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Old 11-10-2013, 03:00 PM
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Toilet / Latrine / Bathroom / Loo / Potty Hygiene Kit Items

What items do you carry for latrine use/hygiene?

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Old 11-10-2013, 06:32 PM
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TP, a trowel, and an opaque bag for used TP.

And soap to wash our hands.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:04 PM
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I carry a zip lock with a snow tent stake, TP, and hand sanitizer.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:11 PM
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Back in the day, I could find pre-packaged rolls of backpacking TP. I can't seem to find them anymore, so now I reroll my TP into same size rolls (about 2" diameter) and put them inside a small zip-lok. I take a second zip-lok of the same size for the used TP. I keep them together as a kit in a quart-size freezer zip-lok, just to be extra sure the TP doesn't get wet when it rains. (Years ago, I re-used a zip-lok once too often, and it tore and started letting water in. Now I double zip-lok a number of things I really want left dry.)

So for me, the answer is my trowel, TP rolls, and several different sized zip-loks.

When I was first compelled by some wilderness areas to pack the used TP out, I seriously considered some kind of "black bag" for the trash so I didn't have to look at it. But I found carefully folding the used TP before putting it in the "dirty" zip-lok worked so well in keeping the "dirty" bag from getting unpleasant to look at, I didn't need an opaque one. In addition to extra rain protection, storing the dirty zip-lok in the bigger freezer zip-lok does provide me an extra emotional barrier from the unpleasant contents. Now that I've gotten used to this system, I don't mind packing out the TP at all, and find some advantages to it.

I know this isn't supposed to be a thread on "pack-it-out" advocacy, but that regulation is getting more common all the time, so it's something we do have to deal with now and again. I've personally found a "zip-lok-loo" kit helped me cope.
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Trying to keep this activity to a once a day deal, 1 large titanium peg, 2 -1/2 gallon ziplocks, 4 quart
zips, small prefolded TP bundles, stash of Subway Sandwich plastic make up mitts.
These really simplify things, roll them off your hand and into the zip. Finish up
with sanitizing wipes. Guess this is not the most ECO conscious approach, wasting all that plastic, but
it makes for a clean little system.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:04 PM
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For 1-2 people:
Coghlan's Backpacking Toilet Paper (small rolls), moist towelettes, 1 0z. hand sanitizer, GI damp-proof book matches, small trowel in double heavy zip-lock bag.

For more and when using a vehicle (including canoe):
Sea to Summit Outhouse, regular roll TP, moist towelettes, 2 0z. hand sanitizer, GI damp-proof book matches, U-Dig-It trowel.

The matches are salvaged from MREs and are included because I usually burn the TP unless there is a fire ban (not often where I live).
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:50 PM
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Where I backpack, burning is suggested by most, especially the locals.
So trowel, TP, soap, lighter. Burn it, then bury it.

I went on a 3-week trip in the bush of Alaska. Guy I went with had done a similar trip nearly a dozen times. He skipped everything except the lighter and soap. Used lichen moss as his TP the entire trip. Pull back the moss, place it back when done.
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SIMILAR to the others above, I will carry in a nylon stuff-sac that can then be stashed in either a belt pouch, or an outside pocket on my backpack: an iPood trowel, a couple of ziploc sandwich bags, refolded TP, and some liquid hand cleanser..
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:34 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blazerdog
Trying to keep this activity to a once a day deal, 1 large titanium peg, 2 -1/2 gallon ziplocks, 4 quart
zips, small prefolded TP bundles, stash of Subway Sandwich plastic make up mitts.
These really simplify things, roll them off your hand and into the zip. Finish up
with sanitizing wipes. Guess this is not the most ECO conscious approach, wasting all that plastic, but
it makes for a clean little system.

That is a great idea on the lightweight disposable plastic gloves. I am definitely going to start using those.
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