Do I Need a Pee Bottle for Kilimanjaro?

Do you need a pee bottle for Kilimanjaro? Also, what is a pee bottle and why would you need one in the first place?

pee bottle for Kilimanjaro

Why a Pee Bottle?

As you ascend Kilimanjaro, you’ll notice that the availability of the public toilet facilities are inconvenient. Our campsite porter runs ahead each morning to find an ideal campsite. He specifically avoids being near the bathrooms so you don’t have to smell them all night long.

Composting toilet at Lemosho Forest Camp
Composting toilet at Lemosho Forest Camp

However, you might find yourself needing to go in the middle of the night, and that’s where the pee bottle comes in handy. No more getting out of your warm sleeping bag, putting on your boots, and heading out into the cold, dark night. Just reach for your pee bottle, do your business, and go back to sleep within minutes.

But why do you need a pee bottle in the first place? Well, at higher altitudes on Kilimanjaro, the terrain can be rocky, icy, and covered in snow, making it difficult to find a suitable spot to relieve yourself. The weather conditions can also be harsh, with strong winds and freezing temperatures. Plus, if you’re sharing a tent with someone else, you don’t want to wake them up in the middle of the night by rustling around and getting dressed.

Furthermore, if you are taking Diamox for altitude, you’ll be peeing more than usual.

composting toilet at Karanga Camp
Composting Toilet at Karanga Camp

What is a Pee Bottle?

pee bottle for KilimanjaroThat’s where the pee bottle comes in. It’s a convenient and hygienic way to manage urine and avoid exposure to unsanitary public toilets.

A pee bottle can be any type of bottle with a large opening, like a Nalgene bottle.

Just make sure you label it clearly and empty and clean it regularly to maintain cleanliness and prevent odors.

Long drop toilet on Kilimanjaro
Long drop toilet on Kilimanjaro

When it comes to using a pee bottle, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you position yourself carefully to avoid spills and messes. It might take some practice to get the hang of it, so don’t be discouraged if you have a few mishaps at first. And be sure to bring along wipes like Combat Wipes to clean up any spills or to wipe your hands afterward.

Combat Wipes for KilimanjaroOf course, using a pee bottle isn’t for everyone. Some climbers may prefer to use designated toilet facilities along the route, while others might prefer to find a private spot outside with proper privacy measures. It all comes down to personal preference and comfort levels.

But if you do decide to use a pee bottle, make sure you dispose of the contents properly. Follow Leave No Trace principles and pour the urine into long drop or composting toilets if available. If you rented a private toilet, pour it in there when you get up in the morning. And always be mindful of environmental conservation.

Private Toilet Tent
Private Toilet Tent

Final Thoughts

So, whether you’re a seasoned climber or a first-timer, a pee bottle can be a useful tool for managing waste during a Kilimanjaro climb, particularly at higher altitudes where it can be inconvenient to use the facilities. Just make sure you bring along a sturdy bottle, some wipes, and a good sense of humor!

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