Wilderness Survival Guide: Outdoor Toilet Paper Alternatives
Looking for a wilderness survival guide to help you on your next outdoor adventure? Outdoors expert Alden Morris is back today shares the alternative for toilet paper here!
Toilet Paper Wilderness Survival Guide
Already Packed Items
Many people carry coffee filters in their survival kit, and these can be a great alternative to toilet paper. If toilet paper is not in your camping essentials, other items might come in useful as an alternative. Some items that might already be in your bug out bag, especially during camping trips, are coffee filters. Coffee filters are great to use as an alternative to toilet paper because they come in large quantities. You can also pack these items easily, and these take up very little space. Napkins are also another great alternative you can find in a day bag or camping gear.
If some of these items have not been packed than another alternative can be used which is very useful if additional items are scarce. For example, if you plan to go out hiking for a day, items such as rags or towels, strips of clothing, torn clothing, and as a last resort, socks. In an emergency situation, especially if your home is within a day’s reach, socks can be a very effective alternative.
Surprisingly, the packaging of some of your goods can also be an alternative to toilet paper. If the packaging material is made of paper or if a paper bag was used to place items in from a recent store purchase, this may also work as a decent alternative.
Let’s talk about some forest survival guide on toilet paper substitutes. There are instances when absolutely no items are available. Thankfully, there are natural alternatives you can find in nature to use in place of toilet paper. A large number of leaves may be useful so be sure to know which plant the leaves came from. You can also collect moss from trees and fallen logs, then use them as an alternative to toilet paper.
If a corn field happens to be nearby, then corn husks are also a good substitute. Also, when a nearby stream, lake, river, or large body of water is reachable, then do not hesitate to use this option as a last resort.
Watch this video about improvised toilet paper in the woods by Sigma 3 Survival School:
All too often, toilet paper is a big necessity in an emergency situation. While out camping, hiking, or exploring the outdoors, you feel instant regret when you realize the absence of toilet paper in your camping essentials. Even the experienced camper and outdoorsman will forget this crucial item from time to time. Fortunately, there are several solutions that can be used as an alternative to toilet paper if it has been accidentally left behind.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.