How to Handle Diarrhea in the Woods

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Today started out well but has suddenly and violently turned into a bad day.

Let me explain.  I have a bit of the trots, so today I’m:

I’m not sure where I got this diarrhea from.  I have my suspects though.  Likely it’s from my friends place I was at last night. He’s got 5 kids, and we all know kids are dirty, dirty little plague monkeys.  I want no one to get their knickers in a knot over this, it’s true. Children get into everything and carry disease.  Also, children have rather poor hygiene.

Now, have you all read what I wrote about how to poop in the woods? Well, clicky that link to the left and read it, because the same rules apply. Plus a few.

Getting diarrhea could be from an allergy to a food or a food that you’re not used to.  It could be from water high in sulphates, which will go away as soon as your body adjusts (sulphates generally come from deep water wells).  But almost always, if you have the case of the liquid trots it’s because of an infection, and this is bad.

You see, the bacteria or protozoa invade your intestines from whatever it is you ate and start absorbing nutrients and reproducing. Your body isn’t cool with this so it starts sending liquid down there and making you violently expel said liquid, taking much of the bad bugs with it. It’s your bodies way of flushing the bad and generally it works. There is a problem though, you get dehydrated, very dehydrated.

This is compounded by the fact that you’re out in the woods. Maybe you’re camping, or maybe the world has ended and you have your little camp in the middle of nowhere trying to survive.  So there are two things here:

  1. You want to live through this experience
  2. You want no one else to get sick.

You see, by having the violent trots, your poop and the (mostly) liquid will be laden with that bad bacteria, and you want it no where near your camp site, on your food, or near where your are going to be going. So here is what you are going to do:

What YOU Do:

You get yourself away from the camp. Not too far, mind, but far enough that your violent butt vomit won’t get anywhere near anything important.  In between buttsplosions, you drink as much clean water as you can.  Diarrhea is a killer in the third world, a major killer, simply because of dehydration. You must get hydrated.


Your friends will be responsible for making sure that the drinking water is properly disinfected. After all, this may have been a water borne issue and generally speaking water born disease will manifest itself in gastrointestinal issues.  They might make sure your water treatment equipment is functioning properly and maybe even double up on the disinfection by boiling the water. Bottom line is that you need to hydrate and that water needs to be clean and germ free. Your survival may depend on it.

You’ll also want to be able to clean yourself up.  Your friends will need to bring you clean butt rags, then when it’s all said and done help you get yourself clean and poop free.

So that’s all there is to it, pretty simple to keep yourself alive in a SHTF scenario where you get a rotten bum.  Make sure you locate yourself away. Make sure you have clean water (investing in proper water treatment is always a good idea). Keep hydrated, and keep clean and if you do it right you’ll steer yourself through this and hopefully not infect anyone else.

That’s it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go back to sittin’ on tha toilet.

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