Wilderness Survival Guide: Outdoor Toilet Paper Alternatives

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Looking for a wilderness survival guide to help you on your next outdoor adventure? Outdoors expert Alden Morris is back today and shares the alternative for toilet paper here!

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Toilet Paper Wilderness Survival Guide

1. 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.

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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 they take up very little space. Napkins are also another great alternative you can find in a day bag or camping gear.

2. Available Items

If some of these items have not been packed then another alternative can be used which is very useful if additional items are scarce.

For example, if you plan to go 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.

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3. Available Alternatives

Let's talk about some forest survival guides 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.

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You can also collect moss from trees and fallen logs, and then use them as an alternative to toilet paper.

If a cornfield 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.

Do you have other interesting survival tips to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

11 Responses to :
Wilderness Survival Guide: Outdoor Toilet Paper Alternatives

  1. DeathFromTheShadows says:

    Whoever suggested corn husks is an idiot,,, try it some time!

    1. DeathFromTheShadows says:

      the husk aka the leaf is not the cob, Ask any old farmer why you hand pic corn in the morning, and they will tell you that the dew on the husk will prevent it from cutting your hands when picking it, its also why you dip an ear in water before shucking it (peeling the husk away), so you dont cut your hands, so do you think your ass is tougher than your hands? Prove it once and see how long you can go without medical care. And did you know corn silk slices too? you will find that out soon enough!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Fern leaf

    1. Todd Sutton says:

      Fern leaf said it. Soft, not scratchy easy to find.

  3. Chimook says:

    I carry baby wipes everywhere. In the field and in town. There are nice ones that are individually wrapped or available in bulk. I always buy the ones that are flushable or septic safe as they are biodegradable. I work on mountaintops and forests. I don’t think I ever found a phone book out there. Not sure I even own one any more. The coffee filters are a really great idea, but I will still carry my nice flat packing wipes wherever I go. Take little space in the mochilo.

  4. Jeff Vaessen says:

    The best natural alternative to toilet paper is Mullein leaf. During the summer, that is…

  5. walter says:

    you don’t use the husk knot head the farmer used the cob after the corn kernals were shelled from it>

  6. Dan says:

    DONT use white paper during hunting season in particular or in the Bush at anytime

    Looks like the white tail of a deer “bang” your dead

    Use colored plastic or camp glove or anything to cover white
    Dan Eliseuson
    Footrest publishing

    1. Matthew Clark says:

      Anybody that shoots at nothing more than a white spot, obviously has not identified their target and therefore has no business hunting.

      1. Anonymous says:

        yeah but you’re still dead. Be careful out there.

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