Many people live for the outdoors, and I’m one of them. As much as I love to go camping, glamping, or even traveling to go hiking or whatnot, I still like having some conveniences, such as my Keurig and a handy dandy portable potty. They do sell portable potty’s just about everywhere they sell camping supplies, but I decided to make my own.
The reason I decided to make my own portable potty is because of my back issues. Most of the potties I found are really low to the ground. I don’t want to be in a position where I have to call for help to get up. I go alone when I go camping, glamping, and even when travel to go hiking, about 75% of the time. The grandkids love to go with me, but when they’re in school and feeling cramped indoors, I make an instant decision to leave. Right then and there. I keep everything ready for my next adventure for this reason. I even keep my portable potty ready with everything I’ll need stashed inside of it.
With short potties out of the question, I found a tall 5-gallon bucket at Walmart. I then found a portable potty seat with a lid on eBay. I’ve added the links to the lowest-priced ones for your convenience. The bucket is less than $3 but of course, if you’d rather have other colors and brands, you will pay more. When I made mine, I had a better selection of buckets from Walmart to chose from. Other than these 2 supplies, I bought some thick trash bags and doubled them, for the waste.
Like I mentioned you have to purchase a 5-gallon bucket for the base. It’s up to you how much you want to spend or what kind you want. I decided to go with a bright red bucket because my eyes are not what they used to be and finding the bucket with dim camping lights would be a problem with a light color. Plus, I liked the fun-ness of the bucket.
Next, I purchased the seat with a lid. I knew I’d be keeping my portable potty in my tent or yurt so I wouldn’t have to get out at night to find the campsite bathroom. Seeing as how I go alone a lot of the time, I just feel it’s safer that way. I could stumble, fall, or anything, and no one would know until daylight that I was out there. I think ahead of what all could happen and I try to be prepared for everything. The lid snaps onto 5-gallon buckets. It’s that easy.
Don’t forget to take along your favorite disinfectant wipes to clean the seat after each use. I always pack up ARM & HAMMER™ Essentials™ Disinfecting Wipes for several reasons. The canister is a square making it easier to stash away in my weekender tote bag. The wipes kill 99.9% of viruses & bacteria. And they provide powerful cleaning (less the harsh chemicals), making it less work on me when I’m trying to rest and rejuvenate with nature.
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