It was mentioned that I should “Get a bucket” rather than dart outside. To that I will say that I do have a bucket to poop into.
I tend to know where the public restrooms are and do my business there, when they are open. I save the poop bucket for late night emergencies.
As for what it looks like here it is:
I have blogged about it and how to build it here:
In a nutshell it is a five gallon bucket with a kitchen sized garbage bag lining it, with a bit of pipe insulation around the rim to hold the bag in place and give a bit of cushioning.
To pee, most times I use a regular washroom, however, when they are closed I just find a forlorn tree or fencepost and “water” it.
I do have a pee jar, which is just a pickle jar (sans-pickles) as it has a wide mouth and a secure lid. (Trust me, you don’t want to spill your pee jar.)
The theory is that you can pee (into the jar) without going outside into the biting cold. The next morning you then pour out the contents of that jar at the base of some tree or bush.
I only break the pee jar out when the weather is south of minus twenty Celsius. Warmer than that I just get up, go outside to pee.
If the pee freezes in the jar before morning (it has happened) then either put the jar in front of the furnace or heater to warm it up, or heat it up on the stove.
How you safely heat it up on a stove is to put the pee jar in pot half-full of water and boil the water. That boiling water will indirectly heat the jar up without breaking it.
Then once the pee is melted enough to pour out, go find that thirsty tree and “water” it.
Again, this is not a glamorous subject but one that is necessary to cover. Trust me, the time to think about this is not in the middle of the night when you can’t use your toilet and all of the public washrooms around you are closed.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive and keep moving forward!