Drip-drying is fine for day hikes. If you are going hiking for longer though, things can get funky quickly if you don’t wipe. I used to pack toilet paper out with me, but then I got sick of carrying tons of TP plus a bag for it. I tried a bandana, but it got dirty hanging off of my pack and wouldn’t stay dry in the rain. So, I found a solution in this stupidly-easy new-sew pee cloth for hiking.
Note: I would have just bought the Kula Cloth pee rag or the Animosa P-Off cloth. Both have nice features like snaps and can clip to your pack. But I live in Eastern Europe and the cost of shipping is insane. So, I decided to improvise my own pee rag 🙂
Step 1: Find a Cheap Wallet
The plastic and nylon on the outside of the wallet will keep the pee cloth clean and dry. I used the most ridiculous wallet I could find.
Step 2: Cut Out Interior of Wallet
You don’t need the pockets inside the wallet. But you do need the zipper. The zipper is what will hold your pee cloth in place.
No zipper on the wallet? You’ll need to use a piece of cordage or ribbon. Sew one side of the ribbon to the top left of the wallet. Sew the other side of the ribbon to the top right. Now you have a string going across the wallet where you can hang stuff.
Step 3: Get Microfiber Towels
I got some small-sized microfiber towels at a local drug store. They are nice and soft 🙂
Step 4: Insert the Cloth into the Wallet
Step 5: Cut Off Excess
Using the Pee Cloth
The image below is what the folded pee cloth looks like. It fits in my hiking pack side pocket. It managed to stay dry inside even in the pouring rain (though I did screw up and leave it in my wet jacket pocket overnight, and the towel got drenched.)
I found it really easy to use and especially helpful when I was backpacking on my period. As it got dirty, I just adjusted the position of the cloth so a clean area was exposed. On longer trips, I’ll bring at least one backup microfiber clothes to put in it. I love that I can just toss the clothes into the laundry machine when I get home. The wallet itself hasn’t started to stink but I could wipe that down if necessary.
Do you use a pee cloth? Let us know your tips in the comments section below!