Girls go trail right and boys trail left.
Girls go trail right and boys trail left.
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thanks for the suggestions!
i agree that to us as a whole, and to me to a certain degree, people knowing is no big deal. we all do it, no surprises, etc.
that isnt the way my wife was raised. to her its something to be hidden, and i can respect that.
setting up a potty on the trail is everything but discrete. she really wanted something she could use without anyone being the wiser.
this isnt behavior im going to be able to change, nor do i really want to. i just want to make her comfortable on the trail.
as for devices, the funnels mentioned above seem awkward to use, the pett is just too conspicuous, and the depends are a definite possibility.
keep posting! ladies, id like to hear from you!
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my wife will only use a public toilet as a last resort. she will never use the construction site type of port-a-pottie. that being said we took a 3 day trip over the summer and she used the Pett toilet no problem. At camp, I set up the shelter for privacy. While on the trail, I would pull over, set the Pett up next to the car on the passanger side, and pack out the waste when done.
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Ladies? What ladies? I think setting up a quick tent for a 15 minute potty break is discrete enough if everyone is using it. I'm not sure how literal you're being about nobody knowing, but when you are at a restaurant sitting at a table, and she gets up to go, what does she say? I'm sure everyone knows she's using the restroom.
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My wife and I have been on many trips from overnight to a couple weeks at a time into the back country. For our honeymoon we spent two weeks in our jeep exploring Colorado's back country. I will be as realistic with our experiences as possible. My wife was the same way, but quickly realized that going #1 on the side of a trail for a quick break is really no big deal at all. What makes it tolerable for her is TP, wet wipes, a ziplock bag for the used paper, and hand sanitizer, that is all it basically takes. If she needs real privacy - just go farther off the trail. #2 is a different story as she (and I) much prefer the use of a privy. But when nature calls, a shovel, bag, tp and again hand sanitizer are very effective.
You can go with all sorts of fancy devices, but in the end you are still dealing with the same product - human waste. Asides from a flush toilet there is going to be some level of commitment which requires handling. I would much rather dig a cathole and leave the waste and pack out the paper (regulations permitting) than to haul around some elaborate bag, or container of human waste until i am off the trail. If you are driving somewhere, most likely regulations permit burying human waste. Give it time, and i am sure she will make the small sacrifice of bathroom breaks for the reward of being out in the wilderness.
If you prefer to set up a base camp privy i would recommend the PETT as well and a trasharoo to keep the generated waste outside of the vehicle.
Just my $.02
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I have a brand new folding toilet - never used but does have some scuffs and marks from banging about in the back of the rig. Whoever wants it - $25. Decided what I like my ladies to have proper hygiene when out swashbuckling on the trails. As such I go camping when i don't invite them, when i do invite them I let them stay in pompous hotels.
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To be more serious, how do you define "expedition?" If you mean hiking, then, I fear, relax and get over it is the only answer. This book may help: http://www.amazon.com/How-****-Woods.../dp/0898156270 (There are chapters especially for ladies.)
If you mean motor camping, then there are all manner of indoor plumbing available. We have always gone with a shovel and a roll, but are looking forward to a Provan Tiger with indoor plumbing. (To be fair, we are over 60!)
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