Camping Toilets FAQ

Got some questions about camping toilets? Here are some answers!

What types of toilet are available?
Which toilet is right for me?
Which toilet paper should I use?
Where should I empty the waste?
Do I need a toilet tent?


What types of toilet are available?

There are a number of different types of portable toilet available here at Blue Sky Camping. They broadly fall into the following categories:

Chemical Toilets

Many people think of these when they're talking about camping, or portable toilets.

They usually have two tanks: a freshwater tank and a waste tank. You fill up the top tank with freshwater and then flush each time you use the toilet. Just as you would at home. This keep the toilet bowl clean.

Eventually, the waste tank will fill up and need emptying.

You can add chemicals to both tanks. You can add them to the top tank to assist with cleaning the toilet bowl and to remove unpleasant odours. Adding a chemical to the bottom tank can help to break down waste materials more quickly, as well as reducing odours.

Non-Chemical Toilets

Some people don't like the thought of using chemicals at all. As a result, some manufacturers design portable toilets that don't use them.

Such toilets are often more basic in design and may make use of biodegradable bags. These will often break waste materials down into compost.

Disposable Toilet Devices

It's also possible to buy devices that are only used once. These aren't usually for camping and caravan trips. They're more often used by those on walks, or looking for short-term solutions.

Other Toilet Devices

You can also purchase other devices that have specific uses. The Shewee is one such example. It is designed to offer women more flexibility when taking part in outdoor pursuits.

Which toilet is right for me?

The whole issue of portable toilets can be confusing for first-time buyers.

Don't worry - our buying guide looks at your requirements and identifies suitable toilet options.

Which toilet paper should I use?

If you purchase a chemical toilet then you'll need to make sure that you always use toilet paper that is 100% biodegradable. That's because it won't clog up the system, unlike traditional toilet paper.

Where should I empty the waste?

It's not advisable to empty the waste into your home sewage system if you've been using a chemical toilet. That's because the chemicals could cause damage.

Instead, it's recommended that you should make use of approved dumping stations, which are provided at many caravan and camp sites.

Do I need a toilet tent?

Some camping enthusiasts like to make use of a toilet tent. This is a separate tent from the one in which they sleep.

The idea behind this is that it allows you to keep your toilet facilities separate from your sleeping area. Although this can be desirable, most people find that many modern camping and portable toilets are largely odourless.