Learn How To Handle Yourself When Nature Calls While You Are In The Wild!

When Nature calls (it doesn’t always mean find the nearest tree or gas station) it calls to the heart and the senses. This is a reminder that the economy being in the state it’s in, a lot of people can’t afford those yearly vacations and occasional weekends away that they were used to taking. So camping might just be the answer for some folks.

Now camping is not for everyone, if your used too five star hotels, indoor pools, and room service, camping might be a shock to your system (Ha! Ha!).

You have gone out camping, and you realize you have no way for you and your family to use the powder room when nature calls. Don’t panic there are number of options you can work with:

 

How To Pee And Poop In The Woods

Pee
Guys, have it easy. Women, not so much. Here’s how we can help:
  • Think SQUATS. You know, like when you’re pumping iron in the gym. When you have to go really bad, you’re just going to have to count on getting a workout and have your thighs burning. But hang in there and don’t let your legs rest. It’s not worth it if you move and wiggle around and have some trial-and-error situations. There’s also the “prop” position which can REALLY be useful. Find a secluded spot at least 200 feet from your campsite or any water source with a couple logs across from each other. Sit on one log, and prop your feet on the log across from you. It becomes a natural sitting toilet of sorts. Do NOT forget your TP or hand sanitizer… that would suck.
  • Drying: There are a couple of ways to dry yourself after peeing.  You can drip-dry, do a little shake and be on your way.  You can use toilet paper to wipe after peeing, just bring a Ziploc bag with you so you can pack out your used toilet paper.  A favorite among female long distance hikers is the pee rag or dab rag.  Exactly what it sounds like, you can utilize a bandanna or a lightweight pack towel material to dry yourself after peeing.  Tie it onto your backpack where it will get direct sunlight and dry out.  The pee rag will have virtually no odor and can be used again.  When you have an opportunity you can always rinse it off with water and then dry it out again.  If you use bandannas for other things differentiating these bandannas by color is pretty helpful.  Although you will look really hardcore if your hiking partners think your using your pee rag to wipe the sweat from your face.  As a side note, the dab rag method doesn’t work well when there are prolonged periods of rain because your rag will never have a chance to dry out it and will start to smell like urine.  Sometimes humid conditions can have the same effect so you might want to rinse your rag more often.
  • Trimming: Trimming your pubic hair is a good practice, keeping things neat and groomed will help you stay cleaner and cooler out in the woods.  At the end of the night (at the very least) use some kind of wet wipe to give yourself a sponge bath, this will help you feel cleaner and will typically get rid of much of the salt build up that encourages chafing.  Make sure you get your bra line, underwear line, genitals and bottom too.
  •  FUD’s: You may have heard of female urination devices, these devices allow women to pee standing up. There are females who utilize these for backpacking and love them.  They are great for canoeing, winter sports, and everyday life with public restrooms.  You have a myriad of options with FUDs.  The Go Girl, which is made of a soft plastic, is easy to use.  A couple of other brands out there are; The Shewee and The P Style- both of these are a hard plastic.  These are great options for many women so don’t be afraid to give them a try.  Disclaimer:  Do practice with your FUD before you head out to the woods!
  • Skirts can make the process of both peeing and pooping a little easier.  Find a skirt to hike in that still allows freedom of movement.  Some ladies choose to go commando underneath, which allows for great ease with peeing-  bring some body glide or your personal remedy to combat chafing when starting out.  Even with an undergarment of some kind, the skirt still makes this process much easier and provides some coverage while peeing.  Hiking in a skirt also allows everything to breathe, which is a good thing.
Poop
Essentially the same thing. Pop a squat or pop a prop. The main difference between pee and poo is that you gotta dig a hole for the poo. Don’t just leave it out in the open – that’s disgusting. Dig a hole at least 6-8″ deep and bury it so  no one else has to run into it. Nothing is grosser than that, and trust us, it happens. Be respectful to the environment and other outdoorsmen.
  • Smear It: Can’t bury or carry it out with you? Smear your poop thinly on a rock that’s exposed to direct sunlight. The UV radiation will sterilize it and weather will wash it away. The tricks here are to smear the poop as thinly as possible (you’re not making a peanut butter sandwich!) and to do this in a location where no one’s going to come along and accidently put their hand right in the middle of it. Use common sense please and only resort to this as a last-ditch option.
  • Toss It: Travelling through a steep, rocky environment? You may be unable to leave the trail in some places without falling down a ravine, crevasse or cliff. Well, if no one else is in those either, you can fling your poop down them to get rid of it. Again, please use common sense and watch out for people, frequented areas and water sources.
  • Wipe It: Don’t have any toilet paper? Leaves (know your poison ivy!), smooth rocks or a handful of sand or snow work equally well. Baby wipes are the easiest to use and require a fewer number of sheets than regular TP, but you’ve got to pack them out, they don’t biodegrade.
Girl stuff
If you’re in a situation where you’re having an unfriendly visitor of the month, remember this: do NOT bury or burn your feminine hygiene products! That is NOT good for the environment and actually attracts bears. Burning the product will take a SUPER hot fire and basically won’t work… and burying it in proximity to your camp site is like setting bait. NO thank you. Wrap it up and double seal it in a ziplock bag within another ziplock bag and store it in your bear box, or wherever all your rubbish is… this is a good thing to know, ladies. Seal it.
Hole vs. baggy
It’s up to you. Most people prefer a hole. Go at least 200 feet from your campsite or any source of water, and dig the hole at least 6″ and bury your waste. It’s nice because you can disguise your little hole afterwards and try to restore a “natural looking” mound. Be sure to NOT go in the same place twice, because that slows decomposition. If you’re required to use a bag, which in some parks or trails you are, fill it up with some kitty litter and keep some plastic gloves on hand and pack it out that way. It’s kinda gross but such is life sometimes. We’re all animals after all, it seems.
Pack in, pack out
Any outdoors guru knows this is the golden rule of the backcountry. Pack out all human waste products and rubbish. This goes for anything rubbish-related in the outdoors. Do not leave any trace behind. It is disrespectful to nature, other hikers, backpackers and campers following the trail.

 

Portable Toilets

Portable toilets are going to be your saving grace. Whether you’re camping, running a worksite, a festival, a picnic, or a concert, portable restrooms are the best way to ensure that your guests aren’t racing off to the nearest patch of bushes to relieve themselves.

Whether you like using them or not, portable, plastic-walled johns are necessary for hygiene and safety. They ensure that your outdoor event stays clean and contaminant-free. It’s a good idea to have plan for at least a few portable toilets if you’re expecting a lot of guests at a place with limited restroom options. You should base your expectations on the number of people you expect, and the amount of time they’ll be there. A good rule of thumb is to have one unit per 50 people per 3 hours. So, if you’re expecting 200 people for 12 hours, four units should do the trick. If there are 50 people there for 6 hours, two toilets should cover it, and so on. Of course, it’s always better to over-order than to get stuck at the end of the night with only one unit and a very unfortunate odor.

There are a various kinds of portable toilets you can choose from. Different units come with various features and extras. Look for models that have coat hangers and shelves, hand sanitizer, paper towel holders, and non-slip floors. Standard units have 65-gallon tanks, which is usually enough to handle whatever nature calls for.

Pricier portable toilets may have sinks right inside, but most companies offer you the option to order a separate communal hand-washing station. If you’re planning a more formal camping, or event, such as a wedding, you may want to order units with flushable toilets to increase the cleanliness and reduce odors.

If you want to step things up a notch, you can look into getting whole bathroom trailers hauled in. These are small air-conditioned structures that house two or three bathrooms, each with running hot and cold water.

Keep in mind any particular needs your camping might have. There are larger units available for users with physical disabilities. You may also want to seek out models with built-in changing stations if you’re expecting parents with little ones.

A lot depends on the company you deal with when purchasing movable johns. Make sure they include all the accessories you need to ensure that your event is sanitary. If you’re operating a site that calls for long-term rental of toilets, make sure the company offers regular maintenance and cleaning.

Well, these you have it. Not so painful, huh? Portable toilets might have a bad rap, but they’re miracle workers in our times of need. And with the right amount of research and know-how, you can make sure your camping runs as smoothly and cleanly as can be.

 

Natural Remedies For Diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the social threatening problems that a person could encounter. It is embarrassing when you are talking with somebody and you leave him or her all alone, as you have to go to the comfort room and do that “nature call”. Generally, diarrhea is a waterborne disease and could affect people of any age. To make matters worse Diarrhea is one example of when nature calls aggressively…hahaha! and it can happen while you have gone out camping or enjoying the wild with your family.

That said, there are ways to control diarrhea while you are in the wild, natural remedies.

 

Why should you go for the natural remedies?

Actually, most of the over the counter medication doesn’t give fast relief like what the natural remedies could do. So, if you are looking for the diarrhea natural remedies, looking for the following solutions below could be a good thing.

1. Carob powder – This could work most especially with regards to diarrhea of the babies. The treatment actually work for the reason that carob contains high levels of fiber that could help you out in cleaning the digestive problems including diarrhea.

2. Apple cider vinegar – You can use apple cider vinegar as a great diarrhea natural remedy. You can start taking up teaspoon of vinegar as well as teaspoon of honey into a glass of water half the hour right before taking every meal.

3. Yogurt – It is beneficial with regards to maintaining or restoring the health of your intestinal tract. In most of the countries, yogurt has been employed for many years as their good remedy for the infantile diarrhea by both of the laymen as well as physicians.

4. Ginger – You might have been surprised about using ginger as one of the diarrhea natural remedies. However, it works great in treating the disorder. Ginger tea could surely stop both of the cramps and pain. You can try to take a teaspoon of paste which is made equal parts of powdered cinnamon being mixed with honey for three times a day.

5. Lemon juice – It is the simplest method on how you could eliminate diarrhea. You only have to drink the juice of lemon into a large glass of water for about three to five times a day. It will help you about killing off the pathogens that causes the diarrhea.

There are lots of treatments that could assist you about fighting diarrhea. Taking those diarrhea natural remedies could be a good thing, not only to clear out the disorder but also for saving up money.

 

Everyone now—ready, set, go? No more finding yourself riveted to the bank, while a flotilla of rafts swing into the current, or stalled-out at the trailhead, musing Where would I go when nature calls?

Go? Go revel in the wide-sky world of wonders.

Browse our Camping List and Tips category for more camping related ideas and information of your interest to guarantee yourself a smooth camping experience!