Granted, what I’m about to talk about is not the most glamorous of topics. But with festival season now in full swing (post-Glastonbury) and the glorious sunshine we’ve had in the last couple of days, you could say that nature is calling. And it’s a certain type of nature that the Shewee helps you take care of.
For me, festivals, hiking, cycling round Lithuania and Latvia or the South of France or travelling across the Balkans, means being prepped with my clothes, First Aid kit, torch, a bottle of water and my Shewee. Now what, may you ask, is a Shewee?
Well, the Shewee is a great piece of kit for when you’re caught short. No more having to squat and aim (yes, we’ve all been there), you simply hold it in place and go – the website suggests practicing in the shower first. It does take a while to get used to peeing out of what is essentially a water-repellent funnel-shaped device but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll never look back.
Seriously, if you’re worried about stripping down to your bare bum at the urinals of a festival, think about how many times you stare at men taking a pee. Erm, like never. No one will be looking at you because that really is the last thing on their mind. You’re at a festival for god sake. And for those who are self-conscious, you can manoeuvre the Shewee so that you don’t even have to take your trousers down.
And before you ask, the Shewee is not a penis-imitating funnel because we all want to be a man. It is a practical answer to a real problem. Let’s put it this way: I almost missed the start of the London Marathon because I was stood in the queue for the portoloos. My male counterparts were not faced with the same problem as they had quick and easy access to the urinals. I’d much rather of had the choice to use a Shewee in a urinal and have plenty of time to prep myself than my rush to the start.
I’d go as far as to say that the Shewee is pretty liberating. You can now pee anywhere without having to…well you know…(I don’t have to spell it out do I?). It’s also way more hygienic than squatting. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains or joining one of the many festival-goers this summer, take the awkwardness out of having to do a number one with a portable Shewee.