All kidding aside on this title, toilet paper is an important prep item that many seem to overlook. According to Wikipedia, Americans use an average of 23.6 rolls of toilet paper per year. I think that number should be doubled – a person can never have enough toilet paper. Let’s just say that one person needed 50 rolls per year. Using that instance, a family of 5 should have 250 rolls of toilet paper in reserve!
Sanitation during a disaster is a major concern if a major disaster were to occur. Lack of sanitation pollutes water sources, and creates diseases. Understanding how to properly disperse of waste products so that it does not affect water sources is an important skill to possess. Having an emergency sanitation kit for short term disasters could be very beneficial.
Add a Sanitation Kit to Disaster Supplies
Having a sanitation kit that is ready in times of disaster is essential to keeping your family and neighbors healthy. These kits can fit comfortably into a bucket, are affordable, and will not take up much space. Additionally, being educated on how to properly dispose of waste is a key factor in keeping everyone healthy during a disaster.
Some suggested sanitation supplies to add to any short or long term emergency kits are:
- Disposable bucket or luggable loo
- Toilet paper
- Rubber gloves
- Garbage bags with twist ties ( for liners of toilets or luggable loo)
- Bathroom cleaner
- Cat Litter or absorbent material such as saw dust or dirt
- Baby wipe
- Baking soda can be used to help eliminate odors
There are many types of toilet paper alternatives to use in case the toilet paper reserve runs out. Leaves are nature’s alternative to toilet paper. Therefore, having a stockpile of tp alternatives may be of help in emergency situations.
Toilet Paper Alternatives
- Phone books (lots to get for free and stack up in a nice place for the “just in case”)
- Unused coffee filters
- Corn cobs (That’s right- Corn Cobs)
- Dilapidated kitchen towels that will not be used for cleaning anymore.
- Cut strips from a worn sheet
- Mail order catalog
- Bank notes
Other Toiletry Items To Keep In Mind
Toilet paper isn’t the only items to take into account when preparing your survival reserve. Anything that you use for hygiene needs to be categorized under toiletries. Some of these include:
- Woman’s toiletries for their needs
- Diapers/baby wipes
- Anti-bacterial soap
- Moist towelettes
- Shampoo/body wash
- Razor and shaving cream
- Toiletseat and lid cover
To get a jump start on your toiletry stockpiling, don’t be afraid to go to places online that give out free samples of things. The point is to be resourceful in finding those toiletry items. They don’t have to be brand name. They just need to be available to you when you need it the most.
Here’s a comment from one prepper for other options:
Haven’t used the stuff in almost a year now…
99 Cent store:
Dish soap bottle (small)
36″ of clear plastic tubing
Soap bottle + clear plastic tubing = homemade bidet. Works wonderful. Picked up some white washcloths from Wally World for drying. Easy to sanitize.
Total cost, including washcloths = about 5 bucks, and totally portable!
(I put the soap into another container to wash dishes/hands with…)
(hint…use slightly warm water…cold is not fun!)