Getting up to pee at night can be annoying. Getting out of your warm sleeping bag to put on boots and venturing half clothed into the snow to pee is something else entirely. If you sleep in a bivy sack a pee bottle may be a mandatory accessory.
Avoid these problems by using a pee bottle such as an old, wide mouth, BPA Nalgene bottle with a secure cap. Mark it with visual and tactile cues; a sharpie to label the bottle and cap and duct tape or wrap to help you distinguish it tactically in the dark.
Needless to say, when using a pee bottle inside your tent or sleeping bag, accuracy and a consistent approach are key. Keep the bottle where it won’t freeze before you get a chance to empty it in the morning. Did I mention it should have a secure cap?
For the ladies, you might try a GoGirl interface to a pee bottle. A GoGirl is a female urination device that allows females to pee while standing up (or kneeing). It’s discreet, it’s hygienic and it is reusable: just store it in the plastic bag, and clean it later with soap and water. According to instructions, just adjust your clothing and hold the GoGirl gently against your body to form a seal. Aim and urinate. A moment or two of pre-heating inside your jacket or sleeping could be advisable. ($7; www.go-girl.com)
After your trip clean the bottle with bleach, rinse well and let it air dry, preferably in sunlight.
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