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What is a WAG Bag®? How and Why Is It Used?

We’ve all found ourselves in situations where we simply don’t have access to a proper toilet

After all, some of the most critical work and life’s most incredible adventures happen far from indoor plumbing—or even porta potties. 

You can only hold it for so long (and too much holding poses a risk to your health) but it can be a struggle to figure out where you can safely go with confidence. 

By now you’ve likely called up a few mental images of times you’ve spent on a long hike uncomfortably holding it in, or searching for something you can use to dig a hole. 

And you’re saying to yourself, “What do you mean safe? I just need to make sure no one’s looking.”

Well, zip it up and pay attention because we’re about to ruin the long-accepted tradition of “going” in the woods.

While it seems perfectly natural to answer nature’s call in, well, nature, it can take up to a year for waste to biodegrade (depending on weather conditions), and it can potentially contaminate natural water sources. Giardia, salmonella, E. coli, and even hepatitis can be passed from humans to animals (or other humans) through discarded feces. (Yuck!)

Whether you’re camping, road-tripping, or field training, WAG Bag® bags are the safest, most reliable solution to your potty problems.

What’s A WAG Bag®?

WAG, short for “waste alleviation and gelling,” bags are a convenient, portable, and sanitary solution when you need to go on the go. Each bag is filled with “poo powder” that gels and solidifies waste, as well as acting as a decay catalyst, using natural enzymes to break down waste and  neutralize bacteria and odor.

  • These double-lined, zipper-sealed bags (think: Ziploc on steroids) are made of durable, puncture-resistant materials.
  • The outer bag has a secure zip-top that creates an airtight seal when closed.
  • When you’re finished, you can simply toss them into any trash can

So, let’s review. 

By using a WAG Bag® you’re being more sanitary while doing something good for the environment. You’ve also avoided any unpleasantness associated with “dumping and pumping” collected waste at the end of a trip—there’s no sewage-traveling-through-a-hose scenario here! 

Wait . . . what’s that? You’re still mad because you like tracing your initials on the ground with your pee stream? You’ll work through it. There are many stages of grief. 

How Would I Even Use a WAG Bag®?

“This’ll be too hard!” You say. 

We saw this move coming, and to your freewheeling bowels, we say, “Checkmate!”

Using a WAG Bag® is as easy as popping a squat. Once you’ve made your deposit, simply seal the bag, and you’re good to go. (And remember, no odor or bacteria comes from this puncture-proof bag.) 

This is a quick and easy method for hiking, climbing, or any outdoor activity where you’re on the move. 

If you plan to be stationary, like at a campsite or a forward operating base, you’ll probably want to add a Portable Toilet to your bathroom supplies, along with your bags. These super-lightweight, super-strong, extremely-portable toilets provide the same comfort, height, and ease of use as a standard toilet (just in case squatting’s not your thing). 

Don’t forget to add a Privacy Tent to your cart because even if you love the breeze on your behind, it’s just rude. In fact, here’s a cheat sheet to everything you’ll need to poop in peace in the great outdoors.

WAG Bags® Aren’t Just for Outdoorsy Folks

We’ve talked a lot about how WAG Bag® bags are perfect for campers, but they’re not just for recreational activities.  

Portable sanitation systems, like WAG Bag® bags are a game changer for soldiers living at a FOB (forward operating base) or on the move. 

  • These types of systems are lightweight and easy to transport and take only minutes to set up. 
  • They can be used almost anywhere, and unlike the porta-potty or similar outhouses, they require no prep or servicing

The medical field is also seeing lives improved daily by WAG Bag® solutions. 

  • They help preserve the dignity of those unable to get to a standard toilet quickly enough.
  • They also help keep patients and healthcare professionals safe from germs and pathogens.

Get Your WAG Bags® from a Reliable Manufacturer

Now, let’s be real here. Though we think we’ve made a good case for the importance of WAG bags®, we are asking you to carry the bags with you. Don’t worry—the last thing we want is a messy, smelly leak on your hands, which is why you might want to avoid buying the cheap bags from China being sold online. Not all bags are created equal, and quality matters when you’re toting around “delicate” material.   

We should know. We’re the creators of the original WAG bag®, and years of research went into forming the safety, reliability, and durability of our bags. Cleanwaste doesn’t just have a near perfect satisfaction rate, we’re an industry leader in the innovation of safe, convenient products that allow users to manage waste in a dignified, reliable, and environmentally-friendly way. … and all our bags are made in the USA

Our solutions are perfect for outdoor adventurers, soldiers, and healthcare patients alike. No matter where life takes you, Cleanwaste goes where you go. To learn more, check out our full product line.

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