No one wants to think about it, but the truth is, everyone has to use the bathroom, and just because you are on a camping trip, your bowels and bladder aren’t going to suspend operations. That’s why you need to think about camping toilets in the planning stages of your trip to the wilderness.
If you went camping a few decades ago, you would have to be happy with some toilet paper and a private spot in the trees. Luckily, today there are actual camp toilets that you can park a ways away from your site and use without having to put on a show for the animals.
So, how do you choose the best camping toilet? The answer is through sort of a process of elimination. There are some basic questions that you’ll want to ask yourself to determine just what sort of toilet is best for your camping trip.
Once you have those basic questions answered, then the type of toilet that you choose will depend upon how much money you are planning on spending, and the type of toilet that you prefer. If you are urban camping where there is a bathroom on the campgrounds you may not need a camp toilet at all, or you may be able to make do with a makeshift toilet that you have just for emergencies.
Camping toilet ideas abound by the hundreds and there are lots of different camping toilets on the market as well as dozens of makeshift toilets as well. Here are some of the common types of camping toilets out there.
Portable toilets for camping exist in just about every type of camping toilet out there. However, the specific type that we will be discussing here is the collapsible toilet.
For those who are backpacking or who have to carry gear a long way, the standard portable toilet may be too much to carry. They are usually big and bulky and need to be brand new or cleaned thoroughly before you will want to carry them.
A collapsible toilet usually breaks down flat and will fit into a backpack or other carrying bag. They may not be completely clean so you want to cover them with a garbage bag if transporting between uses before you put them in your pack.
Camping toilet bags are the accessory that goes along with the portable or collapsible toilet. There are a few things that you want to keep in mind when it comes to disposable bags. First, you want to make sure that you get a toilet that will allow you to have somewhat of a choice.
There are toilets out there that make it extremely difficult to attach anything but bags that they sell, and if you run out at camp, Amazon may not be able to deliver you more. It would be beneficial to be able to use a garbage or grocery bag when this happens, although you want to double or triple bag in this case to prevent leaks.
That is the other thing about these bags. Some of them are very flimsy and will not hold waste very well. Make sure you check product reviews before you buy.
The last thing is buying a comfortable toilet seat. The collapsible toilets, bucket toilets or any other camp toilet that you find do not always have the most comfortable seats, which can make going to the bathroom a pain.
However, there are cushioned seats out there, many that are scented to mask odors, that you can fit on top of your portable toilet and have all of the comforts of home right out there in the woods.