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How To Choose The Perfect Camp Toilet For You!

Going camping? Then you might be wondering about the bathroom situation.

While nature can offer breathtaking views, it doesn't provide the convenience of a home bathroom.

A good camp toilet can make a huge difference in your camping experience. It's not just about function; it's also about convenience and following proper sanitation practices to keep everybody healthy.

For many campers, especially the ladies, the toilet situation is top of their list to get right. It can literally make the difference between your family being excited about the next camping trip, or not.

In this guide, we'll walk you through different types of camp toilets and help you pick the right one for your needs.

Whether you're going on a day trip or a longer expedition, we've got you covered. So, let's dive in and make your camping trips more comfortable and eco-friendly.

Understand Your Needs

Before diving into the myriad of camp toilet options available, it's crucial to understand your specific requirements.

Let's start with the duration of your camping trip. If you're only heading out for a day trip, your toilet needs might be minimal, perhaps manageable, with just a compact trowel and a biodegradable bag. However, week-long expeditions demand more robust solutions, considering you'll handle waste multiple times.

Next, consider the number of people in your group. A solo camper or a pair might get by with a simple portable toilet. Still, larger groups could require a more comprehensive system to ensure hygiene and ease of use.

With many national parks in Australia now banning chemical toilets with fixed tank capacity, it's really important that your toilet either has a large holding tank (especially for families), or it is using a system where excess waste can be stored smell-free and absolutely "water tight"in a manageable way!

One of the things people love about our Dry Flush toilet is that the full bags are no bigger than a standard Woolworths shopping bag, and they can be stored discretely and securely for month with zero smell.

Your type of camping also influences the kind of toilet you should opt for.

Backpackers will prioritise weight and portability, probably leaning towards lightweight and collapsible options. Those who are car camping have the luxury of a little more weight and space, potentially accommodating a sturdier and more comfortable toilet.

And if you're in an RV, your vehicle might come with a built-in toilet, but if not, or if you want an external option, specific toilets are designed for this purpose.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Portable Camping Toilet

Here's our guide to choosing the right portable camping toilets!

Weight and Portability

When choosing a camp toilet, consider its weight and how easy it is to carry, especially if you're backpacking or moving campsites often.

  • Backpacking: For backpackers, every ounce counts. Look for lightweight options that won't add too much to your pack's weight. Collapsible toilets or waste bag systems are often suitable choices.

  • Car and RV Camping: With the luxury of vehicular transport, you can opt for heavier, more comfortable toilets. However, you still want something reasonably portable if you need to move or empty it. Our Laveo Dry Flush toilet weighs only 12KG making it very portable.

Here's a video of a young lady who owns one and you can see her carrying it with ease.

Durability and Construction Quality

The construction quality of your camp toilet determines how long it will last and its performance in various conditions.

  • Materials: Toilets made of sturdy materials, like high-quality plastics or metals, can withstand rough handling and resist wear and tear.

  • Weather Resistance: If exposed, your toilet should be able to handle various weather conditions, from rain to intense sun, without deteriorating quickly.

Capacity and Size

How much waste your toilet can hold and its overall dimensions are essential factors, especially for group camping.

  • Solo vs. Group: A larger group will fill a toilet much faster, requiring one with a higher capacity or more frequent emptying.

  • Space Constraints: While you might want a bigger toilet for comfort, ensure it fits within your camp setup and transportation means.

  • Again, with the Dry Flush toilet we sell, each bagging cartridge holds 15 "number 2's" in a smell free, airtight bag, and you can then store as many of those bags of 15 completely odour-free for as long as you like so you never have a full waste tank problem.

Ease of Setup and Use

A complicated toilet system can turn a relaxing camping trip into a frustrating experience.

  • Setup Time: Ideally, your toilet should be easy to assemble and disassemble, especially if moving campsites often.

  • User-Friendly Design: Look for designs that are intuitive and comfortable to use, ensuring all campers, from kids to the elderly, can use them without issues.

  • The Dry Flush toilet literally is set up as soon as you set it down on the ground - anywhere.

Waste Disposal and Cleaning Methods

A critical aspect of camp toilets is the ease with which you can dispose of waste and clean the unit.

  • Disposal Options: Some toilets require specific waste bags, while others might use a liquid solution. Ensure you understand the disposal method and can access the necessary supplies.

  • Cleaning: The simpler it is to clean the toilet, the better. Some models are designed for easy washing and sanitising, making maintenance a breeze.

Here's a short video showing you how easy it is to dispose of waste with a Laveo Dry Flush toilet:

Common Types of Camping Toilets

Dry Flush Camping Toilets

We are the exclusive distributor of the patented Dry Flush toilets in Australia and New Zealand. These camping toilets are among the best portable camping toilets available for good reason.

They offer a home-like toilet experience in the great outdoors, reducing the 'yuck' factor associated with handling solid waste. These toilets come with a unique bagging system that stores the solid waste, which can be easily disposed of in any council bin.

Bucket Camping Toilets

Bucket toilet is simple, affordable, and extremely portable. They consist of a bucket with a toilet seat attached to it. Solid waste gets collected directly in the bucket and can be disposed of by bagging and trashing it. These toilets are ideal for those who prefer a no-frills solution in the wild, although they are fairly unpleasant and smelly to use!

Cassette Toilet

The dreaded cassette toilets are those where your poop goes into a chemical mix and sloshes around inside until you manually empty your poop (and everyone elses) into a designated toilet dumping station provided by the council or private van parks.

They are disgusting to empty. If you have any doubt, watch this video:

Just in case you're still interested in how they work after that spew-fest, the sealed cassette collects the solid waste and urine, which is then disposed of at a dumping station as above. It is amazing to this writer that anyone would still buy these toilets if they can afford something better.

Composting Toilets

Composting toilets are a sustainable, nature-friendly way to handle human waste while camping. These toilets rely on natural decomposition processes to break down solid waste and convert it into valuable soil nutrients. They come in various shapes and sizes, making them suitable for all camping trips. Unlike other portable camping toilets, composting toilets can contain bacteria, but odours remain a real problem.

They are also notorious for causing problems if you don't stay on top of their maintenance.

Many users also find it gross to have to carry their urine (and everyone else's) out of the toilet in a urine jug. It's smelly and can turn your stomach if you're not used to that.

Hygiene and Sanitation While Camping

Hygiene and sanitation are paramount when camping, especially regarding waste disposal and toilet usage. Ensuring clean practices protects both the environment and the health of the campers.

This is one of the BIGGEST reasons that more and more campers are choosing our Dry Flush toilet. It's just so damn clean and easy to use.

Importance of Using Biodegradable Toilet Paper

If you are going to buy a toilet where you bury your raw sewage in the ground, please think about toilet paper.

  • Eco-friendly: Biodegradable toilet paper breaks down faster than regular types, reducing environmental impact.

  • Reduced Litter: It helps prevent litter buildup at campsites, maintaining the area's natural beauty.

Using Hand Sanitisers and Washing Hands Regularly

As if the world isn't now aware enough about had washing and sanitation, maintaining personal hygiene, particularly hand hygiene, is vital when outdoors to prevent illnesses.

  • Disease Prevention: Clean hands reduce the risk of transmitting diseases, especially after using the toilet or handling waste.

  • Hand Sanitisers: These are perfect for on-the-go cleaning, especially when water isn't readily available. Opt for biodegradable or eco-friendly sanitizers when possible.

  • Regular Hand Washing: Whenever you have access to water, ensure a thorough hand wash with soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.

Cleaning and Maintaining the Portable Toilets

Regardless of what camping toilet you buy, a clean toilet not only ensures hygiene but it also extends the life of the equipment.

  • Regular Cleaning: Regular cleaning can prevent odours and bacterial buildup depending on the usage and type of toilet.

  • Safe Cleaning Agents: Use biodegradable cleaning agents to minimise environmental impact. Avoid harsh chemicals that can harm the soil or water sources.

  • Maintenance: Check for any damages or parts that might need replacement. Regular maintenance ensures the toilet functions effectively throughout its lifespan.


Embarking on an outdoor adventure requires a balance between embracing the raw beauty of nature and ensuring comfort and hygiene. A great portable camp toilet plays a pivotal role in this equilibrium.

As we've discussed, there are numerous factors to consider from weight, capacity, and general convenience, to hygiene practices and how queasy you are when it comes to wee and poop! And remember, it's not just you who matter, it's who else is coming with you and how they feel about such matters.

The right camping toilet can mean the difference between people wanting to go camping or not.

Making an informed decision not only enhances your camping experience but also ensures that we leave minimal traces behind, preserving nature's splendour for ourselves and future generations.

Remember, the best camping trips are those where everyone feels comfortable. In my opinion, when it comes to this critical aspect of camping, it is worth the investment to get something great.

As the saying goes, "Pay once, cry once."

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