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Subject Topic: To porta loo or not to loo
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02/8/2011 at 11:10pm
 Location: West London
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i wee in a bucket with a lid and some detol to take the odour go away and empty it in the morning much less hassle

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02/8/2011 at 11:41pm
 Location: Denmark
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We have a DIY luxury bucket loo - when I'm solo camping, I can do with the bucket only (with a lid), but my kids want something that looks more like a "proper toilet":



Our secret is to use a bin liner in the bucket and fill the bottom with the kind of wood shavings used for guinea pigs. They are absorbant, and nothing smells. After each visit( no. 1's only!)you put a bit more woodshavings on top.
We even had an emergency case of "no. 2" recently (the blessing of camping with kids...), which could be solved by putting a heap of woodshavings on afterwards before putting the bin liner into a second bin liner before dumping it in the waste - just in case.

The bucket doesnt' take up extra space in the car, because we fill it with tent pegs, mallet and extra guy lines for transportation.

As we normally only use it for "wees", I prefer the bucket/bin liner model, because it is so easy to empty and clean.

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Proud owner of a 1987 Sprite Alpine 370 EK, a cheap popup tent and a beloved retro Trio frame tent from the early seventies, called Giraffen.


03/8/2011 at 1:34am
 Location: Scotland.
 Outfit: Conway Camargue Lots of Vangos. .
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We have a bucket and lid. It just gets emptied and rinsed out every morning, if it's been used of course.  I don't use cat litter, plastic bags or scented disinfectants, just water and a drop of washing up liquid to rinse it out. It's never smelled, not even in hot weather. The average bucket can hold a CampingGaz 907 bottle btw.

One tip though...boys of all ages can be pretty inaccurate when aiming so place bucket (or indeed portapotti) on a small washable plastic backed picnic rug. Or insist they kneel down to use it.



03/8/2011 at 6:49am
 Location: UK
 Outfit: Abbey GT212 Caravan & Kyham Tent
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We have a Thetford. Personally I don't like the idea of buckets even if they have disinfectant, cat litter or whatever in them as I worry about them being knocked over or starting to smell if it gets a bit warm inside the tent. I also don't want the hassle of having to empty it every day.

We find it handy for those last thing at night visits, or if you need to go in the middle of the night. Rest of the time we just use the site facilities. Its our little bit of luxury when camping.



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03/8/2011 at 9:05am
 Location: Bath
 Outfit: Hi-Gear Kalahari 8 Hi-Gear Mojave 5
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We use the HiGear Portable Toilet (Bucket with seat and lid) as although my 6yo is dry at night, I don't want to traipse her to the loo in the middle of the night. It is only used for wee's though! We use a small amount of green chemical in it.

The best thing is that it doubles as a convenient container for the Delta Pegs and is very handy to carry around the tent whilst pitching or striking camp.

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April 2011 - Tour of Scotland (motorhome) 11 nights
June 2011 - CCC Charmouth (Lyme Regis) 1 night
July 2011 - CCC Charmouth (Lyme Regis) 7 nights
August 2011 - CCC Charmouth (Lyme Regis) 6 nights

Delta pegs - the best kept camping secret!


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03/8/2011 at 9:16am
 Location: Bootle
 Outfit: various tents & A steam train
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I wouldn't be withoug my portapotti.  Got it when we first started camping, not only for the kids, but to save leaving them inthe middle of hte night if I needed the loo.  
Now it is the dog that can't be left - you see he thinks tha tI need assistance when I go to the loo.
Part of me was thinking about changing it to something like a bucket with a lid - until Saturday morning whne Pip wasn't well.  Take one child draped over it, thiowing up, and you really appreciate the sturdiness of it.

OK emptying isn't my favourtie job - but it isn't hard or totally unpleasant.   Just do it every couple of days.      

We use the site loos during the day - but a couple of years ago the weather was that wet, we just used to portapotti save trailng to the loo block in the rain.



03/8/2011 at 10:15am
 Location: Newton le Willows LANCASHIRE
 Outfit: Burnt out wreck
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I can't understand why people faff about with buckets. lids, cat litter and goodness knows what when all that's needed is a port-potti or similar. We only use ours for nightime wee wees but I wouldn't hesitate to use it for an emergency No.2. Many canal boat users have porta-pottis and of course don't have everyday access to disposal points. If you use the *blue* everything is broken down to an odourless liquid.


03/8/2011 at 2:11pm
 Location: Herts
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We have the Kampa Khazi and it has a little lid so you could do number 2's in there too but we have a rule that only wee's are allowed. 

We don't put toilet roll in there so only the wee with a little water and thetford blue or pink at the bottom keeps it fresher smelling overnight and makes it easier to empty, we have a small bin for the used toilet roll.  A nappy sack smells nice and can be tied to dispose of it.  I like to be green where i can but on this small matter i am not :(  It is the most convenient way and saves on toilet paper sticking to the toilet when emptying, yuck.

hth



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03/8/2011 at 3:04pm
 Location: Glasgow
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Quote: Originally posted by ashwellgirl on 03/8/2011

We have the Kampa Khazi and it has a little lid so you could do number 2's in there too but we have a rule that only wee's are allowed. 

We don't put toilet roll in there so only the wee with a little water and thetford blue or pink at the bottom keeps it fresher smelling overnight and makes it easier to empty, we have a small bin for the used toilet roll.  A nappy sack smells nice and can be tied to dispose of it.  I like to be green where i can but on this small matter i am not :(  It is the most convenient way and saves on toilet paper sticking to the toilet when emptying, yuck.

hth



you can get biodegradable nappy sacks so the whole lot will degrade.



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