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If you find yourself in a survival situation lasting more than a couple of hours, there is a strong possibility you’re going to need to use the bathroom at some point.
Adding a camp toilet to your bug out bag is one way to ensure you can do your business with minimal hassle.
Most portable camp toilets require you to use a bag.
Many of these bags already come pre-treated with chemicals that help break down waste into a non-hazardous material, but if your brand of bags don’t, those chemicals are also sold separately.
It might be tempting to skip this step, particularly in a survival situation.
However, waste that is improperly disposed of not only smells bad, but it could also attract predators if you are in the wild.
Now that you know a little about camp toilets, here are a few brands to consider.
Reliance Luggable Loo
The Reliance Luggable Loo is one of the highest rated portable camp toilets in the market, in spite of its simplicity.
The Luggable Loo is literally a five-gallon bucket with a toilet seat that screws into the top of it.
Reliance also makes its own brand of bags, the Double Doodie Bag, that comes pre-treated with chemicals to break down waste.
The Reliance Luggable Loo weighs three pounds and costs under $30. The bags are $18 for a pack of six.
Cleanwaste GO Anywhere Portable Toilet Seat
The Cleanwaste GO Anywhere Portable Toilet Seat is a tripod-style portable toilet that can hold up to 500 pounds of weight.
The GO Anywhere comes with one bag (including biogel to break down waste,) for $65. The bags are available in packs of 12 for $34.
The GO Anywhere Portable Toilet is easy to clean and designed to minimize the risk of you coming into contact with any waste.
The GO Anywhere folds down into a briefcase for easy transport and weighs about seven pounds.
Green Elephant Folding Commode
The Green Elephant Folding Commode is another highly rated camp toilet that is perfect for your bug out bag.
The Green Elephant weighs in at 3.5 pounds and can be used with any eight-gallon bag. You would need to purchase the chemicals to break down waste separately.
The Green Elephant Folding Commode folds easily and could be strapped to the back of your pack.
SereneLife Portable Toilet
The SereneLife Portable Toilet is somewhat of a luxury backcountry toilet. This toilet flushes with the help of internal pistons and has a capacity of 5.3 gallons of water.
The SereneLife looks just like a regular toilet, so if you’re worried about missing out on the comforts of home this may be a good option for you.
The drawback is its size– 11.25 pounds is a lot of added weight to your pack. And there are no internal bags– you need to empty and clean it in between uses.
This is a better option if you’re going to be situated in one place for a while– it’s not necessarily a toilet to use if you expect to be on the move.
If you need to bug out of society, you are still going to need to use the bathroom.
The right camp toilet for you depends on both the weight you are willing to carry, as well as your personal preference.