Women’s Health: Where to go to the toilet on the side of a Mountain

The benefits of a UK or International Adventure Trip are endless, but what are those questions I hear you ask? The build-up to an Adventure Trip can be a particularly exciting time, but as a woman, you may have particular questions that need answering, or you may be wondering what benefits this kind of travel can bring to you. Read on to find out more about how to ensure, as a woman, that you are physically and mentally prepared for the trip of a lifetime. 

Every woman is familiar with the feeling when you travel, at what point do you stop packing miniatures of shampoo, conditioner, and tiny bars of soap? But then, adventure travel brings another multitude of questions – Where will I wash? Where can I use the toilet? What if it’s my time of the month? The anticipation of an adventure is so exciting, but we don’t want your excitement to be clouded with worry about queries that can easily be answered. Take a look below to see our simple solutions!

Going to the toilet

Now if there is one place you can’t avoid when travelling, that has to be the toilet! A regular worry for many women in everyday life, but what happens when you’re half-way up a mountain and you need to ‘go’? 

  • A Shewee. One of the most popular and trusted urination devices on the market. Easy to use, and hygienic. Being able to use the toilet discreetly and without removing any clothes, is an absolute essential for any female adventure traveller. 
  • In addition to the Shewee, you can also buy a handy Peebol, where urine is absorbed into a gel-like substance, whilst having no risk of leaking or odour. So now you can explore without the worry of having to find a secret spot!
  • We recommend packing a resealable plastic bag with all of your toilet essentials inside, including toilet paper, hand sanitiser, wet wipes, and a clean pair of underwear.

Time of the month?

We all have to deal with it, that pesky time every four weeks. As a woman, it can make you feel just a little bit ‘ugh’. But do we let it stop us achieving our goals? No, we certainly don’t. That’s why here at EDGE Travel Worldwide, we want to put your mind at ease, so you feel comfortable adventuring during those uncomfortable few days of the month. Research has shown that being outside and being active, actually improves our mood and eases some discomfort – so adventuring must be the perfect solution! 

Here are our top tips for keeping comfortable & fresh –

  • Your product choice is completely up to you, but using tampons may be more comfortable, and suitable if you are taking part in water-based activities. A menstrual cup is also another convenient option. The cup is reusable, and can safely be kept in for 12 hours at a time, also meaning that you’ll only have to carry 1 product for the entire trip – perfect for your rucksack. Just bear in mind that pads can take up more room in your bag, as well as being more difficult to dispose of. 
  • Waterproof underwear is a ‘just in case’ option, that leave you feeling safe and protected in case of any leaks.
  • If you are taking birth control, you could even time your period so that it doesn’t coincide with your trip. 
  • We recommend you pack resealable plastic bags to put any waste products inside. 

Staying fresh

 

We understand that you may have queries about staying fresh and clean during your adventure trip. Feeling dirty and unwashed can take away from the enjoyment of your trip, so here are our top tips for keeping hygienic on your travels –

  • Keep your underwear dry. Put a clean pair on every morning to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible.
  • Keep clean (where you can!). Make use of showers if you are staying in accommodation, and if not, keeping a pack of wet wipes in your bag for an on the go wash can be a lifesaver! We recommend a baby wipe, as these are more gentle than alcohol-based wipes. 
  • Use a strong deodorant – preferably an unscented one to avoid bugs and flies being attracted to the smell.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water where you can, and if that isn’t possible, make sure to pack a hand sanitising gel, to get rid of germs and bacteria.

Most importantly, we want you to enjoy your travels to their fullest, and DO more, FEEL more and BE more.

For more information on the products and tips suggested in this blog, have a look at the links below.

Products

https://www.shewee.com/

https://www.peebol.com/

Time of the month 

https://www.wildernessscotland.com/blog/managing-your-period-in-the-outdoors/

Hygiene

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Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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