Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Prepare for kids needing to go potty on hike

Rest assured, if a long drive is required to the trailhead or if heading deep into the backcountry, your children will have to go potty.

Pack unused diapers and toilet paper in re-sealable plastic bags so they stay dry. Bring extra bags for the soiled diapers and toilet paper. Wet wipes also may serve you well here. In fact, some hikers don’t bring toilet paper but rely on wipes to serve that function.

When your diaperless children have to go potty, you’ll need something to dig and fill in a cathole. A plastic trowel will work just fine in most soils, but if the surface is rocky or hard, opt for a small metal spade.

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.