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Hate leaving the tent to pee at night


Q. 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.

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11 Comments on Hate leaving the tent to pee at night

  1. 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!!!

  2. survivorboy // July 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm // Reply

    itz very helpful in winter…dont mock it

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

  4. I use this method all the time

  5. WhenNatureCalls // May 30, 2009 at 5:04 am // Reply

    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.

    • 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.

  6. 228rulesrichland // May 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm // Reply

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

  7. ggggggggggg // May 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm // Reply

    that helps alot and i had the same probolem!

  8. campingrules!! // May 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm // Reply

    good idea, simple but great!!

  9. The Joker // May 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm // Reply

    I have that prob to thanks!!!

  10. that helped me

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