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No matter your experience level, camping can be an enjoyable experience. But when you’re out in the wilderness, you need to be prepared for anything, including some of the more mundane aspects of the great outdoors—like going to the bathroom.
In this post, I’ll cover the basics of going to the bathroom while camping by providing my own experiences, what to consider before you go, tips for staying safe and clean, and recommendations for supplies you might want to bring along. As an experienced camper and father of three, I’m confident I can help make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Before You Go
Before you head off on your camping trip, you’ll want to do some research on your destination. Make sure you know what kind of facilities (if any) will be available. Specifically, consider whether you will have access to things like restrooms or showers and whether you should bring your own toilet paper. Even if you plan on using those facilities, if you’re headed to a remote location, it’s best to be prepared and bring your own bathroom supplies.
You should also consider where you will be able to find running water, which is essential for anyone looking to stay clean while camping. This is important for non-toilet related tasks like brushing your teeth and washing your face, so make sure you know where you will be able to find unspoiled water sources.
If you plan on visiting a national park, make sure you understand the regulations that come with it. Some parks have strict rules about where you can go to the bathroom, so make sure you go in designated areas and practice Leave-No-Trace camping principles.
Tips For Staying Clean and Safe
Going to the bathroom while camping doesn’t have to involve getting dirty. There are several things you can do to practice good hygiene and sanitation.
One of the easiest ways to maintain cleanliness and safety is to set up a “bathroom” area. Bring along a large tarp or piece of plastic to lay on the ground. This will provide a barrier between you and the ground and help reduce the spread of germs and dirt.
You should also bring your own toiletry items, such as toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and a bag for your used paper products. Avoid using natural plant materials like leaves as they can irritate your skin or contain bacteria and parasites.
Finally, if you plan on using a campsite’s bathroom facilities, make sure you do so in a respectful manner. Follow the rule of “leave no trace” and never leave trash or used toilet paper in the restroom.
No matter what kind of camping you’re doing, it’s important to have the right supplies for going to the bathroom. Here are some of my personal recommendations:
-Portable toilet: If you’re in a remote area with no bathrooms nearby, a portable toilet can come in handy. It can help keep the area clean and free from unsanitary conditions.
-Campground toilet bags: If you’re at a campground, you can purchase special bags that are designed for the toilet facilities. They come with hand sanitizer and toilet paper, making it easy to keep your area clean and germ-free.
-Trowel or shovel: For those going to remote areas, these are essential for burying any waste.
-Toilet paper: Make sure you bring your own toilet paper, as many remote areas may not have any for you to use.
-Wet wipes: These can help you stay clean and germ-free and are especially useful for more remote areas.
-Hand sanitizer: Bring a bottle of hand sanitizer with you, as it is a great way to keep your hands clean after going to the bathroom.
Learning how to go to the bathroom while camping can take some practice and understanding. But with the right supplies and information, you can make the experience as hassle-free as possible. Remember, leaving no trace is the key to staying safe and maintaining the natural environment. So make sure you take all the necessary precautions to stay clean and hygienic while camping.
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