Try to time your bathroom time for before or after hiking or during breaks.
At some point everyone will have to go while hiking necessitating a stop
No teasing or shame
Person could be ill (dealing with gastro issues) or just harried
Peeing on the Trail for Men
Generally hide behind a tree and go
Peeing on the Trail (Women) and Pooping on the Trail (Men or Women)
vulnerable and exposed
need privacy / need time
What if there's nowhere to go?
Turn your backs
Carry out all toilet paper
Ziplocks are fine.
I prefer used dehydrated food bags because they are already present (one less thing to pack), they can be thrown out incrementally, and they are NOT see through.
Women may prefer to used a designated bandana or cloth instead of toilet paper for peeing to reduce the amount of toilet paper to be packed in and out.
Rinse out in the evenings or when near a water source
When to Poop
Try to poop mornings or evenings while at camp (even if you don't feel the urge.)
GO whenever you do feel the urge if at all possible. Meaning - don't try to hold it in because it's embarrassing and a hassle.
Pooping in the Woods
Find a spot where you can dig a hole
You may have to try to dig several spots before you find a good spot.
Try not to to use a spot the someone else has used (You don't want to accidently dig up their poop!)
Set the scene
Before you squat, place your toilet paper, trowel, light, toilet paper bag, and water bottle within arms reach (otherwise you're doing the squat walk).
Make sure if you pee, your pee will not flow onto your equipment (important when peeing on a slope).
Dig a cathole 6 inches deep
If it all doesn't fit in, dig a second hole.
Dig your hole before you poop, or dig a hole after you poop.
Move the poop if you miss your hole.
Try not to use your trowel to move the poop (use a stick instead).
If you don't have a trowel, use a stick or rock to dig.
Make poop soup
Pour water or pee in the hole.
Use a stick to break up the poop and mix it with soil.
Cover the hole
Put soil, leaves, moss or rocks to cover and bury the poop.
Try to make your hole camouflaged so no one can tell a hole was dug.
Put your soiled toilet paper in the ziplock or used food bag.
Use water from your water bottle to wash your hands.
Getting poop on yourself or your clothes
It's scary being alone in the woods in the dark
I haven't pooped for days?!
Toilet paper disposal bag
Pee rag (women)
Light (for night poops)