Here, men have it so easy. With gay abandon they'll whip it out anywhere, behind a tree, or wide out in the open. No hiding, no perching precariously on the side of a cliff, no fiddling with belts, buttons, zips and knickers. But the thing that really gets me is that they can just "shake" off and carry on. No damp, smelly knickers at the end of the day.
|That's a long way to those hills, and I'm getting desperate now!|
So what to do? I've tried not drinking, and therefore not peeing. Not advised. I've used leaves and stones - stones are OK but leaves tend, particularly on a hot, dry day, to crumble into a thousand pieces and end up where you'd rather they didn't, and they're not always to hand.
I've pondered devices like a shewee, tempting but never tried. I've taken loo roll and a box of matches. Great idea, burning tissue, but if I'm drinking lots, I'm peeing lots. One pee an hour is the norm, and setting a small piece of tissue alight every hour, although fun at first, does get a little tedious.
|Found cover at last, modesty intact!|
Like Eleanor below, drip dry and blowing in the wind is a glorious way to end a pee, particularly if you're on an isolated high peak with far reaching views. Clean and fresh and free!
In pondering the question after some random tweets with @SheMovesUK about the skill and trauma of peeing outdoors, I stumbled across on the excellent blog from Emily Chappel and found I was not alone:
"Forgive the slightly graphic description, but men can ‘shake off’ much more effectively than women when going to the loo outdoors, with no loo roll. In my experience (and from talking to other women), women often end up with damp and smelly pants. A friend of mine uses her hand – not great when there’s no water – and I’ve experimented with a sponge (rinsing it through) and loo roll in a plastic sandwich bag. Using loo roll and then burning/burying it after just a wee seems a bit excessive. Any other ideas?
By the way, in case you're wondering, the answer I have found is to always carry a small pack of travel wet-wipes and a small plastic bag. Not exactly eco-friendly (I guess I could always burn my stash at the end of the day), but I do always finish the day as clean and fresh as I started.
|Just take care, you never know who might be watching!|