This is a guest post from toiletops.com
Camping offers the opportunity to escape the routine of everyday life and reconnect to nature. It is the perfect adventure for those who love the outdoors, but the one drawback can be the issue of where to use the restroom.
Fortunately, camping toilets are available to help with the inconvenience. Designed to be mobile and portable, they allow you to comfortably use the restroom while collecting it to dispose in a proper matter that is not harmful to you or the environment. Camping toilets are the sensible approach to being prepared for wherever the road may lead.
1. Convenience. The most obvious reason to purchase a camping toilet for your next camping trip is convenience. Ideally, restroom facilities would be available at every camping spot, but that is not always the case. Even if they are available, it is still no fun having to make the trek to the facilities during the middle of the night or first thing in the morning when a cool breeze is in the air. Who really wants to wake up at 2 a.m., dig for the toilet paper and walk in the dark to the restroom, praying every step of the way you don’t step on a snake or see a bear? No thank you.
For those who enjoy a more remote camping experience, chances are a restroom is not going to be available anyway. Digging a hole is always an option, but it doesn’t have to be the only one. A camping toilet can be a much more comfortable choice, especially for those camping with children or those…pickier campers.
2. Environmental Impact. A camper needs to be ready to use the restroom in a matter that is safe for the environment and not get caught with an unexpected emergency that requires the use of toilet paper or a baby wipe. Unless you have brought along a biodegradable option, both can be detrimental to the environment.
Camping toilets allow the proper disposal of human waste, minimizing the chances of human feces with harmful microorganisms being carried to nearby water sources. The toilets also ensure you haven’t left anything behind that is harmful to animals. If feces are carried through the environment on the bottoms of human or animal feet, it can become toxic for the local wildlife. It is our job to be good stewards of the land so future generations can enjoy it as much as we do, and camping toilets help us to do just that by minimizing the potential for harm to local water supplies and wildlife.
3. Safety. While human toxic waste imposes a danger to wildlife, it also can be dangerous for humans to have waste close to a campsite. The waste can attract animals to the area that might be dangerous for your or your family. If the weather happens to turn ugly, a trip to the restroom facilities poses too much risk. Many campers place their toilet on the porch of their tent, allowing quick and easy access to the restroom without having to venture out in the rain or even worse, a thunderstorm.
4. Cleanliness. Not only are portable toilets cleaner for the environment, they can be cleaner for the user as well. Let’s face it, public restrooms are not always the most sanitary, but that isn’t something you have to worry about when using your own private toilet. There’s also no wasting time by waiting around in line. A camping toilet allows you to do your business quickly and efficiently and get back to the fun.
Camping toilets come in a variety of choices, from simple five-gallon buckets to ones that even flush. Go with the budget-friendly option of the bucket, which uses a liner bag. It is the most compact, allowing for easy transportation. If you’re not too excited at the thought of going in a bucket, a collapsible toilet can be easily transported and utilizes a bag, or if you want to go all out, there are flushable toilets with a holding tank and small plumbing system.
Whatever choice you decide to go with, it only makes sense to take along a camping toilet on your next outdoor adventure to conveniently use the restroom when needed in a matter that is safe for both you and the environment.