Here are 13 tips to help you poop while camping. This advice will help you stay regular and happy to be camping!
There is an old joke amongst campers that goes like this:
Going camping, probably won’t poop until Sunday
That might make you chuckle, but not being able to poop or the opposite is a real problem for many people when they go camping. We have had these issues ourselves.
Those bathroom issues are a big reason why many people choose not to go into the woods on the weekend.
Many people do not like using outhouses. Others do not want to leave their tent or sleeping bag after dark.
Some people just get constipated being away from home.
This does not have to be you. Here is our advice that will help you poop while camping.
Tips for Pooping While Camping
Use some or all of these tips to help with regularity. This is not meant as medical advice, but rather common sense ways to avoid diarrhea and constipation.
Drink Lots of Water
Dehydration can lead to constipation. Make sure you drink plenty of water while you camp.
All that extra time outside and in the sun means you need to increase your fluid intake.
Recommended Daily Water Intake*
women 4-7 cups/day
men 6-11 cups/day
*increase this amount while active outdoors, especially in the heat
Drink Clean Water
Water that you are not used to can make you constipated.
We like to bring water from home. A good water filter or bottled water are good options.
Watch Your Drinking
Too much alcohol and caffeine can mess with your digestive system.
Stick To Your Diet
Camping means s’mores and grilled food that you are not used to. This can upset your tummy. It is best to stick with food that your body is used to.
Sticking to your regular diet will keep your bowels moving as normal. Highly processed or fatty junk foods can mess things up.
Increase Fiber to Help you Poop
Did you know that most people do not get enough fiber in their diet? It is probably the reason why so many people have issues with bowel movements.
Recommended Daily Fiber Intake
women 21-25 grams/day
men 30-38 grams/day
Increase your intake of fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
It is important that you have plenty of fluids to push this fiber through your system, so increase your water intake.
Keeping active helps keep your digestive system active. It is tempting to just sit around the campfire or lay in a hammock, but make sure you add some exercise.
We love to hike and bike when we go camping. Walk around the campground and check out other campsite setups.
Get Plenty of Rest
Make sure you are sleeping well! Yes, taking a nap in the hammock counts.
Stick To Your Routine
At home, do you poop around the same time each day? Stick with that routine while camping!
Listen To Your Body
If you have to go, go! Do not ignore the urge, even if it is not at your normal time of day.
Use Facilities You Feel Comfortable With
Another popular camping saying with people who own an RV is
Rule number one, no number two
People do not want the smell or the risk of clogging up the septic system in their RV.
That means you need to use a campground bathroom, outhouse, or even the woods*.
*Follow these Leave No Trace guidelines for proper human waste disposal.
Yikes! That is enough to make you hold it until you get home.
Do not bring constipation upon yourself, poop where you feel comfortable. Use that RV toilet!
If you need to use the campground facilities, then check them out ahead of time so you know what to expect. This might mean bringing your own toilet paper.
You can set up an outside potty tent with a portable potty inside.
If you tend to strain to poop, then try squatting.
If this is strange, then get a portable squatty potty. This folding stool raises the knees to straighten out the rectum and reduce the strain.
Bring a Portable Bidet
Reduce potty anxiety by using a bidet. We have one on our toilet at home.
While we camp or travel, I bring a portable squeeze bidet bottle to help clean and freshen up after a bowel movement. It has a handy carry bag for trips to the bath house.
Use Medicines Sparingly
Take a laxative or use a suppository according to the directions or as recommended by your physician.
We all poop and have had issues surrounding it at some time in our life. Do not let these issues put a damper on your next weekend camping trip.