This is meant to be a fun and silly post so please do not take it any other way.
I am American and I have been traveling around Europe for the last two years. I love it but there are a few things that really bother me about European bathrooms. I do not understand why there are never any plugs in the bathrooms. I understand the reason for this historically (moisture and electricity), but in many modern houses, there are still no plugs in the bathrooms. And equally, many of the rooms I stay in do not have a mirror near the outlets. I usually end up blowdrying my hair in the living room! Are Americans really the only people who use outlets in the bathrooms? Maybe I need to start traveling with an extension cord!!!
Writing from Sweden: close to the shower or the bathtub power outlets are not allowed.
In many homes there is a power outlet near the wash stand that is only meant for things like electric razors, electric toothbrushes etc. It won’t power a hairdryer.
It is not safe to use an extension cord to use grid power in the bathroom. It is then not certain that you will be protected by a ground-fault circuit interruptor.
Thank you. I was just joking about the extension cord. I will continue to do my hair in the living room!
And I charge my electric toothbrush in the dining room!
I lived in Spain and there were plug outlets in bathrooms there. However in the UK where I am from it is not permitted for plugs to be in bathrooms apparently due to perceived safety concerns.
Our electric comes into the house as 240volts. In in US the electric voltage is much lower at 110 volts therefore safe enough to have electric sockets in damp, moist areas.
There would be too many “hair raising” moments if we had electric sockets in the bathroom
Thanks@ElsieDownie! That makes more sense! I knew the voltage was different but I guess I didn’t connect the dots!!
Hi @SunshineAndAloha. I can only speak for the UK where 240v plugs and light switches are not allowed in bathrooms by law. You can have a shaver socket though.
I agree! We were just in Ireland for two weeks and tryiing to dry/curl my hair was a true challenge. No mirrors were near any of the plugs in any of the hotels we stayed in. I actually understand the plugs in the bathrooms as I have been in Europe on many occasions, but this was the first time I could not get to a mirror to do my hair.
German bathrooms usually have power outlets.
Never mind electricity…here in Cyprus we can’t put toilet paper down the toilet, we have to have a little bin where the loo roll has to go (obviously it’s emptied at least once a day) We don’t have main sewerage pipes, every house has a poo tank underground ! It took some getting used to !
I’m now wondering if this would put some house sitters off !!!
@Spitimou it is the same in Mexico. NEVER EVER flush toilet paper in any of the residential areas
@Spitimou that’s funny! I just arrived in Cyprus on Sunday (not housesitting) and saw the note in my Airbnb toilet, and thought, that’s weird, I wonder if it’s only this house…so your comment makes me realise it’s all houses. Good to know.
We had the same when we housesat in the mountains of Spain. Initially I was shocked with the toilet paper situation. Perhaps just make a small comment in your listing about this, so that the sitters are aware, eg. ‘As is custom in Cyprus, no toilet paper allowed down the toilets’
I think most countries in the world are like that with the toilet paper. Certainly, Mexico, most of Central and South America, Morroco, and many Asian countries. It is funny what we are all used to.
Ok, I’ll go: Italian bathrooms, aaargh!
Venice area: the tiniest showers you can imagine. As a medium sized woman, I can hardly turn around in one. No idea how grown men fit into it.
Sicily: some toilet designs…yikes. Let’s just say, the angle of the bowl meets your uhmm ‘dropping’ directly full on. Toilet has to be scrubbed after each number 2.
Other areas in Italy: huge bathrooms. Larger than the sleeping area. Why?
Toilets in Amsterdam have little poo shelves built into the bowls. I think I remember them in Germany too.
When you go number two, it sits on a little shelf. So you can have a look at it before it goes away.
Ick yes…Germany is going away from those, but some older home still have the shelves. I read somewhere that it was a post war kind of thing, where it allowed the person to check for intestinal worms.
My in-laws’ home in Germany still has such a shelf!