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Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Toilet Kit Wag Bag

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Specs

Price MSRP: $31.45
Current Retail: $2.95-$304.95
Historic Range: $2.48-$304.95
Each Kit Includes WAG waste bag, Poo Powder gelling/deodorizing agent, secure puncture-resistant zip-close disposal bag, individual toilet paper, hand wipe
Capacity Each waste kit gels up to 32 oz, making it a multiple-use bag

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The Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Toilet Kit Wag Bag has all of the basic elements needed to handle, treat, and then transport your poop while in the outdoors.
Wag Bags are also a great way for you to help keep the popular outdoor areas you visit a joy for others by enabling you to properly dispose of your waste in areas where mother nature just doesn't have the capability to do it for you.

Pros

  • Simple, light, and does the job
  • NASA-developed absorber really works
  • Easy to use
  • Reasonably secure for carrying out your waste over multiple days

Cons

  • Potential loss of Poo Powder if not careful when handling the larger bag
  • The toilet paper included is very thin, so I would recommend supplementing with some of your own

On a section hike of the John Muir Trail this last summer, I exited my hike out through Mt. Whitney portal which required me to pass through what is referred to as the "Whitney Zone," and in general covers the area from Crabtree Meadows to Whitney Portal if you're hiking on the JMT.

Due to the high altitude and lack of soil in the Whitney Zone, human waste doesn't decompose very well and because such a large number of people visit this area (it's a cool place to visit if you haven't been there before),  you are required to pack out all of your solid waste (i.e. your poop and paper).

To help encourage people to follow this requirement, Wag Bags are sometimes provided at the backcountry rangers cabin at Crabtree Meadows and at the Whitney Portal trailhead. WAG by the way stands for Waste Alleviation and Gelling.

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I had picked up a Wag Bag, which was made by Cleanwaste, while I was in the Whitney Zone. I didn't have to use it while I was there, but I had left it in my pack and found it recently while going through things and planning for this summer's trips and thought I would open it up, see what's in it, and then do a little test. 

The overall package is about 4 inches by 5 inches and weighs in at 2.5 ounces. The backside of the package has all the basic instructions needed on how to use the kit when nature calls.

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Inside of the package there is a large bag with the NASA-developed Poo Powder, a smaller bag with a zip-lock type closure, and then a small package of compressed toilet paper and a single hand sanitizer.

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The large bag with the poo powder is approximately 21 inches by 27 inches and actually opens along the longer side, and if you weren't careful or it was windy, there is a risk you might dump out or loose the poo powder as I think most people would assume the opening would be along one of the shorter sides.

While Cleanwaste makes a foldable stand that can be used with the Wag Bag, most hikers will just be using what comes in the kit to do their business. 

To use the kit, or at least how I would use the kit, you would first take the larger bag with the poo powder and arrange like I have shown in the picture below. The resulting receptacle is about 14 inches across, so it should make for an easy target for most people.

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Here is a close up of the poo powder. The poo powder has deodorizing agents and decay catalysts, which I'm sure the engineers at NASA who develop this thought was really important.

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As you can see, there is only about a small handful of the poo powder in the bag. I wanted to test the poo powder, so instead of real human waste, I thought it would be more palatable for this review to use some stand-ins which are shown below.

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The Wag Bag is advertised as being able to handle 32 ounces of liquid and solid waste. For my test I had about 20 ounces or water and two of the pork Wiesswurst sausages.

I first dropped in two of the sausages and nothing much really happened.

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But when I poured in about 15 ounces of the water those NASA engineers really delivered as the poo powder almost instantaneously did their thing to capture all of the water and turn it into a gel like substance (we're talking real science here!).

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To see if the transformation of the poo powder to a gel was a one shot deal I proceeded to add the remaining 5 ounces of water and it was quickly absorbed into the gel without a problem.

I tested to see if by massaging the gel or pinching it with the plastic bag, I could cause the water to come back out of the gel and no matter what I did the water stayed retained within the gel. I tilted the bag and could not find any signs of free liquid that could be a risk for future leaks.

I wondered if the gel would ultimately harden, but I checked and even after about 10 hours it still was a soft gel like substance.

The instruction are not very specific, but after you have done all of your business in the big bag and the poo powder has worked its magic, you can take the large bag, twist it closed, and then tie in a knot with the excess bag which there is plenty of, and then place that in the smaller zip-lock style bag.

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While the zip-lock closure is pretty typical, the smaller bag seems to be made from a nice tough material and I wouldn't have a second thought about carrying this in my pack if I had to for a couple of days.

The other nice thing with the Wag Bag, is that once you have used it you can officially dispose of it in any normal garbage receptacle.

The Forrest Service has a nice picture at this link that explains everything you need to know on how to use the Wag Bag and it's much simpler than my explanation above.

It's probably with mentioning that the toilet paper included is a nice gesture, but not much more than that. While there are about 25 sheets, they are incredibly thin, so it would be advisable to carry some regular toilet paper to supplement what is included.

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One positive aspect with the toilet paper packet included in my kit was that it was made by Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  It's nice to see companies like Cleanwaste working with and supporting non-profit organizations that benefit the community.

Overall, I think the Wag Bag from Cleanwaste does a really good job at providing you all of the basic items needed to do your business in the woods and then safely transport it back to where it can be properly disposed.

I would whole heartedly recommend and encourage anyone going into an area that is sensitive to human waste, to always carry, use, and most importantly, pack a Wag Bag back out so it can be properly disposed of.

Experience

I've used wag bags and blue bags a few times over the years, but this is my first time trying out the wag bag from Cleanwaste.

Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Inyo County National Forrest/Sequoia National Park)

About the Author

Mike Mineart is a retired mechanical engineer who enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Western Washington Cascades and down in California's Sierra where his recent focus has been doing section hikes along the John Muir Trail. Mike also enjoys fly fishing and is an active member of the Snohomish County (WA) Volunteer Search and Rescue and the Everett Mountain Rescue Unit.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Excellent review and information on an important topic, Mike!


5 months ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Readers may also find interesting our article "Human Waste Disposal in the Backcountry: How to pee and poop in the woods" https://www.trailspace.com/articles/backcountry-waste-disposal.html


5 months ago
The Cedar Journal

I am always looking for a smaller potty option for hiking and car camping. Thanks for posting this review!


5 months ago
Mike Mineart

Thanks Alicia, and I found the article you provided a link to above a very worthwhile read with a lot of good information.


5 months ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

You're welcome, Mike! It's one of our most popular articles/pages on the site. Thanks in part to your review, I've decided to check in with some sources and update it in part, as needed.


5 months ago
Wade in the Water

Great review. Creative and entertaining. As a side, a piece of drain pipe with an end cap glued onto one end and a pipe test plug used at the other makes a perfect leakproof waste tube to carry your used bags in on multi day adventures.Here's a link just in case you're not sure what a test plug is... https://www.homedepot.com/p/Oatey-Gripper-4-in-Plastic-Mechanical-Test-Plug-33403D/100204964


5 months ago
Pixie Poo

I pee in the wild. Poo at low level I trowel-bury with specially-bought camping degradable toilet paper. At alpine altitude (where it degrades too slowly) I use an extra-strong doggie bag (2 pence each), that I had already loaded with some standard toilet paper to keep them together, that goes in doubled ziplock bags in it's own outside pourch. Have a small bottle of hand gel that gets stored with the unused bag/trowel kit bag. Works & Cheap. If you want some absorbent grains just take a tub of quality kitty litter and sprinkle some in the dirty bag but if you use the right strength of bags you won't need to.


5 months ago

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