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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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9 Comments on Hate leaving the tent to pee at night

  1. What about for us girls? Hard to aim.

  2. We get to pee on camp fire

  3. not too old // August 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm // Reply

    A former marine buddy always said “Mr. Gatorade Bottle is your friend.”

  4. trailblazer // July 12, 2015 at 9:23 pm // Reply

    I think its a good plan. I first heard of it when reading stories of mountaineers who climb mountains like Everest. I found it gross at first, but after a while seemed like a good idea.

  5. Gross, I would never do that.

  6. Sounds smart!

  7. @CoolKid101 // August 25, 2014 at 7:44 am // Reply

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

  8. awesome that is a really cool idea we all like it

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

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