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Frances (July 2020)
Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
 
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2022
Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
I don't have personal experience of the devices mentioned but after considering the comments from a previous thread on this topic they only seem to work as intended if your long trousers have a zip/button opening in the crutch area or your shorts have very wide leg openings.

Otherwise you need to pull your clothes down while using them when standing. Unless, of course, you walk the Camino in a skirt and then it somewhat depends on what is under the skirt.
 
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trecile

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I have carried a pStyle on over 3500 Camino kilometers, but I have yet to have to use it. I always manage to find a bathroom when I need one. But I will take it with me on my next Camino. I don't believe in taking "just in case" things, but I make an exception for this. 😄
 

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Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
I didn’t have one on my last camino but wished I did on several occasions; I since have gotten a Tlnklebell and use it regularly on backcountry hikes, and will bring it on my next camino this fall!
 
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No. Not after peeing down my leg a number of times when trying to use the darned things. It was faster and easier to quickly squat behind a bush. Especially in my hiking skirt.
You’re supposed to practise, Annie, in your shower! 🤣 And I was just thinking that a skirt would be ideal when using one of these (if one has difficulty squatting); that way one can avoid bum exposure.

As to using this gadget while wearing pants, I know one of our members said she removed the zipper on her pants and replaced it with a longer one, but that would be beyond my expertise.
 
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You’re supposed to practise, Annie, in your shower! 🤣 And I was just thinking that a skirt would be ideal when using one of these (if one has difficulty squatting); that way one can avoid bum exposure.

As to using this gadget while wearing pants, I know one of our members said she removed the zipper on her pants and replaced it with a longer one, but that would be beyond my expertise.
In the time it took to unzip, pull down my panties which you must do in order to place the danged thing, I can squat, pee, wipe, and be on my way. Lol. It was just more than I was willing to mess with…

plus honestly I am usually able to find a bar.
 
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Frances (July 2020)
This is Japanese to me. 😊 Need to research this tool. Men got it so easy! Why we are the ones that got all these pee issues, pms, pregnancy? Lol just explain that one!
On the other hand, motherhood, if you choose it, is not only the greatest challenge and pain but also, often, such a joy! But I'm in menopause, so the other issues don't seem quite so bad now.
 
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Frances (July 2020)
You’re supposed to practise, Annie, in your shower! 🤣 And I was just thinking that a skirt would be ideal when using one of these (if one has difficulty squatting); that way one can avoid bum exposure.

As to using this gadget while wearing pants, I know one of our members said she removed the zipper on her pants and replaced it with a longer one, but that would be beyond my expertise.
No. Not after peeing down my leg a number of times when trying to use the darned things. It was faster and easier to quickly squat behind a bush. Especially in my hiking skirt.
Annie I love your blog so I know you hate toilet tissue. You don't need paper with one of these! I've found my tinkerbell easy to use with a little practice.
 
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Frances (July 2020)
I don't have personal experience of the devices mentioned but after considering the comments from a previous thread on this topic they only seem to work as intended if your long trousers have a zip/button opening in the crutch area or your shorts have very wide leg openings.

Otherwise you need to pull your clothes down while using them when standing. Unless, of course, you walk the Camino in a skirt and then it somewhat depends on what is under the skirt.
I don't need to pull much down while using mine. My bum is not exposed. I can turn my back and not worry about being seen with my pants down. That's great.
 

trecile

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In the time it took to unzip, pull down my panties which you must do in order to place the danged thing, I can squat, pee, wipe, and be on my way. Lol. It was just more than I was willing to mess with…

plus honestly I am usually able to find a bar.
The pStyle doesn't require you to pull down underwear. Just move them aside. That said, I think that I should practice with it again before my next Camino. 😉
 
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The pStyle doesn't require you to pull down underwear. Just move them aside. That said, I think that I should practice with it again before my next Camino. 😉
Hahaha! I wear boy cut so I can’t pull them aside. But yeah, that would work. Lol.
 

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Yes. I use a Pibella. It works - a clever bit of Swiss engineering. Worth persisting. I've tried three other types and was only persuaded to try this one after it was recommended by a friend. I wear a hiking skirt and normal undies, easy to push aside.
And brilliant generally for travelling, in countries with holes-in-the-ground or toilets that don't invite close contact for reasons of hygiene.
 
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I tried a device that is similar to the GoGirl device as well as various disposable devices. I did not find them useful or practical for me for situations where it is not possible or where I would not feel comfortable to crouch, not even very quickly. I usually wear hiking trousers. Unfortunately, ageing, and perhaps childbearing, is the reason why it is now not always possible to wait until the next bar.

The pStyle mentioned by @trecile and the Pibella mentioned by @Kanga look more promising. I can see from the description online that the latter would require some practicing.

I often had my GoGirl type device in my backpack but never used it.
 
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Otherwise you need to pull your clothes down while using them when standing. Unless, of course, you walk the Camino in a skirt and then it some
I have tried a couple of the Pstyle options, but find them useless on the Camino. Women's slacks do not have a zipper running down well into the crotch area, so you can not manipulate the Pstyle easily unless you partially pull down your pants anyway. Underwear becomes the next problem to "navigate". On the camino while trying to hurry and be unseen by others who may be walking by they are just too much work imo, and take more time fumbling around while standing up. I do love the concept, but...🤷
I purposely wear pants/shorts/hiking skirts with elastic waists for the fastest pee possible.😅
P.S. @Doughnut NZ, I never thought I'd see a man posting on this thread, nor quote him on this particular topic.🤣
 
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Camino Frances (2015, 2017, 2019) and plans for 2021 (Sept, Oct)
Before our first camino, I read about hiking skirts to aid women on peeing, so I bought my wife a nice one. She absolutely refuses to pee on the trail, even if it means hiking another two hours to the next town. Of our three camino frances, the last two we've hiking the Valcarlos route. Cindi prefers that route since there are a few bar/restaurants (and therefore bathrooms) along the way. This September we're hiking the Napoleon route. Cindi remembers that route from 2015 and said "I guess this means no pee stops other than Orisson!" Bob
 

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Only used my P-style once. You do need to practice a lot at home, but with the toilet, not the shower, and practice with your pants. It does work really well, with no need for tp, but I do have some bandana squares to use that I can wash with my clothes that day.
It would come in handy on a rainy day, wearing backpack and poncho, on the Meseta with no trees.
 
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Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
Bought one, never ever used it.
 
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Camino Frances Sept - Oct 2014, Camino Portugues Sept - Oct 2017
Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
Yes I think it's worth it.
 

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CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I don't have personal experience of the devices mentioned but after considering the comments from a previous thread on this topic they only seem to work as intended if your long trousers have a zip/button opening in the crutch area or your shorts have very wide leg openings.

Otherwise you need to pull your clothes down while using them when standing. Unless, of course, you walk the Camino in a skirt and then it somewhat depends on what is under the skirt.
I think this is a subject we should stay away from haha
 
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October 2017
Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
2nd Camino coming up - I know there are places I don't want to crouch or pull down my pants so I plan to wear a loose Levi skirt for most days- loose underwear (or none) I may make an opening in skirt or pocket to move underwear aside? Cloth or tissue clean up; How about snap or Velcro crotch for pants ? I think there is an opportunity for a new design for hiking pants
 

NamaMama

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CF (2018)
I took the Pibella. I had practiced at home but not enough. I used it a couple times. It is extremely light weight and stores easily. I would take it again on another long distance hike. I have my sights set on the TMB.
 

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2021
I recently bought a Pibella but haven't taken it out on a hike yet. It is a very slim device compared to other models, so it has to be placed with precision. I've had a few "accidents" when practicing at home and don't feel comfortable enough just yet to use it outdoors. But as I find squatting increasingly hard on my knees, I hope I will master the technique before my next camino.
Restricting one's water intake in order to avoid having to go to the bathroom is definitely a bad idea.
 
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Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
I only ever saw one woman using it. She ended up with pee all over her as it overflowed. It just didn’t drain quickly enough… I think she tossed it after that.
 

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From a male point of view - - - I love them - - - -
Every time my wife and I go hiking somewhere her "Freshette" (sic??) is always packed in her pack side pouch. This wonderful contraption makes it easier for her to do her "business" standing up, takes less time to find a "good" location and makes for less wait time for the rest of the group.
 

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Camino Frances (2013)
From a male point of view - - - I love them - - - -
Every time my wife and I go hiking somewhere her "Freshette" (sic??) is always packed in her pack side pouch. This wonderful contraption makes it easier for her to do her "business" standing up, takes less time to find a "good" location and makes for less wait time for the rest of the group.
Aren’t you sweet! 😊😊😊
 

Toots

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2021
Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
I have one and not used much because of the following query- it needs cleaning after use on the trail…Using our valued water supply ? Or is there a better way?
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I only ever saw one woman using it. She ended up with pee all over her as it overflowed. It just didn’t drain quickly enough… I think she tossed it after that.
The pStyle and the Tinkle Belle aren't funnel shaped, so they shouldn't overflow. They are open at the top - a chute to direct the pee away from your body.
 
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No. Not after peeing down my leg a number of times when trying to use the darned things. It was faster and easier to quickly squat behind a bush. Especially in my hiking skirt.
I have not used any of these products. I thought about opening the seam and replacing with velco but I thought it would just be too uncomfortable. I crowdfunded a startup that has been very delayed by covid and am hoping to receive pants in the spring. The pants have a zipper that starts at the bottom of the zipper fly and opens around the back to make it easier to squat and pee. It may be awhile but I am looking forward to receiving them when they can get back into production. 😊
 
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rscohen

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Frances from Le Puy-en-Velay ('10-12) from Montgenevre '14-15) from Vezelay ('18), from Seville 2020
I try to be discreet when I must squat, but I have occasionally been inadvertently observed. The observer is always more embarrassed than I am.
 

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I try to be discreet when I must squat, but I have occasionally been inadvertently observed. The observer is always more embarrassed than I am.
I prefer to be the one accidently looking rather than the one "doing". 🙃
 
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Yes, same happened to me. Tried it out in the shower, couldn't get a snug fit so got wet legs. Waste of money, alas, for me.
I understand how Annie feels, I used my go girl without problems several times but I never know when it's not going to have a good seal and after a wet pants I leave it at home. Besides squating in the bushes is good for my butt and my leg muscles. As for toilet paper I carry a half a bandana that I use for wetness and also wear a panty liner. I do carry some paper for the rare more serious job but of course pack it out in the plastic bag. I have bought something new called a Kula cloth that you can clip on your backpack and it's treated with some kind of treatment that kills germs. You can use it several times and it washes easily.
So the answer to your question is no, I did not bring the go girl on the Camino. I tried it hiking at home.
 

Anamiri

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Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
I think of it like this - carry as little as possible. (I have seen a few of these devices abandoned in albergues)
If you walk a more populated route (like the Frances for instance) - there is usually a cafe.
On a less populated route there is no-one to see you anyway.

I think the total times I have needed to go 'in the wild' is 3 across 3 Caminos .
I've never used one but I think that a quick swat is probably faster anyway.
 

JillGat

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2018
No. Not after peeing down my leg a number of times when trying to use the darned things. It was faster and easier to quickly squat behind a bush. Especially in my hiking skirt.
Yeah, I bought one too, and found it to be a hassle. I just squat. If you can't squat because of knee problems, you sit on a rock or log and hang your bottom end over the other side. Sorry for the graphic description, but I hope it's useful.
 
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The pStyle and the Tinkle Belle aren't funnel shaped, so they shouldn't overflow. They are open at the top - a chute to direct the pee away from your body.
I agree here. My first two devices were open at the top and worked perfectly. I recently ordered a funnel shaped one and suffered the overflow situation. I ordered another pStyle and it's what I need. I find them to be preferable to baring my bum in a squat. You still try to find bushes and be discreet, but I find I don't feel as exposed using this device.
 
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I was given a shewee by one of my adult children as a kriskringle gift quite a few years ago - it remains unused in its box! Much prefer a quick squat - face towards the trail if there is no adequate cover then your bottom is facing away from view and you can see if anyone is coming😊 Funny story on the Le Puy route - hadn't found a loo in miles and desparation came with no cover on a road between stone walls - squatted in a meagre gap with my friend standing in front when 3 French ladies came around the corner - lots of laughs all round😂😂😂
 

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2022
Ladies - great topic! I have a ‘freelax’ (sometimes sold as ‘pstyle’ I believe) and I love, love, love it!
Yes it does take a bit of practice - mostly mentally, but I have used mine for the past 10+ years - through 2 Caminos, Everest Base Camp trip, various other holidays, but also while working (~2 years) in uniform in a “3rd world country - because it was more sanitary than the bathrooms), and even at home working or hiking in the woods. (I am 61)
I carry it, with wipes in a little breathable bag clipped to my pack - a little soap and water at night and Voila!
As to peeing with zippered pants, we’ll I lower them a bit, bend forward a little for ease of flow, do my business - and don’t even take my pack off!
….Never leave home without it and… did I say I love it!
 

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Ladies - great topic! I have a ‘freelax’ (sometimes sold as ‘pstyle’ I believe) and I love, love, love it!
Yes it does take a bit of practice - mostly mentally, but I have used mine for the past 10+ years - through 2 Caminos, Everest Base Camp trip, various other holidays, but also while working (~2 years) in uniform in a “3rd world country - because it was more sanitary than the bathrooms), and even at home working or hiking in the woods. (I am 61)
I carry it, with wipes in a little breathable bag clipped to my pack - a little soap and water at night and Voila!
As to peeing with zippered pants, we’ll I lower them a bit, bend forward a little for ease of flow, do my business - and don’t even take my pack off!
….Never leave home without it and… did I say I love it!
You are a genius!😉
 
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I would not now go on a long walk anywhere without my Pibella. I've just recently walked the high country rail trails here, and it was a vital part of my kit. I used it multiple times each day. Don't have to take off my pack, don't have to find a bush, don't have to worry about toilet paper to wipe my wee (and disposing thereof). My clothing set up helps (hiking skirt and normal underpants I can push aside).

It does work. Fabulously. It takes a bit of practice at first, and confidence, but believe me it is worth it. For beginners I have a bit of advice. First, try it in the shower, several times. Then try it standing and using the loo (like a man) a few times. It takes a bit to get used to it. Then - and most importantly - when you are out in the field and trying it "for real" = don't wait until you are "bursting". Better to go small and frequently (if you get my drift). You will feel much more in control. In time it becomes second nature.
 
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The pStyle and the Tinkle Belle aren't funnel shaped, so they shouldn't overflow. They are open at the top - a chute to direct the pee away from your body.
Ive never wet myself with my tinkle bell, not even close, and you use it to wipe too, so NO paper.
I would not now go on a long walk anywhere without my Pibella. I've just recently walked the high country rail trails here, and it was a vital part of my kit. I used it multiple times each day. Don't have to take off my pack, don't have to find a bush, don't have to worry about toilet paper to wipe my wee (and disposing thereof). My clothing set up helps (hiking skirt and normal underpants I can push aside).

It does work. Fabulously. It takes a bit of practice at first, and confidence, but believe me it is worth it. For beginners I have a bit of advice. First, try it in the shower, several times. Then try it standing and using the loo (like a man) a few times. It takes a bit to get used to it. Then - and most importantly - when you are out in the field and trying it "for real" = don't wait until you are "bursting". Better to go small and frequently (if you get my drift). You will feel much more in control. In time it becomes second nature.
Yes and while practice is a good idea it isnt always required. My tinkerbell has been very helpful.
 

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@Camino Chrissy yes, but I do have to be careful to pull my skirt aside.

I've used the Pibella with pants, but found the fly zip was not long enough so I had to slightly lower my trousers, and the privacy aspect was lost. Not completely, because I could keep my underpants on (pulled them aside) so I did not have bare skin.

Oh dear, this is getting very basic. Anyone wants more information - send me a PM!

Edited to add: having tried three others (that shall be nameless) before the Pibella, and having found it works, I've looked no further. But as a service to members I've now ordered the TinkleBelle, because it also looks good on the strength of reports from @Brooklynpoet, and is not one I've tried! I shall report back.
 
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Ive never wet myself with my tinkle bell, not even close, and you use it to wipe too, so NO paper.

Yes and while practice is a good idea it isnt always required. My tinkerbell has been very helpful.
My cat as a child was named Tinkerbell and she always used a litterbox to wee and never "missed".
Oh dear, I have gone a bit off piste! 🙃
 
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The only time I found a urination “collector” helpful was when we were tenting and the bathrooms were too far or cold for us to walk to at night.

We try and find a discrete secluded spot (not in tick land) and go. We try and shield one another from traffic (and them from us). But as another pilgrim said…always wear a hat!
 

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Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
I took my shewee with me, but managed to hang on until I got to the next bar. However, I will take it again next year.
 

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I use the SheWee on all of my hikes. Saves having to take off the 40lb backpack or try getting up from a squat with it on. Practised until I got confident with it. I use hiking pants and, yes, most of them have a short zipper but you can manage to get positioned without exposing everything or getting wet if you practise! Saves time too.
 
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Camino Francis SJdPP to Astorga (Apr 2018)
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Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
I brought my She-Wee the first camino and never used it. Left it home on the next two. Leave it home. Everyone is considerate and gives you privacy when possible. Besides that, there are many towns that you can use the bano
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Fellow women who love She-Wees, Tinkle bells or other devices which allow you to pee standing without revealing your bottom, did you use your device much on your camino? For those who don't know, these devices are particularly good for those whose knees are sometimes wonky. But I'm trying to keep my pack light... so I'm wondering if it is worth it to bring it.
You might find good info re female issues on the closed females only facebook Camino group CAMIGAS. Lots of posts regarding these devices.
 

trecile

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Leave it home
It seems that there are women who like using these devices. It's fine to say what works for you, but the only things that I would tell people that they should leave behind are their fears and expectations. Other than that people can make their own decisions based on their own personal needs.
 

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Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
I’ve feel at a loss.

All these devices on which to rely.

Whilst I been stuck using only nature’s made.
 
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longwayhome

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SJpdP to Santiago ( Sept-Oct 2018)
Pibella all the way. I now own four ...never know when it could come in handy:) When bushwalking I particularly appreciate not lowering my nether regions within jumping distance of some nasty wild life ( big bull ants) and I prefer keeping my eye out for snakes from all directions , not to mention leaches or ticks.I agree that walking pants or shorts need to be somewhat lowered when standing , but I usually am in a long loose shirt with butt coverage :) The pibella is anatomically fitted and that means no overflow when fitted correctly. It also means a limit to the flow rate :) And no need for tissue. I must confess I do wonder how it looks from afar , though haven’t had to use it in a bare treeless landscape.
 
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To Santiago and back (roads & paths; Tours; Francés; sea; roads & paths)
I brought my She-Wee the first camino and never used it. Left it home on the next two. Leave it home. Everyone is considerate and gives you privacy when possible. Besides that, there are many towns that you can use the bano
I think, before giving advice to someone, one should perhaps ask this question first: Do you need to get up during the night to go to the bathroom?

If the answer is no, then "leave it at home" is good advice.

If the answer is yes, once or even twice, then I am not so sure about this advice. I am looking at your avatar in particular: standing on a path next to the road with car traffic, in a flat area without nearby bushes and with buildings in sight. I have a walking buddy who has difficulties bending her knees; another friend who due to cultural conditioning or whatever is reluctant to go for a pee "any time any where". Even I would hesitate in a situation like the one in the photo, and I can be very quick. I can also tell you that sometimes you need to go and you have no idea how far it is to the next bar. What women in my age group and with similar age-related conditions do to avoid such situations: they limit their fluid intake. Which is not a clever thing to do when walking in hot weather.
 

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I do not limit my fluid intake in the Camino. If I am walking and see a "great spot" to "go", I go even if I had no previous urge at that time. It has often prevented becoming uncomfortable later on if no good spot was found.
 
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