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20 June 2013 @ 06:30 pm
Hi everyone!

I've posted a few times on various issues, and I'm happy to say that I've finally got a cup that is pretty good. The large fleurcup isn't my goldilocks cup, but its pretty darn close. But anyway, this isn't about choosing cups.

I'm 14, and every year I go to a two week backpacking summer camp. My periods are completely unpredictable, so I have no idea if I'll have my period while I'm there.

First off, while I'm backpacking, the general rule of thumb is to dig a 6" hole for poop, and no hole for pee. So what about blood? It seems fairly inconvenient and very conspicuous to be getting a shovel from my counselor twice a day, just for cup empties. Is it ethical to just find a bush(obviously far away from any water) and pour the blood at its roots? Nobody would see it, and it would nurture the plant. It would also be much quicker and easier than digging a hole for every empty. Let me know your opinion.

Also, when I'm in base camp, we have outside individual toilets enclosed in a tiny shack. There is no plumbing, so each toilet is basically a seat on top of a HUGE pit at least 15 feet deep. By now you can probably guess my question. How do I keep from dropping my cup? I'm generally very good about it, but I have dropped it in the toilet once. At home, it's not a big deal, but if I drop it at camp, I can't get it back. Is there anything that I can do to be extra careful? Also, the water spigots are outside of the bathroom, so for how long is it safe to simply wipe out my cup with toilet paper?

If you could help me out with one or both of my questions, I would be very grateful. This community has been amazingly helpful in learning to use cups. Thanks you guys!!!!

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.infragilis on June 21st, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
When you're out on a hike, you should observe cathole practices. The DivaCup site talks about it (still relevant even if you use a different cup).


Can you bring your own trowel (just a small gardening trowel would be fine) so you don't have to ask?

Regarding keeping it clean when the spigots are outside the latrine: maybe bring a bottle of water inside with you?

I have no idea about not dropping it into the toilet. I have to use two hands for removal anyway. I think I'd probably take it out in front of the toilet rather than over it if I had room. Dropping it on the floor would be really disgusting lol, but it would be better than losing it forever!

~Castiel~thusbands on June 21st, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Is it generally messy when you remove it? I was just thinking maybe you could squat in front of the toilet to remove it so if you drop it then it wouldn't be lost. Otherwise put one leg on the toilet seat and remove it that way.
trejoytrejoy on June 21st, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
I'd just take a water jug/bottle with me to rinse the cup in the outdoors. I'm totally with you on the fear of dropping the cup. I probably couldn't remove it over a hole like that!
Ashatenlegspider on June 21st, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
If you empty your cup whenever you poo you won't have a lot of extra holes to dig.

If possible, I'd take a spare cup. Cost is probably an issue for you, so if you've tried another cup that worked ok then take that, or get a used one if you're ok with that, or get a MeLuna since they're cheap, or ask your parents to fund it if they're cool with cups. When looking at that drop you're going to be extra careful so I think you're unlikely to drop it, but a spare just in case would be useful.
mech_chick on June 21st, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
I went camping with my cup and I deliberately chose not to use the long drop for the exact same reason. If your not with too many people and there is sufficient bush cover then you could take a drinkbottle for a short wander outside camp and sort youself out there. I didn't worry about digging a hole. If there's leaf litter you could cover it up a little or just dilute it with the water, or lift a rock or something.