When you go out into the wilderness for a camp or are going for a long trek over rugged land, there are a few things that you may want to bring with you.
Some of these are obvious, like food, water, and maybe a change of clothes or two. However, some we don’t really consider that much.
A good example is toilets. Normally, when you get to a campsite, there is at least one toilet facility on the grounds.
But when you are out in the wild, there are going to be no toilets, not even an outhouse.
In this situation, you can do one of two things: pop a squat or bring your own toilet.
If you decide for the latter, then you have to know what kinds of toilet there are available to bring and which of these toilets is the best.
In this article, we will look at the best portable toilets around and why they are good for camping.
Best Portable Toilets For Camping
OUR TOP PICK
We will start with the simplest toilet, that also functions as one of the most versatile.
This is simply a toilet seat with snap on clips that can attach to any five gallon bucket you may have around.
In a pinch, when you are in a bug-out shelter with only a bucket available, it is perfect for a DIY toilet.
However, you should always, always put a garbage bag in the bucket before you use it.
Trust us, it makes cleaning up better, and you don’t absolutely ruin a perfectly good bucket.
It is a great little invention, as the seat is lightweight, durable, portable, easy to maintain and clean, and very easy to store, as once you are done with it, you can simply fold it up and put it away.
The best brand on the market right now is Emergency Brand Snap-on Toilet seat.
They make a lot of toilet based products for outdoor use, but this is certainly one of the best.
This toilet is almost as simple as the snap-on, but it provides a bit of a survival type feel.
It is another very simple design, with it being a toilet seat attached to some fold out legs.
All you have to do to use it is to pull out the legs and place something underneath to deal with your exertions.
This can be done by attaching a bag to the underside of the side or placing a bucket underneath with a bag inside.
Once you have finished, you take out the bag, throw it away, fold up the seat, and put it away.
The amazing thing about the device is that it only weighs about 3.5 lbs, but can hold a weight up to 250 lbs.
This makes it perfect for exploring the wilderness with, or for taking it up to a bug-out location as well.
Green elephant sell this commode for the express purpose of camping, and it would make a fine addition to your shelter.
No, this toilet is not disguised from wary onlookers, well, not onlooking humans, that’s for sure.
The point of camouflage toilets was that they were designed for hunters and since hunters go out into the wilderness a lot and stake out locations, they were going to need something that wouldn’t give away their position when nature called to their prey.
The great thing about these toilets is that they already come with a bucket that has a toilet seat attached, which means you don’t have to go searching for one.
They are plastic, so they are very lightweight, and they are very cheap.
Not only that, but they are incredibly durable, with many of them lasting for years at a time.
Reliance are the purveyors of the best of these kinds of toilets and, while the bucket can be a bit of hassle to lug around, the entire toilet is worth the cost.
So far, we have looked at fairly rustic toilets with simple designs, but the standard camping toilet is an intense and complex beast.
It gives the maximum amount of comfort and privilege that you could have when using a toilet in the outdoors.
While the others were simply pooping in a bucket or in a bag, this toilet has an actual storage tank underneath where the waste can be flushed after you have used it. Yes, flushed.
We should add the flush comes from three directions, and cleaning chemicals come with the flush to wash down the sides of the toilet.
The toilet even has a proper lid that you can close after you are finished, a luxury ill afforded to most toilets.
Unfortunately, this toilet has its drawbacks. For starters, it is expensive and not just the original purchase.
Buying it will set you back, but you will have to continually buy the chemicals for the flush that keep it clean, and they aren’t cheap either.
Second is the weight. The toilet weighs 11.3 lbs on its own with no added liquids.
With liquids, the weight is much higher and carrying that thing to a shelter (Check out Bug Out Shelters You Must Know How to Build) or a survival dug-out – while providing a little bit of luxury – would be an absolute nightmare and not something we would recommend.
Leopard currently offers the most luxurious of the brand, but if you feel a strong need to get one of these toilets, and you are going to put it in a shelter, then you can always shop around for something a little less nice but easier to carry around and cheaper to maintain over a long time.
Portable toilets are not an essential item when camping out in the wilderness, but they are an item that makes survivalist life easier.
It is just a bit nicer to be able to sit while doing your business, rather than have to squat somewhere.
It might be because it is safer or just psychological, but it definitely feels nicer.