My How to Use a Portable Toilet: Step-by-Step Guide for New Campers and Experienced Ones post is here to help you stay clean and germ-free while taking care of your business in nature.
Camping is a great way to get in touch with the peace and serenity of the world around us and take some time to decompress from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When it comes to camping, everyone needs an effective toilet solution to ensure the convenience of their trip. Portable toilets are the perfect option for both new and experienced campers.
As a father of three and an experienced camper, I know firsthand the importance of an effective and sanitary toilet solution while out in nature. That’s why I wanted to provide an in-depth guide on how to set up and use a portable toilet to help all of my fellow camping enthusiasts.
Step 1: Purchase and Assemble Your Toilet System
The first step to using a portable toilet is to purchase a set. You can find toilet systems available for sale from many camping and outdoor retailers. When you purchase your system, it will come with a seat, a toilet bag, and any additional components that you may need, such as a waste disposal bag or a holding tank.
Once you receive your desired toilet system, it’s time to assemble it. Depending on the type of toilet you purchased, assembly may be very simple and easy or moderately labor-intensive. Refer to the instructions included with your model to make sure that you put it together correctly.
Step 2: Choose the Right Location
When you’re camping, it’s important to choose the right location to set up your toilet. Look for flat ground that’s far away from any water sources or campsite. Avoid any areas that are near food scraps or other human waste. This will help to best preserve the environment and keep your new toilet system clean.
Step 3: Put Down a Ground Cloth
Once you have your toilet set up and a place to put it, it’s time to set up your ground cloth. A ground cloth, also known as a tarp, is an important layer of protection between your portable toilet and the ground. Unroll your tarp and place it directly underneath your toilet system. This will help to keep your toilet system clean and protect it from any debris that may be present.
Step 4: Prepare Your Aide Pod
Your aid pod is a disposable plastic sac that goes into the toilet. It’s used to keep your waste separated from the interior of the toilet. Each time you use the porta potty, you should pour some water into the aid pod. This will help keep any waste from building up inside the toilet and will also help to keep odors to a minimum.
Step 5: Use the Toilet
Once your aid pod is ready, you’re ready to use your toilet. Sit down on the toilet seat, use the tissue provided, and make sure you close the lid all the way. After you’re done using the toilet, open the lid and pour some more water in the aid pod. This will help break up any waste and further reduce bad odors.
Step 6: Clean and Dispose of Waste
When you’re finished using your portable toilet, it’s important to make sure that you clean it properly. Wipe down any surfaces that came in contact with your body with a disposable wipe or cloth. Make sure to throw these items away in an appropriate trash receptacle.
Once the toilet is clean, it’s time to dispose of the waste. Many portable toilets come with a holding tank that can be used to collect waste. If your toilet doesn’t have one, you can use a large plastic bag to temporarily collect your waste. Whatever method you choose, be sure to dispose of your waste in an approved landfill or waste facility.
Step 7: Empty the Waste Tank or Disposal Bag
If you used a holding tank on your portable toilet, it’s important to Empty it properly. Unscrew the tank and dump the contents into a septic tank or dump station. If you used a waste disposal bag, securely tie the end and dispose of it in an appropriate trash receptacle.
To further demonstrate the process I’ve outlined above, I put together a short video tutorial showing exactly How to Use a Portable Toilet:
Using a portable toilet is an essential part of camping for everyone from beginner to most experienced campers. It’s important to note that the process is not difficult, but there are some important steps to follow. Purchasing and assembling the toilet system, finding the right location, putting down a ground cloth, using the toilet, cleaning it, and disposing of the waste are all key components involved in using a portable toilet.
In summation, having a portable toilet with you on your camping trips is an excellent way to stay clean and germ-free. With the information I’ve provided above, you’ll be able to use it safely and efficiently. So don’t forget to grab one of these systems the next time you hit the campsite.