Instructables wants to see me solve a real problem with what I've got on hand. "Remember, MacGyver made stuff out of necessity, not just because he could. We're looking for the most ingenious solutions to problems you face in your everyday life."

Ha Ha!  This is a challenge!

I had to think really hard about an urgent problem that would NEED to be solved with materials on hand!

Most of the things I came up with were “nice to have” or “nice to make” types of things.  I had to prioritize my ideas.

Was it a matter of:
  • Life or Death?
  • Danger of Physical Injury?
  • Damage to Property?
  • Extremely embarrassing situations?
  • Embarassing Situations?
  • Mildly embarrassing situation?
  • Things that you would like to have NOW rather than Later?
  • Stuff you don’t really need at all?

While this situation isn’t life or death, it has definite damage to property and embarrassing situations merit and possibly danger of physical injury (bladder explosion).

I also felt that there should be some restrictions and limitations put on the supplies and tools available to me.

Then I thought about my car.  I love my car!  I could live in my car and it has TONS of stuff in it!  But the basics, I think would be:

  • Duct Tape and a Cutting Tool (Knife/Utility Knife/Razor Blade/or Scissors).
  • And a pen and paper.
  • And a spare pair of glasses.
  • And a book to read.

Background:  On our island, there are certain key roads/ highways that if there is an accident or other emergency, or if President Obama happens to be visiting, you can find yourself stuck for hours!  And, if you didn't use the toilet before getting in your car, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

Scenario:  I am stuck in traffic.  The freeway is closed and my car isn't moving.  Everyone has turned off their engines because we heard that there was a huge accident and it isn't expected to clear up for a couple of hours.  I will eventually have to pee.  I only have what is in my car to work with.

Step 1: My Introduction to Disposable Urinals

How did I find out there were such things?

I was in an auto parts store and these disposable urinals were at the counter.  I thought they looked pretty interesting so I bought a few.  They were not cheap.  I showed them to my family and secretly, they were all saying, "what another good idea my sister/daughter/aunty has!!!!" but most were telling me that once again, I was proving myself to be crazy (but they loved me anyway). 

My brother-in-law (who files airplanes) said that pilots use them.  I looked online and found some less expensive ones, but you had to buy them in bulk so I bought 100 and distributed them to friends and family.  Heh Heh.

With a disposable urinal, you can relieve yourself in the privacy of your own vehicle (don't use it while driving!! Pull over to the side of the road if traffic is not already at a complete and lengthy standstill.)  Or if there is a particularly disgusting restroom or port-a-potty or airplane toilet that you really don't want to use, a disposable urinal could come in handy.  The link will show you what I am talking about: 


This instructable will show you how to make an emergency urinal out of things you should have in your car.

Your ability to maneuver your body in the proper position to use it is your problem.  I must say that I have had little difficulty with them in the past.  (And I can hear my family saying, "I Can't Believe You Actually Told People You Used Them!!!!)  
People really can make everything and anything out of duct tape
pretty much. thanks for the comment!