Top Ten Survival Skills – Sanitation

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In normal life we think nothing of washing our hands after going to the toilet,  and of having a shower whenever we want to - as keeping clean is easy.

But when the water in the tap drys up and your toilet won't flush. What then.? What if your water is contaminated, you wouldn't want to be cleaning out wounds with contaminated water either..


This is why this subject is so high up on the list of survival skills. Yeah, it's a bit of a gross subject. But learn as much about survival sanitation as you can now  - excuse the pun, but learn the ins and out...!

There are really only three main areas to be concerned with:

  • Personal
  • General Waste
  • Human Waste  

Personal Sanitation can actually mean both inside and outside the body - Inside will include drinking safe, sterile water that's free from parasites and viruses and water that will not make you sick.

also see: how to find and purify water 

Outside the body, eg, your skin requires special attention as it is very easy to get an infected cut that has the possibility to turn septic, if this cannot be treated, the wound can easily escalate into a very serious condition requiring medical treatment and some serious drugs - if they are not available, you are in big trouble and risk potential death.

General Waste concerns the waste products you throw away - in a survival situation this could be anything from a sweet wrapping to an animal carcass  - it must be disposed of with care and in the proper manner as to not cause a potential risk to your health, and also reduce the risk of wild animals 'sniffing out' you camp food store.

Human waste is obviously, the most disgusting area of survival sanitation to deal with. Even if you're hunkered down in your home, its going to be a problem - pumping stations need water, man power and electrical power to get rid of your waste and any one of them will mean nothing happens when you flush the toilet.

In a survival situation you have to deal with both areas, as one, you need a toilet area, and two, you have to get rid of the waste itself.

Failure in any of these crucial areas could result in very unpleasant viruses and illness and in a prolonged untreated situation will put you at severe risk of infection.

Survival Sanitation:

  • Personal Cleanliness
  • Removing General Waste Removing
  • Human Waste





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 Top 10 Survival Skills

  1. Shelter
  2. Find Food
  3. Make Fire
  4. Find Water
  5. Sanitation
  6. Medical Requirements
  7. Personal Protection
  8. Grow Your Own Food
  9. Preserving & Storing Food
  10. Signalling & Communication











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    • Dinah on January 10, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    I’ve been stitching brushed cotton sheets into washable toilet paper, since realising that loo roll doesn’t store well but turns to powdered paper over time, I cut the sheet into pieces and fold in half, right sides together, stitching almost around, befor turning right sides out, and stitching around again. They are really good and yes 2 layers of cotton is enough; no falling apart in your hands, and no trees put to death. Optimum size is around 6 or 7 inches finished item. To wash and sterilise I’m thinking ‘pool shock’ would do the trick, or Napisan which I am currently using. Yes, they are so nice I decided not to wait for a PHTF but to use them now!
    I think this is the most sustainable way to pleasantly manage personal toilet sanitation in PHTF situation, amd it’s eco/sustainable now. Yes we would have to wash them, but once sterilised that won’t be so grim, you could take your dishwashing water, pour into a separate dedicated bucket/pan, boil if really nasy, or gently scrub with a dedicated brush. If sterilised there is no issue with sharing, which is fortunate as any labelling system will bleach out over time. This is nowhere near as nasty as washing nappies! There is no smell in my bathroom, even with a weeks worth in the bin (dedicated!)

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