Camping Toilet

To Make Camping a Little Nicer

It does not matter how you are camping.  A camping toilet is just a nice thing to have.  OK, some of us guys could care less about where we do our business, but not everyone feels that way.

A camping toilet is a good way to keep all the campers happy.

It really does not matter if you are camping in a tent or an RV, you can always find room for one of these.  They are a great way for all of us to do our part in protecting our environment while enjoying the great outdoors.

Amazon is where I would look for the best options using the search term camping toilet.  (#ad)


If your camper, or tent for that matter, doesn't have traditional toilet plumbing, you still have several options to consider:

  • Portable Camping Toilets: These are self-contained units that are easy to install. They come in different styles and sizes, but essentially, they have a freshwater holding tank and a waste tank. Once the waste tank is full, it needs to be manually emptied. This is a suitable option if you don't mind handling the waste yourself.
  • Cassette Toilets: These toilets are similar to portable camping toilets but are often designed to be more permanently installed within the RV or camper. They have a built-in removable cassette waste tank that can be easily accessed and emptied when full.
  • Composting Toilets: These types of toilets decompose waste into compost with the help of carbon additives (like sawdust or coconut coir). They are eco-friendly as they don't require water or chemicals and are odor-free if used correctly. The two types of composting toilets are self-contained (where the composting takes place in the toilet itself) and central (where waste is transported to a remote composting unit).
  • Disposable Bags Toilets: These toilets typically involve a seat and stand with a removable bag to collect waste. After each use, you tie up the bag and dispose of it accordingly. Some bags contain chemicals that turn solid and liquid waste into a gel for easier and less messy disposal.
  • Bucket Toilets: In a pinch, a simple 5 or 6-gallon bucket with a snap-on toilet seat can work as a temporary bathroom solution. Disposable liners are often used to collect waste for easy disposal.

Each of these options comes with its own pros and cons and varying levels of convenience versus maintenance. It's crucial to consider your comfort level with waste handling and disposal, the frequency and duration of your camping trips, and your budget when determining the best option for your needs.

Porta Pottis, or portable toilets for camping, are quite popular due to their versatility and simplicity of use, especially in campers without existing toilet plumbing. Several factors should be taken into account when choosing a porta potti:

  • Size and Capacity: You'll first want to consider the dimensions of the porta potti to ensure it fits in your available space. Capacity is another crucial factor. You need to check the capacity of both the freshwater tank (for flushing) and the waste tank to ensure they meet your needs. Larger capacities mean less frequent emptying, but at the cost of added weight and space.
  • Built Quality and Durability: Look for a well-constructed porta potti that can withstand regular use and potentially bumpy rides. The material should be durable, non-corrosive, and leak-proof.
  • Ease of Use: Choose a model with an easy-to-use clean and flush mechanism. You might also want to look for one that comes with a water level indicator for both the wash and waste tank.
  • Ease of Cleaning & Emptying: It is important that the waste holding tank is easily detachable for emptying and cleaning. Some models come with a swivel spout or other features that make emptying easier and more hygienic.
  • Comfort and Design: Comfort may also sway your decision. Some port pottis have more of a traditional toilet seat and height, while others are more squat in design. A lid can be useful to keep odors at bay when not in use.

Most porta pottis require specific products, which are often sold by the same manufacturer. Two types of chemicals are needed, toilet rinse is added to the flush-water tank to ensure a more effective and smoother flush. It often has a pleasant smell and helps to maintain the toilet bowl's cleanliness. Waste holding tank fluid is necessary for the waste tank. It helps break down waste and toilet paper, reducing gas build-up and controlling odor.

Enzyme-based or bacteria-based chemicals are generally more environmentally friendly than formaldehyde-based ones. Remember to use these chemicals as directed in the user manual, overuse can lead to damage to your porta potti and the environment.



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