Tuesday Tip - Pee Bottles Rock!
The simple solution for boys AND girls that could make your camping life a whole lot more comfortable...
Posted: 10 July 2012
The humble pee bottle is the handy make-do accessory that dare not speak its name, but is worth its weight in gold. You know the score - you wake up in your tent at 3am. Outside the rain beats down like the percussion section of a military band. But your bladder is bursting...
... which is where the humble pee bottle saves the day. Instead of lurching uncomfortably out into the deluge in your fleece PJs, you simply reach for a handy screw-top bottle, do the business without leaving your tent, zip up your sleeping bag, breathe a sigh of relief and go back to sleep.
The great thing about pee bottles, of course, is that you can improvise - albeit carefully - ideally a wide-mouthed, screw-top bottle with 'adequate capacity' works best, but you can use most bottles within reason and with a little care, including disposable water or soft-drdinks containers, .
You do need to take a few basic precautions however....
- make sure the bottle is big enough, in all senses...
- make sure it's easy to distinguish from your drinking bottle (and your partner's)
- once you've used it either empty immediately or make sure the cap is well and truly sealed
- in sub-zero conditions, empty at once or face an unpleasant popsicle in the morning
- and once again MAKE SURE THE BOTTLE HAS ADEQUATE CAPACITY
Different For Girls
All of which is great for blokes, but a tad more problematic for women. The neatest answer is to combine a pee bottle with the ingenious Shewee device which allows women to urinate standing up and without removing clothes.
It's also ideal for all-round hill use and is light, compact and relatively inexpensive, so not only does it make using a pee bottle a heck of a lot easier, it's also a great all-round buy.
So there you go. Give
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Humans aren't designed to pee lying down. It's a skill that needs some practice. This is difficult to explain to the wife, however….
One day I shall recount the story of the Great Culra Pee Tsunami of January 1995 but to be honest I still break into a sweat at the thought of it, it's all too horrible and vivid (and probably fulfils the criteria for post traumatic stress disorder).
Posted: 11/07/2012 at 04:05
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I use a Pour n' Store bag and kneel as if in prayer. I'm vertically challenged and it might not work if you are tall.
Posted: 11/07/2012 at 06:37