Wander Wipesin the field, Photo by Jamie Siebold
Pee rag, pee cloth, peedana, wee rag, I’m sure there's more...
What do all of these have in common? They are each a handy piece of material used to replace toilet paper after you pee. It’s a simple concept, but with personal preference, ladies can be quite picky about what they choose to use. I’ve seen a 17-year-old pee rag that was made of heavy flannel, It’s user spoke about it like an old friend. Then there's the faithful bandana, camp towels, a cut up tee shirt, wool sock, and the newly marketed upgrades, complete with antimicrobial qualities. Do some research and find what works for you. Or, ask a user, we LOVE to talk about our pee rags!
I am very picky about what makes my gear list, as well as what makes the cut when pack weight is precious. I have found using a pee rag keeps me feeling clean(er), is super convenient, saves money and takes my leave no trace game up another notch. After 1000’s of miles hiked with a pee rag, I’ll never go back. In fact, I’m such a fan, I use one at home and have a business making and selling them. Here are some of my reasons for carrying one.
The benefits of carrying a pee rag.
Using a pee rag is not a new concept. If you can imagine, there was a time before toilet paper. Women used corn husks, bark, leather, moss, cloth and whatever they found to be absorbent. We now have toilet paper in abundance and on average will use about 23 rolls per person a year. I won’t go into the woes of toilet paper use, but I will praise the pee rag. Exploring the outdoors is the perfect time to try going TP free. Whilst “shaking it off” is a solution, over long distances, keeping dry and sanitary has proven to be beneficial to personal hygiene. As always, pack it out. If you’d like to try one, here are some tips.
Pro-tips for pee rag peefection.
Wander Wipe with a retractable leash. Photo - Jamie Siebold
This is an incredible time to be a woman in the outdoors. There are many women-specific products out there that have been created for women, by women to make our lives even more awesome. Women have the chance to be better stewards of the outdoor places and lessen our impact with pee rags. If you look up at the tree you are squatting behind, I think you will see it smile back at you and say “thanks”.
Jamie Siebold “Nurse Betty”, PCT 2013 with her pee rag.
About the Author
Jamie "Nurse Betty" Siebold is the owner and creator of Wander Woman Gear. As a thru-hiker and backpacker Jamie quickly learned that less is more, and on her 2013 thru-hike of the PCT discovered a pee-rag was an essential piece of her gear list. With her vision to not only help more women enjoy hiking while also helping the environment, Jamie founded Wander Woman Gear