This post is mostly for anyone that usually pees sitting down. Stand-up urinaters have it a bit easy peeing in the woods. A lot of them have grown accustomed to just peeing wherever, whenever (Is that what the Shakira song is about?). But for a lot of other people, popping-a-squat isn’t always the best or most practical idea. And dropping down to pee is great when you’re all alone in the woods, but what if you have to go and there are people nearby, etc? So here are some better ways to help you know how to pee while hiking.
These are also great for festivals, or when it’s really cold outside and pulling down your pants is less than ideal.
There are some great gadgets out there to help with ‘going’, but also for hygiene, and packing out what you take in.
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Types of devices to pee in
So first things first.
There are a handful of items out there that are intended to help with the peeing process, but they mostly have the same idea. To draw the liquid away from your body, so you can use the restroom without having to squat down.
Brands like Pstyle, Sunany, Freshette, SHEWEE, Pibella and even the Texas Trailhead model make items that are either hard plastic or silicone, and they are shaped like a funnel to help draw the pee away from you. Some of them have different shapes as well to help with wiping (we’ll get to that later), and they are all easy to clean and maintain.
Additional suggestions can be found here
Check out this video from pStyle:
Here are two of the top options for urination devices on the market based off of user feedback:
Texas Trailhead Female Urination Device
The female funnel is made of soft and flexible medical grade silicone, free from harmful substances, prevent odor, safer and easier to clean.（Can be washed with soapy water, for repeated use)
A simple design that works exceptionally well. Because it is made of rigid plastic, the pStyle is easily maneuvered through clothing and properly positioned. The rounded back edge is used to wipe with so there are no drips! The pStyle can be cleaned with soap and water, wet wipes, or shaken vigorously and washed at the next convenient time. It is also dishwasher safe.
Pack it up pack it in
So let me begin…
Sanitation doesn’t have to be neglected just because you’re on the trail. Thankfully others agreed and created items that you can also pack with you, or use in an environmentally conscious way.
Toilet paper seems fairly necessary, but not all TP is created the same. Coghlan’s Packable Camp Toilet Tissue is a popular biodegradable option that is also affordable. The lack of the core makes this paper packable, and lightweight. If you’re just wanting to pack your own AND planning on burying any tissue, then just make sure you’re using a biodegradable option. Otherwise, just pack it out to dispose of when you can.
The Pee Rag
But let’s say you don’t want to fuss with packing out the paper and speaking just from a urination standpoint, you do have another option: the PEE RAG.
What in the world is a pee rag you say? Well, for those reading that don’t have to wipe after you urinate, you use it to wipe your pee. Thought that was pretty self-explanatory.
Reusable and absorbent wipes are what they’re also called, and they can help when you’re hiking long distances. You want to look for some key characteristics when you’re shopping including silver-ions for absorption and a loop or clip to hang it onto your pack.
Which Pee Rag is Best?
Kula Cloth is probably the most well-known, but Circe Care makes a good rag as well. Some of the feedback about certain Kula models is that the rag is the same color on both sides. Users want to make sure they know which side they’re using to wipe, but if it’s a good product the anti-microbial properties, and quick-dry fabric shouldn’t affect how it works.
CIRCE CARE PEE RAG $22.99
No more unpleasant wetness, odors, and UTI that come from drip-drying after peeing outdoors! Our environment-friendly pee cloth is small, travel size, discreet, and easy to carry. Avoid carrying around and disposing of rolls of toilet paper or wet wipes in hiking or camping areas.
How do you pee while hiking? Share your thoughts in the comments below!