On the road I’m sure most of us have encountered dirty toilets, a lack of toilets, and other situations that make answering the call of nature a more difficult task. To add to the challenges our environment presents, us gals don’t have it as easy as our male counterparts who can stand and go discretely. What can you pack to help you go when you gotta go?
Whether it’s a full size roll or a mini roll, packing toilet paper when I travel has increasingly become a habit of mine over the last few years.
I’m not sure how available these are in other countries, but in the USA, you can pick up a mini roll in the $1 bins for travel-sized products. The inner cardboard roll has been removed, and what remains are a few dozen sheets that have been tightly rolled into a roll the width of a couple of fingers. In the US, Charmin’s To Go mini rolls include 55 1-ply sheets. I’ll often pack a “just-in-case” mini roll in a day bag or my camera bag. It’s come in handy when I’ve finally found a public toilet after a long search only to find there’s no paper! The down side? You only get a few uses before it’s gone!
The full roll:
These are too big for me to consider packing them in a suitcase, but full-size rolls have come to my rescue on more than one occasion. When I celebrated New Years in Sydney, I camped out all day on the Harbour. By 11am the toilet paper in the portable toilets had run out, but I had packed my own roll for the day and was grateful for it! A couple of months later, I was road tripping around the country and often found there was no toilet paper at camps sites or in more rural areas. Traveling with a stash of toilet paper in the van saved the day many times. I highly recommend bringing a roll if you’re camping or attending a huge festival!
Toilet seat covers
Sometimes you simply don’t want to squat and hover, but you wouldn’t dream of having a seat either. A couple of my female friends are huge fans of toilet seat covers. A variety of retailers online provide small packs of disposable toilet seat covers that are perfect for travel.
Female urine funnels
Female urination devices or funnels allow the female traveler to go standing up! Who hasn’t run into a situation where you wished you could go as discretely as the guys? Though I’ve personally never used one, I can think of a handful of situations where one would have come in handy!
Until my big Oz road trip last year, I had never gone to the bathroom outside. Never. But you can’t camp for 2.5 months without having to go when you’re MILES away from the closest toilet. Or your camp site doesn’t have a toilet. Or the toilet block is infested with leaping insects (true story). I became comfortable very quickly with going outside, whether it was in the middle of the night outside of the van and tent or alongside one of the loneliest roads in the country in broad daylight. If I could have stood up to go outside during the day, I would have! If I didn’t have to go outside on a freezing cold night, I wouldn’t have!
Do you pack anything to help make going to the bathroom easier, cleaner, or better? Have you tried a urination funnel before? Tell us your recommendations.