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Well, here's the situation. You're on an outdoor trip in winter. It's cold outside and after a long day all you want to do is crawl into your warm sleeping bag and not get out of it until the next morning. Unfortunately, shortly after reaching the warmth of your tent, you feel the urge to pee and have to get up and out again.

The obvious solution to just pee right before you go to bed doesn't seem to help as somehow the act of warming up in the sleeping bag seems to encourage a second round of peeing.

It's ok in summer, but in winter it REALLY sucks, especially if you're traveling light so you only have your ski boots to get into and your tent is small and cramped anyway...

Any ideas?

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So, some people keep a jar in the tent to pee in. I prefer not to. :) –  Don Branson May 1 '13 at 22:34
@DonBranson - I think that's the Answer. I'd upvote it, if you wrote it up. Death & Taxes aren't the only two certain things in this world. –  DavidR May 1 '13 at 22:42
I did several years of research at high latitudes where we would spend 2+ months sleeping in tents and keeping a pee-jar in the vestibule is the only way to go. –  KennyPeanuts May 2 '13 at 2:40

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Three things

  • pee right before you go to sleep. I know it seems obvious, but people forget
  • keep warm and sleep well. You can wake up just bursting to pee in the morning, or you can wake up kinda needing to pee at 3am and you can't get back to sleep. The sounder you sleep the more likely you can sleep through kinda needing to pee
  • don't drink a LOT of liquid in the evening. Don't deprive yourself, but if you chug back a litre of something just because you like the taste of it, you know where that litre will end up :-)

In my opinion, a pee jar is a terrible idea, especially with kids. It would just lead to pee all over the tent one way or another. Not wanting to go out in the cold to pee is a good motivator and if you don't get up in the night at home, you shouldn't have to get up in the night when you're camping.

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From my comment - Some people keep a jar in the tent to pee in. I prefer not to. :)

When the kids were young and we all went camping, my wife did this so she and the kids wouldn't have to leave the tent, warm weather or cold.

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Or a plastic bottle, but yes. –  Russell Steen May 3 '13 at 11:45

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