How to Choose the Right Camping Toilet for Your Travels – A Buyer’s Guide

If you are someone who loves getting out and about in the great outdoors, then no doubt you’ve already given a camping a go or are seriously considering it. One of the chief concerns amongst campers who want to get off the grid, or not have to trek across a cluttered campsite in the dark, is choosing a portable toilet.

Our handy guide will help you to assess your toilet needs and choose the right camping toilet for you.

How Many People Will Be Using the Toilet?

Although you can of course empty your toilet as often as you choose to, the amount of people using the toilet is still a factor to consider. If a family of six people are using the toilet, it will realistically need a bigger storage compartment and it will need to be more durable than if only one person will be using the toilet.

As a rough guide, if two people used the toilet consistently for three days, they would fill a twenty litre tank.

Chemical Vs Non-Chemical Toilet

This is a very important consideration to think about when choosing your camping toilet.

Although the chemical toilets can be more of a hassle to empty (and more costly as you have to buy chemical refills) they are also more likely to reduce odour, making them a good choice if you don’t want to be constantly emptying the toilet.

A non-chemical toilet is a great alternative if you’re going somewhere were you won’t be able to dispose of the chemicals safely, as these toilets can just be emptied down a standard flushing toilet. They are also a much better choice environmentally.

How Long Will You Be Using the Toilet for?

If you plan on going to a festival for example and the thought of the long queues and dirty toilets freak you out, then a camping toilet is a good solution. And if you only plan on using the camping toilet that once, then a small, cheap model will more than meet your needs.

If you’re a camping enthusiast who camps regularly, then it would definitely be worth investing in a more expensive model that will be more durable and last you for many trips.

The Cost of the Toilet

As with any purchase, your budget has to play a role in deciding on the best choice of camping toilet for you. The prices vary from under $20 to well into the hundreds of dollars.  

It can be tempting to go for the cheapest model to save money, but often, this is a false economy as the cheaper models break much more quickly. On the other end of the scale it can be equally tempting to go for the most expensive model and assume that means it’s the best one – this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best for you needs, and you could find your paying extra money for features you don’t want or need.

Use our guide to consider what you want from your camping toilet and then do some research and compare similar models to work out where you will get the best bang for your buck.

Once that’s sorted, all that’s left to do is cross your fingers for some good weather and you’re good to go!

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