What to Do When There Is No Toilet Paper
We all need food, water, and shelter … and toilet paper. So when this commonplace commodity started disappearing near the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, people were justifiably concerned. Where is all the toilet paper? What are we going to do if we run out?
I remember walking past an open janitorial closet and seeing a box of those giant rolls of TP they use in public restrooms. I didn’t take any, but it was touch-and-go for a moment. Probably what stopped me was wondering what I would say if someone asked why I was carrying giant TP rolls on a broom handle, like some kind of janitorial weightlifter.
Whether it’s due to a pandemic, an incomplete shopping list, or just a sudden, sour stomach on a woodland hike, we’ve all had that terrible realization that we need toilet paper, but don’t have any. As they say, “It’s not if, it’s when.”
You probably don’t know this about me, but I had part of my large and small intestine removed over a decade ago. I now have a semi-colon. (That’s my favorite grammar/health joke, and I’m going to use it as often as possible until the day I die.) I’ve fully recovered, but this shortened digestive tract has led to more than my fair share of sudden bathroom visits.
As a result, you might call me a toilet-paper-prepper. I always have a spare roll in my vehicle. I keep some extra squares in a pocket of my running vest. And I had extra packages stored back years before this latest shortage started. But still, I’ve been caught unprepared. Like I said, it happens to all of us.
So to help out, and do my part for the good of humanity, I’ve created this humorous (but accurate) guide to surviving a toilet paper emergency. May it help to guide you through difficult times and potential embarrassments.
Scott Sexton is a TGN Trailblazer, a highly experimental gardener, an unrelenting weed-eater, and a largely non-profit herbalist (much to his wife’s chagrin). When Scott is not teaching foraging classes, testing out theories in the garden, or grazing in the forest, he can be found at his Facebook page, “A Forager’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.”