Those little midnight trips outside...

Discussion in 'Hydration, Hygiene & Health' started by SafetyThird, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    So I'm getting a bit older these days and finding I don't sleep all the way through the night as often as I used to. Now, with winter coming and, hopefully, some nights on the hill, nipping outside for a pee becomes much less pleasant and requires getting back into clothes and then back out of them, unless you want to freeze or wet, if it's raining.

    The obvious answer is a pee bottle and I'm wondering if that's what other folks use. Being that this is trek-lite, I'm sure someone's got the perfect item figured out to save me experimenting with every wide mouthed bottle in the grocery store.
  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I just **** out the vestibule, but I'm not 100% house trained.
  3. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    I suggest you buy them and take them home before experimenting, you may get some funny looks otherwise.
  4. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    That would involve leaning over the dog and I'm not sure he's going to sit quite still enough for that :D Also, the vestibule isn't very big in the scarp when the inner is expanded to give room for the dog.
  5. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    Thankfully I'd just put my tea down when I read that :D
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  6. stourvalewalker

    stourvalewalker Backpacker

    Spike Milligan relates in one of his books how it got very cold when they were in North Africa in WW II. In order to solve this very problem one of his fellow squaddies got hold of a bicycle inner tube and turned it into a normal tube by making one cut. When in his sleeping bag he put one end .. well you get the idea I'm sure.
    Anyway apparently it worked fine until the night someone tied a knot in it.
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  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Pour & Store type bags work well
  8. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    Ah now I'd not thought of those, fold flat after being emptied too.
  9. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    I suppose my real answer is it depends on what tent you use?

    Personally (and i fully expect some p*** taking) if it's a minging evening and I feel the urge I just 'point Percy at the porch'... No need to even kneel.

    Partly that's down to the dual porch setup on the stratosphere. Not so advisable if winter camping in the snow.
    All I keep in one porch is my backpack and I am careful to avoid that.
  10. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    I'm in a Scarp 1, usually one porch has all the gear in it and the other is small because of the dog in the tent which makes moving around a bit more of a challenge. Glad to see I'm not the only one who's gone through this decision making process :D
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  11. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Female here so not quite the same equipment but answer is relevant - I have an old Platy withe top cut off (when it started leaking around the opening) - mostly used when midges outside tent are too bad to expose ones nether regions. Store my wee trowel in it when in my pack.
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  12. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    My old platy bottle was cut up to make a pouring cup to fill a sawyer bag, I think it might be a little small for this use :D
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  13. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I just go in my cookpot.. :)

    Sometimes, I'll rinse it before making a brew.

    Anyone want a coffee?
  14. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    That sounds unpleasant :D
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  15. tallest of pauls

    tallest of pauls Ultralighter

    The plastic holder my cone is stored in for summer use. I do sometimes have to stop mid flow- empty and continue if I've been on refuge vino. Very dehydrating ..:grumpy:
    In winter I cut the narrow neck off a 1 litre squash bottle, works well as my bladder seems to hold 800mls..
    I use this as I cook mainly on gas in winter. ;)
  16. Noltae

    Noltae Backpacker

    I try to drink about a litre of water about an hour before pitching - Then I'll wait until I've taken a second pxss before I get into my bag - This way I generally avoid needing to go in the night and also remain hydrated- Skipping the evening brew also helps . .
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  17. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    In a tent on some hill atm. I brought a travel-jane and there is my big yogurt pot that holds the cooking gear. I've not used either but my money is on the pot. I will go outside before getting comfy and that's usually okay till morning . There is a expandable solid pee bottle with lid you can buy off amazon, works well but takes up space.
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  18. Larry L

    Larry L Day Walker

    I just 'go' in the porch. Can't be bothered to unzip the outer.
  19. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    I'd agree with the above, suss out your intake to outflow time lapse so you have a cut off time for drinking & go to bed well drained
  20. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    They make them now, I give you........................................... Whizdom, a play on words that I still find funny :D

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  21. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    A4 ziplock bag
  22. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    As a few people have mentioned ziploc type bags, freeze-dry meal lovers can just use last night's rehydrated meal pouch.
    Freestanding as well.
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  23. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Kneel up point out into vestible..
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  24. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Depends on shelters
    Into the other vestibule or under the edge of the tarp/fly

    In Winter use cook pot and rinse or if I thought about it beforehand take a 1 litre milk bottle - they are very light, crush ok into an outside pocket and have a sealable lid. Some may be thicker than me and not fit...:whistling:

    No way am I dicking around with a flexible poly bag of pizz. Too clumsy.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2018
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  25. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    And help keep your shoes from freezing !
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