For the ladies who might be curious..

Okay, the men can read it too but don’t go around squealing like stuck pigs afterwards.

I mentioned early on in my posts, I think, that I had a “Luggable Loo” for bathroom needs in the middle of the night. But it’s very large, and a bit of a to do to use. While I’ve kept the LL so far in case of number twos, I’ve found that using one of the “Freshette” products much easier; less time consuming, less noticeable, less obvious waste disposal. (And we are not having a discussion of disposing of “biohazard waste”, ‘k? K. )
I’ve found that a soda bottle does beautifully as a receptacle, lid screws on tight, fits easily into the grocery mart plastic bag I use as a trash bag so no one notices it when you’re carrying it to the trash bin, and doesn’t smell.

I think, that as I get more confident that I’m able to do most of the needed business at public restrooms, such as when I buy my fruit for dinner, I’ll feel confident enough to get rid of the LL and save that space. Because space is very tight.

ps. I recommend that you practice with it once (if possible) in an environment where you can clean up if you don’t get the placement correct the first time.

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  1. Alyce Aber

     /  October 11, 2011

    OK that Freshette is DARN cool!! The convenience! Almost as convenient as being male!!
    If you get small trash bags that would fit in your Luggable, then the bucket would still be clean and you can use it for storage for things like dog food etc. If what ever you store is in a bag then out with the bag in pop in another for the emergency use. I would keep it, no matter what, you could have emergency situations, (stomach virus etc) in which it would be INVALUABLE.

    • Alyce, I *do* use trashbags. In fact, they make several different varieties of trash bags for the unit. Some have a substance that turns any liquid to a gel, some deal with smell, some are biodegradable.
      But all of them are pretty pricey, they’re meant for the 2-3 day camping trip, not daily use. I think one of the brands was ~$2 a bag.
      I was using kitchen garbage bags. And if I used it in the middle of the night, then it was emptied the following morning so there wasn’t too much time for it to smell things up.

      I think that’s exactly why I haven’t gotten rid of it. Stomach virus kind of thing. I’d rather have a bucket to spend the day on than trying to hide in a shrubbery somewhere with my backside hanging out.

      ps. anyone who gets the shrubbery reference gets nerd points : D

  2. Katy

     /  October 11, 2011

    I got a Freshette several years back for camping. I love the concept, but could never convince my body to use it, no matter how much I tried and practiced. I’m glad it works for you!

    • Katy, I think having been in the army and used many many worse facilities helped a lot with my overcoming my body’s refusal to do what I told it. : ) The first couple times I had a bit of back and forth with myself, but mostly because I wasn’t sure if I had it positioned properly and if it would leak. Once I figured that out.. not too bad.

  3. Anonymous

     /  October 12, 2011

    Not only do I get the shrubbery reference (including the Monty Python crossover), I once chose a shrub made of nettles on a back road in Germany. That gave me a few exciting moments!

    – the other Katy, alias Katydid

  4. Ann G

     /  October 12, 2011

    Pee is pretty clean stuff. You’re not allowed to poop in a lake, but pee is just fine. I take no issue with it being thrown away in closed soda bottles. (Ok, given access, I’d probably dump it in a toilet in the morning and reuse the bottle, but that’s because I’d never go through enough soda bottles to keep me in places to pee.)


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