No longer is a portable camping toilet specifically considered a luxury option or nice-to-have accessory, reserved only for the most severely pampered camper. The modern day camping toilet is compact, clean, hassle-free, and amazingly affordable which moves them from the nice-to-have camping accessory of yesterday, to the must-have outdoor necessity that they are today.
Many camping sites in public areas offer restroom facilities, but most are horribly constructed and rarely (if ever) cleaned. While there is no question that a portable camping toilet is the perfect solution for such problems, there is still the issue of choosing the right type and model to best suit the specific needs for you and your family.
Size is one of the first considerations to evaluate when choosing your camping toilet. Size can affect several things:
- Transportation Storage: Obviously choosing a portable camping toilet requires that you consider where you will be taking the toilet, what vehicle will most commonly be used to transport it (car, truck, SUV, or RV), and how much space you are willing to allot for it during transportation.
- Home Storage: Will this toilet be stored in a garage or separate storage facility or will you be finding it a storage home inside your house? A camping toilet should be small enough (if planning to be stored in your home) to fit in a closet, or collapsible to store nicely under a bed, sometimes with other camping supplies.
Once you have considered the appropriate size you are looking to use for your new camping toilet you then need to consider the type or functionality that best suits your needs. There are 3 basic types of camping toilets: the Portable Flush Toilet, the Bucket Toilet, and the Collapsible Toilet.
Portable Flush Camping Toilet
A portable flush toilet is arguably the most technically advanced camping toilet model. This style of portable commode has been designed to look, feel, and function as much like your standard, comfortable home toilet as reasonably possible.
This impressive design includes a built-in freshwater container as well as a waste tank that can be easily removed for simple and seamless cleanup. The downside to such a well designed toilet is that the portable flush toilet is generally larger and more cumbersome to lug around than the other camping toilet options like the bucket toilet and the collapsible toilet. This could be important if planning to travel on long trips with limited auto space. Another consideration to keep in mind is home storage. This toilet does not collapse and reduce much in size, so storage space must be larger.
For those interested in a more compact solution, either the bucket toilet or the collapsible toilet are good options. Both offer easy and hassle-free functionality at very reasonable prices.
The bucket toilet is by far the simplest design. Its basic features consist of a bucket and a toilet seat. This solution is one of the most budget friendly solutions and has a simple, easy to clean design, especially when used in conjunction with a disposable liner.
Collapsible Camping Toilet
A collapsible toilet is the ultimate in a transportable camping potty. When not in use they fold down to a minimum size that makes them ideal for packing when available space is limited. They range in styles from modified 4-legged folding-chair-styles to ultra stable 3-legged models that fold into a convenient briefcase. Like the bucket toilet, a collapsible toilet can also be used with disposable liners that will effectively eliminate the need to ever do any cleaning.
Regardless of your style of camping or size of your family, there is a camping toilet that will suit your needs and make your outdoor experience more comfortable and more enjoyable for everyone. Be sure and research several products before making your final selection. Compare size and weight against convenience and comfort. Consider quality versus price.