You’ve got the basics down. You made your decision. Your deposit is confirmed and you have reservations. You are actually going to do it! You are going to go on an Adventure! Suddenly, all these questions come to mind and aren’t they silly, you tell yourself. No, they are not! There is comfort in the details and if it isn’t something you know, then it isn’t silly to ask at all!
Some of you may have noticed a hiccup in the Women in the Outdoors series over the last few weeks… I drew a blank and had to ask others to put themselves in your place. What else would you want to know, if you were new to the Outdoors and were planning an Adventure? (with us, of course!)
It was comfort in the details…
Most of the responses I received back from friends, from all over the world, touched on hygiene. It seems that all conversations based around my own lifestyle comes back to the same things.
How long will I go without a shower? Make-up? An actual toilet? Where do I pee? Will there be men around? What if I expect to be menstruating at some point when I am with you?
You know, as funny as some questions may strike me sometimes (ok, quite often), these are not funny ones to me at all. They are all very personal concerns and completely understandable that any woman would want answered. And preferably answered in a factual manner. BEFORE you arrive.
Comfort in the Details
You may choose to “rough it” as much as you like. I choose to bring my battery operated shower and little shower tent along on my Adventures and Big Game Hunts. All of our guests seem to dig it! So, don’t worry about being clean (I hate to sleep grimy too!), anytime you want to shower, just let one of us know and we’ll heat up the water for you, as well as let you know if someone else asks the same!
As for make-up? Allow me to offer this, This is YOUR Adventure. You can wear make-up any time you like. Yes, most make-up has a scent to it. This may or may not have an effect on how close you get to wildlife; the wind and curiosity as well as alertness (your own and the wildlife!) has a lot to do with that too. As I mentioned, it isn’t a problem to heat up a pan of water to wash up with in the evenings, even if you don’t choose to shower!
Toilet facilities? In a couple of our camps, there are outhouses available, a couple more have potty seats over a hole dug into the earth. We do have a folda-camp-potty for those who need assistance in that area that can be easily taken to camp. You would also want to know what about when you are riding and out on the trail? We tend to stop a lot, a story there, pointing out a critter there, taking pictures, or just chit-chatting, but if you need to go, ya need to go! Just holler out, let me know you need to stop and we will.
Quickly or take a little break, no problem. Quickly, who ever has to go, does, taking a break, we’ll just tie up the horses and take a break, stretch our legs or have a snack. How far away one should go, from the trail? Not far- if at all. If there is something I have learned from being the only woman in the field for so many years, with so many men, is when you’ve gotta pee, you gotta pee. It’s not a strip tease.
Depending where we are, you may be able to find easy cover, just feet away. Sometimes, it’s not quite so easy for one reason or another (maybe thick bushes, after a rain or maybe there is no where to hide). I have found saying, “I have to pee, turn around.” Works like a charm. Without fail. (I still tend to hide behind my horse!)
Nighttime? Until August, dark is almost non-existent. You still don’t want to wander too far away from camp, simply to assure you do not get lost. A headlight or flashlight are always a comfort.
Men? Probably. There are a couple of us girls, but we are a special few, I suppose. I do make every effort to accompany the trips with women. Even if I am not the primary Guide, I accompany other Guides, including Master Guide Terry Overly to offer my own experience and abilities to the Adventure’s success. All I can say to you, with a genuine and sincere heart, is not one of the men, young men or boys associated in any capacity with Pioneer Outfitters, would ever deliberately disrespect and female, ever.
And finally, the scary, most disturbing thought. “What if I get my period?” Bears being attracted to women’s menstrual blood is a myth. Period. There has been a lot of research on this and it is proven that there is no link between bear attacks and women’s menstrual blood.
All tissue and paper used burned, immediately, or in the fire pit at camp. It only takes a moment, and we leave all of our areas clean. What cannot be burned is packed back out. Leave no trace.
There! I hope you are able to take comfort in some of these details. If these answers spark any new questions or wonderings, please mention them below! Someone else may just be a little too shy to ask.
If you are new here, and just discovered Women in the Outdoors, you may like these previous posts:
- Introducing, Women in the Outdoors
- Women in the Outdoors ~ Your Health Outdoors!
- Women in the Outdoors: Six Steps to Safety First
- Women in the Outdoors ~ Make a Plan
- Women in the Outdoors: Your Outdoors Checklist
- Women in the Outdoors: Adventure Begins in Alaska
- Women in the Outdoors: What To Do When You’re Lost
- Women in the Outdoors: The Survival State of Mind
- Women in the Outdoors: Enjoy Your Adventure!
- Women in the Outdoors: Safety For Women’s Adventures
- Women in the Outdoors: Alaska Horseback Adventure
I really do hope this post settles some worries for you and if you think someone else may like this post, please share it!
Are YOU ready to schedule YOUR Adventure? (Yipee!)