Keeping yourself clean and healthy when exploring the countryside for a prolonged period of time is essential.
When you are enjoying the outdoors be it camping, walking or having a picnic a folding sink is a remarkably useful bit to kit of take with you.
The obvious and primary use for a kitchen sink is to wash your cooking gear and bits of clothing and these are good uses of course but you can also use it for many other things including:
- Collecting water
- To wash yourself while camping
- A container to hold your wild edibles while foraging for food
- Storing collected tinder, keeping it dry while you collect fuel for your fire
- Keeping gadgets dry – store your phone, GPS or your favourite gadget in it while in camp
- Collecting snow for melting down to water when in the mountains
- A waterproof hat if it really chucks it down without warning – yep I have done this and it does work!
There are no doubt many more uses that a folding kitchen sink can be employed for but the list above gives you an idea of what uses I have put mine to over the past few years.
Trekmates Kitchen Sink
I own the Trekmates 5 litre kitchen sink and I have found it to be a valuable bit of gear. The sink is made from a tough and durable waterproof material which features generous taped seams to keep the water in (or out) and features a wired rim to help maintain the shape of the sink.
The sink has a carry handle on each side which are made from thick nylon webbing and are big enough to use even with gloves on. Often on many of the cheaper sinks that you can buy online, the handles are very flimsy and are in no way capable of taking the weight of the water when full. I have seen many fail.
The sink comes with it’s own stuff sac and when filled, the whole thing only weighs in at 105g and is really compact so it does not take up too much room in your pack.
After many years of using the Trekmates sink, I still recommend it to other walkers and, due to it’s construction, I can see it remaining it part of my kit for many years to come.
Where to buy – https://www.trekmates.co.uk/kitchen-sink