Sometimes you can’t leave your tent to take a pee. There might be a rain or snowstorm outside, it might be frigid cold and windy, or you might be surrounded by other campers at a crowded tent site where you can’t simply pee out the front door at night, and you don’t feel like taking a long walk to the bathrooms, especially if you need to do it several times in one night.
While many hikers, especially winter hikers, carry a carefully marked wide-mouth Nalgene or Gatorade bottle to pee into, both of these bottles take up a lot of space in your backpack that you might need for other clothing, gear or food. My winter pack is jammed tight and there’s simply no room to carry a rigid bottle.
Those are some of the reasons why I prefer carrying a medium or large Cook-in-Bag from Packit Gourmet for peeing into when I don’t want to leave my tent do to foul weather or crowded camping conditions. Weighing just 10 grams (size medium/holds 3.5 cups) or 13 grams (size large/holds 6 cups), these thick gusseted Ziploc bags stand up by themselves and stay tightly locked even if they tip over, preventing messy accidents inside your shelter. In the morning, you can easily slip them under your coat and discretely empty them out of sight and then re-seal them and roll them up for easy storage and reuse at your next tent site.
The Packit Gourmet Cook-in-Bags only cost $0.60 if bought alone – cheaper than most bottles – and you get them for free if you buy one of Packit Gourmet’s delicious Cook-in-Bag meals.
The best pee bottle is not a bottle!
Disclosure: Philip Werner purchased his last Packit Gourmet Cook-in-Bag with his own funds, but was sponsored by Packit Gourmet during the 2010 TGO Challenge.
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