I ran a search on 'bidet' across this message board and was surprised to find no results except for the reply I posted to someone else's message.
With the increasing numbers of people hitting popular trails, it's more important than ever to adhere to strict Leave No Trace principles, especially when it comes to pooping on the trail and toilet paper. There's nothing more disgusting than hiking through breathtaking and pristine landscapes such as the Sierra Nevada on the iconic John Muir Trail and encountering toilet paper creeping out of someone's poorly dug cat hole or toilet paper hidden underneath a rock (the ultimate act of pure laziness).
Two years ago, I tried something new, and I'll never go back to my old ways. I started using a bidet instead of toilet paper, and it's been the best thing I've ever done. The bidet has become one of my most essential pieces of gear that I'll never go without. Here are the advantages, which outweigh the disadvantages of using a bidet:
*Whether you choose to use a bidet or not, please make sure you ALWAYS bury your business at least 6-8 inches (deeper is better).
Does anyone else currently use a bidet? How many of you are considering using a bidet, but are afraid to try it? Anyone have questions but are afraid to ask in a public forum? You can send me a private direct message on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/go.ownit/).
@DixieRN The brondell gosp/easyspa
comes with a 400ml/13.5floz bottle which 3 different people I have backpacked with, both male and female, have found to be more than sufficient. Personally I find finishing up with a wetwipe (which I pack out) to be the most effective but not everyone needs that. Toilet paper disintegrates so it not very effective after using the Bidet. You can used toilet paper before and use the Bidet just to wash. You could use a small camp towel to pat dry but I have never found the need.
The gospa bottle is easy to squeeze and has a valve to let air in so you cannot use it to store the water for long. You fill it just prior to use. However the screw top nozzle will fit a SMART water bottle if you want to try alternatives. I like the screw top rather than the plug in kind because there is a risk the plug ones will pop off at an inconvenient moment and recovery may not be desirable.
Get one and try it out before you go to get used to it. Take some TP along in any case...not like it weighs much for a small quantity.
@OldGuyot Thanks for the recommendation of that brand! While looking at bidets in the past, I as always concerned about the friction fit/plug-in type and whether that would pop off during use. Or even just fall off while carrying it. And the fact that it comes with a dedicated bottle makes it even better in my eyes (yeah, I'm okay with the extra ounce or two for the bottle).
As much as I hate shopping online with the "Big A", they have them for $9 and free shipping with Prime, as opposed to $15 plus $8 for shipping direct from their site.
@Dad_Aint_Hip If REI don't carry it, I try to post links to manufacturers sites rather than retailers out of deference to our hosts. I figure people can find their own best deal and it's not like Jeff needs more publicity for his online project.
@Dad_Aint_HipFYI...the nozzle weighs 0.26 oz., the bottle weighs 1.72oz and the bag weight 0.31oz...with a 0.6 oz Deuce #2 trowel with fits in the bag and around the bottle, the kit weighs 2.91 oz. A 500ml SMART water bottle with no cap weighs 0.93 oz
So the bottle (without the bag) only adds .8 ounces to what I'd be carrying (I'm already carrying the SMART Water bottle and trowel anyway).
Since I said I'd carry the bottle even if it added a couple ounces, the fact that it adds less than an ounce... yeah, I can't see a reason not to use the bottle that the kit comes with.
@DixieRN I use a Brondell GoSpa (Brondell GoSpa Travel Bidet GS-70 https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B008CSDKSQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_UzpZFbM9393T7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=...). It holds about 13 ounces of water. Usually, it’s enough to get me clean. I do use additional water, though, to wash my hands after using the bidet.
I remain squatting when I use the bidet, so no splashing or water running down the legs. I pat dry with a bandana after use, which I subsequently wash when I have an abundant water source.
One other tip, I fill my Brondell in the evening before bed, and I get my sanitation kit ready too. This way, in the morning, when the urge hits me, I’m ready to go!
@Philreedshikes I didn't see your question until now. I must have missed the notification. Sorry for the late response.
For clarification, if I need to wash the bandana using soap, that is never done directly in a lake/stream/creek. For LNT reasons, I always make sure I'm 200 feet away from any water source when using soap.
It's also important to note that if a bandana is used to wipe sweat, and you wear sunscreen or bug repellent, it is recommended to rinse that bandana using water carried away from a lake/stream/creek not directly in the water source.
When I was a kid growing up, if you were too far from home just wipe your bottom with maple tree leaves. Very biodegradable. Or clumps of grass dry or green. The rest of the animal kingdom apparently does not have this problem.