So, after that roll, possible two, of super soft toilet paper runs out, how, dear Neighborhood Protection Team member, plan on performing personal hygiene immediately following a routine, or not so routine, body determined evacuation of your colon?
Hmmmm…..for a male, typically a roll of TP will last a week or more under ‘normal’ circumstances. For a female, half that time. If dealing with an irritable bowel or possibly dysentery, figure 25 to 33% of the time indicated. Then what? Sure, you’ll probably ingest some amodium, or, worst case, kill a small animal, cook and eat the meat, and then burn the bones until they’re like coal, grind them up as best you can and ingest (very old school – what I was taught way back in the day), and that will probably take care of the issue.
Personally, I want to put off finding the right broad leaf or grasses to use as long as possible. To that end, I’ve found an alternative. I’ve used the product in the field, and I can tell you that they are very serviceable, and you don’t run the risk of penetrating the TP while performing vigorous operator maintenance on your exhaust system (how’s that for sensitivity to the more gentle readers?). Get them on Amazon, here.
I can carry 4 packs (that’s a lot of daily evacuation as well as dealing with emergency scenarios) between my 3 day and main rucks. 4 packs weight about as much as 1 roll of TP, and are of comparable bulk. I took mine out of the noisy celophane and put them in one of these Coglan water resistant/proof bags (thanks for the tip, Ivarr!). These bags are extremely flexible and seem to be the cat’s ass. More expensive than a freezer bag, but more durable, too. I’ve used zip lock freezer bags for years, and threw them all away after I examined and packed my things in them. Available on Amazon, here.
The added benefit is the tubes with 10 pieces. Great for sticking in a smock/coat pocket for those, “I can’t wait long enough to dig into my ruck” or those quick, extremely lightly equipped walkabouts. If you have water available, and I mean just a few drops, you’re in business, so to speak. Yeah, price wise, you’re paying an up-charge for the same thing you can get with TP. However, the ROI (Return On Investment) is that you have more product that will last longer, won’t fall apart in the middle of use (knowledge increases mental comfort significantly), and takes up the same bulk as a single roll of that super-soft, multiply TP you’ve currently got in your ruck. Now, I know some out there are thinking, “Bullshit, I carry baby wipes and they’re a whole lot cheaper.” No question. Here’s the thing: In a SHTF or survival scenario, you are your own supply chain. If you have had to abandon your supply depot, and you don’t have cache’s around, or when you get to a cache, you find that someone got there first, you only have what’s in your ruck, right? So, calculate the OC (opportunity cost) and make your decision. This will be a godsend for some, and to others, well, they’ll make different choices, which is fine.
Cost wise, at less than $9 a bag from Amazon, it might be worth your while. You bargain hunters out there will most likely find a less expensive outlet, and if you do, please put in the comments for others.