Personal Hygiene for Survival

image1-7Bathroom Scenario

When reality sets in for the end of the world, simple things we tend to take for granted will be gone. There won’t be running water and that means even going to the bathroom is going to change. It will be the least of your worries though so you need to have some things in place to prepare for it.

5 gallon buckets with a hole cut in the top work very well for makeshift toilets in your home. Line the with plastic bags that can be removed daily and buried outdoors. It is unsanitary to leave urine and feces around so you want to make sure you do what you can to make this practice as sanitary as possible. If you have to leave your home, you will have to make do with what you find.

If you travel by vehicle, you can take along the 5 gallon buckets and have a set up for the bathroom any time you need it. If you are traveling by foot or have limited room, you may have to dig holes outdoors called biffies. They will need to be buried too when you are done so that they don’t create health problems.

Toilet Paper Replacement Options

Nothing is more frustrating than when you sit down on a toilet and discover the toilet paper roll is empty! Well, with an end of the of the world scenario, toilet paper as we know it may no longer be around. Perhaps you will be among the lucky folks that has rolls and rolls of it stored up for such an emergency.
Once again though if you need to leave your home for shelter you will only be able to take limited supplies with you. Perhaps toilet paper will be high on your list and maybe it won’t. There are some replacement options that can seem quite primitive but people used them before toilet paper came along.

They include:

  • Corn cobs
  • Pages from books or magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Scraps of material

Dental Care

Taking good care of your teeth is going to be very important. You may have plenty of toothpaste, toothbrushes, and water to get the job done. You don’t want your teeth to rot or to develop cavities that can be very painful. An infection in the mouth can spread to the bloodstream and make a person very ill.

If you don’t have toothpaste and a toothbrush, use your finger daily to scrap away and debris found on your teeth. Use sharpened sticks that have been heated to kill germs as a type of flossing device. Use your finger to massage your gums daily too in order to stimulate them. Pay attention to any signs of inflammation or abscess of the gums.

Do your best to rinse your mouth out well after meals so that plaque is less likely to stick to your teeth. If a tooth is a serious problem, it may need to be pulled out to reduce the pain and to prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of the mouth. However, missing teeth can make it harder to chew food and it can also allow the remaining teeth to shift around into that empty space.

There are various types of plants that can be used to make a paste that will reduce gum inflammation and to reduce dental pain problems. It can be useful to have a book about such plants as part of your overall supplies. There are some harmful plants out there that you definitely want to avoid.

Keeping your Body Clean

The days of taking a shower at your leisure are going to be gone. Water that is for drinking is going to be very precious so you can’t waste it trying to stay clean. When you find a river or stream, you can use it to take a bath in. Even during the colder temperatures you can use the water to clean your arms, feet, and your face. Do what you can to keep your body clean as it will reduce the risk of germs that cause illness.


You may not have a desire to look like the wilderness gentlemen from Duck Dynasty. Yet shaving can prove to be hard when you are in an end of the world scenario. You may have a sharp knife you can or scissors you can use to at least cut the major growth. You may want to leave the rest on your face to offer protection from the elements.

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Edgar Gonzalez is the founder of Hunting Zombies. He's always had a passion for the outdoors and guns. When he's not clued to his computer, he can be found camping, off-roading or hunting. “Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for any significant change.” – Edgar


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