There’s nothing like cleaning yourself with water, especially while in the backcountry. A portable bidet allows you to clean yourself after doing your business in the woods without using gobs of toilet paper or wet wipes. Using water just gets you cleaner than paper.
Many portable bidets are little more than a small nozzle that fits on a water bottle. They’re lighter and more packable than a pack of wet wipes, so carrying a portable bidet on your next backcountry adventure should be a no-brainer!
We’ve tested and rounded up a handful of the best portable bidets we could find. We've also provided you with some buying advice, how to use a bidet, how to make your own bidet, and some FAQs. Let's dive in.
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|CuloClean Bottle Top Travel Bidet||Nozzle||0.42oz||$10|
|Brondell GS-70 GoSpa Travel Bidet||Bottle and Nozzle||3.52 oz||$15|
|Holy Hiker Backpacking Bidet||Nozzle||0.25 oz||$12|
|Uyicoo Portable Travel Bidet||Nozzle||0.71 oz||$17|
|The Hygienna Solo Travel Bidet||Nozzle||0.53 oz||$19|
Best Portable Bidets
CuloClean Bottle Top Travel Bidet
Why we like it: This is the best value for a portable bidet.
We carried the CuloClean Bottle Top Travel Bidet for 1000s of miles on the Continental Divide Trail. We love how easily this bidet attaches to any water bottle.
The first version of this product only came in black, which we didn’t know was a problem until we lost it! Fortunately, these portable bidets are very inexpensive and now come in some brighter colors that are harder to forget in the woods.
We love how tightly these fit into just about any water bottle. We wish you could get just a little more pressure with this bidet, but that’s more of a problem with portable bidets in general. A cheap, easily crushable water bottle helps with getting more pressure, though.Available at Amazon
Brondell GS-70 GoSpa Travel Bidet
Type: Bottle and Nozzle
Weight: 3.52 oz
Why we like it: The air intake valve on the bottom of this bottle makes every squeeze as powerful as the first.
The Brondell GS-70 Gospa travel bidet is the only portable bidet we tested that comes with a dedicated bottle. You can thread the nozzle onto a Smart Water or similar bottle, but the bottle it comes with has a feature we really like. This bottle has a small “airlock” on the bottom that allows it to easily refill with air in between squeezes.
This air intake valve does help with getting consistent pressure with every squeeze, but we found it wasn’t worth the extra weight for backpacking. Flipping our bottle right-side-up to allow it to fill with air worked well enough for us. But, the included bottle is nice for general traveling purposes, too.
Holy Hiker Backpacking Bidet
Weight: 0.25 oz
Why we like it: This is the lightest portable bidet we tested.
The Holy Hiker Backpacking Bidet is made by an ultra-small cottage business using a 3D printer. They periodically print different colors of these, which are the lightest portable bidets we’ve found.
This bidet is designed to work with a standard plastic water bottle. But it doesn’t fit on bottles with a smaller opening like the crushable water bottles, which we were slightly disappointed to realize.
We found that this bidet gives you adequate pressure to really get clean. We also love that these come with an arrow so you can easily see where you’re aiming. We were a little disappointed when we realized that the arrow wasn’t painted black, but a permanent marker quickly fixed that problem for us.
Uyicoo Portable Travel Bidet
Weight: 0.71 oz
Why we like it: This portable bidet has the most ideally angled spout of any we tested.
The Uyicoo Portable Travel Bidet is a nozzle-type bidet that fits on any water bottle. This is the heaviest of the nozzle-type bidets we reviewed. It still is quite light and small, but there are smaller portable bidets out there.
During testing, we liked that this bidet pointed slightly up when attached to a bottle held upside down. We thought this was the perfect angle to make aiming as easy as possible. However, the taller nozzle was a bit awkward to aim correctly. We found that we ended up using more water with this bidet since our aim was consistently off.
The Hygienna Solo Travel Bidet
Weight: 0.53 oz
Why we like it: This is the lightest portable bidet with a longer spout.
The Hygienna Solo Travel Bidet is very similar to the Uyicoo Travel Bidet, but 25% lighter. We like that this bidet is angled at less than 90 degrees, which makes aiming easier.
We found this bidet provided adequate pressure with a good squeeze of the water bottle. But as with most portable bidets, we had to squeeze pretty hard to get ultra-high pressure. Also, this nozzle doesn’t fit onto the more crushable, smaller opening water bottles that are easier to squeeze. We wish it did.Available at Kleen Standard
Most portable bidets weigh less than an ounce and are only a nozzle attachment that will work on any water bottle. Since you won’t have to carry as much (or any!) toilet paper, you’ll be saving weight by adding a bidet to your backpacking poop kit. Bidets that come with a specific water bottle are much heavier.
Testing out the UYICOO Portable Travel Bidet.
There are two kinds of portable bidets: just a nozzle, and a bottle with an attached nozzle.
Just nozzles are exactly that, a nozzle. These nozzles can attach to most plastic water bottles. This is the lightest and most packable kind of portable bidet. You’ll have to have a water bottle to use with this kind, but they’re designed to work with most standard disposable plastic water bottles. We recommend using the “dirty bottle” that you attach your thread-on water filter to for this.
Nozzle bidets: Holy Hiker Backpacking Bidet, UYICOO Portable Travel Bidet, CuloClean Bottle Top Travel Bidet (left to right).
The bottle with an attached nozzle type of portable bidet is a nozzle that comes with a specific bottle it is designed to work with. This kind of portable bidet is heavier and bulkier. However, the bottle that comes with these is usually better suited to getting that high-pressure spray that you want to really clean yourself. If you aren’t worried about weight or space savings, this kind is a better option.
As mentioned above, portable bidets that are only a nozzle are very packable. Many portable bidets of this design are about the size of a cork. Portable bidets that use a separate bottle are much less packable.
Because of its large size, the Original HAPPYPO portable bidet didn't make our list.
Most portable bidets are plastic or silicone. They both work well, but plastic will last longer. However, a portable bidet made of plastic will have at least one silicone or rubber o-ring. And, this part of a plastic bidet will need to be replaced if it gets dry and cracks.
You want very high water pressure in order to adequately clean yourself. The higher the pressure, the better. Therefore, you want a portable bidet set up that has a small nozzle to get the highest pressure. You also want a bottle that is easy to squeeze. The harder you can squeeze that bottle, the higher the pressure.
Portable bidets are very durable. They will last a very long time. However, the o-rings used to create a tight seal on most portable bidets will eventually need to be replaced. Fortunately, most hardware stores with a good selection of o-rings will be able to help you find a replacement for any dry and cracked o-rings on your bidet.
The Brondell GS-70 GoSpa bidet is the only bottle-and-nozzle bidet that passed our test.
WHAT IS A PORTABLE BIDET?
A bidet is a device used to spray water on yourself in order to clean yourself after going to the bathroom. A portable bidet works as any other bidet would, but this kind you can bring anywhere, including the woods. Water is better than anything else for cleaning up after using the bathroom. Do you really think that dry toilet paper is getting your butt clean? We don’t, either.
Most portable bidets are simply nozzles that you can attach to any water bottle. You’re already going to be carrying a water bottle while backpacking. Now that bottle can have another use. Some portable bidets come with a bottle designed to be used with a nozzle or hose attachment. Those can work even better than a nozzle that attaches to any bottle, but they are heavier and bulkier.
A portable bidet is much lighter than that roll of toilet paper or baggy of wet wipes you’re currently carrying. It is also the easiest way to follow Leave No Trace principles. Packing out toilet paper is necessary to actually dispose of that waste properly. So, it’s easier to not use toilet paper at all. A backpacking bidet setup only requires water, a bottle, a bidet nozzle, soap, and (optionally) something to dry with.
HOW TO USE A PORTABLE BIDET?
- Find a discreet place at least 200 feet away from water, trails, or campsites.
- Dig a cathole. It should be at least 6 inches deep.
- After you’ve done your business, use sticks or rocks to do the “heavy lifting” in the clean-up process.
- Take your portable bidet in one hand and lean over slightly, positioning your butt over the cathole.
- Make sure the nozzle is aimed in the right direction and firmly squeeze the bidet bottle to spray water at the area that needs cleaning.
- After you’ve sprayed enough water that it feels clean, use a small amount of toilet paper to dry yourself and check to make sure you’re clean. If you aren’t clean yet, use some more water. You can also use a bandana or Kula Cloth to dry yourself off, but don’t use this to dry anything else if you’re drying your butt with it.
- Now, bury your poop. The water from your bidet rinse will help it decompose faster.
- Clean your hands with biodegradable soap or hand sanitizer, or both.
HOW TO MAKE A PORTABLE BIDET (DIY BIDET)
There are several ways to make a portable bidet yourself. We’ll outline a few here.
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Lab wash bottle hose and cap on a Smart Water bottle: The hose and cap from a lab wash bottle can be attached to a Smart Water bottle or another similar water bottle. This makes a great portable bidet, especially because the curved hose makes aiming at the right spot a cinch. If space isn’t at a premium you can use the bottle, too.
Drinking straw and bottle cap: A flexible drinking straw and a plastic bottle cap can be made into a portable bidet.
- Cut the straw so there is an equal length of tube on both ends of the bend.
- Drill a hole in the plastic bottle cap that is just smaller than the outer diameter of the straw.
- Take a short bit of straw and cut it lengthwise so you can roll it into a smaller tube than the other piece of straw you have.
- Find something to fit around this small piece of straw to work as a gasket inside the large piece of straw with a bend, a piece of silicone from a cookpot handle or a strip of electrical tape will work.
- Jam this smaller piece of straw into one end of the bent straw.
- Stick the other end of the bent straw into the plastic cap with a hole drilled in it.
- Now, test out your bidet. If you made the opening small enough you should get good enough pressure to clean yourself.
Poking a hole into a bottle lid: Poking a small hole into a plastic bottle lid of a crushable disposable water bottle also works, but you’ll see that aiming it can be tricky.
How to clean a portable bidet?
A portable bidet should be cleaned with soap and warm water. You can do this periodically in towns or at home after a backpacking trip. There is usually no need to clean a portable bidet after each use.
How sanitary is a portable bidet?
A portable bidet is much more sanitary than using dry toilet paper to clean yourself. You’ll want to clean your hands after you use a bidet, but it is really quite sanitary.
What do you dry with after using a bidet?
You can dry with a small amount of toilet paper, a bandana, or even a Kula Cloth after using a bidet. Some people will even just allow themselves to air dry after using a bidet.
📸 Some photos in this post were taken by Ross Enlow (@rossaenlow)