How to Use the Bathroom Properly Hiking in the forest | For Real Hikers

How to Use the Bathroom Properly Hiking in the forest | For Real Hikers. Hello, my name is Cesar Conde I am a part of Tour Leaders Peru[1] travel company in PERU[1].













I have been guiding groups for more than [10] years around Cusco for different routes that connect with one of the new wonders of the modern world that attracts thousands of people every year. The lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu as well as many trails that They are connecting with the Citadel such as. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, The Salkantay trek to Machupicchu, Choquequirao Trek 5 days, Lares Trek to Machupicchu. And many other alternate trips that exist in the city of Cusco.

Review the waste disposal guidelines and requirements.

I decided to make this article for several reasons. As an expert Tour Leader[instagram2] and hiker in Peru. I have to live unique experiences, sometimes unpleasant or discreet. But we are Tour Leaders [3] and everything that goes on the route is part of our experience.

Today I would like to share with you this article titled How to Use the Bathroom Properly Hiking to Machu Picchu.

Bat Experience

Maybe you got already that bad experience while you were hiking outdoor. I lived that moment of trouble and embarrassed with my groups. Imagine that moment desperate looking for a bathroom to do your biological needs. But what if you do not find and have many people around or the are many Explorers along with you?

The first thing you have to do is to relax and try to find a rung, Bush, a rock or behind a tree but be Prevented. If you are walking with your group or a Tour Leader[4]. Let the group know you are going to the bathroom. If I tell you this, is because you may be lost the path and believe me you will be in a serious problem.

Funny expression

An expression that is often used in Peru when we are walking along the Inca Trail or another alternative trail such as Salkantay trek is: I am going to pick up flowers, Automatically your tour leader will know what you want. Sounds funny, doesn’t it?

Today I will tell you about my unpleasant experiences that I had. About how to properly use a bathroom on the road. Or how to do your outdoor needs or when you’re in camp.

Sometimes, when you go hiking or you are camping, you need to take a bath, but doing so can be challenging or demoralizing. It doesn’t have to be that way! There are some important things to keep in mind to do it without any problems or embarrassment.

For this reason, I made this article titled How to Use the Bathroom Properly Hiking to Machu Picchu Select the right place

Review the waste disposal guidelines and requirements.

Even if you only do a day trip. You should know the proper disposal guidelines for the area where you are going to walk. They are usually available at the beginning of the route that you are going to do the Hiking or in the park office of the area where you will be camping.

  • For certain terrains, it is necessary to pack the waste. Especially in places sensitive to the pollution of the flora and fauna or if you are camping next to the water like the streams or rivers. You can buy biodegradable bags where you can remove your waste.












Avoid water, trails, and camps.

You have to be at least 60 m (200 feet) from a body of water, trail or camp. This is to avoid the contamination of the water. The spread of diseases so that it does not look unsanitary and to avoid the unwanted attention of animals.

  • Try to find a place without too much shade, because the sunlight will help to accelerate the process of decomposing your wastes.










Dig a hole.

You can use your walking poles or shovel (if you carry one) to dig a hole of at least 6 inches (15 cm) deep and 20 cm (8 inches) wide. This hole has to have the necessary depth to help cover your waste and avoid possible contamination. Make sure you follow this rule, please.










Put on knees and do your needs.

Some prefer to look for a pair of large stones or a trunk to rest their butts while they do their needs in the forest, but unless you have a physical disability, there is really no reason not to squat.


Cover the hole.

When you’re done, make sure you cover the hole and your debris with dirt, leaves, and twigs. Thus, you will not attract the attention of curious animals, do not pollute or be unsanitary.

Remember: If you have to squat to urinate, hold your jeans or pants away so that they do not fall urine.










Wash your hands.

You must be sure not to contaminate your hands. So do not forget to bring hand sanitizer gel or biodegradable soap to wash your hand. [3]

  • The reason you need to use biodegradable soap is that the common soap can cause algae to appear in water sources, which is very damaging.[4]


Not only the rule of walking away 60 m (200 feet) of the trail is important. Also not to dirty everything and for reasons of non-pollution, so it is not to surprise another hiker. Make sure you follow this rule.


Don’t try to put up with the desire to go to the bathroom during a backpackers or camping trip. Even if you’re nervous about doing it outdoors because you could damage your colon.



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