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An Uncomfortable Topic In An Uncomfortable Situation…
No matter how much or how little you eat, it’s all eventually gotta come out somewhere.
Most of the time you hold it until you get to the next available restroom, do your business, and all is right with the world again.
Unfortunately in any type of grid down situation, no matter how much you jiggle the handle, it’s not going to flush.
So what exactly are you supposed to do?
Stay with me now…
I know this is an uncomfortable topic, but it is one that you need to hear…
When a toilet is not an option, you need to make sure that you have an alternative way to contain and get rid of any waste.
Even a small amount of exposure to human waste can turn already uncomfortable situation deadly.
So aside from digging a hole, what can you do?
Growing up I did a lot of work with my dad as a painter over the summers. It was terrible.
Long hours, hot days and most of the time, no running water.
If we were lucky, the home we were working on was near a gas station, or even a patch of woods.
Most of the time we didn’t get so lucky..
In those cases we were forced to use a big orange bucket from home depot.
Not exactly the most graceful thing to try and use.
If you own a home, odds are you have a few extra 5 gallon buckets siting around gathering dust.
I have 2 of these in my garage with these little “toilet toppers”, and I have used them on camping trips in the past.
I will tell you that being a larger guy, going about my business on one of these is much akin to trying to use a child size toilet.
It takes a bit to get used to but is a good deal better than the “squat and hover” method from my childhood.
The great thing about these is that you can make an entire self contained bathroom kit that is ready at a moments notice.
If you haven’t already got at least one of these hanging around in your garage, I recommend you get one soon especially with camping season coming up.
A few other necessities that you need to make sure are inside your emergency toilet:
Toilet paper ( you don’t know how important it is until your stuck without it)
Heavy duty trash bags
You have a couple of options when it comes to absorbing moisture and odor:
–Clumping cat litter
–Untreated, unpainted, heated, no dust Pine shavings
Just put a layer of whatever material you choose after every visit. Make sure you keep the lid tightly closed and smell shouldn’t be a problem.
Like I said this is an uncomfortable topic but a little extra preparation can make it much more bearable in the long run.
P.S. Another option you may want to look at, and one that I actually keep in my garage is one of the “Honey Bucket” style survival Kits. These come with the bucket, toilet topper, a few other basic toiletries, and an entire 72 hour kit inside them.
These are a great option if you are just starting out your preps or if you want a quick pre-built option: