Are you curious about how to pee on a hike? Do you want to know the best way to go about it so you can avoid any embarrassing accidents? If so, then you’re in the right place. In this article, I’ll discuss everything you need to know about how to pee on a hike, from where to do it to how to stay clean and hygienic.
What to Do if You Have to Pee While Hiking?
The very first thing to be aware of is any restrooms or outhouses, if available, that may be along your hiking route. If you can, try to use these before nature calls. However, some trails won’t have any restrooms – and that’s probably why you’re reading this article. I get it!
One option is to simply go off the trail a short distance and do your business. Be sure to pick a spot at least 200 feet away from any water sources, campsites, or trails. This will help to prevent the spread of disease. Once you’ve found a good spot, simply do your business and be sure to bury any solid waste with a small shovel.
Human waste sometimes contains harmful bacteria that can contaminate water sources and cause serious illnesses. By burying your waste, you’ll help to keep these contaminants out of the environment.
Another option is to use a portable toilet. These can be purchased at most outdoor stores and are great for when you really have to go. Just be sure to empty the waste into a latrine or toilet when you get back to civilization.
Is It Okay to Pee on A Trail?
Now that we’ve gone over where to pee, let’s talk about whether or not it’s okay to actually do it on the trail. I understand that for some trails, there is no going 200 feet off the trail – it simply isn’t possible.
Some people may feel that urinating on the trail is gross or disrespectful to nature. However, urine is not actually harmful to the environment. As a matter of fact, urine makes an awesome fertilizer. So the answer is yes, but there are a few things you should keep in mind.
First and foremost, be considerate of other hikers. If there are people around, try to find a spot off the trail to do your business. If you absolutely have to go on the trail, move off to the side and go as quickly as possible.
Secondly, be aware of where you’re peeing. As I said, it probably makes sense to pee over a water source, but that exposes the water to harmful bacteria. So while peeing on grass or dirt is okay, try to avoid doing it over a water source.
Last but not least, don’t be a litterbug! If you use toilet paper, be sure to pack it with you. The same goes for any feminine hygiene products. No one wants to see your used tampons or pads on the trail.
Does Urine Attract Wildlife?
This is a common question I get, and the answer may surprise you. There are certain animals that will go wild for the salt in your urine, but for the most part, animals aren’t attracted to it.
Mountain goats, in particular, are known to love the salt in urine. So if you find yourself in an area known for mountain goats, please refrain from urinating on any rocks or vegetation near the trails.
While mountain goats may look cute and fluffy, these animals can actually be quite dangerous. They are 300 pounds of pure force and are very territorial animals. Trust me, you don’t want to have a mountain goat charging at you because you decided to urinate near its territory.
How to Stay Clean and Hygienic While Hiking?
Urinating outdoors doesn’t have to mean being dirty or unhygienic. There are a few things you can do to make sure you’re still clean and germ-free.
First, always bring a bottle of water with you to rinse off your hands after you go. You can also use baby wipes or hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to water.
Secondly, always remember to pack out your toilet paper and any feminine hygiene products. These items can be disposed of in a garbage bag or left at a designated disposal site.
Last but not least, if you’re lucky enough to find a restroom, please wash your hands thoroughly. This will help to prevent the spread of bacteria and keep you as clean as a whistle.
Peeing outdoors doesn’t have to be a gross or dirty experience. Be mindful of others, your environment, and your own hygiene, and you’ll be just fine.
So the next time you go hiking and have the urge to pee, don’t worry about holding it in – your bladder will thank you for it. Just make sure to follow the advice from this article!