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How to empty bowels before a hike?

Okay, we a all adults here (I hope) and our bodies have a regular internal rhythm which they are accustomed to deal with. This point is well brought out in James Jenkin's answer. Recommending ...
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Possible diet to avoid/delay defecation

The term you're looking for is "low-residue diet" or "low-residue meal" (for some reason, the medical community tends to avoid the term "poop" in their technical terminology). Simply googling on those ...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

The answer is to limit and/or control ventilation. You want to make sure that there is little to no ventilation of the odours/gazes into the space (tent/hut/...) where humans are using the toilet. ...
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How to empty bowels before a hike?

Bring toilet paper and a shovel, exercise is a recognized method of increasing bowel motility (making you poo). Other than planning for the likely need, there are no reasonable medical measures you ...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

Your chief problem seems to be: with tens of flies trying to fly into your nose, mouth, and eyes Why not a mosquito head net? It's safe, re-usable, portable, and non-lethal! Like the old saying goes:...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

If possible, try to make a "dry toilet" use of the facility you've to deal with. Dry toilet means that excrement will not be leaved exposed to the air but have to be covered with some carbon-...
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Should I close a cathole (toilet-hole) at night?

I follow the idea of leaving as less a trace as possible. So what I do is to reuse the cathole. The problem with multiple catholes is how much damage it does to the landscape (especially if the ground ...
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Should I close a cathole (toilet-hole) at night?

The solution to this and especially when you have multiple people in a group and so want to limit the number of holes, is to use a single hand width trench instead individual catholes. You start by ...
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Possible diet to avoid/delay defecation

MREs. Not poop free, but if you start eating it a couple of days before the trek, you'll be amazed of how constipated you'll become. Sometimes I think this is by design, as a soldier doing his ...
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Tips for using a "wag bag" to pack out human waste

For making the bags, here is what I have done in the past when I worked for an outdoor organization. You need a sheet of wax paper, a brown paper lunch bag, a zip lock and baking soda. When putting ...
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Why does poo smell more after someone is back from a trek/hike?

Even in a vegetarian diet, changes in diet result in digestion changes. Gas is created by flora and fauna in the digestive tract. If you exclude something or add something at the top of the digestive ...
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How to deal with diarrhea when using a cathole in the wilderness?

BTDT I think, but I don't remember ever having a 'problem'. As a guy who camps and also gets to use squatty potties once in a while, here's my advice: First, ditch the shorts/pants it'll be much more ...
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Should I close a cathole (toilet-hole) at night?

Based on Rickeyship's feedback, I'm changing my answer. Environmental Context The answer depends on your environment, so try to find out what makes sense in the context of where you'll be. My ...
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Organization or posters for "Leave No Trace" in Sweden

Perhaps it's a cultural thing, but I couldn't find anything in Swedish that spelled it out quantitatively (60m from streams, 20cm holes), so I created one myself. My "Leave No Trace" Poster ...
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Why don't the USFS or NPS use vermicomposting toilets?

The volumes produced by composting toilets in areas that are currently served by toilets that need pumping out would add up to a lot of fertiliser, and fertiliser in a natural environment isn't often ...
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How do you properly dispose of human waste while snow camping?

Some times local disposal isn't unreasonable. Here's my thinking: Animals crap in the woods. Assuming wilderness use, the crap load from people is small compared to that of animals. (Animals use ...
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How to empty bowels before a hike?

Great question because it’s the reason I’ve stuck to short hikes only. I’m reviewing for my RN licensure exam so will respond addressing the medical aspect: The no laxative / no enema solution - Put ...
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How to deal with diarrhea when using a cathole in the wilderness?

The following assumes you have enough time to follow all the steps, and assumes you are below timberline. Find a log. Dig your cathole on Side B of the log. Plant your feet on Side A of the log. ...
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What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?

You can carry an empty water bottle for this purpose, fill it up in some stream when you know you have to go in a while and wash up like in many Asian countries. I wouldn't recommend doing it in the ...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

We simply used builders lime (Ca(OH)2) (calcium hydroxide) powder after every toilette use to cover everything up. But be careful with that, it's not a toy and can serious harm humans
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

One method is to provide a screened light-pipe as ventilator, and use an unlit room. Flies fly down into the 'hole in the ground', then up the ventilation pipe to the light. They accumulate in the ...
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Should I close a cathole (toilet-hole) at night?

Knowing roughly how many times it will be used, it should be deep enough for at least that. After each use, foliage and earth should be put in to cover5 faeces. At this point, since it's covered ...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

The following is based on experience building toilets for places of worship in rural Africa: Keep the toilet room dark. Without light inside the toilet room (tent/hut etc.), the flies are attracted ...
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What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?

In the desert Southwest prickly pear padsn de-spined and fileted, then dried to desired amount. Great for skin and perfect texture. De-spine the well. Once filleted,they offer 2 texture. Inside and ...
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What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?

Compressed toilet paper coins. These are made of plant cellulose and are biodegradable. Just add about a teaspoon of water or less and they unfold into the most comfortable toilet paper you can ...
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How to empty bowels before a hike?

I do never take any measures in advance to empty my bowels before a hike. But to avoid ending up with a constipation, I "listen" carefully to potential signals from my bowels. Usually I feel ...
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How to empty bowels before a hike?

You buy one of those anal enema devices. It's like a soft rubber ball with a little tube on it. You fill it with water and squirt it up your ass. Your body will then react like if you had diarrhoea, ...
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What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?

I always carry a small supply of toilet paper, but during the years I have successfully used soft mosses, bunches of grass, leaves (maple) and smooth pebbles for the first initial wipes, and just used ...
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