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Why you should pack a pee rag.

Toilet Paper – it has absolutely no place in nature. Toilet paper blooms, or disgusting wads of used toilet paper, are popping up all over the wilderness floor. Contrary to what you might think, these nasty little blooms actually take a long time to disintegrate, especially in areas with little rain. The natural beauty of the outdoors is being diminished, and toilet paper is a growing part of the problem as more people start to discover the outdoors again. 

Instead, consider packing a pee rag with you on your pack when you head out on adventures. Pee rags probably sound like a nasty option, but they are actually safer for you and cleaner for the environment. Air drying after you pee outdoors can cause a list of problems including UTI’s, irritation and yeast infections. A lot of people use wet wipes or alcohol pads to wipe themselves, but the chemicals in those can throw off your body’s PH levels or cause allergic reactions and irritation. These wipes kill the good bacteria, along with the bad bacteria, leaving yourself susceptible to complications. 

Of course, the need might arise to go “number two”. It’s important to dig a cat hole. Always make sure to cover up your waste and pack out your toilet paper in a ziploc bag when you’re done. Never try to burn your toilet paper afterwards, as this is ineffective and extremely dangerous. The burning of toilet paper has been known to cause wildfires and will not fully disintegrate the toilet paper, anway. 

If you’re worried about the cleanliness, don’t be. Sunlight has antibacterial properties, so securing your pee rag to the outside of your pack or laying it on a rock in the sun for a few minutes will help it dry and actually keep it clean. Then, just wash it when you get home! Darker colored pee rags will refrain from looking dirty longer, so you don’t have to worry about fastening a pee-stained rag to your pack. Although pee is clean, you want to keep the rag separate from the rest of your supplies and easy to access. Make sure to secure your pee rag tightly to your pack so a branch doesn’t snag it from you. Wander Woman Gear even has a retractable clip attached to their pee rags!

The benefits of a pee rag, versus toilet paper or air drying, are no-brainers. Using a pee rag feels cleaner than leaving tiny shreds of toilet paper behind, and it’s cleaner and safer than sitting in your own moisture while you air dry. Your pack will be lighter without the toilet paper and you will have less to pack out when you leave.


In finding our Freedom and becoming Empowered, it is our responsibility as Elira women to make the necessary changes and to lead by example. Our planet’s beauty is being stripped away and is being destroyed through these careless, unnecessary acts. Get on board with organizations such as Leave No Trace, and pee outside – She’ll thank you!

2 thoughts on “Why you should pack a pee rag.”

  1. I have not looked at the products that are out there . . . but if you are a diy person, consider fiber content. Hemp and Wool are really good options: both are anti-microbial and both are pretty good at being unstinkable. Both absorb a good amount of moisture, too, once they get going. If you are a knitter, a simple garter stitch squre knit in fun colors can make your pee rag a conversation piece. Ok, so that might feel a little weird, especially because we women are supposed to hide this sort of thing behind a web of shame, maybe, but it is so SO important to be done with the shame and get people talking about sustainability and protecting our environment. No one should be shy about doing what’s right. Your blog post has really inspired me. I’m going to knit my own fun-colored pee rag out of happy colors in fun stripes. Nice, washable wool. And I’m going to sport it proudly on the back of my backpack this summer as I hike into amazing places on an epic road trip across the country. I’m making rags for my other family members, too.

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