Portable bidet for hikers

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Portable bidet for hikers

Postby BarryK » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 11:12 pm

There have been some threads discussing toilet paper, and alternatives to, on this forum, such as this one, titled "What we do in the woods":

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1934&hilit=bidet

I have just done a test of one of those portable bidets, that fits onto the end of a water bottle. Report on my blog:

https://bkhome.org/news/202103/portable ... ikers.html

Works fine, reckon that I won't be taking toilet paper hiking any more. In fact, liked it so much have ordered a second.

I posted a link to a video by "Paul the backpacker", which has good advice how to use it. He recommends the Culoclean bidet, which you can buy on Amazon, however the one I bought off eBay is much cheaper and works fine.

Posting here, as thought someone might find this interesting. Posted in "Equipment" section, as that's what it is!
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby crollsurf » Thu 25 Mar, 2021 11:31 pm

Summer in the high country, NSW, finding shelter from the wind to be greeted by toilet paper isn't the best experience.

Carrying a Poo Tube is a thing and those who care , carry out their waste.

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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby headwerkn » Thu 01 Apr, 2021 12:38 pm

We've just received our Culocleans, will be interesting getting used to this new method of answering the call but it is absolutely the right thing to do and makes more sense than loo paper. Cheers for the head's up on the "pre-rinse" idea ;-)
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby Neo » Thu 01 Apr, 2021 6:39 pm

I got one, tried at home, haven't got back to testing again. Need a mirror next time. TBA
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby wildwanderer » Thu 01 Apr, 2021 7:13 pm

Neo wrote:I got one, tried at home, haven't got back to testing again. Need a mirror next time. TBA


No pics please. :lol:
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby Neo » Thu 01 Apr, 2021 8:48 pm

Hey BarryK. Was it you with a Big Sky Mirage, did a review? Or got into hip-packs for a while...
I had the Osprey for a while then passed it on here.
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby BarryK » Thu 01 Apr, 2021 9:45 pm

Neo wrote:Hey BarryK. Was it you with a Big Sky Mirage, did a review? Or got into hip-packs for a while...
I had the Osprey for a while then passed it on here.


It was the Big Sky Soul 1P tent and the Mountainsmith Daylight lumbar pack.

I tested the lumber (waist) pack in 2016, carrying 3.3kg, and reckoned that was about right. This year, went on an overnighter with 4.5kg, and that is a little bit too much. Blog report here:

https://bkhome.org/news/202102/waist-pa ... -2021.html

Currently working on getting the weight down, hoping to reach 3.0-3.5kg, including a tent/tarp/bivi.

Regarding the Soul 1P, really love it, mostly because it is step-in and step-out, that I greatly appreciate with my bad back. I am considering carrying it in the Daylight lumbar pack, but would have to figure out some way to carry the poles separately. I have considered the weight of the Soul 1P here:

https://bkhome.org/news/202103/reconsid ... -pack.html

...the poles I have weigh 317g and fold to 36cm.

Regarding the portable bidet, I have been using it at home, and there was one disconcerting incident -- I squeezed the bottle too hard, and the bidet popped off and fell into the toilet -- not good!

So, have ordered three off eBay with screw threads, intend to do a "portable bidet showdown", test them all at home and outside, and hopefully declare a winner.

The bidet is a firm fit on the bottle, so was surprised that it popped off. Just something that you have to be aware of, as well as aiming correctly!
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby BarryK » Thu 29 Apr, 2021 10:05 pm

Here's an update, regarding those small portable bidets that push onto a bottle.

There is the very real risk of them popping off and falling into the *&%$#!. Someone asked, I don't recall who or where, why can't we buy those with threads to screw onto a bottle?

All it requires is a bit of DIY:

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How I made it and usage notes:

https://bkhome.org/news/202104/bottle-c ... bidet.html
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby Zapruda » Fri 30 Apr, 2021 8:25 am

I am a recent CuloClean convert. They are amazing. It certainly beats wiping, and its makes you feel much cleaner on longer walks.
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby Kickinghorse » Fri 30 Apr, 2021 9:42 am

Good grief! The whole look of the thing makes me feel rather uneasy.

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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby wildwanderer » Fri 30 Apr, 2021 2:37 pm

At the risk of being to graphic.

How do you prevent the not so clean water from running down your legs and into your shorts?

Also does one use a seperate water bottle? i.e not the one used for drinking? Or does the design prevent contamination?
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby Warin » Fri 30 Apr, 2021 4:57 pm

wildwanderer wrote:How do you prevent the not so clean water from running down your legs and into your shorts?

Does not seem to be a problem. At least for me.

wildwanderer wrote:Or does the design prevent contamination?


The use prevents contamination. Position it so the bidet is away from any contamination flow.

You can get travel bidets that are complete with a flexible bottle so removing any possibility of accidental use for drinking.
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby CBee » Fri 30 Apr, 2021 5:07 pm

I'm wondering if they did some research before naming a product "CuloClean".
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

Postby BarryK » Fri 30 Apr, 2021 7:38 pm

wildwanderer wrote:How do you prevent the not so clean water from running down your legs and into your shorts?

Also does one use a separate water bottle? i.e not the one used for drinking? Or does the design prevent contamination?


I can also state that the water never runs down the legs.

"Paul the backpacker" uses his drinking water bottle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV-fJbJm8HY
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Re: Portable bidet for hikers

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