We’ve all been there. You’re out on a hike, or a long run, or climbing a mountain, and nature calls. But what do you do? Go in your pants?

Not if you want to leave no trace! In this blog post, I will give you tips on how to poop outdoors and leave no trace.

1. Find the Right Spot

Look for a spot that is at least 200 feet away from water sources, trails, and campsites. This will minimize the impact on other people and the environment.

2. Dig a Hole

Use a small shovel or trowel to dig a hole that is 6-8 inches deep.

3. Do Your Business

If you have packed out toilet paper, use that. Otherwise, natural materials like leaves, snow, or rocks can be used.

4. Cover It Up

Once you’re finished, make sure to bury your waste with the dirt you dug up. This will help prevent the spread of diseases and keep animals from getting into it.

5. Wash Your Hands

Use soap and water to wash your hands thoroughly. If you don’t have soap and water, use hand sanitizer.

6. Pack It Out

If you are carrying out toilet paper or any other waste, double bag it and put it in your pack to carry out with you.

7. Dispose of Properly

When you get home, dispose of all waste in the toilet or trash can—don’t leave it outside!

8. Clean Up Your Gear

Any gear that came into contact with waste should be cleaned with soap and water as soon as possible.

9. Educate Yourself and Others

The best way to prevent leaving human waste behind is to educate yourself and others about properly disposing of it outdoors.

10. Leave No Trace

Follow these tips and always remember to leave no trace when recreating outdoors!


Pooping outdoors doesn’t have to be gross or difficult—it can actually be pretty easy if you know what to do! Just follow these tips and you’ll be a pooping pro in no time. And don’t forget—always leave no trace!