Traveler's Gear Box: For Women, A Handy Accessory for When Nature Beckons in the Outback
There are times when the call of nature can be downright inconvenient for women who head down the trail. The temperature might be too cold, or the mosquitoes too thick, to drop your pants. For those times, there's GoGirl.
"What I haven't figured out in all honesty is the "bathroom process," wrote Connie Hopkins. "If you are a guy this is obviously LESS complicated than it is for us gals. We were dropped off at the trailhead for Lone Star Geyser at 9:15 a.m. and skied in. I made a bad decision based on good reasoning (or so I thought) and limited my water intake. In summer you can slip off into the woods and 'take care of business' as the need arises. In the winter with all of those layers on, knee-deep snow and minus-degree temperatures, suddenly this basic act has escalated into an ordeal."
"I suppose it depends upon how 'progressive or open minded' a gal you are," replied 'Samaya,' "but these days we girls do have a few options. A funnel makes it so that we can ultimately do this deed standing up, just like a guy can!"
With this exchange burrowed deep in the recesses of my mind as I recently walked the aisles of the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, a convention that brings manufacturers of all sorts of outdoor gear to one spot so retailers can make their buying decisions, I suddenly found myself in front of the Go Girl booth, where I found the answer to Connie's dilemma.
GoGirl's product, you see, is a "medical grade" flexible silicone rubber funnel that, as the company's slogan points out, means ladies don't have to "take life sitting down" when nature calls in the outback.
This $9.99 item comes in a small plastic tube that makes it easy to stash in your pack or pocket. Inside you'll find the funnel, a tissue, and a baggie for disposal. Designed to provide an anatomically correct leak-proof fit, I was told women should, ahem, practice with this unit at home in the shower so they'll encounter no problems out in the wilds. When you get back from the field, you simply wash it out in hot soapy water.
If any ladies out there have tried GoGirl, please let us know what you think.