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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Elena Trujeque
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Good job tera

Connie Roache Riggins
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Connie Roache Riggins

cool idea…thanks for sharing…

Barbara Allen
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Thats so awsome

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

Jessica Stone Bethers
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Jessica Stone Bethers

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Irene Bissonnette
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Kristin Scott-Green
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Lol

Ciana Rogers
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Pedro

Kelly Baker
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Girl, that’s why I have a trailer with a potty!!! Good idea thought

Angella Marie
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Camping hack

Debra Magee Needles
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AND if you line it with a garbage bag you don’t have to clean it. Beautiful.

Jenny Hampton-Tello
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May I suggest a trash bag as a liner to get tied up.

Connie Songbird
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Be prepared for rain. Love using swimming pool noodles !

Ashley Heier
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Mike Heier

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

Maria Rivas
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Jajajajaaj!

Eva Lundy
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Better than doing it in a bush

Brenda Chacon
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Para cuando te vayas camping con nosotros

Donna French
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Eeewwwww 😉

Maria Rivas
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Brenda Chacon Mario Chacon

Kristin Scott-Green
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Kelly Baker

Jessica Yadav
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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
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Great idea

A Thrifty Mom
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You could even use a smaller bucket for kids

A Thrifty Mom
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🙂

A Thrifty Mom
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Blahahaahaaa your boss with be so impressed 😉

A Thrifty Mom
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🙂

Makenzie Sue
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Kathy Fisher Ludwig

Sandi Rusinek
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Holly Liberta Mary Delbert

Mio Guilfu
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Uhh yeah!!! With our princesses

Darlene Fleischman
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I need this when we take a road trip

Iliana Vega
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Mio Guilfu we must make one for the kids

Dacia Silver Quigley
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Lol

Amy Harris Casey
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Kristin Peacock

Deborah Martinez
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Looks soft

Deborah Martinez
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Lol

Michelle Trevino
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Michelle Martinez Deborah

Ashley Nelson Harms
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Perfect!!!

Shirley A Klotz
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Gloria Adams we needed this camping with dad lol

Jennifer Johnson
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Seth Rasmussen Rusty Albrecht Taniyah Dickey

Melinda Creel Chipman
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Melinda Creel Chipman

Well, there it is…my toilet for work…since I can’t leave my desk to go.

Kari Elizabeth
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Dacia Silver Quigley!!

Scarlet N Lee Duran
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Richard Duran for your boy scouts!

Amanda Hoffer
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Would Carys and Natalie die or what?

Jennifer Gaines
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Amanda Hoffer pack one of these!

Beverly Leduke Sweet
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Ed Skeffington

Codi Melancon
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Braxton Melancon

Sarah Bellefeuille-Benge
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Sarah Bellefeuille-Benge

Ashley Nelson Harms genius!

A Thrifty Mom
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its matt— you get a composting toilet..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CdnVZkCKXU

Scribbles Signs
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Exactly!

A Thrifty Mom
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Smart guy 🙂

A Thrifty Mom
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🙂 Portable Pooper

Diana Sanchez
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Jesse Llerenas

Richard Murray
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Lmao

Mike Aguilar
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Been there done that LOL. Trash bag bucket and a noodle. Lol

Claudia Amézquita
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Mike Aguilar & your camping …u very handy

Theresa Bobby Triplett
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Theresa Bobby Triplett

Steven Martin Ashley Martin

A Thrifty Mom
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It is a whole 2nd bathroom lol

A Thrifty Mom
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YES 🙂

A Thrifty Mom
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LOL well if I had the option of a flushing toilet i would keep that option. But this is better than finding a TREE and praying nothing bites my naked bottom lol

A Thrifty Mom
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I was skeptical at first but LOVED it!!! and it was so easy to make.

Rhonda Murray
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Richard

Scribbles Signs
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I have been contemplating removing my bathroom from my glamper for more sleeping room but didn’t know what to do about the potty……now I know!!! THANK YOU!

DoNae Koho Thompson
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Great idea for those who like to ruff it.

Gricelda Torres
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Coniglio Ta
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Tricia Carmody when someone cant wait to go in the camper!

Chalese Riley
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This is an awesome idea! I think we would have gone camping while my son was potty training if I had seen this earlier. Thanks for posting!!

Megan Hedrick
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Dennis Muaina for mom at bear lake

A Thrifty Mom
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Whole thing made for less than $5

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