The grand adventure to find a discreet place to pee is no more! I feel like a lot of ladies can relate, you walk a little way away from camp, hide behind a bush then realize you can see the neighboring campsite. Deeper into the woods stand behind a tree, hey look there’s the trail. Trek even farther into the woods stand behind a tree and there’s randomly someone’s bear bag hanging. Farther into the woods you go… You’ll still have that walk with a trowel, but hopefully that is a less frequent journey.
My favorite piece of outdoor gear is my trusty pStyle. I pack it for any activity – hitting the slopes, the crag, the trail, or even the dance floor. That’s right, the pStyle even works with a romper if the legs are flowy or stretchy enough. I have one in my car at all times – because you never know.
There are a number of female urinary devices on the market, they all have the same goal of empowering ladies, trans-men, and non-binary folks to pee while standing up and fully dressed. I prefer the pStyle with the open-ended canoe style that handles a higher volume of liquid better than the traditional funnel.
Times I’ve grown to love my pStyle:
- Wearing a climbing harness
- Fending off mosquitoes and biting flies
- Fending off the cold
- Lack of cover
- Gross out houses
- Regular out houses
- Avoiding practically undressing while wearing a romper
Helpful tips for using a pStyle:
- Stand on top of something like a rock or a stump and/or avoid peeing on hard surfaces, this helps avoid splatter on your shoes.
- Take note of the wind direction.
- Stand closer to the urinal than you think you’ll need to. Guys have the benefit of pressure where the pStyle is just working with gravity.
- If water, snow, toilet paper are handy – give it a quick cleaning. If not, give it a flick of the wrist and let the water-repellent finish do the work. Please do this responsibly if indoors.
- When you get home or if you’re on the road for a while, wash the pStyle and your container with mild soap every couple of days or more.
- Practice in the shower first.
- Take a deep breath and exhale fully. This helps me relax the muscles in my body that are screaming, “don’t pee, you’re standing up!”
Trust me, it’s a game changer. Order your pStyle(s) and never adventure without it, lest you have to squat in the woods like a peasant.
Phil and I were just discussing venturing out for an extended bike ride, but with the current pandemic situation public bathrooms are even scarier then they used to be (the trails in the St. Louis area are very populous). He just told met hat I should get a she-wee and I immediately remembered this post! I’m going to order myself a couple of pStyles. Thank you so much for sharing!
Lisa, this makes me so happy! And having a few on hand is always a good idea; I leave one in my car and one with our outdoor gear. Just used the car one the other day to avoid visiting at a rest stop. Thankfully we were in a forested area, that wouldn’t work as well traveling through populated areas!