One of the issues that most bothers hikers or those who want to go camping, is the question of how to go to the bathroom in the forest and nature. Isn’t that right?
This is something that worries everyone much more than storms or blisters! Keep in mind that humans have made nature their bath for centuries and tricks have not been lacking. It has been written long and hard on the subject.
Under the best conditions a human shit will take more than a year to disappear, something more the paper and let’s not talk about wipes, compresses, tampons or diapers. The visual and aromatic effect is obviously very unpleasant (and has caused the closure of some sectors), but the health and environmental consequences are particularly worrying.
Going to the bathroom in the woods: how to poop
Before heading to your outdoor resting place, make sure you have the supplies you need and learn the proper techniques to follow. Keep in mind that you will need the following accessories:
Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Sealable plastic bag
Camp shovel to dig a hole.
Solid waste bag, especially if you’re going to an area where you’re not allowed to “bury” waste.
On the other hand, you’ll have to find a place to do your business. To do this, follow these steps:
Choose a location 60 meters from the trail, camp, and another 60 meters from a water source. If you wish, choose the brush for privacy and observe your surroundings to make sure you can find your way back to your camp or trail.
If possible, find loose, rich soil in a sunny spot. Both conditions help decompose waste more quickly. Use a camp shovel, stick, rock or boot heel to make a hole about 10 centimeters wide and 20 centimeters deep.
If the soil is too hard or rocky to dig, try lifting a rock and use that point. Replace the stone when you’re done or carry your debris in a bag.
Clean your hands with a little hand sanitizer.
What about toilet paper? If possible, use as little toilet paper as possible to reduce waste. It’s a good idea to dispose of your waste in the hole or in a waste bag. Other people use wet towels, but you have to remember that after using them, you have to put them in a waste bag.
Going to the bathroom in the woods: how to pee
Choose a place that’s far from your trail or camp! A great way to organize the space in which you will set up your tent – you must comply with the zone’s free camping rules – is for a group to choose to designate separate places for “bathing” facilities. When choosing a specific location, consider the following depending on where you are:
Camps near small areas of water: Never go directly to a small pond, stream, or lake. Always move about 60 meters from the water.
Camps near large bodies of water: If you are in a rafting group camping along a very large river, it is advisable to urinate directly into the water. This is because the volume of the river will dilute it, and the camping area avoids becoming too saturated.
In alpine areas: In mountainous areas it is recommended to urinate on a rock surface.
In the case of women, they have some very specific advice. It is recommended that you find a place of soft soil that absorbs urine quickly and does not splash. In addition, it is recommended that you squat and ensure that your trousers, boot straps, straps, etc., do not bother you when urinating and pay attention to the slope of the terrain on which you stand.
You can take a piece of toilet paper or tissue and a small plastic bag with a zipper. Put the used toilet paper in the bag and empty the paper in the toilet when you get home.
General advice on hygiene in nature
In addition to the fact that you obviously have to keep your hands clean (elements of nature can cause intestinal ailments), there are some tips you have to take into account when going to the bathroom in the bush.
First, always carry a hand sanitizer or wet wipes. It’s a good idea to use it after defecating and before handling food, just rub it like soap and water!
To protect the environment (and especially when you’re going on a long trip), remember to use water sources sustainably.
Never lather directly on a lake or stream, not even if it’s a biodegradable soap. This can damage aquatic life.
If you choose to use soap, don’t use a perfumed, biodegradable soap.
Take off your sunscreen and insect repellent, as they contaminate the water.
After washing, throw the dirty water on the ground.
Take a small towel and quick drying so as not to contaminate with paper towels.