When you need to get down to business out in the wilderness, you only have so many options. These portable camping toilets are the perfect last-minute add-on item to your camping trip, designed for extended use and lengthy trips. These items are also excellent for bug out bags, disaster provision kits, fallout shelters, and more. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
(Our Picks) Best Camping Toilets in 2018:
1. Camco Standard Travel Toilet
The ultimate travel toilet gives you all the amenities of your at-home toilet, on a much smaller scale. Camco’s rendition of a proper travel toilet gives us up to 5.3 gallons of capacity, while maintaining a sturdy and solid construction. A hand operated, bellow-type flush system flushes away waste and water in one motion, while sealing in odors and liquids to prevent leakage.
Secure side latches allow you to properly dispose of waste and clean your travel toilet without too many working parts. We’ve rated this unit number one on our list for ease of use, portability, price, and the strongest odor retention of any portable toilet on the market. This is a must-have for RV users and outdoorsmen.
5.3 gallon capacity
Secure side latches
Sealing locks prevents odors
- Weight10.8 pounds
2. Reliance Hassock Portable Self-Contained Toilet
One property that is often sacrificed with portable toilets is comfort. It’s all about function, but Reliance was able to sneak in a contour seat to add enough comfort to this small, portable toilet while adding a unique feature onto their product. This unit is self-contained, and as a result, it comes with one Eco-Fresh packet to help you handle things.
Removable, disposable bucket comes out easily by detaching the seat, with no potential for waste contact. An included toilet paper dispenser clips inside the lid when not in use, adding convenience and removing the possibility of forgetting to pack toilet paper. Five-year warranty backed by the manufacturer, regarding manufacturer defects.
Comfortable while providing toilet paper dispenser
Includes one Eco-Fresh packet (deodorizes and dissolves waste)
Lightweight for quick carry
- BrandReliance Products
- Weight5 pounds
3. Reliance Fold-to-go
Reliance makes excellent portable toilets, and this one is no exception – with a unique design, you’re able to use this with their included Doodle Bag for clean, quick disposal of your waste, while also allowing you to place this over a hole in the ground if you’re in the deep wilderness. This compact, three-legged seat may look fragile, but it can support up to 300lbs.
Legs fold up for quick and easy travel, while also storing in a compact way. This includes Reliance’s five-year warranty, which is subject solely to manufacturing defects. Easy to clean, and includes the contour seat for optimal comfort. Ideal for extended use.
Includes one Doodle Bag for easy disposal
Unique design allows placement over hole in the wilderness
300lbs weight capacity
- BrandReliance Products
- Weight4.5 pounds
4. Camouflage Portable Lou
Hunting trips come with their own set of difficulties. You have to mask your scent from potential prey, and keep everything out of sight, and out of mind. This inconspicuous, camouflaged design allows for optimal concealment and privacy. Even if you have someone helping you pack up the car for the weekend, they’ll be none the wiser.
A five gallon capacity is perfect for all-weekend trips or multiple persons, while the comfortable seat gives you a simple way to clean up when all is said and done. This includes one of Reliance’s Doodle Bags for easy, quick throwaway of waste. This design ensures you won’t come into contact with anything during bag removal.
Five gallon capacity; ideal for extended trips
No-mess seat and lid removal for easy clean up
Lightweight and inconspicuous; appears as a simple bucket
- BrandReliance Products
- Weight2.5 pounds
5. The Luggable Loo
The most basic necessities come with basic design and optimal function. The Luggable Loo is designed to get the job done, while keeping money in your pocket. The easily removable bucket and Doodle Bags ensure quick and easy cleanup, while the traditional snap-on lid is designed to eliminate any risk of physical contact with any forms of waste during the clean up process.
Five gallon capacity for multiple users or long weekends
Optimal size and weight to add to a disaster readiness kit
Traditional snap-on lid makes for easy cleaning
- BrandReliance Products
- Weight2.98 pounds
6. Porta Potti Curve Toilet for RV Travel
This portable toilet actually won an award – made for the RV user and camper who’s all about off-the-grid living and keeping it sanitary, the Porta Potti has it all. An easy carry handle makes this lightweight model simple to transfer from campsite to campsite, take on the hiking trail, or pack it up when it’s time to head home.
As an optional mesure, you can pin this unit down to the floor of your RV so it won’t move. Avoid odors and leakage, while basking in the glory of a battery-operated flush system instead of hand crank bellow-style ones. Every part of this model is functional and easy to master.
Five-and-a-half gallon water capacity
Optimal for the off-the-grid lifestyle and extended trips
Odorless and leak-proof; no muss, no fuss
- Weight10 pounds
7. Partysaving Outdoor Camping Portable Toilet
Designed with the freshwater fishman in mind, this model is perfect to bring out onto the boat (yes, even rowboats out on a lake or river). You get up to 300lbs of weight capacity on this 5.3 gallon tank system, while getting the peace of mind from the side locking valve system – no odors, no leakage, no problems.
This was designed for compact, cube-like storage, but they didn’t forget about comfort – this seat comes with a shapely fit to avoid uncomfortable positioning during use. You don’t need any external connections for this unit; simpel use, simple cleanup.
Compact enough and designed for use on the boat
300lbs weight capacity
Spacious water tank reservoir
- Weight12.8 pounds
8. Rothco Camping Commode
At the most basic level of necessity, the Rothco model comes with function, and a budgeter’s price. They focus on military and survival items, giving you a basic design with waste bag attachment capabilities without flashy features. This unit doesn’t include a lid; you will want to remove waste bags and dispose of them immediately. If you’re all about the minimalist lifestyle on your camping trips, this is the perfect portable toilet model for you and your needs.
Basic, no-hassle design
- Weight2.88 ounces
Portable Camping Toilet Buying Guide & FAQ
Portable toilets have a fairly straightforward design, and one endgame in mind. However, there are necessities based on your use, duration, and party size. We’ve compiled a thorough guide on what you should look for in your portable toilet, including a few questions to ask yourself.
Feature to Consider With Outdoor Toilets
- Waste Bag Capability: Most models will come with the proper space for an odor-controlled waste bag. If you’re going for the flashier models, such as our Camco Travel Toilet that peaked our list, you’ll have an alternative system to empty and rinse out. If you’re squeamish and want to simply toss it all away at once, a bag-inclusive model is the right fit for you.
- Comfort: We want comfort at home when we’re conducting our business, and comfort matters while you’re out in the woods, as well. Due to their size, portable toilets force you to squat or contort yourself in slightly different ways than you would on your standard toilet at home. Depending on how long it’s going to take you to use your portable toilet, comfort may be the saving grace you need.
- Portability: The idea behind these camping toilets is their accessibility and portability. You have other things to pack, carry, and set up. When you already have to put up a tent and lay out the rest of your campsite, you want to ensure that additional tasks, such as setting up/placing your portable toilet, are simple. Lightweight, easy to move, and sturdy are all key requirements for a good portable toilet.
- Volume: This is more of an issue if you’re going to have multiple members in your party, but it’s still something to keep your eye on. Most portable toilets on our list come with a five gallon capacity, which should be good for most general use. Take into account your party size, how long you’ll be out in the wilderness, and you’ll be able to quickly deliberate what volume you’ll need.
Using and Maintaining a Chemical Toilet
Some toilets are going to come with more maintenance requirements. Depending on how you’re travelling and what you’re looking to pack, you’ll need to take maintenance into consideration. The last thing you want is to ride home for a few hours in the car with a foul odor coming from the back.
Bag systems for one person simply require you to clean visible areas and dispose of waste properly before packing up and heading home. Let’s talk about some of the more complex models.
Portable toilets with chemical-coated basins on the bottom are excellent at deodorizing and neutralizing the bacteria of waste, so you won’t run the risk of bacterial exposure. However, those coatings aren’t going to do the entire trick. Get your hands on a bulk packet of Eco-Fresh pouches, and you’ll be able to handle most of the deodorization process hands-free. Following the directions on these neutralizes your waste as much as possible, which will greatly aid in cleanup.
There are liquid-based disinfectants for your chemical toilet, and those require a little more of your time. If you’re considering purchasing a bottle of chemical cleaner, here’s what you need to do:
Separate the top half of the toilet from the basin, ensuring that side valve locks are properly opened and everything remains contained within the basin.
- Chemical Additives
Open the water cap that leads to your waste reservoir, and pour your disinfectant in. You don’t need to wait between this and the third step; you can just keep rolling with the punches.
- Replace and Rinse
Reattach the top and bottom halves of the toilet, and pay attention to those side valve locks. It’s time to add some water in (usually about one gallon, depending on your chemical additive brand and type). Flush, and you’re good to go.
How to Safely Empty a Portable Toilet
When you have a water flush system and basin, you’ll have to locate specific dumping stations. These are usually located at RV sites in most campgrounds across America, and allow for safe, proper disposal. The following information is related to bag disposals:
Most bag disposal portable toilets are going to come with a sample of one bag, such as the Reliance models on our list coming with Doodle Bags. These are introductory offers to get you to purchase more of that item, but they’re also required by law to some extent. When you want to safely dispose of your waste, this is what you need to do.
These bags are designed to be biodegradable (though you should always check your packaging or the manufacturer’s website). You’ll need to dig a 6” hole in the ground, ensuring it’s at least 100 yards away from any water source, as to not contaminate water for animals, organic life, or other campers. Bury your waste properly, and you’re done.
This rule also applies if you’re using an open-bottom model and waste is not kept in a bag. Dig a 6” hole at the beginning of your camping trip, place your open-bottom commode over the hole, and cover it with topsoil when done.