I bought this item using my own money and was not compensated for my review. This review is entirely my honest opinion.
After a few years of backpacking, I learned the importance of a pee cloth. If you’re new to backpacking, you might be thinking “a WHAT!?,” but those of you have have spent some time squatting to pee behind trees know what I’m talking about.
Why Use a Pee Cloth?
Using a cloth to dab off extra liquid after peeing has a number of benefits. First off, you significantly cut down on the amount of toilet paper you need to pack out. Second, because you’re staying drier, you’ll have overall better hygiene on the trail (which could mean preventing UTIs or yeast infections!). Third…they look badass hanging off your pack! Lots of people are happy to drip or shake dry after peeing, and some use bandanas (have you ever seen a bandana tied to a woman’s pack? Yeah…I wouldn’t touch that). But I’m here to argue that anyone who squats to pee should consider getting a Kula Cloth.
What is a Kula Cloth?
The women behind Kula Cloth essentially designed the perfect pee cloth. The side with the design is waterproof and you use the reverse side to *dab* after peeing. According to Kula Cloth, the black side is super-absorbent and anti-microbial (read: not smelly). That little white stripe is reflective so you can easily find your Kula Cloth if you need to make a dreaded middle-of-the-night bathroom trip.
See those snaps? They fasten together into a loop so you can hook the Kula Cloth to your backpack and discretely fold it in half.
So…Does it Work?
Compared to just drip drying, my underwear smells WAY better, and I feel cleaner overall. On the other hand, compared to a bandana, the cloth is easier to attach and detach from my pack. I’m also convinced it stays fresher longer than a cotton cloth. Before my trip I tried a few devices that allowed me to stand and pee (I tried Pibella, but there are others), and for me it was just so much easier to squat!
Obviously “down-there” hygiene is personal, but if you’re looking for a better way to pee, check out the Kula Cloth.