If you’ve spent any time outside hiking, backpacking or camping, then you’re familiar with the need to pee outside. You may even be familiar with a pee cloth.
You can’t just not pee. I mean, not only is it uncomfortable, but it can cause problems like a bladder infection or UTI. It’s also clearly not practical.
The more time you spend outside, the more comfortable you’ll become with finding appropriate places to pee, as well as how to squat when you pee.
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Figuring out how to pee outside is one issue, but how do you wipe after you pee? You need a pee cloth, but not just any old rag. Consider a Kula Cloth.
I’ve been using a Kula Cloth ever since my first backpacking trip nearly 18 months ago. I got the scoop from a fellow hiker as I was walking the aisles at REI.
More than a review, I’m sharing what to know about this reusable antimicrobial pee cloth, including how it use it, how to clean it, where to buy it and alternatives.
What is a Kula Cloth?
A Kula Cloth is a special reusable pee cloth to use for peeing outdoors. This cloth is no regular old bandana, either. I can’t lie, it’s kind of a game changer.
When hiking or spending time outdoors, you will inevitably need to pee. Women will likely want to wipe after peeing, in order to stay dry and for good hygiene.
Some hikers use a bandana or piece of fabric as a pee rag for wiping. Others bring along toilet paper that they have to pack out in a sealed bag.
None of these options are especially sanitary. The disposable toilet paper option isn’t eco-friendly, and I’ll be honest, it’s kind of gross to put it back in your bag.
Enter, the Kula Cloth. It’s a reusable pee rag that has antimicrobial properties. Not only that, this piece of gear is more absorbent, too.
This reusable cloth has a waterproof side for your hand with many fun designs to choose from. It easily secures to the outside of your backpack with plastic snaps.
The Kula Cloth can be used multiple times before you need to wash and rinse it. It absorbs well and dries fast, and you can snap it closed after using.
This cloth is only meant for pee. You can also use this pee cloth if you’re on your period, but you may want to wash it more often.
Are There Any Pee Cloth Alternatives?
Drip drying, bandanas, cloth scraps, toilet paper, and more. Honestly, there are many alternatives to using a pee cloth.
Bandanas are a popular option due to their packability, but they present a few issues. They’re not absorbent nor antimicrobial, which isn’t ideal.
Toilet paper is often used on the trails. Unfortunately, some careless hikers litter the woods with excess amounts of toilet paper.
In accordance with Leave No Trace Principles, if you use toilet paper, you should bring used toilet paper out with you. Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly.
Since many people don’t want to carry used TP on their outdoor adventures, an intentional pee cloth is a good idea. It’s also a zero waste alternative.
How Many Times Can You Use a Kula?
The Kula Cloth is reusable, so there’s no limit to the amount of times you can use it. You can use it all day long before you need to wash it, too.
The silver-infused cloth is made from organic cotton. UV rays from the sun help sterilize the antimicrobial fabric after use. Plus, it’s quick drying.
At the end of the day, wash it by hand with a mild soap and water and hang it to dry. If you need to use it while it’s still wet, that’s perfectly fine.
The reusable nature is much better for the environment than toilet paper. As a bonus, it feels good to be able to make a positive impact, too.
Plus, it frees up room in your backpack. Like most hikers, I just put it on the outside of my pack. It’s in plain sight, but it’s really not a big deal.
How Do You Use a Kula Cloth?
This pee cloth has one absorbent side made of plain black fabric, and a waterproof side with a cute design. It also has a reflective thread.
To use the pee cloth, hold the waterproof side with your hand and pat dry with the absorbent side. You’ll quickly find this is more than a remnant of fabric.
Pro tip: the black half of the Kula Cloth is the absorbent side, while the smooth side of the Kula is the waterproof side. When the urge strikes, this is important.
Once you’re done, use the hypoallergenic plastic snap to snap the Kula Cloth back on your pack and let it dry. A double snap allows you to shut it to keep it clean.
How Do You Clean a Kula Cloth?
When you’re ready to wash the Kula Cloth, there are a few good options. You can wash by hand, in the washing machine or in the sink.
For overnight camping or backpacking trips, wash it at the end of the day with some water and mild, biodegradable soap. Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap works great.
At home, you can wash the Kula pee cloth by hand in the sink with a mild soap. Or, you can wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.
Hand washing is the preferred method to extend the life of the small cloth. Once clean, hang it to dry from a tree, backpack, trekking pole or drying rack.
Where Can I Buy a Kula Cloth?
The Kula Cloth comes in a variety of patterns and designs, including limited edition artist series Kulas and stock print Kulas. This pee cloth also comes in solid colors.
You can buy the Kula Cloth on REI’s website. On REI, it’s available in two patterns (arctic pine and pride peaks) and one solid color, stealth black.
If you want more color and design options, the company website has over 40 colors and designs. They also sell merch like jewelry, t-shirts, socks and more.
You can even create custom Kulas. Just upload your own artwork or photography. Custom Kulas have black thread and black snaps.