Anyone who has traveled a lot can tell you their most interesting, or best/worst “bathroom story”; but here in Africa, and especially on the TDA, the daily riding and camping can present their own unusual problems! Our riders are very creative at dealing with these circumstances, so here are a few of the more interesting tips on “communing with nature” in Africa.
Consider both wind direction and angle of elevation when selecting your site; peeing into your shoes is not nice.
A sarong of some type works well for both men and women, and provides a modicum of privacy. ( although, after a month of traveling together, what’s a little nudity amongst “family”??)
The desert is quite flat and places to duck behind are scarce; so, if you can hold it, pee when it’s dark! Otherwise, standard flight rules for visual daylight approach of ¼ mile visibility can apply.
Always have toilet paper or tissues stashed somewhere- camelback, pockets, sports bra…wet wipes are great too for those “why did I eat that last night” moments. And don’t forget the hand sanitizer afterwards!
And last, but not least, if you absolutely have to go and there’s no privacy, squat facing anybody that’s around- they’re less likely to look at you that way! (Thanks Alice for that one).