So far the road trip is going so well. The kids are singing, there’s hardly been any bickering, the sun is shining, the traffic is light, we’ve got snacks and tunes and a holiday to get to. But then I hear it….
Kid: “Muuuuuuum, I need a wee!”
Mum: “Seriously, we literally left home about 10 minutes ago! Didn’t I tell you about a hundred times to go before we left?”
Kid: “Yes, and I did go….but I need to GO again!”
Dad: “Ok, all good kid. Hon, just pull off at the side of the road!”
Mum: “You crazy! It’s a 10 lane freeway with cars rocketing past at 100 kays!”
Kid: “Hurry, I’m busting!!”
Finding That Elusive Toilet On A Road Trip
Sound familiar? Finding a toilet on a road trip, whilst on some desolate country path or in the middle of a bustling highway is my WORST! And inevitably, once we set off again after the toilet visit, another kid decides they now need a pee, or worse…a no.2! Oh, the insane stress!
But I’ve recently discovered that there is a glorious solution – something called The National Public Toilet Map – which has been created to save marriages and parent-child relationships across the land.
Don’t Get Stuck Without A Loo
The National Public Toilet Map, which lists over 19,000 toilets across the country, is the key to finding a toilet on a road trip and means there is no need to get stuck without a loo while you are travelling or out and about.
But it’s not only kids that struggle with long stretches of time without a toilet close at hand. The National Public Toilet Map has also been designed to support the millions of Australians living with continence-related issues by providing them with a real time, reliable map of public toilets across the country.
Hunt for More Toilets
The Continence Foundation of Australia believes there could be thousands of regional toilets across Australia that are not on the map and is asking for help to hunt down Australia’s regional public toilets!
“There are small towns, bigger regional areas, parks and service stations, not to mention new builds of community centres and play areas that are coming online all the time. We are keen for people to share local knowledge to support Australians living with continence issues,” said Rowan Cockerell, CEO of the Continence Foundation of Australia.
People living with a variety of health conditions, expectant or new mothers and the elderly can all be living with incontinence but the toilet map is also an asset to families with young children, grey nomads and day trippers alike.
“The fear of not having access to toilets in public can restrict, and even stop, people from leaving their home for everyday activities,” said Ms Cockerell.
Join The Great Dunny Hunt!
The Foundation is asking those who are out and about across the regions, whether on family holidays, road trips, weekends away or those who just want to help people out, to register the location of regional public toilets on The National Public Toilet Map through www.toiletmap.gov.au or on the App, available on Google Play or the App store.
The Great Dunny Hunt kicks off on Thursday 1 April and runs until Sunday 20 June, 2021. Upload the details of regional public toilets on www.toiletmap.gov.au and go in the draw to win one of three $500 Eftpos vouchers.
What do you do when the kids (or you) need the toilet on a road trip? Tell us in the comments below.