this is a personalized take on another camping hack that i have seen floating all around pinterest/buzzfeed/etc
i couldn't make the original because i apparently don't buy the correct quantity of ground coffee in a plastic tub. this is the container from the 11.3 oz size of ground folgers.
i have sometimes in the past, but that canister is currently in use as my "washing kit" for travel and camping.
so i was working with the small size, which does not hold an entire roll of toilet paper.
good thing it's not too hard to swap out the roll at 3/4 full.
sorry, i didn't have a photographer, but this one is easy to do without a lot of step by step.
wash coffee canister. make a cut down the side at least a 1/4 of an inch wide and as tall as a roll of toilet paper. i started it with a pocket knife and used titanium shears to cut it, but i suspect that was overkill. tough scissors should do it. i was using what was already on the coffee table.
for the large sized canister you can use a full roll, or if you don't buy the giant mega super charmin family size garganutan rolls that i do, normal ones probably fit in the 11.3oz sized canister.
this is the first draft. it was not quite right. if you look closely at the top of the cut in the plastic, the tissue is squeezed. this did not pull out smoothly and ripped.
you can see the rip from the inside
riiiiipped! if you look carefully past the flash, you can see the top of the tissue catching on the plastic and making a little tissue wad
cut a little taller and a little wider.
yay! there's the correct fit! the tissue pulls out smoothly and cleanly, no tears. and the container is small enough to fit under some car seats or in shoe pockets on the back of the driver's seat, unlike the full sized coffee canister.
so the original hack is to take this camping, and you can tie a string through the canister for hanging on a tree or campground bathroom door. (you ever go to a campground in the off season? be glad they unlocked the restrooms and turned on the water, but don't count on TP!)
personally, i will be taking it to the beach this weekend. not camping but good for the road trip and for dealing with excess sunscreen spatters.
this seems like an excellent way to have tissues at the ready in the car for those of you with kids. cheaper than fancy kleenex boxes and better protected from sticky small ones.