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Choosing A Portable Camp Toilet

Portable Toilet

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If you find yourself in a survival situation lasting more than a couple of hours, at some point you will need to use the bathroom.  Adding a portable camp toilet to your bug out bag is one way to ensure you can do your business with minimal hassle.

Some camp toilets are a simple folding seat which you position over a hole you have dug. This does include some graphic cleaning issues when you move on!  The more hygienic portable camp toilets require you to use a bag. Many of these bags already come pre-treated with chemicals that help break down waste into a non-hazardous material, but if your brand of bags does not, those chemicals are also sold separately. It might be tempting to skip this step, particularly in a survival situation. However, waste that is improperly disposed of not only smells bad, but it could also attract predators if you are in the wild.

Now that you know a little about camp toilets, here are a few brands to consider.

Reliance Luggable Loo

The Reliance Luggable Loo is one of the highest rated portable camp toilets in the market, in spite of its simplicity. The Luggable Loo is literally a toilet seat that snaps on to the top of a 5 gallon pail. Reliance also makes its own brand of bags, the Double Doodie Bag, that comes pre-treated with chemicals to break down waste.  The Reliance Luggable Loo weighs 3 pounds and the bags are sold separately.  If the complete set is unavailable – it is also possible to buy the Luggable Loo Snap-on Toilet Seat – sized to fit a 5 gallon bucket of your choice.

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Cleanwaste GO Anywhere Portable Toilet Seat

The Cleanwaste GO Anywhere Portable Toilet Seat is a tripod-style portable toilet that can hold up to 500 pounds of weight. The GO Anywhere comes with one bag (including biogel to break down waste). The bags are available in packs of 12.

The GO Anywhere Portable Toilet is easy to clean and designed to minimize the risk of you coming into contact with any waste. The GO Anywhere folds down into a briefcase for easy transport and weighs about seven pounds.

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Green Elephant Folding Commode

The Green Elephant Folding Commode  is another highly rated camp toilet that is perfect for your bug out bag. The Green Elephant weighs in at 3.5 pounds and can be used with any eight-gallon bag. You would need to purchase the chemicals to break down waste separately.

The Green Elephant Folding Commode folds easily and could be strapped to the back of your pack.

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SereneLife Portable Camp Toilet

The SereneLife Portable Toilet is somewhat of a luxury backcountry toilet. This toilet flushes with the help of internal pistons and has a capacity of 5.3 gallons of water. The SereneLife looks just like a regular toilet, so if you are worried about missing out on the comforts of home this may be a good option for you.

The drawback is its size – 11.25 pounds is a lot of added weight to your pack. And there are no internal bags – you need to empty and clean it in between uses. This is a better option if you are going to be situated in one place for a while—it is not necessarily a toilet to use if you expect to be on the move.

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Thetford Porta Potti

The Thetford Porta Potti is considered suitable for RVs, boats, trucks, vans, healthcare, camping and even an off-the-grid lifestyle. With a 50+ flush capacity per single fill and comfortable seat height it also features built-in fresh water and waste water tank level indicators. Weighing 13.45 pounds it is also an in-situ solution to waste management.

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If you need to bug out of society, you are still going to need to use the bathroom. The right camp toilet for you depends on both the weight you are willing to carry, as well as your personal preference.

Kate P

I have always had an urge to “be ready’ for emergency situations. To my delight, I discovered the term “prepping” and that there is a community out there willing to learn and share information on a subject close to my heart. I also discovered how entwined self-sufficiency and homesteading are with prepping!

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