The portable camp toilet has become an important and comfortable part of camper accessories. Portable toilets come in many shapes and sizes and can be used either for camping or in every day life.
I was kind of sceptical, when I bought my first portable toilet years ago because...
...cleaning them out the next day just didn't sound like my idea of fun, but when I figured out all the benefits of the portable, it became one of my favorite accessories.
The portable camp toilet can be used in any kind of vehicle. Car, motorhome, truck or even a boat and they will save the day when you really have to go while there are no public toilets around. And even if they are, chances are that they'll be in a sorry shape and even awfully dirty.
And if for some reason the toilet in your home breaks down...well, you can always use your camping toilet while you sort things out.
There are three basic designs available for the portable camp toilet...
The folding or collapsible camping toilets are the smallest and lightest among portable toilets, therefore are more then suitable for any kind of camping style, even hiking and back packing.
Most of these camping toilets look and function like a small camping chair. Instead of the seat, there is a hole or a lid for you to sit on. To hold the waste, these toilets use disposable liners or plastic bags, which are simply sealed and discarded after use. A very sanitary and simple solution.
This lightweight and reasonably priced portable camp toilet is preferred among hikers and backpackers.
Another simple solution is the bucket toilet. A very simple device again, with a bucket of various sizes to choose from, neatly hidden underneath the toilet seat and the lid. Aside from the bucket itself, you can of course use disposable plastic toilet bags to eliminate the regular cleaning process.
This bucket is rather bulky, but a very simple, durable and almost maintenance-free device, which can sometimes be a good option for homemade campers.
The flush toilet like the Thetford Campa Potti MT is as close you get to the comfort of your home. It's made from two separate water tanks, with the upper one containing the fresh flushing water and the toilet bowl with the lid, while the lower tank is naturally used for waste water.
They come in a variety of sizes as far as the water capacity goes, so the choice is entirely up to you. The larger the capacity, the more waste will you be able to store inside of them.
The flushing is done by a simple water pump, which can be operated either manually or by means of electrical power.
The waste of course can become awfully smelly of course do to chemical reactions, specially in the summer time. For that reason the waste water tank will have to be treated with bio-degradable solutions that help to dissolve the waste and the toilet paper.
Well all that is only partially true, because if you use the portable camp toilet on regular bases, you'll be discarding the waste almost every day or so, therefore the bio-degradable solution will not have enough time to do the job. But use it any way, you will eliminate the odors.
That of course is not a problem if you stay in a camping site or close to designated waste dumps, but if you enjoy free camping as much as I do, you will have to use other solutions.
The flush toilet can of course be used using the liners or plastic bags I discussed above. And use it only when you really have to. But use the nature otherwise. Remember not to leave a nasty surprise for others, so use a camping shovel to dig a hole just to neatly cover everything up. A very clean job, just remember to put the toilet paper in a separate bag...
Flush toilets will of course need some minor regular maintenance before longer storage.
Washing and cleaning them thoroughly on daily basis is self understanding I guess. For longer storage, I just fill up the waste water tank with water, add the bio- degradable solution, shake it up for a minute or so and let it sit there for the day, so the solution has the time to do the job. After this treatment discard the water, rinse the tank thoroughly and let it dry by leaving all the openings open. And don't forget to treat all the rubber seals...olive oil will do just fine.
Another thing you want to remember is not to have any or at least too much water inside below freezing temperatures. Frozen water expands, so you might expect a big mess...
A portable camp toilet can help you out in many cases. Its a very practical and simple device that can be used just about anywhere. It's only up to you when and where will you use it. Sometimes there is nothing like taking it at home...
If you're out searching for a portable, check out the Amazon search box just below. You will find a variety of toilets with reviews from other users, just to make sure that you buy the thing you're looking for. Sharing is caring after all...