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Rolling Paper Alternatives and Substitutes

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So, you left your rollies at home, huh?

We’ve all been there, ready to smoke, realizing that your rolling papers are nowhere to be found. It always seems to happen when you’re far from civilization or after every store within a ten-mile radius is closed. Luckily, for those on vacation, staying in a hotel room, on a camping trip, hiking, or traveling, there are so many ways to make your own smoking pipe on the go!

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Ballin On a Budget, Cheap Rolling Papers

While you might currently be out of papers and are looking for a substitute, we suggest ordering a few cheap rolling papers now, so they can be shipped to you ASAP and you won’t find yourself in this predicament again anytime soon. Lucky for you, RPD has a huge selection of rolling papers and we deliver them discreetly, straight to your door!

Three of our most cost-effective rolling papers are RAW single wides, Plain White 1 1/4, and Elements King Size, which will let you roll your own smokes for just pennies!

Nevertheless, if you’re in a pinch, read on to find out how to craft great rolling paper alternatives.

Elements King Size Slim

Plain White Rolling Papers 1 1/4

RAW Classic King Size Slim

The Dangers of Substituting Household Items for Rolling Papers

Rolling paper substitutes and alternatives can be made from common household items, cheap produce, and even things you can find in a hotel room. You may be surprised at what smoking gadgets you can create quickly and easily when you’re stuck without papers. The issue with these rolling paper substitutes is that they should NOT be used on a daily basis and only used as a last resort. These makeshift pipes are meant to be used when impromptu emergency smoke sessions arise and aren’t ever meant to replace your rolling papers, pre-rolled cones, or pipes.

When you use tin foil, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, or anything else not meant to be smoked, you put yourself at risk for health issues. When these items are heated up, they release toxins which will then end up in your lungs. Please remember to think twice before you DIY a pipe with household items as they are unsafe for your health.

How to Make a Steamroller Pipe at Home

If you forget or lose your rolling papers, instead of tossing out the cardboard found in the middle of a paper towel or toilet paper roll, you can save your camping trip in more ways than one! Toilet paper roll pipes, or better known as “steamrollers”, are super easy to use for smoking and require minimal materials. Here’s what you’ll need to DIY a cardboard tube pipe:

  • Empty roll of toilet paper or paper towels
  • Something sharp, like a knife
  • A small piece of tin foil
  • Clear tape
  • Pen or pencil
  • Toothpick

The toilet paper roll should be cardboard (remove all of the T.P. from the roll). First, tape one end of the roll so that air can’t get through. Then, using scissors or a knife, cut a square or circle hole about an inch in diameter on one side of the toilet paper roll. To make a carb, make another hole to the left or the right of the first hole, about 1/2 inches away using a pencil or pen, and make sure your finger can cover it. Next, cut a piece of foil that is big enough to cover the first hole you cut out. Create a “bowl” by forming the tinfoil over your thumb and stick it in the hole on top of the tube. Poke small holes all around the foil piece with a toothpick so that air and smoke from the tobacco can travel through it when you’re smoking. Once assembled, throw the tobacco on top of the foil, and light up for an easy fix on the road!

How to Make a Tin Foil Smoking Pipe

No rolling papers around but have your tin foil hat handy? Using tin foil for a substitute pipe is an easy and convenient method. Wrap a piece of aluminum around a pencil or something around the same size (straw, pen, screwdriver, etc.) and make it into a cone or cylinder shape. Make sure to leave extra tin foil at the end of the rolled portion so you have room to gently bend and lightly twist the foil cylinder/cone upwards to make a bowl. Be sure there is a small air path so air and smoke can pass through. Nothing else is required but filling the bowl and lighting it up! Tin foil pipes are easy, quick and disposable for when you need something in a hurry.

How to Use Bible Pages to Roll Your Own Holy Smokes

We’ve heard that receipt paper and phone book paper don’t quite work as well as other rolling paper substitutes. Receipts are coated with a light plastic and the ink is heavy, while the text and texture of phone book paper aren’t ideal either. Surprisingly, the potentially controversial use of Bible pages come highly recommended to roll tobacco with. The paper is thin and many smokers say that it rolls just like rolling papers. It is recommended to use pages without ink found in the front or back. Once you find the perfect inkless page, roll it up, just as you would with your traditional rolling papers.

How to DIY an Apple Pipe

So you’re at the farmers market without rolling papers… Instead of finding household items to build your new pipe out of, why not try something all natural?

In just a minute or two, you can make an apple pipe that many smokers prefer because it produces such a smooth hit. To create your own eco-friendly pipe you will need:

  • One large apple
  • Knife or sharp, small object
  • Pen
  • Toothpick

First, scour the farmers market or grocery store for a nice, large apple. Once the perfect apple has been acquired, rinse with water and remove the stem. Using a toothpick, poke holes straight down, halfway through the core. Next, using a hollowed out pen, make a hole halfway down by sticking it straight through the side of the apple. Make sure the hole made by the pen, lines up with the toothpick holes you made earlier. To make the carb, use the pen again to poke a hole where your thumb rests naturally. Remove any bits of apple from the pen and use as a mouthpiece. All that’s left to do is to place tobacco over the top of the apple and light it! You will be surprised how smooth this is compared to many other methods – including rolling papers – and some smokers actually prefer this method!

Using Empty Cigarette Tubes for Legal Smoking Herbs

Next time your buddy offers you a cigarette, but you want your preferred herb of choice instead use the cigarette paper to roll your own. A simple way to get the taste of your own tobacco and herb products is to empty out the cigarette by twisting the contents around until they leave the paper. Once you have the empty cigarette paper, fill it with your tobacco of choice. Make sure you are careful during this process as the paper can be easily torn or ripped. Tear the filter off delicately, but seal it by twisting a bit, so you don’t swallow the contents. This way you’ll get the full taste and effects of your herb of choice. Just like that, you’re done and all that’s left to do is puff puff pass it along.

Recycling a Soda Can Into a Smoking Pipe

Instead of throwing out your PBR cans after a night of partying, recycle one into an easy to use pipe! After the can is empty and rinsed out, simply dent the area to put tobacco on and poke small holes in the dent to allow smoke to pass through the can. Once the can is assembled, place the tobacco in the dented, makeshift bowl and light it! Draw the smoke from the top of the can where you would usually drink the liquid from. Using the can method is good in a pinch, but tends to be a harsher hit and can get hot to the touch pretty quickly, so proceed with caution.

Presto! Make an instant pipe with the Presto Pipe

The Presto Pipe is a great way to being prepared, when you aren’t prepared. Throw it in your backpack, center console, nightstand, or anywhere you need to be ready to smoke at a moments notice. It’s so easy to use, just cut a hole in the side of the can or bottle towards the bottom, and screw in the presto pipe. Add your herb of choice and light it up! When you’re done, unscrew the Presto Pipe and recycle the bottle. This smoking accessory is perfect for the hiker, camper, festivalgoer, or outdoorsy type who enjoys smoking on the go.

How to Make a Gravity Water Pipe at Home

Beloved by many smokers, the gravity water pipe has been saving the party when there were no rolling papers around for decades. All materials needed for this D-I-Y project can be found around your home and are easy to come by. To get started you will need:

  • 2-liter bottle
  • 1-liter bottle
  • Paperclip
  • Aluminum foil
  • Knife or box cutter
  • Scissors

First, cut off the bottom of the 1-liter bottle, but only about 2 inches using scissors. If you cut off too much, you won’t have enough room to fill the bottle with smoke. Next, cut the top off of the 2-liter bottle and fill it up with water. Using the box cutter or knife, cut a hole in the 1-liter bottle lid, making an “x”. Then, place the aluminum foil over the bottle cap and poke a few holes for ventilation. Push the 1-liter bottle down into the water making sure the cap stays above water. Carefully twist the cap onto the bottle and put the tobacco on top of your makeshift “bowl”. Light the tobacco and lift the 1-liter bottle as it fills with smoke. Once you’re ready to smoke, remove the tin foil bowl and push down as you inhale the smoke.

This classic method is probably the most popular among seasoned smokers who know how to keep the party going.

These are all wonderful ways to smoke on the go, but for the best smoking experience, it’s better to be prepared. Check out some of Rolling Paper Depot’s top selling products, and enjoy a better smoking session.

So, you left your papers at home? Luckily, there are several ways to make your own smoking pipe on the go! Here are some of RPD's favorite alternatives!

Register Roll Buying Guide

Using the correct receipt paper for your POS system is imperative to ensuring it functions properly. Both the type of paper and the size of the paper you’re using can affect performance. So go ahead and grab a roll of your existing paper, and let’s get started!

What is Receipt Paper Made Of?

Most recept paper is made of base paper; ordinary paper made from wood pulp.

  • Carbonless paper starts out as base paper which is then coated with micro-encapsulated dye or ink, or a reactive clay, to produce multiple copies of the same receipt during printing.
  • Thermal receipt paper also starts out as base paper which is then coated with micro-encapsulated dye or ink. A layer of primer that fills the empty spaces between surface fibers is then applied to the paper, providing a smooth surface for printing. This precoat layer also acts as a stabilizer that absorbs the activated dye mixture after printing.

Traditional register roll paper is the most basic of all the types of register roll paper.

What is Traditional Printing Paper?

Traditional POS paper is just what it sounds like – traditional paper. It is ideal for situations where only one copy of a receipt is needed.

How Does Traditional POS Paper Work?

Traditional POS paper is printed upon with a standard register ribbon.

As it prints, the ink from the register ribbon is left on the paper, leaving behind clear, defined print.

When two copies of a receipt are needed, carbonless printing paper is the way to go.

What is Carbonless Printing Paper?

Carbonless paper features a convenient two-ply design which produces both a yellow and a white copy. This results in both a copy for you and a copy for the customer. This type of paper is often used in credit card machines.

How Does Carbonless Paper Work?

Carbonless paper uses a traditional register printer with a standard register ribbon.

The ribbon prints onto the first copy, just as with traditional paper.

As it prints, the pressure from the printing transfers a copy onto the second sheet for a duplicate print.

Thermal printing paper eliminates the need for ink ribbons, relying on heat, instead, to produce print.

What is Thermal Printing Paper?

Thermal printing is a digital printing process which produces a printed image by selectively heating a special fine paper called thermochromic paper (thermal paper), as the paper passes over the thermal print head. It is often used in point-of-purchase machines and credit card machines.

How Does Thermal Paper Work?

Heat from the printer is directed in a specific and detailed manner to generate print writing.

Typically, the print will be black in color.

Adhesive register rolls stick to your desired surface and stay in place.

What is Sticky Media Roll Paper?

Sticky media roll paper has adhesive coating, which allows it to be adhered to any surface it is placed on. It can be repositioned as needed.

How does Sticky Media Roll Paper Work?

It is perfect for keeping receipts in place.

Sticky media can be used as both a label and a receipt to streamline to-go and made to order establishments.

How Wide is Receipt Paper?

Receipt paper rolls range in width from 38 mm up to 4 1/2″. Once you know what kind of paper you need, use our printable register roll sizing guide to find the right width for your machine.

  1. Print this guide on standard 8 ½” x 11″ paper.
  2. Line up one of your current register rolls along the guide to determine the width of the roll you need.
  3. Order away!

Download Sizing Guide

Is Receipt Paper Recyclable?

Receipt paper is recyclable just like many other forms of paper. There are concerns, however, regarding the Bisphenol A (BPA) coating on some thermal receipt paper. BPA is a plastic component that is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Recycling receipts coated in BPA will contaminate other recycled paper, therefore increasing human exposure to BPA. The only way to know if a receipt paper is coated in BPA is to take it to a lab, so there really is no way to separate those receipts from non-BPA coated ones.

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We compare the types of receipt paper to help you choose the best option for your cash registers! Find the answers to your questions in our guide!