Weeing (and more) in the wild

Our guide is here to equip young adventurers with the know-how to stay comfortable and prepared while exploring the great outdoors.

When you're out for the day, handling bathroom breaks and personal hygiene is essential. We've compiled everything you need to know, from the best practices to the not-so-ideal-but-sometimes-necessary solutions.

We've made a handy guide introducing Leave No Trace concepts when it comes to outdoor toilet habits, to help people to feel confident spending time on Dartmoor, and to have outdoor experiences are both enjoyable and environmentally responsible.

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PLANNING AHEAD

Of course, it's best to avoid going to the loo in the wild whenever possible. Before your group heads for the hills, use nearby public toilets if available. Keep in mind that some public facilities may require payment or purchase, such as picking up a snack or drink from a nearby café. It's wise to carry some spare change just in case.

If you're anxious or embarrassed about the concept. Talk to your walk leader and friends about what to do before the need arises. Everybody will be in a similar boat and getting the subject out in the open will make is easier to deal with.

WILD WEE 101

First things first: communication is key. Tell your trip leader where you are heading. If you have to wander a bit further away, bring a buddy to guard the the area.

Next, scout out a secluded spot away from public paths to ensure privacy. If opting for a seated position, consider squatting for comfort and efficiency, and remember to adjust your clothing to avoid any unwanted mishaps.

Think ahead about your preferred method of wiping. When it comes to cleanup, on shorter excursions, a simple shake may suffice, but for longer adventures, packing tissues or wet wipes is a must—just remember to take them home with you or throw away when you reach a bin. This is one of the many ways a tub or sealable pack can be handy. For a more sustainable option, consider bringing along a reusable cloth to wash at home.

 

 

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ISSUE NUMBER 2

First things first: communication is key. Tell your trip leader where you are heading. If you have to wander a bit further away, bring a buddy to guard the the area.

Next, scout out a secluded spot away from public paths to ensure privacy. If opting for a seated position, consider squatting for comfort and efficiency, and remember to adjust your clothing to avoid any unwanted mishaps.

Think ahead about your preferred method of wiping. When it comes to cleanup, on shorter excursions, a simple shake may suffice, but for longer adventures, packing tissues or wet wipes is a must—just remember to take them home with you or throw away when you reach a bin. This is one of the many ways a tub or sealable pack can be handy. For a more sustainable option, consider bringing along a reusable cloth to wash at home.