There are everyday necessities. Things you must do every day. Things you can NOT live without, like…
We talk a lot about eating. Cooking, food prep, recipes, types of food, food storage, shopping, getting good quality food, washing dishes, cookware and pots. Exercise etc,. But…
There are two things that don’t get talked about because of fear, modesty, embarrassment, fear of rejection, social conditioning.
Two things. #1 & #2
See … we even have cute little names for them that everyone recognizes and use because we don’t even like to speak them out loud.
But you can not deny … they are both very much a part of the daily human experience, daily necessities that we all must do. There’s no escape from it.
Nature calls. We must Answer.
So what happens when you’re living 24/7 On The Road, in a Big Truck, Operating an 80,000 pound, 13’ tall, 75’ long Mammoth? A beast that has only 3’ x 2’ of floorspace inside for you.
When Nature calls, sometimes… sometimes it’s convenient.
Sometimes it’s not.
Sometimes you can make it to a Rest Area or a Truck Stop.
You still have to get the beast parked even after you get there, which can take several minutes to roll through at about 10 m.p.h. looking for a place to park, do your maneuvering to set up for parking, wait for other trucks to move out of your way, then get backed in and pull the brakes, turn off your lights, unbuckle your seat belt, take off your driving gloves, grab your keys, shut it down, climb down, lock the doors…. then were you lucky? … are you less than 100 yards from the toilet? At a Pilot? A T.A.? A Loves? Or Rest Area?
Probably not. More likely Not.
If Nature’s Call is an urgent one …. face it …. you won’t make it.
Not a good situation to be in, for obvious reasons. So what in God’s name do you do?
It only takes losing it in your pants Once to know you never want that to happen again.
And yes it does happen to drivers. Probably a lot more often than anyone wants to admit.
As proof, I refer to my first truck assignment ordeal. Not pretty. Truck Assignment is when you are being put into a truck another driver has used for a while. We won’t even go into Truck recovery stories here. Truck Assignments are trucks that are supposed to have been cleaned before turning them over to a new driver. Well, you just can’t get that smell out of the upholstery. It’s pretty difficult anyway.
But … you get my point.
You have to have a back-up plan … for Emergencies … for Urgencies. And it’s really not that hard to do.
We use a 2 gallon bucket. (disclaimer; gallon capacity is determined by the size of your butt.)
Yep. That’s it. A $3.00 2 gallon bucket from home depot. And 4 Gallon trash bags (from WalMart) that are a one-time use disposable liner. Inexpensive, Clean, Sanitary, quick, easy and very efficient.
And its easy to figure out what size bucket you need. You can try them out free of charge at the Home Depot Paint Department, right in the aisle. Just pop one down off the shelf, put it on the floor, and sit on it. If it fits, great. If the 3 gallon’s too small for you, grab down a 5 gallon, set it on the floor and sit on it. (I hope that it’s a good fit cuz they don’t make em any bigger, as far as I know.)
Anyway, have no fear, know one knows what the heck you’re doing but you, so don’t worry about it. You’re not gonna camp out on it, you’re just plopping down on it momentarily to check for a good fit. Right?
OK. So now that you have you’re very own O.T.R. Portable Nature Station, what do you do?
How do you use it?
How does this change things for you … for the better?
Let’s Cover #2 First
Well, you set up your Nature Station with a liner bag nicely installed and tuck it into a convenient corner. So it’s always there ready to go, waiting. Then, when it becomes necessary, you are saved. All you have to do then is get stopped (safely … in a safe place) pop into the back, pull the curtains, and go.
Emergency/Disaster Averted. Oh what a relief.
When you’re done, twist up the top part of the bag, evacuate the air, tie it into a granny knot, put it into a Walmart bag set it up on the floor board in front of the jump seat and you’re ready to roll, much relieved. You can dispose of it safely, securely, in any trash can or dumpster… and yes … it is sanitary to do so.
What do you think happens with millions of disposable Pampers or Huggies diapers produced every single day in America. Thats right. They all go to the land-fill. See how this great country already has it all set up for you’re safety and convenience. Why not unabashedly, proudly use it. Take advantage of it. It sure is a lot better than pooping your pants.
There’s also a whole bunch of other super convenient uses for your your brand new nature-station now that you have one.
SIDE-NOTE: Teeth Brushing – I don’t know about you, but the men’s bathroom counter-top at Pilot and Flying-J is not a place I will set my toothbrush or toothpaste. So I brush my teeth in the truck. A much cleaner and far more sanitary place. I can do this because of my Nature-Station. Brush, spit, spray out and rinse toothbrush, right into the bucket. Then I can take it inside to rinse under hot water without need for use of a counter-top. Then later on when I make a sandwich, cutting from tomato, onion cucumber, outside lettuce head leaves can also be deposited into the bucket.
So, our handy bucket serves as a garbage disposal too.
How cool is that? (Word of Warning: Do not use it for opened soup cans, meat tins or any other rigid materials. Nothing that can cause a puncture should be deposited into the liner bag of your Nature-Station; for obvious reasons.)
At least I hope it’s obvious.
I’ll state the obvious, just in case.
The last thing you want, after using your Nature-Station bucket for a Nature-call, is for it to puncture or leak when you are removing the liner for disposal.
SO again… DO NOT put anything sharp, pointed, straight, metallic or hard into your bucket liner. Use a separate trash bag for all other types of trash. We do. It works without fail.
Now that we’ve covered #2…
Now Let’s Cover #1… Peeing.
Ooopppsss. I said it. lol!
Yes, #1, peeing can also present as much of a challenge on a big-truck, perhaps more-so than #2(pooing) because it happens more frequently throughout the day. How do we deal with this menace of human metabolism? Easy. With the use of a sustainable, reusable, recycled plastic container…. or what we affectionately call … a Pee-Pot.
We are up against the same situation here as with the aforementioned poo-ing. So It can become a very urgent situation, no pun intended, when you “have” to pee. So a pee-pot or pee bottle of some sort can figuratively and quite literally be a “Life Saver”.
And I’m not joking here. I’m quite serious.
One day I had to dash out of the way of an oncoming Con-way Driver at a terminal in W Memphis because he was obviously going to run me over. I had gotten out with a radio to be Andrea’s eyes while she backed up to drop a trailer. This driver was in a manic rush. I called to Andrea to stop so this guy could complete his mad dash behind her as she was backing up, and I managed to get out of his way too without getting run over.
After we dropped the trailer, got the bob-tail parked and got our paper-work turned in at dispatch I was walking back out to the truck when I saw the driver that tried to run me down. I went to talk to him thinking he needed a lecture on good driver safety. He was indignant, even hostile towards me.
To keep a long story short, as it turned out, his reason for jeopardizing Safety, Con-way property and my life by almost running me over was that he had to “Pee”.
When I heard that I was shocked.
But at the same time it also explained a lot of very erratic, unsafe driving behavior I had seen across the country.
This driver was making a mad dash to park as close to the terminal as he could get so he could run inside and “Pee”, no matter the cost to life or property or the consequences.
To him it was simple, he had to Pee and to hell with anyone or anything in his way. It is a common problem because people are either too embarrassed or to afraid to do things different.
Personally I would much rather pee in a bottle than either wet myself or worse, crash or run over someone because of a Nature Call.
I’ve used an Arizona Iced Tea Bottle for about a year. Yes. That’s right. The same one for a year. I’ll replace it as soon as I find another one the same size. It is no where as bad as you may think. It gets cleaned and washed, sanitized every day. I empty it at Rest Area bathrooms or Truck Stop Bathrooms stalls where I then have access to Hot water and Anti-Bacterial Soap.
So I dump it, flush it, then put 4-5 squirts of Anti-Bacterial soap into it, fill half way with hot water, cap it, shake vigorously, uncap it, pour out into a toilet and flush, then recap it and I’m good to go. The residual soap that remains inside keeps the bottle clean and fresh.
There is a social phobia ingrained in us over pee.
You may be relieved to know that when pee (urine) comes out of the body, it is sanitary. It is clean. It is not hazardous. You can drink it. It will not harm you. It will even help you. People have survived death from dehydration by drinking their urine. Yes of course that is an extreme example, but no less true. So it’s not a bio-hazard when you pee. It only becomes one when it’s sealed up in a container and left behind somewhere.
There is no excuse for any driver to leave behind abandoned bottles of urine. Ever. It’s just plain disgusting. I see it all the time, all over the country. And it saddens me.
It is so easy to dispose of properly yet many drivers don’t.
We all should.
It not only makes all drivers look bad, but it is a terrible bio-hazard.
None of us, including drivers, have a license to be disgusting, nor do we have any excuse to litter the country with containers of urine. It is unconscionable to do so.
I think we need to get over our fear and insecurity of being seen with a bottle in our hands walking into and out of a truck stop bathroom.
If you’re embarrassed about it, then get one that isn’t clear. Get one that is dark brown in color like my Arizona Iced Tea bottle. Use it …. and more importantly “RE-USE” it … and … STOP throwing water bottles full of urine out the truck window littering the roadsides of our beautiful country.
In fact Urine is still the most studied substance by world scientists today because of it’s many uses.
IN FACT: URINE is what makes big diesel trucks CARB Compliant to meet ever growing stringent government emissions regulations.
That’s right. Urine.
It’s the Ammonia in DEF that makes it work. It comes from Urine.
Dehydration causes crashes.
A lot of drivers don’t drink fluids so they won’t have to stop to pee. Not Healthy. Dehydration causes fatigue, confusion, slows reaction time and the inability to make good decisions quickly.
We need to drink our body weight in water every day. (if you weigh 200 lbs you need to drink 200 oz of water, every day) Soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc., do not replace water. They cause dehydration. Not to mention a long list of other health problems to numerous to enumerate here. Only water hydrates a human body. Nothing else.
Get a water purifier on your truck like we did. It’s really easy. Just ask us how. OK? Here’s the Video Andrea and I did that goes with this video. Click RIGHT HERE ON THIS LINK TO VIEW IT 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this article. IF YOU DID. Let me know. I need the encouragement LOL — and — I’d like to know what you have to say.
Stay safe out there!
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