Pee Standing Up

Peeing in the woods is just naturally easier for men: no squatting or wiping required. That is unless you use a device that allows you to pee standing up! There are many different products available, but only two basic designs: variations on a funnel, and the pStyle. Some women seem happy to squat and wipe, but I strongly recommend purchasing a peeing device.


Of the six above, I love and recommend the pStyle. It’s quick, clean, and easy.


Benefits of the pStyle

  • allows you to pee standing up without removing your backpack
  • can be used for wiping
  • can be used with one hand
  • can shake it to dry
  • comfortable and discrete 
  • solid, flexible, water repellent, recyclable #2 plastic with smooth, rounded edges
  • weighs 0.6oz
  • slender and compact compared to funnel designs
  • since it is not a funnel, it does not backup
  • you don’t have to carry, pack out, or bury extra toilet paper
  • less waste left behind in the environment


Some women may question whether re-using the device is hygienic. I found that as long as you give it a good shake after use, wash it on zero days, and are careful about proper placement during use, the pStyle and you will stay clean and dry. If you are uncomfortable putting it away with just a shake, you can easily rinse it with a few drops of water from your water bottle.


Here are a few tips for using the pStyle:

  • don’t pee into the wind
  • read the instructions
  • practice before you get on trail
  • save the bag it comes in and reinforce the sides of the bag with clear packing tape
  • give it a good shake after use to make sure it’s dry
  • clean the device and bag as often as you can
  • store it on the outside of your pack in an easily accessible place (side pocket or attached with a mini-carabiner)
  • consider buying the case for it if you can spare the weight
  • Answers to FAQs about the pStyle can be found here.