Over the years we have stayed in a few different caravan parks. One thing that always really disappoints me is when people don’t clean up after themselves in the bathrooms. It must also be a bit disheartening for the staff who clean them, to come back and see them left in such a state. Many parks go to a lot of trouble to make sure their bathrooms are clean and tidy. We have stayed in parks that have flowers or plants in their bathrooms, proper bathmats, nice soap, air freshener and now hand sanitiser as well.
So what is good caravan park bathroom etiquette? Here are a few tips that might help encourage us all to be a little more thoughtful when we leave the bathroom.
USE THE MOP AND BUCKET
I don’t think I can recall using a caravan park bathroom that doesn’t have a mop and bucket in it. It takes no more than a minute to wring the mop out and give the wet shower floor a quick dry off.
That way, when the next person walks in with dirty or sandy feet the water doesn’t turn to mud!
It also means less water on the floor which could prevent someone from slipping.
If you are staying in a caravan park that supply bathmats for your use, hang them up when you are finished or put them in the laundry basket provided for that purpose.
USE THE RUBBISH BIN
It constantly surprises me how often I see rubbish left laying on the floor near the bin or chucked in a hand basin or on the bench. Broken hair ties, empty shampoo bottles, clumps of hair. Please pick it up and pop it in the bin.
For ladies, please use the sanitary waste bins provided. Same goes with nappies. Some parks will often have a separate bin for used nappies. Please consider putting your nappies in an outside bin if they have a ‘No 2’ in them.
A WORD ON TOILETS
It’s a fact of life – we all need to pee and poop! That’s just how it is with us humans. So the least we can do is leave the toilet clean for the next person. When you’ve finished using the toilet have a quick check. Did all the contents flush away? No – flush it again. Have I dribbled on the seat? Yes – grab some paper and wipe it up, then flush again. Did I leave poop stuck to the side of the bowl? Yes – then grab the brush and give it a quick clean and flush again.
As with the mop and bucket, I find that nearly all loos have a toilet brush in them for just such an occasion. If you can’t clean it up yourself, let someone know at the park that it needs attention.
Also please close the lid of the toilet when you finish and boys please put the seat down especially if you are using unisex bathrooms.
SUPERVISE YOUR KIDS
Caravan park bathrooms really aren’t the place to leave kids unsupervised. Just recently I encountered two younger girls around 9 and 12 and they had spread water everywhere in front of the hand basins from there long hair. Again this could cause a slip hazard especially for an older person.
KEEP IT SHORT
How good is a long hot shower after a day out exploring or a week of free-camping? But please be respectful of water restrictions, especially in regional communities. Also remember that there may be other people who are waiting to shower, especially if the park is busy.
This post isn’t intended to lecture anyone but just like our post on Camp Ground and Caravan Park Etiquette, it’s designed to give everyone, especially those who may be new to staying in caravan parks, some food for thought.
What do you think good caravan park bathroom etiquette is? Do you have anything you can add?