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How to Safely Poop Anywhere

You know that feeling when you have to go, but can't find a good place to drop a load off? Using a Waste Alleviation and Gelling (WAG) bag is the perfect solution!

Paul Bodnar      Educational     6/21/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
6/21/2021

When you gotta go #2 and digging a six inch cat hole isn’t an option, try using a WAG bag.

The average human produces about a pound of poop per day and it can take about a year to biodegrade. Human waste can also contaminate water sources and cause environmental harm in fragile environments. In high sensitive wilderness areas, it’s important to carry out your poop, which is easy to do when using a WAG bag.

RESTOP2 Toilet-To-Go

Toilet Paper: 9 grams

Hand Sanitation Wipe: 3 grams

Polymer and enzyme gel: 24 grams

Sealable bag: 44 grams 

Total Weight without the waste: 80 grams (2.8 ounces)

the toilet to go in grass with a ruler next to it measuring how long it is in length

WAG bags or Waste Alleviation and Gelling bags operate by using a waste activated gel inside.

The gel powder helps neutralize the odor and solidify the human waste for easy transport and safe disposal.

Everything you need is in the WAG Bag

The WAG bag contains just enough toilet paper and a hand sanitation wipe- everything you need to carry out your business.

HOW TO USE A WAG BAG:

  1. Open bag by tearing along perforation line.
  2. Unfold the bag and remove the included toilet paper and sanitation wipe.
  3. Set the bag on level ground.
  4. After use, remember to place used toilet paper and the sanitation wipe in the bag.
  5. Lift the bag so the waste falls to the bottom of the bag into the gel.
  6. Close the bag using the draw straps.
  7. Tuck liner inside foil bag and firmly seal the zip-top.
  8. For added protection, place the sealed WAG bag in a trash bag and seal shut.
  9. Dispose of used bag in any trash receptacle.

 

If it doesn’t look like enough toilet paper for you, then you will want to bring some extra!

Open the WAG bag and place on level ground.

Create a large target to hit. Remember to throw the used toilet paper and used hand sanitation wipe into the waste bag.

Lift bag and pull on draw strings.

Carefully lift the bag to allow waste to drop to the bottom. It is important that the waste comes in contact with the gel at the bottom of the bag. Pull draw strings tight without capturing a lot of air in the bag. Seal the bag by tying a knot in the bag.

Tuck the liner inside the foil bag.

Tuck the liner inside the foil bag. The inner bag is easy to puncture so be careful.

Firmly seal the zip-top.

It is very important to firmly seal the zip-top without capturing a lot of air in the bag. For added security you can place the sealed WAG bag inside another plastic trash bag (not includuded).

Summary

In most hiking situations you do not need to carry a WAG bag. However, some wilderness areas are so sensitive they will require you to carry out all of your poop. For example, the Mt. Whitney Trail. A WAG bag makes this easy and helps protect the fragile environment you visit.

WAG bags contain chemical crystals that gel with the human waste and render the waste inert over time. This allows for safe disposal of the waste in a trash can. Never throw WAG bags away in a pit toilet.

**We purchased all items and were not solicited to review any item in this blog post.

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.