It is very sad to go to the most beautiful corners of our country and find that there are parts that look like a public bathroom, that's why we took on the task of looking for this information to create a little awareness and so that we can enjoy our incredible natural resources without inconvenience.
1- Before leaving your house, decide what you will do regarding the toilet paper. If you insist on carrying it, you are already warned that you will have to carry the used paper with you, preferably in a double bag. A more ecological method can be using "natural toilet paper": leaves, branches, etc.
2- When you feel the need to go, always let someone in the group know where you are going. This way, they can be vigilant and if you don't come back after a while, they will look for you to make sure you're okay.
3-Go deep into the forest so that people can no longer see you. If it is already dark, do not go too far from your camp, ask someone to accompany you and always carry a flashlight with you. Find a location at least 30 meters (100 feet) from your camp and road, and 60 meters (200 feet) from any water source.
4-Once you get to the desired place, take a stick (or a small shovel) and make a hole no more than 15 cm (6 inches) deep (the bacteria that decompose these wastes do not live deeper than that ). This hole will act as a toilet.
5-Do your business in the hole and take care of the stationery.
6- Use a stick to put dirt on your waste, so that the bacteria of the earth can decompose it more easily. Then completely cover the material you placed in the hole with soil.
7-Put the dirty toilet paper, if you used it, in a zipper freezer bag so you can take it with you.
8-Go to your camp and wash / disinfect your hands.
Alpine or winter conditions
1-Please do not defecate in the snow. When the snow melts, someone will find your "gift", as well as the possibility that the waste may mix with the runoff and contaminate some water resource.
2-Instead, walk until you find dirt, or carry it (in a double bag of cat litter or in a "litter tube").
Another alternative, if you are camping on a glacier, is to find a small, deep crevice.
1-Do not bury your stool in the desert. Since the waste will not decompose due to the lack of bacteria in the dry desert soil.
2-Instead, find a rock away from where the people are and do it there..
3-Spread the waste with a stick or a stone until it forms a thin layer. Leave the remains scattered uncovered and the sun will quickly break them down and disinfect the area.
It is easier if you lean against a tree, just try not to do it on the tree.
For the health of all, do not leave traces of toilet paper and properly bury your waste. Doing the opposite is very unpleasant and irresponsible.
Instead of taking the used paper and running the risk of contaminating your backpack, throw the paper in the hole you dug for your disposal, set it on fire and when it's finished burning cover it with dirt until the fire is completely extinguished.
If it's cold outside, using a little petroleum jelly earlier can minimize cleaning and speed up the whole process.
In desert conditions, "sprinkling" with a pile of soft, sandy soil from under a nitrogen-fixing shrub (mesquite, palo verde, acacia) can work as a toilet paper substitute.
Some animals and insects are attracted to the smell, so make sure you always go to the bathroom somewhere away from camp.
Never leave camp without notifying someone. This is for your own safety, in case you get injured or an accident happens while you are away.
Make sure you are not near a thorny bush. This can hurt a lot! The same goes for poison ivy or poison oak.
If you dig a hole, keep the shovel from touching your waste.
Defecate at least 200 feet (60 meters) from any water source, as you could contaminate the water.
If you are in the forest, it is very easy to get lost quickly, even during the day, since everything seems the same in any direction. Make sure you know how to get back to camp, even if you don't walk very far.
Things you will need
Toilet paper (optional)
A small shovel (you can use a stick, but it would be more difficult)
A closable bag (like the ones in the freezer)
Disinfecting gel for hands
This excursion can take place from to
This is not recommended for pregnant women, people with neck or back problems, people with haemophilia, asthma or epilepsy or for people with heart problems.