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How to Use a Portable Backcountry Bidet

The number of people venturing outdoors has increased dramatically in the last few years. Sadly, not everyone understands the leave no trace principles and are leaving a negative impact. In some areas, toilet paper litters the landscape. The outdoor bidet can help alleviate this problem.

Paul Bodnar       Educational       7/1/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
7/1/2021
Bidet being measured in weight

CuloClean Bidet

Weight:  0.4 ounces (11.9 grams)

Height: 1.42 inches

Smallest Width without O-Ring:  0.78 inches

Smallest Width with O-Ring: 0.86 inches

Largest Width with O-Ring: 0.99 inches

Retail Cost: $9.99

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Hand pushing portable bidet into water bottle

1. Attach the bidet to a water bottle

Attach the bidet to a full water bottle. The illustrated bidet fits most bottles that have an internal diameter of around 0.8 to 0.95 inches. A Smartwater bottle with an internal diameter of 0.85 inches was used in this demonstration. The Smartwater bottle sealed using the first two smaller diameter O-rings. Larger diameter water bottles will require the bidet to be fully pushed in and use the two larger diameter O-rings.

hand squeezing portable bidet from water bottle

2. Place the bidet where desired and squeeze

Place the bidet where desired and then squeeze the bottle accordingly. Squeezing the water bottle harder will provide more water pressure. A full water bottle will provide the best results.

Pros

No need to use toilet paper (or use a lot less toilet paper)

Less skin irritation than toilet paper

Cleaner feel

 

Cons

Requires learning to use properly (practice at home to optimize the best sanitation practices)

Cost and weight of the portable bidet

Needs water to operate

Summary

If you plan on venturing out into the wilderness it is important to be ready for the expected. If you don’t plan on carrying a bidet plan on packing out your toilet paper. Most hikers carry the used toilet paper in a multiple sealable bags and dispose of the toilet paper in town. Never leave toilet paper in the wilderness where animals can dig it up.


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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 Pacific Crest Trail 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 Pacific Crest Trail. Now with the help of a team of great people they have created over 50 guides for trails around the world.