I’m re-publishing my practically world-famous article for those of you who have never seen it. Someone actually copied part of it in another magazine word for word, but denied having read mine.


Most hotels have a selection of freebies in the bathroom, including a showercap.
I always put them in my bag as they come in very useful.
Here are 30 uses for a showercap. I’m sure you’ll add your own uses.

1. Put it over your glass if you’re sitting outside. It protects your drink from wasps, flies and other midges.
2. Wrap up your wet toothbrush and face flannel.
3. If you’re unsure when you’ll have time for your next meal, make a sandwich at breakfast in the hotel, and wrap it in the showercap.
4. Are you cold? Wear a showercap on each foot, inside your boots or shoes.cap8
5. If you have to unexpectedly cross a field or walk through mud, place a showercap over each shoe.
6. When you’re going out on a hot day, soak your flannel in cold water, wring it out, wrap a couple of ice-cubes in the flannel and place it inside a showercap. You can rub it over your face, up your arms, etc.
7. Showercaps are great for parties and barbecues. Cover your bowl of salad, plate of meat, etc with them.
8. When baking your own bread, cover the bowl with a showercap while the dough is rising. (I was given this idea by the Fabulous Baker Brothers.)
9. Peeling beetroot, an onion, or doing something smelly or messy? Use a showercap over each hand.
showercap210. Colouring your hair can be a time-waster. While waiting 20 minutes for the colour to work, cover your hair with a showercap, then you can get on with something while you wait, without the colour dripping on anything.
11. Taking photos in the rain? Cover your camera with a showercap! You can hold it off the lense while taking a photo.
12. You don’t need to ask for a doggy bag in busy restaurants. Use a showercap.
13. Cover your kitchen mixer, breadmaker, etc with showercaps to keep them clean.
14. If you have to pack anything in your case that may leak or break, like perfume or bottles, wrap it in a showercap, then place it back in the box, and wrap it in your clothes.
15. Propagating plants and seeds.
16. CDs or DVDs without covers.
17. Knitting and other crafts, in between working on them, or to work on them while you’re travelling.
18. Rest your balls of wool in a showercap to prevent hairs on the carpet, and the wool getting dirty.
19. Walking the dog and picking up mess.cap5
20. A hood to keep your dog dry in the rain.
21. A steering-wheel cover.
22. Mobile phone cover. You can still talk in the rain. And it protects your phone in your pocket.
23. A temporary cover for your smoke alarm if you’re using a chef’s blowlamp to caramelise the top, for instance. But don’t forget to remove it afterwards!
24. If you have the builders in, or are doing some DIY, cover the smoke alarm to keep the building dust from making it go off. Again, don’t forget to remove it afterwards.
25. If you have to take your shoes off in the airport, cover your feet with showercaps for hygene’s sake. I can’t bear walking where dirty socks and goodness knows what else have walked!
26. Ditto in Mosques. Although the floors are washed regularly, I was horrified to see the colour of my feet afterwards. Thank goodness for wet wipes!
27. Travelling and commuting in general. When I see the numbers of people using handrails in public places, I often discreetly slip a showercap over my right hand.
28.When you’ve temporarily finished painting, wrap your dirty paintbrushes in a showercap instead of rinsing them out.
29.Cover the paintpot with a showercap instead of struggling to force the lid on and off again.
30.Cover your phone with a showercap. They get so dusty!cap6

Lyn’s ‘practically world-famous’ article was originally published in cd-traveller as 20 Uses for your Showercap. Look how it’s grown!
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About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.