Where to Pee when Hiking?

Would you know where to Pee when Hiking?

More people than ever are getting attracted to hiking, thanks to its growing popularity and significant physical and psychological benefits. While it is wonderful to discover the joy of nature, a few inconveniences are also a part of hiking. One such inconvenience is a general lack of toilet facilities in the outdoors. Where to pee when hiking is a genuine concern, and a subject that is rarely addressed. While many trails have regularly cleaned and serviced bathrooms for general use at the start and finish points, usually in the car parks or provided at a local restaurant or café, some trails do not have any at all.

In the case of luckily stumbling across unexpected bathroom facilities, it is usually good sense to use them whenever you find them. However, if you are hiking in the open countryside, you may not be lucky enough to find any such facilities.

where to pee when hiking - Toilet Facilities

When you feel the call of nature and there is no bathroom in the vicinity, you need to know what to do and where to pee when hiking, usually in a hurry. This quick post will give you a few acceptable tips on when, where and how to best relieve yourself outdoors.

Peeing outside is obviously a lot easier for gentlemen than ladies. However, the tips mentioned below are applicable to both sexes.

Steps to Follow when Peeing on a Hike

The first, and a pretty obvious thing you have to do is to find a spot where no one can see you. Being out of sight is more important than you think. If you are male and were relieving yourself in plain sight and unexpectedly a family with young children hikes around the corner towards you, you could find yourself unnecessarily reported to the authorities for indecency. That would be a whole lot of hassle that could easily have been avoided.

Find a Spot out of Sight

If you are hiking in a wide open space such as a desert or a snowy alpine region, finding such a spot can be a bit more difficult than popping behind a tree in the woods. If you can’t find any cover from view, you will simply have to ask your hiking partners to turn around and go when they are not looking. Try to ensure that the spot you have chosen to pee in is at a distance of minimum a couple of hundred feet from a stream or water body.

Take your Stance

Generally, but not exclusively ladies will squat down and men will stand up. In both instances, care will have to be taken to prevent any pee from splashing onto your pants and shoes, as you will be in unfamiliar stances and possibly rushing.

where to pee when hiking - Ladies

If you are standing on a slope and peeing to the uphill portion, ensure that your pants if they are lowered, and your shoes are not going to be in the way of the pee stream as it flows downhill with gravity. Give attention to the wind direction too, especially for men, as peeing into the wind, in the wide open, on a windy day can be a challenge to your aim to say the least. Common sense says that you should be peeing away from rather than into the wind.

Peeing Devices for Ladies

Females could also consider using a female urination device to make the process easier and quicker. “She Pee’s” and similar devices are portable tools that allows a female to more easily pee in the stand-up position like a male. If you have this type of device, you won’t need to lower your shorts or raise your skirt to squat, which will be easier for your knees and better for modesty. Such devices are becoming quite popular among female hiking lovers.

where to pee when hiking - Using a She Pee

Outdoors Peeing Hygiene

Once you are done with your pee, the next step is to clean up afterward. While staying clean in the outdoors can be difficult, it is important to still make the effort to sanitize or wash your hands after peeing. Bring some biodegradable soap or hand gel in your backpack and rinse your hands with it. You could also wash your hands in a stream, lake, or any other water body if there is one close by. You may also have on you hand sanitizer due to Covid-19 that you could use to clean your hands if water is not available for washing.

Bring a doggie poo bag to pack any used toilet paper in and leave no trace (take it home with you). You could also consider using wet wipes or a pee rag rather than toilet paper, especially if you are going for a long hike or backpacking trip. If you don’t have toilet paper, you may use other natural materials like snow and leaves. However, be wary of accidentally using stinging nettles or similar! Some people also use a squirt bottle to wash things off and clean up.

Where to Pee Outdoors for Menstruating Women

Ladies often avoid hiking when they are menstruating. But with these tips, you don’t need miss out on the enjoyment of the outdoors. Bring along no-applicator tampons to avoid carrying too much packaging and pack any used pads, tampons, and toilet paper in a doggie poo bag or nappy bag and dispose of them at home or when you next come across a bin. You could also consider wearing a menstrual cup that eliminates the need for any pads or tampons and you can stay free for as long as 12 hours.

Things to Avoid when taking a Pee Outdoors

When you are out in nature enjoying a hike on a beautiful day, there is nothing more unpleasant than seeing toilet paper wads tucked behind a shrub, tree, or rock. You would immediately know what had happened there – a hiker felt the pressure and relieved themselves in this private spot and just left their rubbish behind. Usually, you would see only toilet paper, but sometimes you may also see dirty diapers, wet wipes, tampons, soiled underwear, and even human poo. This is gross, and you should never do this.

We all need to understand that the outdoors is not our own personal toilet. After doing our business, we can’t just walk away and leave our mess behind. That would be irresponsible. Don’t think that the toilet paper you left will biodegrade and disappear magically within a few days. The next person will definitely notice it as a blemish on the landscape before it vanishes, probably months down the line with the power of nature. Remember to “Leave no Trace“, however unpleasant that may be to do. Put your waste in a doggie poo bag or similar and take it with you.

If you don’t have any means to take it with you, at least have the decency to bury it if it is only a bit of toilet paper and poo. It will degrade in time and at least it won’t be a terrible eyesore for the next person who comes that way.

When someone goes out hiking, they want to connect with nature and enjoy some fresh air. They don’t want to see other people’s poop and dirty toilet paper blowing around in the outdoors. If you pee or poop outdoors and leave your toilet paper behind, you are not doing it right. If you have been doing this till now, learn from your mistakes. We all make mistakes, and now that you know what to do, learn from this opportunity and use the tips mentioned here to learn how and where to considerately pee when hiking.

Where to Pee When Hiking – Conclusion

When you pee in the outdoors, If you leave rubbish and evidence behind, you are not only harming the environment but also making the place unpleasant and unhygienic for others. These were just some basic considerations and some common sense tips for peeing while hiking. Try to implement them during your outdoors activity and ensure that you leave safe and clean surroundings for everyone!