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Updated: Mar 30, 2022

How to Wild Wee by Abi Hargreaves

I wanted to address toileting in the outdoors, this is probably more one for the ladies.

Please do give it a read and take into account how important it is that you hydrate!

For us women, weeing in the great outdoors is a little trickier than it is for men. One bonus is we don’t have a strange looking organ, but it does mean we have to make more effort to not wee on ourselves or get caught with our bum on show! This can make it daunting for those new to the idea and it’s normal to feel embarrassed or worried. However, it’s vital that you hydrate when exercising outdoors for a number of hours, especially in the summer, and this inevitably leads to needing the toilet (thanks, nature). To help you get the most out of our walks, we’ve put together some handy tips that will hopefully help you feel more comfortable with doing the deed.

- Look for a spot that is sheltered, especially on a windy day! I look for walls, big boulders or mounds in the hill. These all protect sight of your bare bottom.

- Once you’ve got a good spot, make sure not to wee on top of rocks or any hard surfaces, this can result in splash back. Also keep an eye out for stinging nettles and branches or long blades of grass. No one wants to sting their private parts, trust me!

- When squatting, make sure you’re facing downhill so wee doesn’t trickle down to your boots and your trousers and underwear is well out of the way.

- When finished, a bum shake can be helpful before putting your trousers back on. If you want to use a wipe or tissue to clean up, or you’re on your period, don’t leave these on the hillside. A doggy bag is useful for collecting these items. Just remember to bin them when you get home. Not fun to find these a few weeks later when prepping for your next walk! Hand sanitiser is useful to use afterwards, especially if you have wiped.

- If you’re not comfortable with squatting, you might want to consider a Shewee. This allows you to wee whilst standing. Follow this link to have a look

If you need the toilet on any of our walks, let one of the leaders know. It’s likely someone else will too. We’ll move the group a safe distance away and wait for you to join us again before resuming the walk.

If you have any questions or concerns, or feel something hasn’t been addressed in this post, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to approach us on a walk or through Facebook. We want to make sure you get the most out of your time with us and feel comfortable.

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