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Once upon a time, you could leave home and find an open bathroom when you needed one. How so much has changed with CoVid. Below are a few tips from the LA Times on managing your bladder during the pandemic .
Do some shopping...find a parking space, sprint through the parking lot and then pray there’s no line, but you can be reasonably certain that these stores will keep their restrooms open and clean.
Visit a park…If the park is big enough to have a recreation center, it will also have restrooms, which are typically open from dawn to dusk. And the bonus--those restrooms are usually near the parking lots, so you won't have to run too far to get relief.
Digital Mapping…Use your GPS to find the nearest pit stop and then call ahead to make sure it's open.
Invest in a portable urinal…Consider the screw-top urinal for your car. One of Amazon’s top picks is supposedly spill-proof and even has a glow-in-the-dark lid so you can find it at night. For women, consider a pee funnel (FUD) such as the Tinkle Belle, Amazon top-rated Sunany that features a funnel tip small enough to fit inside an empty water bottle, the GoGirl, Amazon's bestseller, the Easy Peezy, and the Shewee, one of the earliest FUDs on the market that's available in 10 colors.
There are also plenty of compact, portable toilets on the market, some that cost as little as $19.99. Then again, I have a friend that uses an empty Snapple bottle.
Look for rest stops...State-maintained rest areas are still helpful on long trips, provided they’re not closed for maintenance.
Pack a bag...Because accidents happen, have a little bag in your car with wipes, tissues, plastic bags (one for damp garments, another for soiled tissue) and a change of clothes. Also, an extra pair of shoes in case your pee funnel slips. Some extra hand sanitizer would also be helpful, along with a towel to wrap around yourself if you must go somewhere in wet pants to change.