How to go pee when hiking/camping (warning TMI)


#3946675 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 2:24am
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I'm going hiking with some friends next weekend in the forest. Since we'll be gone a few hours, I'm gonna have to pee somewhere!

Do you walk far into the forest, or squat behind the first trees, or even just at the side of the trail?

Do you take toilet paper or napkins in your backpack?

Also, after you wipe, what do you do with the used toilet paper? Just drop it?



#3946688 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 3:05am
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I dub this thread very useful if this question can be answered for us poor female-types.

I went camping with my two friends once, both boys, andddddddd when I went to make water, I ended up peeing on the hem of my jeans.

I will never live it down with those two.



#3946690 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 3:12am
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@dollphina

Do you walk far into the forest, or squat behind the first trees, or even just at the side of the trail?
I would suggest off the trail in the trees in case you want your friends watching.

Do you take toilet paper or napkins in your backpack?
Only if you dont want to wipe yourself with a leaf....

Also, after you wipe, what do you do with the used toilet paper? Just drop it?
Drop it, or "bury" it under a thin layer of dirt. It not like they tp isn't biodegradable.


Also, as @Fiain mentioned, be careful when squatting so you dont pee on your clothes. Hell if you want, before you go practice squat pees at home. Basically just squat over the toilet and dont touch it :D


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#3946677 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 4:38am
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@Lamb

There is some pretty good advice.

Also, if you're in hilly country, try to position yourself so the urine flows downhill directly between your legs, and not pooling around your sneakers. Where the hem of your jeans happens to be.



#3946707 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 7:11am
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@dollphina
You're probably going to want to get into a full squat (calves against thighs and heels touching the floor) [like this] for a lack of a better example, haha. But obviously with your trousers around your knees. Note that his arse is not touching the floor.
Anyway, this will stop it running down your leg, as it would do if you weren't in a squat, and that's the easiest position to maintain, as it's not putting pressure on your leg or back muscles.

You might as well take some tissues with you, or even just a bit of toilet paper, seeing as you'll be there less than a day, so won't need to urinate that much.



#3946710 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 9:50am
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@Fiain
I didn't even think about hills. Another idea, if your comfortable with it, prop yourself against a tree, and squat down as far as you can, then you got the tree for added support and your not worrying about falling over into dirt or something else...


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#3946713 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 10:39am
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@dollphina
If it's a hiking trail, there should be porta potties along the path. Ask one of your friends if it's a trail you're hiking. Stay safe




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@dollphina
I remembered seeing a little device for women to use so they could urinate outside... Googled a bit and I found it: http://www.go-girl.com. Might seem a little awkward, but I think it's better than potentially urinating on your clothing.

As for toilet paper, do what you said. Bring it, wipe, maybe bury it? It is paper after all.



#3946721 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 12:56pm
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Squat, piss, spread legs a bit wide, wipe with leaves or somethin', get up

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@dollphina

pft i'm pro at this by now~ I've been on two 9+day canoe trips so yeah

usually (even if there are boys around) we'd let people know that we are going to pee.. or at least I would lol.. I know one way of showing this was we would have a roll of like toilet paper on a tree branch and if the roll was gone you don't go exploring. because someone is peeing. the one problem we had at the one campsite was well someone put two rolls out.. so i went to go to the general bathroom area of the camp site and i walked in on one of the guys on the thunderbox... and for some reason I remember him holding a newspaper... which is REALLY weird because were in the middle of the woods oh i dont know where the hell he would find a news paper from.. ... the other awkward thing that happened (warning tmi moment) was i was on my period... and before that trip i had never used a tampon so i was really bad at getting them out because for me it hurts like a dog (i must have been doing something wrong) and then a guy almost walked in on me... shoving something up my vagina.. .. so i literally yelled at him "STOP RIGHT THERE DONT COME ANY CLOSER!" so he turned around and left.. .. (it probably doesn't sounds as bad when i'm typing it but hey.. it was super awkward for me okay!)


ANYWAYS: I would usually just squat and pee and yes girls CAN aim their pee... we just use our pelvis. :I for the toilet paper we would dig a hold and then bury it .. same with the poop... dig a big hole.. poop in it .. bury so no one sees your poop .. as for tampons... the girls would save them in a brown paper bag (since there were like 7 girls and 2 or 3 of them were on their period) and have a 'burning ceremony' at the end of the day (so yeah we'd burn the bag while the boys were off minding their own business) it's important to burn it and not bury it because the blood will attract animals..


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#3946680 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 8:04pm
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Actually, before you go burying the tp or fecal matter, you really need to check about the rules in the park. There are some parks that are really stringent about waste removal and you have to actually pack it back out with you! I'd suggest taking a ziplock bag in a small brown paper bag along to port out any waste, disgusting as it might be.

Here's an awesome book all about this particular topic, it's funny and sensible at the same time.

Awesome book with awful name



#3946722 Posted on: 05/29/12 at 8:08pm
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I hate camping with a passion, but I know that if one day I HAVE to, I'll buy some of those cone thingies so I can pee standing up. I know it's a bit weird, but isn't it just so uncomfortable to have to squat in a forest with your arse bare and trying not to pee all over yourself? *shudder*





#3946683 Posted on: 05/30/12 at 8:43pm
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@Margarita
Its a wilderness trail so there aren't potties. Ofcourse I would a potty if it was sitting right there!

@Lamb
Thanks for helping! I don't want to use a leaf cuz there might be a bug on it, or it might be poison ivy!
Your right that toilet paper is biodegradable (i looked it up) so I guess its fine to just drop it??



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well, maybe bury it in a shallow grave XD That way no run in's with wild animals chewing up your tp


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#3946723 Posted on: 05/30/12 at 8:49pm
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If you do pee without any tissue, try to look for some dock leaf!

Its a safe leaf you can use to wipe with if you need to xD

Looks like this: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=ubuntu&hs=s7Z&channel=fs&gl=uk&q=dock+leaf&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=601&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=isDGT8n6MeW_0QWBvKCrCw

I have used it before, its k :)



#3946696 Posted on: 05/30/12 at 8:52pm
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@Lamb
lol well i'm not exactly gonna be carrying a shovel, that's why i was hoping it would be ok to just drop. or maybe toss behind a bush or something.



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Dig a hole with a stick XD OOOOOR, I quite like your idea of tossing it behind a bush. Reminds me of the bread crumb trail


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#3946686 Posted on: 05/30/12 at 9:03pm
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@Patience
But would you take tissue if you could?

And since it seems like you know what you're doing, would you just toss it behind bush?



#3946698 Posted on: 05/30/12 at 9:06pm
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@dollphina - If I took tissue I think I would bury the tissue a little bit or hide it away so it does not drift around in the wind!

If you do use a leaf then just toss it ^^

Also, yes, yes I would use tissue! xD



#3946700 Posted on: 05/30/12 at 9:41pm
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@dollphina

I recommend squatting just like everyone else here. Very effective for keeping pee off your clothing and I've found it sort of eases your nerves if you're nervous about peeing in the open in relative public like I am. c:

I wish I thought to ask about this before my wilderness hiking trip last Saturday. That would have made things soooo much easier on me. lol