|With a pee funnel, you can go just about anywhere... like here. Photo by Freya Fennwood.|
Peeing outside is an joy everyone should experience. From the first time you break the seal (and get it all over yourself) to becoming a master in doing number one in nature, emptying your tank in the outdoors is a experience all it's own. I strongly believe we should pee outside, and do it more often. You haven't really lived until you've sprinkled your tinkle in an outdoor 'bathroom' with a view.
As someone who has clicked on this blog and therefore, presumably, is not in possession of the natural ability to pee standing up, I'm here to attest that you need a pee funnel. It's a game changer.
I love my pee funnel for all of the obvious reasons: you can pee anywhere, anytime, and live without fear of your bum and other bits being exposed to the world or getting it all over yourself. Not worrying about when and where I'm going to 'drain the dragon' means I drink more water and end up feeling better at the end of the day. I also avoid bug bites in those hard-to-reach places and never have to subject any part of my body to gross trailhead toilets.
Because my pee funnel has brought me so much joy over the last three years, I feel compelled to help you embrace your female right to equality by peeing standing up!
How it works
Pee funnels are easy to use once you get the hang of it. Officially known as a "urinary director", the device is simply a little funnel that slips over your bits to direct your waste away from your body.
You can use it without dropping trow; simply unzip, slip the funnel between your legs, relax, and enjoy. The liquid is propelled forward, away from you and your immediate surrounding (aka: you won't pee all over your pants in a strange squatting position), and when you're done, slowly pull the funnel out while "scraping" it against to your body to "wipe", leaving you relatively clean and dry. In my experience, no toilet paper is necessary.
What to get
A quick Google search for "female pee funnel" will give you a lot of results, most of them disposable. I don't recommend disposable funnels for a number of reasons (mainly environmental), and from what I've heard you have two good options: the freshette and the go-girl.
I have a freshette and have not been disappointed. It's made of hard plastic and comes with a separate funnel, unlike the go-girl which is one piece and seems to be made of a softer, rubbery material. According to the very outdated looking freshette website it even comes with a reusable pouch, but to be honest I just toss this in a side-pocket of my pack and wash it after every trip. Urine is sterile after all.
Whichever brand you choose, the most important part is mastering the art of the stand-and-tinkle.
Peeing is natural. Peeing standing up for the first time is not. Here area few helpful tips to get you started:
- As a girl, the sensation of peeing standing up is a new one. I highly recommend testing the yellow waters with your new funnel in the shower a 2-3 times to get used to it.
- Your first time outside, be sure you have a good seal to avoid leakage.
- Know you may get stage fright. That's okay. Give yourself a few minutes, but if it's not working put your funnel away and hold it until you're somewhere more private and can try again.
- If you pee too fast you can overwhelm the funnel. This is rare, but be aware to control the flow to avoid overflow.
- Remember to lean forward and drop the hips to put the funnel in the correct position. Don't try to be a hero and pee up a hill or into a wind. Even boys know better than that.
- Because the "hose" portion of the funnel is wide (it doesn't pinch to a tight point like true male anatomy), it's hard to aim your stream in any particular direction. This means you won't be able to write your name in the snow like the boys without considerable effort. I know, I'm bummed too.
- This last tip may feel like an overshare, but you are reading a blog about pee funnels so you should expect this: remember to hold out for the "last dribbles" to come out. Sometimes this takes a few seconds but it's well worth the wait. These little drops will come out whether you want them to or not, so better to wait and let them come out the funnel than rush and have it leak all over your undies.
When you're done, be sure to shake out your funnel (or I like to wipe it quickly with snow) and then place it back in it's "special sack" or put it back in your bag. And remember, always follow good principles of Leave No Trace when using the great outdoors as your restroom. The world is now your urinal, and with great power comes great responsibility.