Sunday, June 13, 2010

girlie camping with {p}style & a giveaway

have you heard of the pstyle? okay now, i didn't invent this at all but i am soooo glad someone did. mr. a-go-go and i camp out and hike enough that we find ourselves in many places that offer no facilities for those times when you gotta go-go.we all know that the menfolk have it easy and if yer not shy, we womanfolk can um...hunker down and do the deed when we have to but why hunker down? i kid you not. it is completely possible and ridiculously easy to go-go while standing with the aid of this magic device.

i know the name sounds kinda ridiculous. pstyle? really? it's not even shaped like a P but when you use it, you won't need to remove a stitch of clothing, i promise. i'm not a salesperson for the pstyle. i have no affiliation with krista's cups, i just really love being able to go-go when i need to with no spillage or mooning involved. i gifted the hikers in my life each with one (it comes in six colors) and all have found it to be most awesome. the mama a-go-go especially sings its praises along with me.a couple of months ago we were hiking and found that somehow we were without my beloved pstyle. i really had to go-go and there were no facilities to be seen. there were however a lot of people milling about and i am not the most graceful hunkerer. we did have a similar gadget hiding out in Rodney so i grabbed that and lumbered off into the field as far as i could go. it was a disaster. i'll spare you the details but it has been decided that i need to own another pstyle to keep in the car as sometimes the adventure bag (more on that later) is not along for the ride.so far, we have camped in five states and gone on numerous hikes. and sice we're really good at keeping hydrated my handy dandy pstyle has seen a lot of action. a lot. and each time i use it, i am delighted that it exists, de-light-ed. i've used it on hikes, on walks, in icky gross porta-whatchits and in the middle of the night after crawling out of our day-glo tent. it is handy and simple and easy to clean and i keep it in its very own carry-all...a silicone pencil bag i picked up at target for two smackeroos.so here is my question to you. do you need a pstyle? if you hike or love outdoor concerts or the ren-faire or the beach it would seriously come in handy. and since i am just about married to mine i contacted the awesome krista of krista's cups and now i have a handful for giveaway. if you think yer a pstyle kinda gal, leave a comment here and share with me yer almost most dismal story in which you could have used a pstyle. i'll give y'all a week to comment then we'll select a winner or two...

seriously, it rocks...though, if you choose to wrestle it out in the middle of a wind storm in the desert don't fault me...just saying.

**oh and i've used something VERY similar to the FUD and it was a disaster for me...um, there was overflow...not fun, i have never had overflow the with the style. as long as you get the placement right yer good. just practice at home a few times sans skivvies, etc and then work yer way up. i totally used mine in the middle of a poppy field with nothing to hide behind and from a distance you couldn't even tell what i was doing unless of course you were a seasoned styler. :)

25 comments:

  1. OMG - Those sound fabulous!!!
    I think the most dismal story I have involves a third world country and a toilet that moved, erm, crawled as I was "hunkering down"... but then all it seemed to consist of was two barely discernible footprints and a hole...the hole is what moved.
    If I had had a {p}style... I would have gone somewhere else much less toxic and dangerous!

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  2. I don't have any outdoor stories worth mentioning, but I have another one. A friend of mine told me a way that ladies could pee standing up without any special gadgets, and let me tell you I was not coordinated to say the least! I thought I'd practice at home in the privacy of my own bathroom before I took it out on the road, so to speak. I started laughing so hard at the awkwardness of it all that I pretty much er...sprayed ALL OVER the place.

    I never tried THAT again. Where was this amazing boon to womankind when I needed it?

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  3. OH MY GOD JEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you realize I REALLY need one of these?!?! We went camping THIS WEEKEND!!!!!! im serious! And the bathrooms where like a MILE AWAY FROM THE STUPID sites! ARGH!!! So of course my boyfriend just stood behind a tree and took a morning leak... and me .... UGHHH i had to go on a huge-a** hike first thing when I wake up to finally get to the bathroom and by then, AHHH i was DYING! I was like, "I REALLY WISH THEY HAD SOMETHING FOR CHICKS... It's sooo annoying!" If you had this giveaway a week ago, I would have been set! but I am going camping again next month so I am putting all the hope I can into winning this! HAHAHHA!!! Jek you rock ;)

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  4. Well, I think my band of girlie adventurers need one pronto! I mean, you never know when one of us might find our bladders compromised by pregnancy or toddlerhood. Hook it up and make it colorful!

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  5. i am not really an outdoorsy girl, but my boyfriend and i have been hiking more often lately, and I'm going camping for the first time in a few weeks. This sounds like just the thing if he's ever going to want me to go back again :)

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  6. I'm way to excited about this!! I hike and camp and go on long road trips often and If I have to crouch in a dirty alleyway, or hunker down in the bush with the poison ivy one more time while trying to figure out if I'm peeing downhill, oi! And night time pees in the dark with a headlamp? No thank you. I've never heard of the p-style but I'm getting excited hearing about it!

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  7. I can't tell you how many times I've sprayed my socks and shoes while trying to master the squatting in the woods! I have no problem squatting, but hate that especially on road trips I end up holding it due to the lack of facilities or spots worthy of squatting. And I can think of many of my friends who need one of these too - I'm so spreading the word! Oh and I'm thoroughly enjoying reading about your stops - so fun!

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  8. OH, my...I so need one of these.
    My most recent "incident" was on a road trip from Portland back to Seattle. I had to go so bad that I had to have my husband watch for me while I squatted in a parking lot behind a Wendy's (that had just closed). It was embarrassing and it seems to happen to me way too often.

    love love,
    Fritzi Marie

    p.s. I have been having so much fun following your cross country adventures.

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  9. My parents use to take us kids on long rides. My mom had something very similar to this which she also kept in a plastic zippy bag in the glove box. I WOULD ADOREEEEEEEE one of these. I have a a few accidents in my life where one of these would have saved the day!!! WHAT A FIND!!!

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  10. omg, I have just returned home from a weekend of out in the wilderness camping and holy cow , I could have so used this thingamagig, When your wearing turn of the century 100 perfcent wool costumes and out in the forest doing a reanactment of the french war and are the only chick , and gotta go like a well lets just say I could have really used it , so i would not have to remove britches and all that , and not have splattered the back of my britches, well needless to say , i felt everyone noticed the wet spots on the back of my pants legs and it was not fun, i really need one of these for more than that , it is heck when you are the only woman in a house of 6 guys and you do not want to even think of sitting down on that toily after they all have been in there and ben out and cant aim right , it really gets old having to sanitize the whole toily just so i can go and not sit in someone elses p .... it would be so nice to just stand there and let he r go and not rry about it , i seriously need one of this pstyles , i would also even do a you tube video on it when i recieve it if i have a pink rainbow day
    georgia from ohio
    http://www.mypinkrainbow.com

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  11. Once while backpack peeing, I had a misfire & my shorts got soaked. I ended up dipping my whole butt into a stream to "wash" my shorts. After that unpleasant experience my dear sweet husband bought me a FUD (Female Urinary Device/Director) at REI. Now when we backpack I don't have to take my pack off to pee. It works great! I keep my FUD in the glove box too.
    Backpacker Magazine had an ad for a FUD in it many years ago of the back of a girl writing her name in the snow. It was a funny ad.

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  12. Oh JEK.
    My husband and I go out camping in our Westfalia camper alllll the time. We went to REI and bought matching 24 oz plastic drinking containers to decorate and use as our "vanthroom". I had SERIOUS misgivings about peeing in a drinking bottle. (Not even a wide mouth!) So ok, anyway, after peeing on my socks, and the carpet of the van one pitch black midnight in the middle of freezing who-knows-where, the unthinkable happened. OVERFLOW! Good grief. I hadn't realized just how much water, cocoa, and hot apple cider we had drunk before bed, and yea, bottle overflow. On the carpet, and my socks (again!?!). The next morning I cut the top off a 1-gallon square sided-Crystal Geyser bottle. I flipped the top part downwards to act as a funnel, and for the most part, this works well in the van. EXCEPT that I cut the plastic unevenly, and little plastic shards cut into my bread-dough thighs when nature calls. I do not take this on hikes as it is a GIGANTIC one-gallon bottle, so I'm forced to run through hikes with knees locked together, or do the awkward hello-buns! squat wherever we go. Joy! I cannot imagine NOT dropping trou to tinkle. I am fascinated.

    Happy camping!!

    xoxo
    radmegan

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  13. Ok, I first I have to say I have my doubts about this gadget...and second, no one else could make such a thing look so gorgeously fabulous!
    So, now I want one!
    Being the only female in a household of boys and having to stop along every highway in the country so they can mark their territory makes me want to shout : "Give me Pstyle!!! I also want to pee along the Canadian highways in (p)style!

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  14. this is such a great testimonial! I would love something like this - I usually wear skirts, so it's easier to pop a squat. but with the camping and motorcycling I've been doing lately, I am in pants more frequently and it's so much harder to manage all of that fabric around your legs!

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  15. wow, that is the most amazing thing i've ever seen. I too, have the frustration of "watering" my shoes on the occasional camping trip. usually it's because i hear something and quick look, and well... my aim is affected... haha. this product is really quite cool, thanks for the tip!

    sarah

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  16. Hot dog, I need one of these! Actually, two; one for me, one for my daughter. On second thought, I've wiped her butt enough times, and we've had to do the uncomfortable sneaky pee without wiping in front of each other, we could probably share one. As she gets older, we are increasing the amount of camping trips, hikes, and other adventures into the unknown where bathrooms are optimistically anticipated, and handi-wipes sometimes forgotten under the worst circumstances. It would be awesome to not have to cut short our fun due to the capacity of a second-grader's bladder.

    And, my worst outdoor pee incident happened on the first day of a week-long camping trip when I was also on my period. Digging a hole and trying to juggle all my bits and pieces in a somewhat clean fashion resulted in a irreparably stained and ruined pair of camp overalls and a fresh conversion to the keeper.

    Thanks!

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  17. After reading all the comments how on earth can you choose. I feel most fortunate that Jek gifted me one for my bridal shower a couple of years ago. I really enjoy being able to go where I want and most of all WHEN I need to.
    I bid all of you ladies good luck and may your treks be free of sprinkle spatters!
    Lots of love to You and the Mr.
    Farbie

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  18. What an awesome and simple invention! I find peeing outdoors is always easier if I can lean my butt up against a tree, or sit on a log or dig a hole in the sand and pee, but alas, these aren't always discreet options. And if it's windy out, it doesn't matter how well you've positioned yourself, you'll get wet. And in the snow, forget it-layers of clothing, nothing to hide behind. On our cross-country camping trip, I did whip down my shorts and leaned against the hot car in the middle of a barren South Dakota road in the afternoon, only to realize I came way too close to urinating on a huge rattlesnake. Good times.

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  19. I don't think I have any crazy stories either, though I have several photos of various female family members caught in the act of squatting. Photos ranging even from a time when I didn't exist yet, photos that my mom or aunt would have snapped of their sisters being caught unaware. Squatting sucks! I had to teach my 4-year-old how to squat when she was 3 and it was kinda frightening.

    I still would love a Pstyle, because we are heading on a cross country-ish trip to the wild northwest on our way to Anchorage! We are camping mostly I think (we very excitedly purchased our first tent this week!) and a Pstyle would come in SO handy for both me and my little girl!

    Great giveaway, and great post!

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  20. It's better than squattin'!

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  21. oh..I forgot to add the "dismal story": how about being stuck in a rowboat on a lake....yeah, that was REAL fun. Picture someone rowing as fast as possible, and me running up a dock and just barely making it to the bathrooms....that Pstyle definitely would have been handy!

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  22. Oh-gosh... I could have really (REALLY) used one this week. I'm camping with my girlie scouts and it was hot and sticky and the latrine was dark and smelly with the largest spider I've ever seen in my entire life.... Stressed, in a hurry, hot, sweaty and sticky trying to pull off everything to go in the dark w/o disturbing the GIANT spider.... my skivvies stuck... my shorts stuck... oh my! To top it off I have to GO right now if I even think about it... Speaking of which... I better go. :-) Great looking product-thanks for sharing!

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  23. I would desperately have loved to have this while camping last month... squatting and trying to shoo away millions of mosquitoes.... ahhh...

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  24. I could really use one of these.I work at a daycare when the children are taking their naps we can't get to the bathroom because the way this house is built the bathroom is between and attached to the two rooms where the kid's are sleep so we can't use the bathroom during this time which is from 12:30-4:00, we try and hold it but when your bladder is hurting so bad you just don't care any more if you pee on yourself, so we go outback in the field to pee.

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  25. I could really use this cup! I work at a daycare and the bathroom is in between and attached to the two room's where the kid's lay for their nap's.So between 12;30-4:00 we can't use the bathroom for one we would have to sneak & climb over kid's and then the fear of waking any of them up.So when the bladder pain get so unbearable and don't care if we pee on are self anymore we go to the back field to re-leave are self.

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