One word changed my whole perception of the Bog In A Bag from a bit of a joke to something pretty useful. One word uttered by my wife which instantly transported me to a dark, dark place which I had succesfully blocked from my memory. One word which was…
If you’re not with me on this, imagine if you will 100,000 people, mostly in tents and mostly eating and drinking evil things, and mostly sharing the same toilets.
And if you’re good at imagining, you’ll start to understand why the Bog In A Bag isn’t such a crazy idea after all.
Invented by the very smiley Kate Castle after a night we’ve all probably experienced – laying in a tent bursting for a wee and desperate not to have to walk in the dark to a cold toilet – the bog in a bag is pretty much as basic a design as it could be.
Kate has taken one 3-legged camping stool, cut a hole in it and suspended a plastic bag full of clever liquid-absorbing crystals into which you… deposit.
So, let’s start with the familiar bit; The stool itself is a pretty standard 3-legged affair – you’ve probably seen them at campsites, perfect for the odd squat but not exactly comfortable. With a coated nylon seat into which a generous round hole has been cut, it looks anatomically suitable for adult and child of both sex. The seat also comes with a removable cover, turning the stool into a proper, covered seat.
What turns it into a viable toilet is the rather clever combination of plastic bag, and packets of liquid absorbing granules which BogInABag.com says will absorb 700ml of liquid.
You simply fold the bag over the top of the stool, making sure that it hangs down through the hole, and then sit yourself down for a moment of “release”. Then when you’re done, unhook the bag from the stool, tie a knot in the top and remember to stick it in a bin some time soon.
Now, if you’re still with me and not sniggering at the back thinking you’d never stoop so low as to poo in a tent, let me tell you that I can think of a couple of times when the BogInABag would have been infinitely preferable to reality.
One particular rafting trip in Peru involved 14 people, a bucket, a loo seat and a handful of chalk. I’ll say no more.
And of course there’s the aforementioned Glastonbury, where I can imagine nothing more satisfying than returning to one’s tent porch in favour of the gag-inducing loos. And nothing more amusing that knowing there’s a drunk 16-year old laying comatose not 3ft from your bare backside as you get your own back for them falling over your tent in the middle of the night.
Bog In A Bag weighs 1.2Kg, which isn’t bad. The only thing lacking, to my mind, is some sort of holster/pocket for a few sheets of toilet paper, baby wipes or hand sanitiser. With those included, this would get a 5-Hammer review.
So, there you go. I managed the whole review without making one single Stool Sample gag. I’m so proud.
Summary: Bog In A Bag is easily dismissed as a bit of a joke, and nobody really likes to think about having to answer nature’s call, but after a bit of thought I’m won around and think this is a superb idea. No more ‘bush wees’ for the wife; no more enduring the horror of the loos at Glastonbury and no more walking across cold, barren campsites in the dead of night. I’d say this was ideal for anyone with kids, or who spends a long time outdoors with a dislike of digging a hole and leaning on a log. As it’s essentially a usable trail/camp stool it’s not entirely something you wouldn’t take outdoors anyway.
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