When you've got to go, not much else matters, especially when you are stuck on a plane whose bathroom closed, broken or otherwise engaged.
Even when they work, simply standing in a long line for a bathroom can still be a pain, but there are new forces in motion that could help relieve you.
A Call for Easier Access
Online information site SeatGuru has proposed federally-mandated airline bathroom regulations that require at least one toilet per 50 passengers to help ease “frustrating lines that are a real safety concern."
In addition, the group suggests mandatory bathroom checks be required before takeoff just to make sure they’re working, a measure currently not taken on a regular basis but could avoid uncomfortable and even painful situations.
In a press release, SeatGuru recalled a story from one frequent flyer who took one flight in which toilets stopped working, causing so much discomfort and urgency that passengers were crossing their legs tightly and crying.
If you’re caught in a similar situation, you’re driving a long distance without a rest stop in sight, camping in an area with filthy bathrooms or you’re extremely averse to porta-potties, you do have alternatives. In fact, there are several to choose from if you promise to bring along some hand sanitizer. Here are a few of your options.
Cool Tools for Peeing on the Go
The TravelJohn ($11.99 for a pack of six on Amazon.com) portable disposable urinal urinals for men and women uses a biodegradable polymer substance called Liqsorb that absorbs liquid and stops bacteria growth by turning it into an odorless, spill-proof gel, similar to the material used in disposable diapers. The polymer comes in a puncture-resistant pouch that holds a hefty 28 ounces.
Technically for women only, the GoGirl ($6.99 on GoGirl.com) is a reusable but hygienic gadget made from flexible, medical-grade silicone with a patented splash guard that eliminates spilling. You can clean it and reuse it, or if you prefer, you can dispose of it after one use. However, certain circumstances like airplane bathroom shortages might additionally require the use of a bottle.
For more environmentally-conscious women, the Urinelle ($4.99 for a pack of seven on Camping.com) is a cone made of water repellent material that’s 100% natural and biodegradable. Its anatomical shape has been tested and adapts to all women, the company says, adding that by using it, there is no risk that you’ll get your clothes wet.
While these items may be great in the event of a bathroom emergency, we aren’t suggesting they should be the required methods of relieving oneself or adopted as a method to ensure employee productivity.