How To Make A Quick Latrine In The Woods
When camping you are likely to wonder how to make a quick latrine in the woods. Learning how to make a quick latrine in the woods is fast, easy, cost-effective and sanitary when done properly. There are several ways to make a quick latrine in the woods, however the best method does not require any special tools and can utilize what you already have. Remember never to build a latrine too close to the campsite or potable water as it could cause sanitation issues.
Things you'll need:
- Digging tool
- Scout a location. Walk about 100 yards from your campsite and begin scouting a location. Ensure that your location is in the woods, secluded or has some privacy. Do not pick a location that is closer than 100 yards to a water source for your campsite nor a pond, river or stream.
- Find a digging tool. Look around for a digging tool, preferably a shovel. Utilize a common object in the event you do not have a shovel. Various things can be used to dig a hole for a latrine in the woods such as a stick, can or plastic container.
- Dig the latrine. Dig the latrine in the woods using the digging tool from step two. Dig no deeper than six inches as the necessary microbes to break down the waster live in the soil no deeper than six inches. When building a latrine in the woods, the latrine opening should be just wide and long enough to straddle.
- Use the latrine. Use the latrine in the woods as necessary. Always cover the latrine in the woods with soil or dirt when finished using to prevent odor, insects and animals.
- Be careful not to drop objects into the latrine. It is a good idea to always empty your pockets before going to the latrine in the woods.