A #1 Priority….

As any diabetic will tell you, if the blood sugars are not in check, you have to go to the bathroom a lot – like 4 or more times per night.  This is a pain in the butt for a van camper or van dweller.  Without a high top roof, you can hit your head on the ceiling or worse yet, end up peeing on yourself or your belongings.  Sorry – that’s not a pretty thing to envision.  I needed a solution to the bathroom problem… Here is something that I decided to try… I homemade urinal.

Since I have kitties, it was no problem finding a plastic cat litter jug.  The funnel and tube is all one solid piece and was purchased at the Menard’s store (home improvement store) for a mere $2.99.  I punched a hole in the lid of the cat litter jug and forced the hose down it.  The hose gets wider as you go. It’s a tight fit.  The next step is to seal it a little bit.  You can unscrew the lid and the funnel together for cleaning purposes.  I figured I can buy a urinal deodorizer brick to keep the smell down.  It might also work just to put a “shower cap” style bowl cover over the funnel.

I am hoping this will help with the #1 problem.  I can use it by the bed or stand up and tinkle. For now it’s strapped along with the 2 day cooler, just in front of the battery charger.  I like the fact that it can be moved around as needed.  Hopefully the funnel is deep enough that it should help any splashing problems. Just a thought…   Another possibility is to have a second cap and bottle to use for transporting the liquid.

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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