or feel as nice as thick, fluffy ones but they work.

Sissy Feb 7th, 2002 02:12 PM

I don't know about the lack of toilet paper in Italy but they sure have a lack of Public Toilets there. I always take a packet of tissues with me and if I need to "go" I have some stuffed in my pockets just in case. I always take a camping Shammy with me too for use if I have a shower at an airport and it also can double as an extra towel if needed. I don't buy the story about thin towels being as efficient as absorbant fluffy ones though.

me Feb 7th, 2002 02:12 PM

Lynn: PLEASE bring those little Kleenex packets with you. Not so much for your lodging, but for your public toilet needs. They take up so little space, and are really handy when you need them. You'll thank me...

Earnest Feb 7th, 2002 03:12 PM

My understanding is that most hotels in both the US and Europe use toilet paper made from recycled Brillo. Bring your own everywhere.<BR><BR>Earnest

Pamela Feb 7th, 2002 03:24 PM

What I am wondering about is the wax paper idea from Sheila. Instead of TP? Am I missing something?

Faina Feb 7th, 2002 03:31 PM

Pamela, sand paper may work as well and double as a towel.

Capo Feb 7th, 2002 03:34 PM

I use aluminum foil but I'm never sure whether to use the shiny side or the dull side. :~)

Pamela Feb 7th, 2002 03:36 PM

No way, Capo, I only use aluminum foil wrapped around my head to keep out harmful radio waves.

mimi taylor Feb 7th, 2002 04:11 PM

If you are renting a car, be sure to bring some for the road.

Manny Feb 7th, 2002 04:11 PM

I think most towels in Europe are satisfactory. Wash cloths however are in most cases not provided so I suggest you pack one if that is your pleasure. TP is kind of rough so if you prefer your own soft brand by all means pack it. Suggestion in that regard is to save a roll or two after the roll is half gone so you can crush up the remaining part so it easier to pack. Hope this helps. Small tissue packs would work just as well.

peter Feb 7th, 2002 04:15 PM

the toilet paper in italy has a very waxy texture to it. it seems to smeer more than cleanse. it was avaible but woh the hell wanted it. maybe bring your own t.p. would be a good solution

KT Feb 7th, 2002 04:22 PM

Trust me on this, in the WCs of many bars in Italy, there is no paper, waxy, sandpapery, or otherwise. Unless you can time your functions so that you are at a more upscale establishment when the need arises, bring Kleenex.

John G Feb 7th, 2002 04:31 PM

What kind of hotels are you people staying in that have no toilet paper?? Remember, you get what you pay for. I must have also been to a different Italy, one that has toilet paper and tap water that is drinkable. Isn't it so refreshing how Americans think that when they leave the US, they are going into the hinterlands? How did the Italians ever have a Renaissance or a Roman Empire without the help of American housewives in the search for decent toilet paper?

Capo Feb 7th, 2002 04:39 PM

Pamela, *LOL*!! <BR><BR>John, for $60/night near the Spanish Steps I could easily deal with the one morning when toilet paper ran out in our shared bathroom. <BR><BR>The woman in our B&B kept us well-stocked. We even had enough left over to TP the Popemobile. <BR><BR>

Jill Feb 7th, 2002 07:13 PM

I have a tip for traveling with TP--remove the cardboard tube so you can "squish" the roll flat--much easier to travel with (and conserve space)!

geiffel Feb 7th, 2002 07:25 PM

<BR>Maybe in western europe, they have plenty of tp, but in Russia, it is well known to bring some tp. Not all the public restrooms have some, like your hotel will. <BR>My husband and are leaving for there next week, and already set out the tp to pack. Now what do the russians do--drip dry?<BR>

elvira Feb 7th, 2002 08:26 PM

No matter where I travel (even just going shopping at the mall), I carry a packet of kleenex. Nothing worse than wiggling into a toilet only to find the roll empty (I can ask in English "hey you in the next booth, can you pass me some toilet paper?" but that phrase stumps me in other languages).<BR><BR>Towels are a bit thinner in 2* hotels, but are certainly usable. 3*+ hotels have thicker ones.<BR><BR>I found a great washcloth substitute: the facial cleansing cloths (Olay and Dove make them). They are imbedded with soap, enough to do a pretty good washup in the sink or shower, and durable enough to use for a full shower wash with additional soap. After one use, throw 'em away - no mildewy washcloths in the luggage.<BR><BR>If you really REALLY think you'll need more towels, there are deflated ones (like the sponges that are little crackers that plump up when wet) available at camping stores and places like Ultra Cosmetics.<BR><BR>Don't waste luggage space with TP and towels. Oh yeah sometimes there aren't any bath mats, so I use a tshirt that's do for the laundry or trash bin.

fiona Feb 7th, 2002 10:22 PM

aren't there any shops where you are going???? <BR>you would only need kleenex travel packs for the times on tour when you might find that there is no toilet paper. And for goodness sake, stop worrying over this issue and start looking forward to your holiday!!!I'm going to Rome next week and the only thing I'm worrying about is being able to see as much as possible!!

toptop Feb 7th, 2002 11:18 PM

ttt

sylvia Feb 8th, 2002 12:14 AM

You know, I discovered to my amazement that they actually have shops in Italy. There are even shops where they sell soft loo paper and kleenex.

Hakle is best Feb 8th, 2002 01:47 AM

Quite right, Sylvia. There are shops that sell TP not only in Italy, but anywhere in Europe. :o))<BR><BR>If ever you should travel to Turkey, India, China, etc. I definitely recommend to bring/buy kleenex tissues, yes, or take the one from your hotel. ;-), especially when you daytrip outside the cities and tourist sites.

Arthur Feb 8th, 2002 02:27 AM

I am sorry, but in Italy you have better living condition that in the United States.<BR>Bring toilet paper and towels to Italy only if you want to be part of the «american tourist invasion label» not very smart but with dollars to spend buying the «Coliseum».<BR>Imagine if I asked this: do I need a weapon our drugs to go to teh US ?<BR>Of course not, you will say...<BR>Italy is part of the UE ( European Union), which is the biggest free democratic market in the world.<BR>No, you don't need to bring toliet paper and towels to Italy...

Arthur Feb 8th, 2002 02:27 AM

I am sorry, but in Italy you have better living condition that in the United States.<BR>Bring toilet paper and towels to Italy only if you want to be part of the «american tourist invasion label» not very smart but with dollars to spend buying the «Coliseum».<BR>Imagine if I asked this: do I need a weapon our drugs to go to the US ?<BR>Of course not, you will say...<BR>Italy is part of the UE ( European Union), which is the biggest free democratic market in the world.<BR>No, you don't need to bring toliet paper and towels to Italy...

amy Feb 8th, 2002 04:23 AM

The Kleenix packs are a must wherever you're going--as soon as you travel by air you're exposed to every virus of every passenger, so be prepared for sniffles if nothing else. And then if there's no toilet paper, you're fine.<BR><BR>However, why take up luggage space with a roll of toilet paper when there's a delightful experience waiting for you--shopping at a local Italian supermarket. The one we hit in Rome was tiny but efficient; the one we visited in Pisa was quite large and even sold underwear.

aj Feb 8th, 2002 05:07 AM

This is reply is not about toilet paper but Italy has the most beautiful linens I have evern seen. I wish that I had some in my home now. The towels and table cloths were all so beautiful! I loved to visit the linen shops in Rome they felt so luxurious!

Love Feb 8th, 2002 07:27 AM

I love this tread!!!

go-go-go Feb 8th, 2002 08:05 AM

-<BR>This may be more of a girl thing than guy. And of course, hotels have toilet paper !!! Hello --- wake up & smell the capuccino. Without stating so, Lyn's friend is likely referring to occasions when you have to make a pitshop at a bar or in museum. Often the TP is gone. THAT's why many folks dash into a McDonald's to use their facilities. See those golden arches and I know THEY GOT TP and clean bathrooms.<BR><BR>Bring several small Kleenex packages. Actually I always have one in my purse, even when at home in the states.

Sue Feb 8th, 2002 08:28 AM

Call me strange, but I rather enjoyed the coarse toilet paper.....<BR><BR>I did bring my own wash cloths as I've found them unavailable. Bought cheap ones and threw them in the laundry for the hotel to keep.

Sue Feb 8th, 2002 08:36 AM

Ditto the MacDonald's bathroom experience. The only way to travel, even in the USA. If I feel guilty I buy some fries.

Joanne Feb 8th, 2002 08:36 AM

We seem to be obsessed with European "toilet" facilities recently. First the thread on two feet and the hole in the ground and now this!<BR><BR>My takes on both the subjects of TP and towels: First TP rolls in Italy (and most European countries we have visited) are smaller than in the US, in both number of sheets and size of sheets. However, I don't find the texture to be inferior to US TP. Notwithstanding Mr. Whipple and his Charmin!<BR><BR>That said, I too always have tissue packets in my purse both here and overseas~works for both ends you know.<BR><BR>Now to the towels. AJ is absolutely correct, linens in Italy are exquisite. We are used to terry cloth towels, the thicker the better, but sometimes the towels in Italy are not made of terry cloth. Agree with the poster above, who stated some towels in Italy made of different fabrics do absorb very well and sometimes better, and I feel much better than a very thin terry cloth towel.<BR><BR>Years ago, horror stories about the TP in Europe were rampant--texture of sandpaper, etc. and everyone was advised to take their own, which we did on our first trip and never used. I personally don't feel that is any longer the case.<BR><BR>In any case Lynn, I'm sure you will be properly dried and wiped in Italy, and that both subjects should be dismissed from your mind, and instead you should concentrate on all the wonderful things you will see and experience. Have a wonderful trip!<BR><BR>j

Sue Feb 8th, 2002 08:41 AM

You can always rip a few pages from your Fodor's guide.....

fiona Feb 8th, 2002 10:19 AM

aren't there any shops where you are going???? <BR>you would only need kleenex travel packs for the times on tour when you might find that there is no toilet paper. And for goodness sake, stop worrying over this issue and start looking forward to your holiday!!!I'm going to Rome next week and the only thing I'm worrying about is being able to see as much as possible!!

Pamela Feb 8th, 2002 10:35 AM

John G., yes true, but did you notice that all the statues of the Roman emperiors are standing? Maybe the rough T.P. or maybe they used the tips of their togas instead?

John G Feb 8th, 2002 11:27 AM

Oh, Pamela, darling, everyone knows that most of the Roman emporers were sodomites--that's why they are standing. <BR><BR>Ditto for Mickey D's. In Avignon, friends saw me rushing towards a McD's and exclaimed, "John G., you aren't going to eat at McDonald's with all these beautiful cafes around, are you?" To which I replied, "Of course not, Im only going to use the loo. That's all McDonald's is good for. Well, that and heartburn."<BR><BR>I have another solution to the TP problem. Just have your stomach stapled like Carnie Wilson. You will then only have to contend with a rabbit-like pellet everyother day.

Fazzoletto Feb 8th, 2002 11:44 AM

Yes, of course we know you can buy tissues in Italy. But really, packing a few from home is hardly a major inconvenience, and then I've got them when I get there.<BR><BR>I always wonder how far this thing about "Why don't you just buy them when you get there?" thing is supposed to go. Maybe next time I won't bother packing anything at all. I'll just spend my whole vacation buying socks, underwear, shoes, shirts, pajama, toothpaste, deodorant, comb, pen, etc. All readily available in Europe, and it makes so much more sense to spend my time shopping for them than to just throw them in my suitcase and spend my time in Europe in museums or hiking in the coutryside. For that matter, maybe I'll stop carrying kleenex, aspirin, etc., in my bag at home. I'll just stop into a shop when I need them.


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