DIY Portable Camping Toilet ~ Made with a 5 gallon bucket and pool Noodle #Hacks

07/09/2015 12:00 pm · 69 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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We just came back from a family camping trip. We enjoyed the clean mountain air, cool streams, the shade of the pine trees and a gentle night breeze.  Camping is rather relaxing and a good way to get away…. that is UNTIL, you need to use the toilet. Now boys are pretty lucky if they need to pee, all they need to do is “find a tree” and make sure no one is looking. Girls on the other hand, we have to become talented gymnast able to balance while we “squat and hide” and try our best not to pee down our own leg. Or all over our pants because you dont lean back far enough (not that I have ever done that…lol) OR you lean back too far and fall backwards and land in all your naked glory… and pray you don’t land on a stick or a pinecone.

When it comes to “pooping”  boys and girls are both  forced to hide and do the caveman squat. Yes I just said the “p” word, whether you want to admit it or not we as humans ALL do it :).  This predicament is what lead me to make my own portable toilet.  When camping out in the middle of NO WHERE 2 hours away from the nearest town this little contraption is simply amazing ( and comfortable I might add).Camping Toilet, portable and low cost all you need is a 5 gallon bucket and a pool noodle, camping ideas, Outdoor living, Popular camping ideas

To make this all you need is a POOL NOODLE  and a 5 gallon bucket.  You can find pool noodles at most stores, even the dollar store. The cheaper ones are not as firm and are easier to work with. Home Depot or Lowes sells the 5 gallon buckets for about $3 so that is a great place to buy them.  Take a utility knife and slice the pool noodle open all the way down one side.  If you want the ends to come together without a gap you will need to cut them at a 45% angle.  You can now push this onto the lip of the bucket to form a seat. We wanted ours to stay on really good so we  used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to set it into place.

You can slide a kitchen trash bag over it for easy clean up and removal. Or you can use a Reciprocating Saw and cut the bottom out of the bucket and use it over a hole in the ground, don’t forget your shovel. Now  you know how to make your own personal toilet…. hurry and go mark it of your ” life bucket list” because I am sure it was on there, lol.


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69 comments
Mistina Borge
Mistina Borge

My 6 year old son wants to make this so bad! He calls it the business bucket!! Lol

Kelly Baker
Kelly Baker

Girl, that's why I have a trailer with a potty!!! Good idea thought

Debra Magee Needles
Debra Magee Needles

AND if you line it with a garbage bag you don't have to clean it. Beautiful.

Connie Songbird
Connie Songbird

Be prepared for rain. Love using swimming pool noodles !

Ricky Vazquez
Ricky Vazquez

Bueno, voy a preparar uno y lo dejo en el carro!\U0001f605

Eva Lundy
Eva Lundy

Better than doing it in a bush

Jessica Yadav
Jessica Yadav

The "caveman squat" is the best position you can put your body in for correct and injury free complete waste extraction. Just say'n.

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

You could even use a smaller bucket for kids

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Blahahaahaaa your boss with be so impressed ;)

Iliana Vega
Iliana Vega

Mio Guilfu we must make one for the kids

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