With female urination devices, long gone are the days of peeing in the bush hoping no one will see you squatting with your pants around your ankles or holding it your entire hike, only for the ‘need to pee’ to distract you from the stunning views around you. Or like my own personal experience, pants around my ankles in the bush at the start of a hike, only to pee all over my leggings and end up with a wet butt for the remainder of my 8 hour hike!
Whether being used for ease during a hike or simply to prevent having to sit on a dirty public toilet, a reliable female urination device is an absolute must have for female hikers and travelers. Speaking from personal experience, it has been a game changer for me. In this article I’m going to share my favourite female urination device (which works the best for me), along with other female urination devices in the market. I’ll also answer some frequently asked questions around female urination devices and their use.
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The Best Female Urination Device: The Pibella Travel (My Recommendation)
The best female urination device, in my opinion, is the Pibella Travel. The Pibella Travel is a discreet re-usable female urination device that allows you to pee quickly and easily while standing up or sitting down. The Pibella features a very narrow opening that encloses the exit of the urethra. This narrow design may be daunting however the clever design allows it to lock in place once positioned correctly, forming a perfect seal.
I’ve used the Pibella for years now and I swear by it. However it’s important to note that everybody’s body is different so while the Pibella works for me, it may not work for you. On Amazon the Pibella has 4 out of 5 stars, with negative reviews noting that the Pibella is hard to use. I can totally understand where they’re coming from as the Pibella will only work correctly when it forms a perfect ‘seal’ and requires the back ‘lip’ to be inserted slightly into the vagina to sit in the perfect position. After a couple of practice attempts at home I quickly learnt how to position the Pibella for it to form the perfect seal with my body.
Cost: $26.60 AUD with Free Shipping Worldwide.
Size: 18.5cm in length, 1.6cm in width, 4.0cm in depth at the larger side of the device and 1.3cm in depth at the narrow end of the device.
Weight: 12 grams.
Material: Hard plastic – non-irritant polypropylene.
Colours: Green, pink or pearl.
Cleanability: Easy. When on the go rinse after use with water. For a deep clean you can sterilise the Pibella in boiling water.
Where to Buy: You can buy the Pibella here on Amazon or on their website.
Other Female Urination Devices
Like I said previously, while the Pibella Travel is my recommended female urination device, everyone’s body is different. So if you give the Pibella Travel a shot and don’t feel like it’s the right device for you, I have put together a list of other popular female urination devices below.
GoGirl is a discreet and reusable, funnel-shaped female urination device that is made of a soft, flexible silicone. It’s foldable design makes it travel friendly, easily fitting in your bag, pocket or glove compartment. Making it easy to urinate while standing up, to use the GoGirl simply hold the device against your body, form a seal, aim the end of the funnel and you’re good to go!
While I have close contacts who have used the GoGirl and recommend it, I personally haven’t used it myself so I can’t comment on how effective it is. The GoGirl is quite mainstream however, frequenting many outdoor gear retailers and it has 4.2 stars out of 5 on Amazon. The negative reviews the Go Girl has are around the flimsiness of the design that makes it difficult to use, resulting in spillage and the small exit hole, which causes pee to ‘back up’ into the funnel and spill. Also noted was the short length of the funnel compared to other female urination devices, making it easy to accidentally pee on yourself.
Cost: $14.99 USD plus $3.00 USD for shipping within the US. $27.99 AUD at a local retailer (BCF).
Size: 15cm in length, 2.9cm in width and 21cm in height.
Weight: 99.8 grams
Material: Medical grade, flexible silicone.
Colours: Pink or khaki.
Cleanability: Easy. When on the go GoGirl recommend just shaking off any remaining liquid and placing it into a storage container or plastic baggie. No rinsing necessary due to the antimicrobial and water resistant properties of the funnel. Optionally, GoGirl say soap and water can be used for a deeper clean if you wish.
Where to Buy: You can buy the GoGirl from stockists, on their website or here on Amazon.
The pStyle is a device that allows you to pee while standing up without undressing. It has a simple design and is made of rigid plastic, making it easy to manoeuvre through clothing and position correctly. The design is open top with a wider back and a narrower front. Just put the wide back end between your legs and tilt the narrower front end down to pee.
I personally haven’t used the pStyle so I can’t speak for it’s effectiveness however it seems to be quite popular, with 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The negative reviews the pStyle does have seem to be around spillage where urine would spill from the open top.
Cost: $11.99 AUD plus shipping (shipping to Australia at the time of writing this is $18.80 standard and $54.38 for priority).
Size: 3.8 cm tall, 3.8 cm wide and 19 cm long
Weight: 22.6 grams.
Material: Hard plastic – BPA and phthalate free polypropylene.
Colours: skin tones (5 different shades), turquoise, fuchsia with metallic fleck, lilac, gold, olive, black with metallic fleck or cloud (white).
Cleanability: Easy. When on the go rinse after use with water. In between uses wash with soap and water. The manufacturer’s website doesn’t have any information on how to deep clean the pStyle however.
Where to Buy: You can buy the pStyle here on Amazon or on their website.
The Tinkle Belle is a compact device that allows you to pee discreetly while fully clothed. The Tinkle Belle is longer than other female urination devices but has a foldable design that ensures it remains compact when you’re out and about. Just unfold the Tinkle Belle, hold it between your legs, point the spout down and you’re ready to pee.
I personally haven’t used the Tinkle Belle so can’t give my thoughts on it, however the Tinkle Belle is pretty popular with 4.5 stars out of 5 stars on Amazon. The negative reviews that the Tinkle Belle has seems to be around the design being too narrow, resulting in spillage. Some reviews also commented on the device being bent after being folded for longer periods of time.
Cost: $21.00 USD plus shipping (shipping to Australia at the time of writing this is $56.30!). Within the US shipping appears to be free.
Size: 5.08cm in height. 23.5cm in length and 3.81cm in width
Weight: 50 grams.
Material: Antimicrobial soft silicone. The back, wider end of the Tinkle Belle has a hard shell made of plastic.
Colours: Teal and grey or teal and white.
Cleanability: Easy. While on the go either rinse the Tinkle Belle or shake it off and store. Between uses wash the Tinkle Belle with hot water and soap.
Where to Buy: You can buy the Tinkle Belle here on Amazon or on their website.
The Freshette is a reusable, portable female urination device that allows you to wee while standing. The Freshette design consists of two different parts; the main funnel and the retractable extension tube. To use insert the retractable extension tube into the funnel, ensuring it has a secure fit, move your clothing out the way and firmly hold the Freshette between your legs against your body.
I personally haven’t used the Freshette so can’t give my own personal opinion on it but it seems quite popular, with 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The negative reviews seem to be around the bulky design which makes it hard to carry around on the go and leakage from the attached tube.
Cost: $23.95 USD plus shipping (shipping to Australia is $12.95 and shipping within the US is $3.95 USD).
Size: 24.76cm long, 3.81cm wide and 11.43cm high.
Weight: 34 grams.
Material: Hard plastic – high-density polyethylene, free from BPA and phthalates
Cleanability: Easy. Freshette recommends you wash in between uses with soap and water. When you’re on the go however you can either rinse the freshette with water if you have some on you or just give it a shake.
Where to Buy: You can buy the Freshette here on Amazon or on their website.
SheWee is a travel and outdoor friendly female urination device, allowing women to pee while standing up without removing any clothing. The SheWee has a narrow and short design, making it discreet and easy to carry around while on the go. SheWee also offer packs that include an additional extension pipe to give extra length to the SheWee, helping to direct the urine away from your body (and feet!). To use just place the pointy end of the SheWee gently against your body, aim the funnel end away from your feet and you’re good to go.
I haven’t tried the SheWee personally so can’t give my own thoughts on it, however the SheWee is quite a mainstream female urination device, stocked at many outdoor gear retailers. It also has 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon. The negative reviews the SheWee has seem to be around it’s small and narrow design that results in spillage and overflow.
Cost: $21.99 AUD plus shipping (which is currently $9.50 Australia wide).
Size: 17cm by 3.5cm.
Weight: 17 grams.
Material: Hard plastic – recyclable polypropelene.
Colours: Aqua, black, blue, desert sand, lilac, nato green, orange, pink, orange, purple and white.
Cleanability: Easy. When on the go, shake off the SheWee after use or rinse it. In between uses wash it with soap and water.
Where to Buy: You can buy the SheWee here on Amazon or on their website.
Now that you’re up to date on which female urination devices are out there, I’ve answered everything you need to know about female urination devices below:
What are the Different Types of Female Urination Devices?
There are a huge variety of female urination devices out there, I’ve outlined the different types below:
- Disposable or reusable – disposable female urination devices are exactly that, disposable. They’re created for temporary or one time use. In contrast, reusable devices are durable devices that can be cleaned and reused repeatedly.
- Funnel or pouch – funnel female urination devices act as a funnel, guiding your pee away from your body. Pouch female urination devices store the pee that is expelled, to be disposed of later.
- Flexible or hard – some female urination devices are made of a flexible silicone material that is bendable while others are made of a solid plastic that is rigid and inflexible.
What Makes a Female Urination Device Good?
There are many different elements to look at when determining whether a female urination device is good, including:
- Ease of use
- No spillage/leakages
The Pibella Travel ticks all of these boxes for me, hence why I recommend it so highly!
Will a Female Urination Device Leak?
No, a good female urination device shouldn’t leak at all. Your first few times of using your female urination device you may have some leakage as you’re figuring out how to use it however once comfortable with the device you shouldn’t experience any leakage.
Tip: Practice, practice, practice – start off by practicing in the shower, then as you get more comfortable practice in the toilet before taking the female urination device out on a hike.
Are Female Urination Devices Uncomfortable?
No, a good female urination device shouldn’t be uncomfortable to use.
Do I Have to Pull my Pants Down to use a Female Urination Device?
All female urination devices have a different design which means some do require you to pull your pants down while others don’t. All of the female urination devices listed in this article are designed so you don’t need to pull your pants down to use them.
How do I Clean my Female Urination Device?
Depending on which female urination device you’re using, follow the manufacturers recommendations for sterilizing and deep cleaning them. When on the road, out in public or on a hike however, after use simply rinse the female urination device with some water. I always carry water on me when out on a hike so after peeing I use my drinking water to flush it out.
How do I Store my Female Urination Device?
After use and giving the female urination device a quick rinse, allow it to dry before placing it back in your bag or pocket. Some devices come with their own storage container or bag to store it in. For example, the Pibella Travel comes with a small blue zip storage bag, so I store my Pibella in the provided storage bag within my backpack.
I hope this post has helped you! Let me know in the comments which female urination device you use and whether you’d recommend it.