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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