Survival Uses: Toilet Paper Rolls

It’s the end of the world people. Cities are being plunged into chaos. The National Guard is being called in to help. We the people are left to figure things out on our own. Today, we begin our two-week segment on how to use everyday items for survival purposes. To begin we will start with the first item to sell out in stores, toilet paper.

Blade Sleeve

All knives and melee weapons come with its own sleeve, so we don’t put much thought into it until it is gone. Without a cover chance are you’ll end up getting cut. With exposed cuts, you could end up with any infection. It might be temporary, but it’s better than nothing. First, you want to flatten the tube. Next, tape up one end. This will come in handy when you are deep in battle and need a quick covering.


Pest Trap

Bugs and mosquitoes are known carriers of diseases. These diseases will exhilarate in doomsday situations. Punch two-hole at one end of a roll. Then, string it through to hang it up. Finally, put double-sided tape all over the outside of the roll and the open ends. Don’t forget before sealing up the tube to put a small piece of fruit in it to attract them.


Boot Dryer

Wet feet is a terrible feeling. It could also lead to fungal infections like athlete’s foot disease. Toilet paper rolls can help the boot dry faster. How it works is when you take your boots off at night slip them in. This will allow the boots to stand up and allow the circulation of air speeding up the drying process.


Seedling Garden

Gardening will become your number one source of food. Some crops like beans and radishes need to get accustomed to the soil before it can begin growing. To do this they’ll have to start as planted else anywhere until they grow into baby forms or seedlings. To make one you’ll need a couple of rolls and a shallow plastic bin. You’ll want to start by make one-inch cuts, half an inch apart from other around one end of a roll. Then, you’ll fold this end into the inside of the roll. Finally, line the bin with these rolls and fill with soil. Using toilet paper rolls makes it biodegradable, so you can plant them directly into the garden.


Eyeglass Case

Those who are visually impaired know how terrible it is to lose their glasses. During the apocalypse, the glasses on your face will be the last pair you’ll own. You’ll need to do whatever you can to protect it. A simple protection case is better than nothing. To make You’ll cut a tube lengthwise down one side. Tuck in the sides and glue them. Fold up one end and glue that also. Secure the edges with binder clips until the glue dries. To personalize it wrap it with a funky fabric you like and secure it around the tube with glue.

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M.L. Lewis

Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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