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Should you wear flip-flips in your hotel shower? Why or why not?

Jul 29th, 2019, 12:38 PM
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Should you wear flip-flips in your hotel shower? Why or why not?

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The question this time is, "Should you wear flip-flips in your hotel shower? Why or why not?"

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Jul 29th, 2019, 01:12 PM
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I don't own a pair of flip flops so . . . no

I'm sure germaphobes do.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 01:18 PM
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I own so many pairs and buy dollar ones for trips. I wear them if the room has carpet. I have only had two hotel rooms that I wore flip flops in the shower. Both were in England. It was my husband's fault. I don't let him book rooms anymore if I am along.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 01:34 PM
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I do not in hotel or cruiseship showers, but do so in hallways and public venues. But do try to cover my feet in carpeted rooms/staterooms too as much as possible, why not.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 02:12 PM
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No. It's silly germophobia. If you can survive airport screening tubs and airliner airborne viruses, there is nothing left to fear. Except fear itself. And the Boogie Man.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 02:45 PM
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If you need to wear flip flops in a hotel shower you be should looking for better quality hotels.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 02:50 PM
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Gross.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 03:01 PM
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Why? Why "should" you do this?
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Jul 29th, 2019, 04:35 PM
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I never walk barefoot through an airport security checkpoint. I have socks on. Carpets are really nasty.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 07:19 PM
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I put a pair in my bag.

Okay I have them with me but I rarely wear them. If you're wondering why I pack them

Once the guest above me fell asleep in the tub with the water running and flooded MY room

At times I've not been overly impressed with the cleaning ability of the hotel.

Plus having an extra pair of footwear just in case isn't the dumbest thing I've ever done
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Jul 29th, 2019, 07:35 PM
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After a hard day pounding the streets of Hanoi, Bogota, London or wherever, the germs in the shower have more to fear from my feet than the other way around! Why would anyone do this - want next, take a wet suit in case you need a bath?
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Jul 29th, 2019, 08:00 PM
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athlete's foot

  • Walk barefoot in public areas where the infection can spread, such as locker rooms, saunas, swimming pools, communal baths and showers
But there are other risks. Plus if you've been walking a lot with bad shoes and socks leading to bleeding blisters the risks increase.

In a hotel private bath likely not a huge issue. In a hostel with shared showers I'd likely lean towards.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by RoamsAround View Post
If you need to wear flip flops in a hotel shower you be should looking for better quality hotels.
This.
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Jul 29th, 2019, 11:28 PM
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Never - I'm not a germaphobe .
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Jul 30th, 2019, 04:04 AM
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Funny thing is, I don't wear them in the shower at a hotel, but if I shower at my gym I wear flip flops.
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Jul 30th, 2019, 05:09 AM
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Should you?

Who knows?

Do I?

Heck no. The thought never even occurred to me. My feet have survived innumerable hotel showers, B&B showers. gym showers, camp showers, guest room showers, public pools, hot springs, locker rooms...I might wear them to the shower, but certainly not in the shower.
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Jul 30th, 2019, 09:59 AM
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Will I need flip flops if I wear my hazmat suit?
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Jul 30th, 2019, 10:02 AM
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A room where I stayed for a month in Mexico had a shower with stones on the floor, pretty but very hard on tender feet. My flip flops saved the day.
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Jul 30th, 2019, 11:17 AM
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I definitely travel with flip flops. They come in very handy. Just probably wouldn't wear them to bathe.
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Jul 30th, 2019, 12:01 PM
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I think it has to do with seeing some of the nastiest feet. I can be in line at the grocery and see feet and gag, It is a Fl thing since people live in sandals and flip flops.

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