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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 shares the alternative for toilet paper here!

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Toilet Paper Wilderness Survival Guide

1. Already Packed Items

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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.

2. Available Items

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.

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3. Available Alternatives

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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.

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.

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  3. DeathFromTheShadows

    January 4, 2017 at 8:49 PM

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

    • DeathFromTheShadows

      January 4, 2017 at 8:55 PM

      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!

      • Donna Brower

        November 6, 2018 at 11:28 PM

        I know from experience of growing up part of my childhood was outside toilet. Moon and star on it and everything. Had to pump water into the sink and boil it fresh.. REAL country. Not these pansy people who have machines doing the work.

        No cornhusks or corn silk used. My dad said what you did, except hevsaidbitvwas like having paper cuts on YOUR tongue and then licking the salt block.. Or putting alcohol on a new cancer sore.

        One big beseech of an oweee
        Good luck with those silk sides


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  5. Anonymous

    January 20, 2018 at 11:03 PM

    Fern leaf

    • Todd Sutton

      November 5, 2018 at 10:07 AM

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

  6. Chimook

    February 6, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    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.

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  9. Jeff Vaessen

    November 5, 2018 at 8:04 AM

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

  10. walter

    November 5, 2018 at 9:25 AM

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

  11. Silas Deane

    November 5, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    In the jungles and mountains of central america , I always carried about a third of a roll of toilet paper (take out the tube and flatten the paper) and a small hand sanitizer all in a ziplock bag in my back pocket. Right there with my cheap disposable rain poncho. Always enough for me and to share with those unprepared.

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  13. Dan

    November 6, 2018 at 12:06 AM

    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

    • Matthew Clark

      November 7, 2018 at 7:08 PM

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

      • Anonymous

        November 8, 2018 at 8:25 PM

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

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