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Camping Considerations – Ladies Only! Part 2

Leave No Trace - October 3, 2015

Yosemite National Park, CA: Check out part two of our camping considerations for ladies only! Click here if you missed Part 1. 

5.     Frustrated that your male counterpart can pee standing up? Zap the jealousy and keep your dignity with Go Girl!

Forget being caught off-guard with your underwear at your ankles while doing the bare bootie dance to cover your parts. No more struggling in your harness, drysuit, backpacking hip belt or multiple layers to relieve yourself. Go Girl is one of many female urination devices that allows women to pee while standing up! These FUPs are essentially glorified plastic or latex funnels, typically consisting of long spouts and angled cups. You can buy them in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors – that’s right, they’re not all pink. Some are reusable, while others have the daunting title of disposable. Check out this Backpacker Magazine review to help decide which one is right for you.

6.     Wilderness wipes are your new best friend.

Haven’t invested in a backcountry shower? Not to worry. Wilderness wipes or baby wipes are a great way to stay feeling clean and smelling fresh. Make sure to pack out your used wipes, and when given a choice it’s smarter to go for the unscented ones.

7.     Embrace your inner Diva.

Have you heard of the Diva Cup? If not, it is a revolutionary menstrual cup that completely eliminates the need for tampons or pads. Not only does the Diva Cup reduce the amount of bulk you have to carry out, it makes going into the backcountry a little more comfortable and less messy. Basically, it is a win win! If possible, pack out the menstrual fluid to the nearest acceptable receptacle. Otherwise, bury it in a 6-8” deep hole a minimum of 200 ft from any water source, campsite or trail.  It is also very important to remember to clean the cup daily with hot water and unscented, biodegradable soap. For instructions on how to use to the cup, click here

8.     Opt for unscented.

As we recommended for the wilderness wipes, use unscented lotions, deodorants, body washes, shampoos, toothpastes, etc. to avoid inviting those pesky mosquitos and other wildlife into your life.

Enjoy your world! 

Jenna and Sam – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West

Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.

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