Should You Bring Toilet Paper Backpacking?

By Michael Ferguson

When you are backpacking, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not you have enough toilet paper. Toilet paper is a necessity for any outdoor adventure and should be included in your packing list.

Not only does it provide comfort and hygiene, but it also helps to protect the environment from human waste and other pollutants.

When packing toilet paper for your trip, it’s important to consider the type of environment you will be in. If you are backpacking in a heavily wooded area, then you may want to bring extra toilet paper just in case there are no trees or bushes nearby for natural waste disposal.

It’s also important to be aware of any local regulations or restrictions on backcountry waste disposal.

When deciding how much toilet paper to bring on your trip, it’s important to think about how long you will be gone and how often you plan on using the facilities. If you will be out for an extended period of time, you may want to bring more than enough toilet paper so that it doesn’t run out halfway through your trip. Additionally, some parks have rules about leaving used toilet paper behind so make sure to check with local regulations before leaving any waste behind.

In addition to carrying enough toilet paper with you, it is also important to practice Leave No Trace principles when using the bathroom outdoors. This means burying all human waste at least six inches deep and at least 200 feet away from any water sources or trails. Additionally, if possible try not to use soap or other cleaning products when washing up outdoors as these can contaminate water sources.


Overall, bringing enough toilet paper while backpacking is essential for a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience. Not only do we need it for personal hygiene and comfort but also environmental protection from pollutants and contamination of water sources. Be sure to follow Leave No Trace principles when using the restroom outdoors and always check with local regulations before disposing of used items.