Whenever you think of Africa and going to the toilet, you probably think about awful long-drop toilets that stink with flies swarming around and you’d be right…some of the time. For the rest of the time, when overlanding, you’re going to be using a totally different kind of toilet that looks a lot like this:
Imagine this. It’s your first day on the open road and you see a town on the left in the distance, when the truck pulls over. Your guide opens the door and shouts ‘toilet stop’, only for you to see nothing but the landscape and the cars driving passed. Talk about a wake up call.
Now, for the men, this is a no-brainer. You find a fence or tree, unzip your trousers and get going, all whilst checking out the landscape and having a bit of a chat with your ‘neighbour’. For us women, it’s a whole other ball game!
You have to find a bush big enough to hide behind, make sure you aren’t near or facing either the men or the road AND make sure the wind is in a good direction or you won’t be coming back on the truck with dry clothes! That’s A LOT to think about isn’t it?!
Now imagine the logistics of that when the truck is predominantly female…it was hilarious in a ‘we have just skipped the first date and gone to third base with the amount of skin I’m seeing’ kind of way! Women, all in a line with their butts facing the road, getting semi-naked on the first day and peeing next to each other; we went from strangers to friends in a single pee-stream 😀
Thankfully, on occasion when we stopped for lunch, our toilet was pretty nice:
And I could hide from my groupies…
And before I knew it, we were so comfortable peeing outside that when the long-drop toilets looked just too wrong, we went outside the building instead. Yeah, we were classy ladies!
There were, however, some mishaps along the way made by myself and others so take note:
- Before you start peeing; check the wind direction. If it’s against you, guess where the pee is going to be blowing into. Yep, you!
- Likewise, spread your legs (I’m sure MANY men will say that to you over your lifetime…ignore them lol) because the last thing you want to do is start peeing only to get ‘splashback’. I can tell you now…it’s not a good look, feel or smell (have the wet wipes at the ready) haha
- If you’re wearing shorts/trousers, don’t pull them down to your ankles because, well, where do you think you’ll be peeing?! Take them to your knees and stick your butt in the air.
- Wear clothes that are easy to remove so shorts and skirts, yes, playsuits and maxi-dresses, no.
- As long as the bush/grass is knee length (and you have good strength in your legs) you should be able to pee with good cover