3 Ways to potty in the woods

By Shelby Kisgen

Camping is a blast; pooping in the woods, not so much. There are multiple ways to remain hygienic, sanitary, and polite when taking care of digestive needs in the wilderness. From simple to complex, here are 3 ways to potty in the woods.

 

  1. Dig a Hole: If you are going on a day hike and nature calls in the metaphorical way, it is silly to try to build a lean-to porta potty or find the nearest public service station. Instead, move away from prying eyes and dig a hole. Use a stick, claw up the dirt, or pack a shovel, whatever works just make it deep enough that it will not be easily unearthed if someone unknowingly steps on it. Answer nature’s call, then cover the hole with dirt, leaves, and twigs. Pack out toilet paper; do not bury it. Yes it will decompose, but it is better to leave no trace. Wrap the soiled toilet paper in clean tissue, seal it in a bag and pack it out. Remember to apply hand sanitizer afterward.

  1. Pee Party: When you need to pee but not anything else, just find a hillside and remember to always let it flow down. Make sure you are not mooning anyone, or peeing near a water source. Natural run-off in that sense is a very bad thing indeed. Use hand sanitizer after!

 

  1. Build a Bathroom: For a while Build-a-Bear was the chicest present to give a kid. Building a porta-potty is not so fun, but far more useful. When doing an extended camping trip, packing out waste is much easier on the environment. To build your own inexpensive portable toilet, you just need a few items.

– 5 gallon bucket or milk crate

– Seriously heavy duty garbage bags

–  A snap-on toilet seat

– Tarp and rope or bailing twine

 

Make sure you set up your toilet downwind from camp, and a good distance away for sanitation and smell purposes. Place a garbage bag into the bucket or milk crate. Tie it so it does not fall down. Snap the toilet lid over top. Use the tarp and bailing twine or rope to attach a privacy curtain to the nearby trees. Leave some hand sanitizer by the privacy curtain for everyone to use. Change the bag every day if you have a lot of people, or less often if not necessary. At the end of your camping trip place all your soil-filled bags into a fresh bag for further stabilization. Then place that bag inside the crate or bucket to pack out. The last thing you want is any spilling or leaking, so reinforce it as much as possible for peace of mind.

 

It is a common stereotype that women love to journey to the bathroom together. Since we also love camping together, why not combine the experiences? Cheers to happy digesting.

Which Shoes to Choose for Camping?

By Shelby Kisgen

Shoe time is a woman’s favorite time. What is it about women and shoes? While that mystery shall remain unsolved, it is important to pick the right shoes when going camping. While you might love all your little leather babies, some are better suited for camping than others. When packing your bags, make sure you consider which shoes to choose for camping by considering these tips first.

 

Walking Shoes: Whether you plan to hike or not, camping involves lots of time walking and standing as you set up camp. Tennis shoes are good for meandering around the camp and on well-kept trails.

 

Hiking Boots: If you plan to hike steep or rocky terrain, investing in a pair of hiking shoes is a good idea. While tennis shoes are good for easy trails, hiking boots are built specifically for mountainous terrain. They feature durable bottoms that protect your feet from rocks. The sides come up higher on the leg which prevents rolling an ankle from fatigue or a misplaced foot. The laces and exteriors are made of tough yet breathable material. Many are water-proof and all provide ultimate traction, especially on slick surfaces.

 

Running Shoes: If you plan to trail run, invest in a pair of lighter trail shoes. Running in tennis shoes might not provide enough traction. Hiking boots are too stiff, inflexible, and heavy for the light-footed running necessary to pick around rocks on a trail. There are a plethora of running trail shoes available in fancy colors and styles.
Water Shoes: If you are camping near a lake or river and plan to fish or wade across any body of water, water shoes can be beneficial. Or if you want to kayak or canoe, water shoes are helpful when putting the raft in the water. They protect your feet from the sharp rocks on the bottom, and keep them slightly warmer in that cold mountain water. Water shoes do not have to be expensive; most stores carry some version for the summer months. Any shoe with a mesh outside and rubber sole will do the job.

 

Camp Shoes: These shoes can be flip-flops, house slippers, or beat-up sneakers, whatever you want. These are the shoes that you put on at the end of the day to hug your feet. These are shoes you want to wear after a day of hard hiking or freezing in the water. Camp shoes should be your favorite, most comfortable shoes. They should also be old enough that you do not worry if you drop gooey marshmallows on the toe, or if they smell like campfire when you get home. *These shoes also double as the walking shoes mentioned first if you need extra space.*

 

As women with lots of shoes from choose from, picking which to take camping can be difficult. On the plus side, since heels are not suitable, it gives us an excuse to add more shoe variety to our wardrobe. So if you do not have these options at home, get shopping and buy some new shoes! When you combine shoe-shopping with camping, it is bound to be a good weekend.

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