Scientists have designed a special portable basin which campers can carry wherever they go to clean off mud, dirt and sweat, eliminating the need for wet- wipes and hand gels.

Researchers from Birmingham City University in the UK created the PODSINK design that can be folded up and placed in camping bags to be transported from site to site, before being constructed within seconds.

PODSINK can be created from a frame of fibre-glass tent poles and a sink formed from Ripstop Nylon fabric that is thin, waterproof and durable.

The product uses a collapsible tripod system to mount a fabric sink basin above ground level, which can be used to clean hands or alongside a sponge and shower gel to form a makeshift body cleaning system.

It would remove the need for wet-wipes and hand gels to form a temporary hygiene solution in the absence of sinks or showers and could become a mainstay of festival gear alongside tents, wellies and campfires, researchers said.

“All of my life I have been a camper and spent many a summer in a caravan. So I have always had a connection with the concept of camping and have been interested in creating a product like this for a long time,” said Max Wilson, product design student at Birmingham City University.