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Hate leaving the tent to pee at night

bathroom-200x148Q. When I’m camping, I hate having to get up in the middle of the night to go outside and pee. Sometimes it’s too cold or I’m nervous about what I might step on in the dark. What should I do?
– Anonymous, Tampa, Fla.

A. I have a good solution for you. As you know it’s super important to stay hydrated anytime you’re on an outing. So keep drinking that water. But that also means you’ll likely need to urinate in the middle of the night. Every time I’m camping somewhere cold or someplace where getting out of my sleeping bag at night would be really uncomfortable, I bring along an empty quart-size plastic bottle. I like to use the wide-mouth ones, like an empty Gatorade bottle. When nature calls, I kneel in my sleeping bag, position the bottle just so, and VERY CAREFULLY pee into it. When I’m finished, I screw the top on tightly and sit it outside the tent door.

Make sure you label the bottle appropriately so your buddy doesn’t mistake it for lemon-lime Gatorade.When you’re sharing a tent with someone, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re O.K. with your bathroom plans before just whipping out the old bottle.

Comments about “Hate leaving the tent to pee at night”

  1. lion says:

    Gross, I would never do that.

  2. The Camper says:

    Sounds smart!

  3. @CoolKid101 says:

    This is also a good idea for roadtrips; I have done it many times:P

  4. troop 85 says:

    awesome that is a really cool idea we all like it

  5. justin says:

    We get to pee on the camp fire right before bed so wedonthave to later

  6. truck lover says:

    A bottle is a very good idea if you dont have one just go to the opening of the tent and pee outside this will work if you are the closest to the opening.

  7. Frosty says:

    Instead of using sleeping bag, get yourself a very warm inflatable mat and two army blankets (Army Surplus). Go to sleep on the mat fully dressed and use the blankets as needed. This way it is easy to get in/out of bed and you do not have to dress

  8. 24590 says:

    Why not adult diapers more easy than a just put it on right before you go to bed.You dont have to worry about eveyone finding your pee bottle and you can dispose of it more discreetly.

  9. bass man says:

    sounds cool

  10. spacecadet123 says:

    pee bottles are the key to a good night sleep camping

  11. GEAR MAN says:

    Get a used plastic bottle, you should get it after that!

  12. dogboy says:

    that is awsome

  13. Elbow Close campsite camper 350 says:

    Don’t pee right outside of your tent at a District Camporee or a Jamboree where the tents are set up within five feet of another tent and the guide lines and tent stakes cross each other. Have common courtesy, please. Sometimes a one gallon plastic milk container or a gatorade container that will hold at least 35 fluid ounces that have a wide opening and resealable lid is a great thing to have to pee at night. Many people who pee after eight hours of sleep will have a steady pee stream of at least one minute will pee out more urine than a regular size 20 fluid ounce container will hold without emptying.

  14. fuego says:

    Ummmm thats smart but gross…..

  15. CampDude says:

    I think if you have to pee, then you can pee outside off youre tent.

    • Jellybean says:

      CampDude: Yeah right! Tell me, if you have to pee in the cold and you’re in a WARM sleeping bag and sheltered tent, will you really want to get up and pea outside? NO!

  16. SM says:

    One of our leaders use to do this. Then make sure the top is on very tight and put your nice “Foot Warmer” down in the bottom of your sleeping bag. Relief and nice toasty toes!!!

  17. survivorboy says:

    itz very helpful in winter…dont mock it

  18. ShadowX says:

    i did that once and i thought it was grose so i went here to ask you but WOW its your idea.

  19. robberd9 says:

    I use this method all the time

  20. WhenNatureCalls says:

    At a Pep Boys Auto parts store (national chain) I saw a pouch for just such a use. It is filled with a moisture-absorbing substance and can hold a lot of liquid. Advantage, no spills, no mistaking for Gatorade. Disadvantage, you have to pack it out, and not cheap.

    • Mr Peabody says:

      Take the material out of a disposable diaper and put it into a bottle.
      This will eliminate the chance of spillage, accidental drinking, and reduces the odor if you use the bottle more than once.
      The “super-absorbent” gel in disposable diapers is sodium polyacrylate (SAP) and is safe to dispose of by flushing or composting.

  21. 228rulesrichland says:

    good idea! ill have to try that on my next camping trip!

  22. ggggggggggg says:

    that helps alot and i had the same probolem!

  23. campingrules!! says:

    good idea, simple but great!!

  24. The Joker says:

    I have that prob to thanks!!!

  25. alto says:

    that helped me

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