How To: Tinkle...in the woods
So the big question! How do I handle my business when I'm in the woods? Sorry, no fancy throne here at the moment but of course when you gotta go you gotta gooo! Urination outdoors can be a bit nerve wracking for a first timer, trust me I totally get it.
Here are some tips to make make your experience a little more easier.
Picking a good spot
Privacy: Because you are going to be exposed with pulling down your pants it is important to find a private and secure area to handle your business. Either a full bush 360 degree private zone or have one of your girlfriends hold a jacket up and BOOM you’re good to go.
Safety: Being certain of any animals, or poisonous plants is a key factor! Peeing in a poisonous plant would not be fun.
200 feet rule: When finding a location you want to be aware of your surroundings to prevent harmful obstacles. You want to be at least 200 ft away water sources and trails.
Be Uphill: Getting splashed on with our own urine is not on the list of to-dos so for prevention try finding somewhere with a slight incline so the urine can run away from you.
Wide stance for the perfect squat: You want your feet shoulder width apart then get yourself into squat position.
Pants pulled to the knee: Having your pants too far down to you ankles or too high can put you at a higher risk of getting your pants wet.
Peeing products for the outdoors
Women Funnel: If you are not into the whole squatting process then the women funnel - yes we said women funnel - is a great alternative. In other words...say hello to peeing standing up for women!
The women funnel can range anywhere from $7.00-$13.00 and there are various different models; shapes, sizes, disposable, non disposable, etc, check out what we’re talking about:
Urination rag: When outdoors, leaving a trace behind is a NO GO! If you’re not a shake and jiggle kinda lady, and concerned about proper disposal of TP, the pee rag will become your BFF. The pee rag is a small piece of fabric used in replacement of TP.
After use of the pee rag, rinse with a little water and just tie it to you backpack or anywhere with sun exposure and you’re all done. It goes without saying you should wash it though between adventures, right?