A portable toilet is ideal for camping, hunting, boating, picnics, tailgate parties, and even far-flung worksites. The outdoor adventure enthusiast and frequent traveler appreciates the many styles, sizes, durable construction, and many features that are available to accommodate the specific occasion. A smaller version for an overnight camping trip is quite different from a larger one that is needed for a family that plans a week of traveling and may prefer a flush model that gives data on how many flushes there can be before the need of emptying.
RV parks, campsites, and boating marinas normally provide an appropriate area as a modern amenity, but when you are camping “in the wild,” the portable type needs to be set up every time you stop for a period of time.
Selection of the best model for you includes the speed and simplicity with which it can be set up with no assembly required, the type of ground at the particular rustic location that you have to cope with, perhaps three feet for stability, the comfort of the seat and having the bowl size of a standard toilet, sanitary features, the use of biodegradable wiping paper, a convenient waste disposal system such as specifically designed waste bags, the strength and stability considering the weight capacity for those who will be using it with the possibility of providing strength up to 500 pounds, that it can be folded up and packed up into a lightweight backpack or a type of briefcase, and maybe even has its own pop-up privacy tent.
The design and construction need to allow for optimized easy waste disposal. There are biodegradable sacks that are easy to dispose of in open countryside. They normally contain a special powder that turns the liquid waste into solids that can then be buried at least six inches deep and at least 100 yards from any water source.
One portable type has a five-gallon waste capacity and uses fresh water that is stored in a 3.2-gallon tank to do the flushing. The one-piece model is self-contained and is easily transported by a carrying handle. The waste tank is held onto the body by latches that are corrosion resistant. Between flushes, the waste tank is double sealed by a valve that prevents any leakages of liquid or odors. To empty, you unclip the waste tank, and there is a wide spout to allow easy emptying of the water tank.
Odors are a major item to avoid. Use a deodorizing eco-fresh packet and a scent proof garbage bag, particularly when emptying the wastewater to keep the smell in check. A good tip is to add a small amount of kitty litter to the bag bottom and finish the day putting a bit more over the top. That further reduces the smell and keeps it contained when you go back for multiple uses.
The portable toilets are hygienic, most are relatively inexpensive, and with modern designing have become much easier and more practical to use for the all-important “doing your business.”