The other day I was driving along the highway and an SUV a few cars ahead of me pulled off to the shoulder quickly and the man got out of the driver’s side and ran to the bushes to pee.
I sympathized with him because I take diuretics and I know what it feels like to have to pee urgently. For that reason, I sort of plan my taking of medication when I know I have to drive for a long time. On those days I will miss my diuretic.
But there are times when I am driving and all of a sudden it seems my bladder is going to explode. No advanced warning. It just comes on and I have to pee. Immediately.
For instance that very same day, after I passed that man that ran to the bushes to pee, I was about 45 minutes from home and I had to pee. Badly. So I checked my navigation for the nearest gas station and it said there was one at the next exit, just 5 minutes away. I could make that.
As I got off the highway, the urge was getting extreme. I pulled up to the light at the end of the ramp and was starting to sweat. I was squeezing every muscle I had to hold in my pee. I looked at the car’s screen and it showed the gas station was just at the next corner. I could see it. The giant yellow Shell shone so brightly in the distance.
I sped off from the light as it turned green and in anticipation, put on my indicator from half a block away to turn into the gas station. As I excitedly pulled up, the gas station was closed for construction. I couldn’t see any fast food restaurants anywhere (My second go to for a public toilet).
What were my options? To pull aside somewhere, anywhere and find a bush to pee? That’s the thing. Urination is a natural human function. Yet, at least in New York State, if you are caught by police peeing at the side of the road, you can and will be arrested for indecent exposure or public lewdness. It is also considered a health hazard. If you are convicted, the simple act of peeing can cause you to be a registered sex offender, a sentence that will follow you around for the rest of your life.
Luckily, I planned ahead. Way ahead. A long time ago, I purchased these “bags” from Amazon called Travel Johns. They are portable urinals (See video below) that are a bag with a gel that solidifies when you urinate into them.
My SUV’s windows are all tinted darkly, so I grabbed my Travel John, jumped into the back seat, knelt on the floor and peed into the bag. If police were to ever stop, by the time they stopped and got out of their car, I would be done. No one can see me or what I am doing in any case. Of course this solution is really only viable if I am alone or just with my wife in the car.
The travel Johns are shaped to accomodate both men and women and I highly recommend them if you are a person that has to pee frequently. Avoid a sex offender judgement on your life.
*I have no affiliation nor was I compensated for this endorsement by Travel John.
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