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I am planning a trip at the end of the month to go white water rafting with some friends.  I am not so much worried about the rafting portion because I know once I get going my mind will forget about my bowels and worry more about my friends not pulling their weight in the rapids.


My questions is about lunch time.  typically we stop about half way through for lunch and I am thinking this will be a problem sine we stop on a pile of rocks that doe snot exactly have the luxurious bathroom I would like, not even a port-a-potty. 


So has anyone gone rafting and had any issues or suggestions?  Should I take a small roll of toilet paper to go in the woods?  or should I just try my best to hold it?


I would take Imodium but what I have found lately is that it does not work as well as it used to for me and I have not quite found a good thickening agent as of yet.


Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

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If I were you I would take TP and nothing else. I think you will be surprised at your j-pouch while rafting (unless you have pouchitis or something). When I'm in Colorado hiking and such, I typically have to go less than when I'm at home. I really think it's due to the distractions of the day + the dry air that dehydrates me more than at home.

I've been! I had to poop in the forest and use a leaf for TP. It was very glamorous. But I had fun and everyone laughed about me pooping because I told them my situation. People are understanding. Looking back I would have had a protein shake for breakfast, skipped lunch and ate a half a Metamucil biscuit before I headed out. Don't let this make you miss out on the fun stuff.

Hey there!  I went rafting several times with my pouch, and I had a great time.  Load up on the immodium/lomotil and stick to your "low residue staples" that move your gut slowly (peanut butter sandwiches and bananas were always my outdoor adventure "go to").  Put some TP or wet wipes in your bag as well as some antibacterial hand gel.  Make sure you hit the bathroom right before you leave, even if you don't have to go.  Finally, don't let yourself worry about what would happen if you have to go in the woods.  Most people will likely have to answer the "call of nature" at some point on a day trip, and a minute or two of waddling around in the forest is well worth a day of fun.  Have a great trip!

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