diy: bucket toilet

Proper sanitation may be considered a tertiary need (behind nourishment and shelter), but it should not be overlooked. Your long-term survival and comfort will rely as much on your ability to maintain basic sanitary needs as your ability to gather food and fresh water. In a short-term scarcity crisis, the threat is minimal. A lengthy period of time without fresh water, soaps, anti-bacterial compounds, and antibiotics will inevitably give rise to a host of life-threatening infections and disease.

This DIY is exceptionally easy and serves primarily as a call to action for basic sanitation. You can always go further, with chemical or composting toilets, and palettes of pre-moistened anti-bacterial wipes. But, be sure to add a 5 gallon bucket and a few hundred plastic grocery store bags to your essential supply list.