PR Barbie & The Pee
There are many different techniques when it comes to having to pee in the middle of the night while sleeping in a tent. These ideas become more creative when it’s raining and you’re sleeping in a tent.
Last night it was suggested to me by fellow hiker, Overdue, that I should try using a gallon sized ziplock bag to pee in instead of getting out of my tent in the rain. The warning was… “Make sure you don’t do it over your sleeping bag just in case you miss.” Well alrighty then, let me just store this tid but of knowledge in my mental tool box.
Sooooo at 2:00 this morning, I had to pee. Shocker. It was raining. Shocker. It was stupid cold out. Shocker. Do I have any gallon zip locks I can spare??? Oh yes, I certainly do. I successfully made it in the bag without spilling a drop and didn’t even have to leave my tent! I was so proud of myself as I zipped up that amazing zip lock bag!
Then I saw it. How the hell did my tent get wet? I smelled my hands (gross I know but necessary!). Nope, didn’t pee on myself. Is it rain? Then I noticed the hole in the bag. I rushed to put the bag out of my tent but it was too late. Pee was alllllllll frigggin over the bottom of my tent. It was 2am, it was raining out and it was only on the bottom. Looked like a morning problem to me.
So this morning I washed my sleeping bag at the hostle, scrubbed down my tent and sleeping pad and all was right again in the world.
Lesson learned: if you’re going to pee in a bag, check for holes.
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