Our Favorite Portable Camping Toilets

We know that bears poop in the woods, but they’re not the only ones. Many hikers and campers may notice that their bowel movements are less frequent while they’re out on the trail, which is almost like your body realizing how uncomfortable it can be to do your business while camping, and doing you a favor by minimizing the frequency of your pit stops.

In reality, it probably has more to do with the types of foods you’re eating and the amount of excess calories that you’re burning, but none the less, when nature literally calls – will you be ready to answer?

Wild Earth Adventures offers some advice on how to do the deed on the trail, and how to bury it, and the whole nine yards. Without toilets or running water, you’ll need to get a little creative, and things can get a little messy. If you would rather spend more time hiking, camping, hunting, relaxing around the fire, and not having to dread your next defecation, there are some simple products that can make the whole ordeal a lot better. It’s never going to be a GREAT experience, let’s face it, but these portable toilets can certainly be a worthwhile investment.

Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toiletluggable-loo$Economically priced. Practical. 5 gallon capacity.4.6 / 5
Camco 41541 Portable Toilet camco$$$5.3 gallon holding tank. Weighs 11.5 lbs empty. Bellow-flush.4.4 / 5
Folding Commode Chairfolding-commode$$5 lb weight. Works with 8-13 gallon trash bags. Functional up to 250 lbs.5 / 5
Thetford 92360 Porta Potti thetford-92360$$$$Battery powered flush controls. Water/waste level indicator. Carrying handle.4.5 / 5

Choosing the best portable toilet for camping

You’ve got a lot of different options depending on how portable you’re looking for, how you wish to dispose of your waste, what your budget is, how much space you’ve got, and more. We’re going to cover the gamut, so no matter what you’re looking for – you’ll find a great option here.

Reliance Products Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toilet


This style of portable toilet is very straightforward. It’s basically a bucket with a toilet seat on the top. It’s great for outdoors, but also just to help you be prepared for any type of disaster. You can purchase bags to go inside of it, making clean-up a breeze.

It basically just gives you a basic, affordable seat to do your business instead of squatting or trying to balance against a tree or whatever, we won’t get too graphic. There are different sizes available of this general style. It’s not the most compact, it doesn’t fold up, it’s just a dead-simple bucket with a seat, but it does exactly what it’s supposed to do and it’s much better than the alternative of not having something like this.

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Camco 41541 Portable Toilet – 5.3 gallon


Similar idea to the bucket, except it has an actual tank that you’ll need to empty out instead of bags. So, it’s good if you want to bury your refuse, but not so good if you want to avoid any potential messy cleanup. If you have a place to throw out your bags, that’s probably the better option so skip this one and check out the next couple choices. If you don’t have a place to throw out your bags, you can empty this tank into a hole in the ground to bury your evidence.

This is more of a “premium” option, it’s obviously fancier than a bucket, but at the end of the day it all comes down to function, so choose the one that suits you best. It takes up a lot of space, which can be an issue.

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Folding Commode Chair Steel Portable Camping Toilet Seat


Here’s a seat that you can use, you’ll just need something underneath to catch your poop, or – as an alternative – you can dig a hole and place this seat right above it. It folds up, and serves as an alternative to catching your droppings and then having to dispose of it. Skipping the middle-man, if you will.

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Thetford 92360 Porta Potti 550E Curve Portable Toilet


Also similar to our famous bucket example that we first looked at, but it’s definitely a step up, and definitely worth the extra cost if you’re going this route. It’s got a toilet paper holder attached, which fits into the lid. It’s also more contoured and comfortable, and nicer looking than a plain old bucket (Not that that really matters…)

It includes a removable inner-bucket which makes it easier to dispose of your waste. You can also put a bag in here, which is strongly recommended.

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Add-on: Reliance Products Double Doodie Toilet Waste Bags

At a few bucks each, these bags are not cheap, but you’ll be glad you have them. They’re not at all like a typical garbage bag. There are two layers. The inner layer secures your waste, the outer layer provides extra protection and a way to carry it. They also contain a special powder to help keep things under control The last thing you want is for the bag to rip open, which is the main difference between these and regular bags – they’re stronger and they’re specifically designed for doodie! They seal up with an extra strong double-zip. You’ll need to bring enough bags to change them every day, or every two days at the longest. Seal them up, they won’t stick, and dispose of them when you return to civilization.
You shouldn’t be afraid to talk or ask questions about this sort of thing, it’s better to feel slight embarrassment for a few moments than to improperly leave your waste just off the trail for the next camper to accidentally step in – or worse! There are all sorts of issues that not properly disposing of your waste can cause, so make sure you’re doing it correctly. When you’ve got the best portable toilet, it’s just one less thing to worry about.