Hey there campers and welcome to my post where I will share my three best portable toilets for camping this year. As we spend time reveling in the great outdoors, it is still unavoidable that we need to answer the call of nature. And whilst this is all part of the experience, it is in the middle of the night that this can become a little more ‘inconvenient’.
It is at these times that camping definitely becomes a little more enjoyable when you have a reliable portable toilet. So, stay with me here as I check out some good options for camping below…
My three recommended portable toilets for camping
I will review these in more detail below, but if you just want to get moving without all the carry-on, my recommended products are listed here for your convenience:
What are portable camping toilets?
In simple terms, camping toilets are a hygienic and convenient way to manage human waste whilst out and about in the great outdoors. Their advantage is that they can be used in the campsite (either in the tent or behind a cover) at times when amenities are not available – or to be honest – if it is too cold to go there in the middle of the night.
Whilst they are generally used for ‘number 1’ only, most camping toilets contain two compartments, one for waste and one for liquid to flush with. Both contain chemicals to break down the waste to keep the toilet clean, hygienic and odour free.
What should you be looking for?
Below are some of the main factors you should take into account as you shop for a good portable toilet for camping:
- Type of toilet
- Size of toilet
- Ease of cleaning
Type of toilet
There are lots of varieties of portable toilets to choose from on the market today. Here is a short list of them:
- Dry flush toilet – This type of portable toilet operates using mylar liner bags that fit inside of the bowl. As the toilet is used, the liner bag collapses and twists as it is flushed, sealing the waste in an airtight configuration.
- Folding toilet – This kind is a space saver because the product’s size is significantly reduced to carry and store easily in any small space. Such a toilet is best for backpacking activities and once set up, you wrap any six to eight-gallon bags over the product, which will catch any waste you put inside. After use, you can simply pull the bag out and dispose of it properly.
- Bucket toilet – With this type of toilet, a bucket covered with a disposal bag collects the body waste and works in similar fashion as the first type of dry toilet above. It is highly recommended that two bucket toilets are used here for both types of waste.
- Waste-tank toilet – If you are looking for the convenience of answering nature’s call in the same way you do it in your homes, the porta-potty toilet is for you. This portable toilet can be flushed using water and have tanks for water and waste matter. The latter is detachable, which helps you get rid of the waste it collected into specialised waste disposal sites.
Size of toilet
The size of a portable toilet is essential during transportation and determines its comfort while in use. Ask yourself the following questions about all toilets in general:
- Are the dimensions of the toilet small enough to fit in your car?
- Is the toilet seat comfortable for you to sit in?
- Is the toilet going to work for other uses such as your boat or RV as well?
As with all camping gear, it it the type of activity you are choosing determines this factor. If you are backpacking, toilets with waste tanks may be a bit cumbersome making foldable ones a better option. At this point, I recommend that you purchase a portable toilet that is easy to transport while also meeting your needs, particularly in terms of space. Some models weigh as little as 3 pounds and are easily moved, whereas others weigh 13 pounds and are more difficult to move.
The weight of portable toilets varies due to the materials used to make them. Despite their light weight, choose models that are strong enough to withstand harsh weather conditions (especially if you’re camping) and can easily withstand heavy loads.
Ease of cleaning
Waterless toilets have some apparent advantages; there is no need for deep cleaning; simply replace the disposal bags. On the other hand, you will need a deodorizer or cleaning agent for cleaning flush toilets. So read the included instructions carefully to see what might be most suitable. Occasionally, samples will be included upon purchase of the product.
Other potential additions include:
- Tissue holder – This addition helps keep the tissue paper within your reach as you answer nature’s call.
- Toilet chemicals – These help in dealing with the odor of waste collected by the portable toilet.
- Camping toilet tent – With this feature, you are provided with privacy when using the loo.
- Carrying bag – Foldable portable toilets typically have carrying bags to store the product when not in use quickly.
Is a camping toilet worth it?
Let me paint you a word picture. You are in a tent or RV, it’s cold outside and you need to tinkle. Trust me, at this point you will certainly consider a camping toilet worth the effort
What do I use?
For camping, we use a small, water flushing portable toilet for use in the middle of the night. It does need water and chemicals but it is easy to set up and easily cleaned after use. It would not suit hikers who camp however for us, where we take a ‘truckload’ with us, it is the perfect fit for our small family.
My three recommendations broken down
So based on the information above and my own experience, I recommend the following options:
1. TRIPTIPS Portable Folding Toilet
Backpackers will not need to worry about responding to nature’s call with this foldable portable toilet. It is extremely portable and lightweight and uses a dry bag to collect waste. And if you choose not to use it in that capacity, you can set it up and transform it into a camping chair as well. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Triptips
- Type: Foldable portable toilet
- Dimension: 11.6 x 12.3 x 11.6 inches
- Weight: 2.64 pounds
- Weight limit: 220 pounds
- Waterproof carrying bag
- Lid for toilet use
- Lid for use as a chair
Why have I chosen it?
This is a great option for all types of camping as it is lightweight, easy to use, and simple to clean. Any standard six to eight-gallon bag will do as a waste collector for this portable toilet and the construction quality includes a water-resistant oxford cloth and a density board, making it very sturdy and comfortable to use.
2. PLAYBERG Portable Travel Toilet
The next product is a travel toilet with an integrated toilet paper holder and a regular sized seat for added comfort. For easy clean-up, you can utilize eight-gallon bags to collect any waste. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Playberg
- Type: Bucket portable toilet
- Dimension: 14 x 17 x 16 inches
- Weight: 5.5 pounds
- Weight limit: 250 pounds
- Toilet paper holder
- Removable lid
- Waste pail
Why have I chosen this?
Made from durable plastic, this portable toilet is sturdy and lightweight. It is integrated with a built-in toilet paper holder to keep in place this essential hygiene item and a removable cover that seals in odour.
3. SereneLife Outdoor Portable Toilet
With this final portable potty is similar to the option I use. It is a flushable toilet which provides odour free and hygienic convenience for larger families or longer trips. It is not as portable as others but perfect for any outdoor use. See its specifications below:
- Brand: SereneLife
- Type: Waste-tank portable toilet
- Dimension: 16.5 x 14.6 x 16.9 inches
- Weight: 11.25 pounds
- Weight limit: 330 pounds
- Waste holding tank
- Freshwater tank
- Splash proof
- Carrying bag
- User manual
Why have I chosen this?
This is a great option for family camping as the tanks of the product ensure effective dealing of waste with a splash-free rotating pour spout and separate waste container. As above, it is not as portable as others however it does come with a carry bag to make transportation just that little bit easier.
There you have it, my three best portable toilets for camping this year. I hope it has been helpful and as usual, please let me know of your experiences with them.
Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections, or would like me to check anything else out for you.
Until next time