Whether you are going on an epic camping trip, out for an extended stay on the boat, or many other outdoor activities, it’s all fun in the sun until you got to go!
Now- here we are thinking about the bushes. Can anyone see me? Is there any poison ivy? The list could go on and on. What is a person to do, well this is the solution!
Traveling with a portable toilet can provide you a reliable solution for when you know you will be without a restroom, but you know you will need to go!
What Are Portable Toilets
I know you are thinking, well how can I bring the “John” along with me and what does it mean? Well as the name tells you, these toilets come with you wherever you are going.
A bit of history if you are interested. They come in different heights and are lightweight making them the perfect companion when Mother Nature calls!
What Styles of Portable Toilets Are There?
Now we have passed over the what, now let’s get into which one would you would choose. There are several types on the market.
The Bucket Toilet
First is the bucket toilet, which is the easiest to transport to your favorite spot. However, you will need to take care of the emptying of waste in a bag or by other means.
These are basic no frills, just a toilet seat and as the name suggests, a bucket.
The Foldable Toilet
The second type is the foldable toilet. This one is a space saver but just like the bucket toilet, you will have a comfortable spot to sit but the waste goes into a bowl with a plastic bag that will need to be disposed of. The pricing on these is a bit more expensive than the bucket toilet as well.
The Portable Flush Toilet
The last will be the gold standard for portable thrones, and it is the flush. These give you more of an at home experience, and they are higher in cost than the above ones but as with anything you get what you pay for. Usually one side holds the water, and another compartment holds the waste.
You will not get the satisfying whoosh of a flush like at your house, but it does the job since they are designed to conserve on water.
The waste in the other tank when full will need to be emptied at a pit site, home toilet, or sewage dumpsite.
In the end, it is up to you as far as comfort, budget, and how much you want to deal with it when it comes to a portable toilet.
The height of one is important because you want to make sure you get one that is comfortable for you. The flushable ones do come with tank indicators, so you will not overfill the waste section and have an accident. The Coleman is one example of a flushable on the market.
Tips for Using Your Portable Toilet
If you enjoy being outdoors and having convenience when you do have to go, then check out all the portable toilets on the market. The biggest thing is to keep it clean.
The best idea is to follow your manufactures requirements with the instructions that come with it.
A few tips are when not in use keep the lid closed. When the bucket toilet or the foldable toilet’s bag is half full, I would go ahead and empty it and wash out the bowl with some cleaner that smells pleasant to you.
There are even good smelling packets you can buy that helps breaks down waste faster which you can purchase! As always, follow what your manufacturer states that can be used in it.
One other point- do not forget the toilet paper!
Additional Reading: 5 Camping Essentials You Need for Your Next Trip