Camping Toilet

Intro: Camping Toilet

When our kids were younger, they were always too scared to go to the washrooms at night because the lights would attract all kinds of bugs. There were a few times when we were either too far away from the washrooms or there just simply wasn't any where we camped so we had to come up with a solution.

Step 1: The Build

I used a 5 gallon bucket, small kitchen garbage bag and a pool noodle. Wrap the noodle around the pail to get the circumference and cut the noodle to length. Cut a slit down the length of the noodle to the centre. Place the garbage bag in the bucket and push the noodle down over the bag and the lip of the bucket to hold it there. I had to cut a few shallow relief cuts in the noodle around the outside so it would bend enough to stay there. It isn't the Hilton, but if you are camping and the young'uns gotta go, this is a convenient way. Just place the bucket behind your tent or wherever so it doesn't get knocked over. I recommend changing the bag every day to control odor and so it does't get too full.

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Cat00x

2 years ago

Is there a likelihood of animals coming along in the night and tipping the bucket over? I guess you could secure it with rocks or something. Possibly put a bit of sand in the bottom before you put the bag in to keep it stable? thanks for sharing. Ingenious idea with the pool noodle.

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kevincarruthersCat00x

Reply 2 years ago

Yes, I suppose there is always the chance of a nosy animal tipping it although we haven't had it happen. Sand in the bottom or spiking the handle down would be a good idea. Thank you

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Pumuggel

2 years ago

The pool noodle is a goood idea, makes sitting on a bucket much more comfortable. Made something similar when we went last year with our three year old kid in a horse drawn caravan that (of course) had no toilet. You can always adapt the toilets height to your kids size/age by using different buckets. If your kids are still very young (or sometimes a bit clumpsy), try to use a bucket that is ideally a bit wider in diameter than high, so it doesn't tend to tumble when the kids sit on it or get down. You don't want to pick up your kid out of the ... ehmmm... "wet" after falling over once there is something in the bucket ... I speak from experience ...

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kevincarruthersPumuggel

Reply 2 years ago

You are right, different buckets would have advantages. Lol nobody would like tipping one of these over

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TomV4

2 years ago

That looks downright comfortable. Sort of a little backwoods luxury.

Could the bale be rigged to hold a roll of TP?

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kevincarruthersTomV4

Reply 2 years ago

The kids liked it, I never thought to try putting a tp holder on it, we always found a stick with a notch in it for a roll holder