10 Best Portable Camping Toilets – Flush & Bucket-Types

Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by toilethaven

Most camping grounds have restrooms or vault toilets but are often far from the camping sites. Trekking there at night is not an option for most people. This is where portable camping toilets come in.

Portable camping toilets give you the convenience of having a bathroom where running water and sewer lines do not exist. There are four main types of camping toilets to choose from. They are:

  1. Flush-type portable camping toilets
  2. Bucket-type portable camping toilets
  3. Foldable/collapsible portable camping toilets
  4. Composting portable camping toilets

Flush-type camping toilets have a freshwater tank, a holding tank, and a bowl. They are a little pricier but worth it.

Bucket-type camping toilets are dry toilets with a 5-gallon bucket with a snap-on lid that serves as the seat. They are cheap and lightweight.

Foldable or collapsible camping toilets are also dry toilets that can be folded during transportation to make them more compact. They are also very sturdy.

Composting toilets are dry toilets that biologically turn human waste into compost with the help of a medium like sawdust or peat moss. They are a bit pricey.

All of these toilets can also be used as RV toilets instead of permanent RV toilets or cassette toilets.

The 10 Best Portable Camping Toilets are:

Toilet Capacity Weight Type
1. Thetford Porta Potti 5.5 gallons 13.45 pounds Flushable
2. Reliance Luggable Loo 5 gallons 3 pounds Bucket
3. Natures Head Composting Toilet 80 uses 28 pounds Composting
4. Cleanwaste Portable Toilet 8-gallon waste bag 7 pounds Foldable
Camco Portable Toilet 5.3 gallons 11.5 pounds Flushable
Basicwise portable toilet 5 gallons 5.5 pounds Bucket
Dometic Portable Toilet gallons 12 pounds Flushable
Green Elephant Portable Toilet 8-gallon waste bag 3.5 pounds Foldable
Reliance Hassock Portable Toilet 5 gallons 5 pounds Bucket
SereneLife Portable Toilet 5.3 gallons 11.25 pounds Flushable

Best Flush-Type Portable Camping Toilets

If you are looking for a flushable portable camping toilet, these are some of the best in the market. Please note that the weight is for when they are empty.

They tend to be a little heavy when full of water. Flushable portable toilets are also good for vans or RVs since most come with a hold-down bracket.

1. Thetford Portable Toilet

Porta Potti 92306 White Thetford Corp
  • VERSATILITY: Award-winning, top-of-the-line portable toilet, suited for RVs, boats, trucks, vans, healthcare, camping and even off-the-grid lifestyle
  • DESIGN: Sleek, modern, and homelike look, Porta Potti Curve comes with a comfortable seat height, increased bowl size, and battery-powered flush
  • FUNCTIONALITY: Easy to use and clean, Curve has an ergonomic carrying handle, an integrated toilet paper holder, and a tank level indicator
  • Sleek design
  • 4 gallons fresh water tank
  • 5.5 gallons waste water tank
  • Ergonomic carrying handle
  • Integrated toilet paper holder
  • Tank level indicator
  • Pour out sprout with cap
  • Battery-powered flush
  • Hold down kit
  • 13.45 pounds
  • Toilet dimensions: 18.4 x 15.8 x 17.8 inches
  • 6 AA batteries required
  • Large toilet bowl
  • Average of 56 flushes per tank


Regarding comfort, the Thetford Curve Porta Potti is, without a doubt, the best. It is a 17.8-inch height, almost like your home toilet, and has a large toilet bowl and seat.

This toilet is also beautifully designed. It has a sleek and curvy design which looks both modern and stylish.

Capacity-wise, this portable throne has a 4 gallons fresh water tank and a 5.5 gallons waste water tank. The waste water tank is detachable by using a latch that easily helps you empty it. For clean and convenient emptying, the waste tank has a sprout with a cap which also helps to contain bad odor.

The Thetford Curve will give you up to 56 flushes before emptying the toilet. It employs a battery-powered flushing system. At any one point, the toilet should have 6 AA batteries to perform optimally.

The other convenient features of this toilet are an integrated toilet paper holder and a tank lever indicator. The tank level indicator tells you precisely when to empty the tank and when to add fresh water, eliminating guesswork.

A hold-down kit will help you secure this toilet, especially during transportation. This will prevent it from shifting around and hence breaking down.

One of the things that makes this toilet great is the same one that makes people have a bad experience while using it. This toilet’s flushing system is battery-powered. If you are camping with no backup batteries and the ones inside the toilet start running low, you must contend with squatting in the bushes.

The Thetford Curve is, in our opinion, the best portable toilet to buy.

2. Camco Premium Portable Travel Toilet

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Camco Camper / RV Premium Travel Toilet - Features...
  • Detachable Holding Tank: 5.3 gallon holding tank is detachable for easy emptying
  • Stops Leaks and Odors: Holding tank seals firmly to prevent escaping leaks and odors
  • Pump Flush: Fresh water holding tank utilizes a pump flush action to effectively rinse the bowl of the toilet; Flush Capacity: 4-gallons

Features and Specifications

  • 5.3-gallon detachable holding tank
  • 3.75-gallon flush tank
  • Pump flush
  • The interior surface is made of slick ABS
  • 11.5 pounds when empty
  • 31 pounds when full
  • Swivel dumping elbow
  • Sliding gate valve
  • Toilet Dimensions: 18 x 16.2 x 17.5 inches


The Camco premium portable toilet is Camco’s latest and best portable toilet. This is the one product that compares and competes with Thetford’s Curve portable toilet.

Like many flush-type portable toilets, it has a toilet bowl with a seat and lid, a flush tank, and a holding tank. The flush tank has a capacity of 3.75 gallons, while the holding tank can hold 5.3 gallons of waste.

To use this potty, pull out the seal handle to expose the holding tank to the toilet bowl. You can thereafter sit on the toilet seat, which is not too far down than a standard height toilet, and get down to business.

To flush it, there is a piston pump on the top of the toilet, which after pumping, will direct water through 3 jets into the bowl. After flushing, push back the sliding valve handle, which will, in turn, seal the holding tank and therefore prevents any leak and also contain bad odor.

What people love most about the Camco premium portable toilets is that they have no bad smells and are easy to clean. Their interior surface is made of slick ABS materials that prevent waste from clinging on. As a result, cleaning them is a cinch.

A spring-loaded side latch will help detach the holding tank from the other part of the toilet. To empty the waste, a pivoting emptying spout that is capped comes in handy. Remove the cap and dump the waste in an appropriate area. Rinse the waste tank several times, and it will be ready for the next use.

Unless you are tall or have limited mobility, the height of this toilet is one of the highest in the portable toilet industry. You, therefore, don’t need to squat too low to be able to use it. Its toilet seat is also comparatively bigger. Although not the same as your elongated toilet seat at home, it is decent for a porta-potty.

3. Dometic Portable Toilet

Dometic 301097202 Portable Toilet 2.6 Gallon, Tan
  • High-strength ABS construction withstands harsh environments; smooth, easy-to-clean finish
  • Prismatic tank level indicator allows easy tank level monitoring
  • Push-button flush clears bowl instantly

Features and Specifications

  • Push-button flush
  • 5 gallons waste tank
  • 2.6 gallons fresh water tank
  • Smooth and easy to clean
  • Made of high-strength ABS
  • Tank level indicator
  • Full-size seat
  • Lid latches well
  • Pivoting discharge sprout
  • Gray/tan
  • 12 pounds
  • Toilet dimensions: 13.5 x 15.5 x 16.5 inches


The Dometic portable toilet is a sleek and modern-looking toilet that is easy to use. It has a toilet bowl with a seat and lid, a 2.6 gallons fresh water tank, and a 5 gallons waste water tank.

The waste tank is easily detachable from the other part of the toilet for emptying. A pivoting discharge spout ensures that you can empty your waste without it splashing back to your face.

Before you sit and get down to business, you will need to prepare the toilet for use. At the front of this porta potty is a handle connected to the sliding valve that seals off the waste tank. Pull the handle outwards to expose the waste tank to the toilet bowl.

Next, you will need to pressurize the water in the freshwater tank. To do this, use the pump on top of the toilet to pump a minimum of 15 times.

From there, the toilet is ready for use. Once you are done, push the button on top of the tank to flush the bowl. Pressurized water will flow from the fresh water tank to the holding, flushing, and rinsing the bowl.

The holding tank has a level indicator that will precisely tell you the correct time to empty it. This helps to eliminate guesswork. A latch on the side will help you detach the waste tank from the other part, and you can empty it at the dumping point.

On top of the tank is a small dial that you should set to ‘OPEN.’ Once you do this, a small hole will open, letting the air into the waste tank. This will help you to have a smooth emptying. Once you are done, set back the dial to ‘CLOSE.’

Among the complaints raised against this portable toilet include the pumping action being noisy, especially during the night, leaking at the seal, and the emptying process can take too long because of the design of the spout.

4. Natures Head Self-Contained Composting Toilet

Nature's Head Self Contained Composting Toilet...
  • No one - and I mean no one - will beat my customer service and individual support
  • Easy to install by any reasonably handy person.
  • Absolutely No Odor. No Maintenance. 5 Year Warranty.

Features and Specifications

  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Made in USA
  • Full-size elongated toilet seat
  • Vent hose and fan included
  • Fast disassembling
  • 28 pounds
  • Granite color
  • 12 volts
  • Toilet dimensions: 22 x 20.5 x 21.7 inches
  • 5 years warranty
  • Up to 80 uses


Do you have a cabin in the woods or by the lake that you need to fit with a decent and modern portable toilet? Or is it your RV that needs a modern composting toilet? Whatever scenario you are in, you won’t go wrong with Nature’s Head Self-Contained composting toilet.

Unlike most portable toilets, this one does not need any water to work. It works by separating solids from liquids. The liquids, which are normally urine, should be emptied daily.

The solids are decomposed into humus and can stay in the toilet bin for up to 80 uses without a smell. It, however, requires a 12 volts power connection for the fan. You can opt not to use the fan if you are in an area with free air circulation as long as you vent your hose in an upward direction.

Originally, this toilet was designed to be used in the boating industry; hence, it’s all stainless steel hardware. Due to its success there, it has proved helpful in all other leisure-related activities.

Nature’s Head Self-Contained Composting Toilet’s seat is both full-size and elongated. The top of the seat is also 21.7 inches high. Getting a comfortable portable toilet with an elongated bowl and seat is rare, but Nature’s Head composting toilet delivers it.

The one major thing that works against this toilet is its cost. It is one of the most expensive portable toilets. When you imagine it costs almost a thousand dollars while some bucket-type portable toilets go for as low as 20 dollars, you will understand why it is not for everyone.

Its price notwithstanding, Nature’s Head composting toilet is the best portable composting toilet anyone could buy.

5. Camco Standard Portable Toilet

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Camco Portable Travel Toilet - Features...
  • Portable Travel Toilet: Provides a convenient bathroom spot while on-the-go; Ideal for camping, RVing, boating, road trips and other recreational activities; Detachable Holding Tank: 2.6-gallon...
  • Stops Leaks and Odors: The locking lid helps stop spills and the sealing slide valve locks in odors/protects against leakage; Side latches fasten the tank to the toilet
  • Easy to Flush: An easy-to-use bellow-type flush and pull slide valve provide simple flushing

Features and Specifications

  • 5.3/2.6 gallons holding tank
  • 5.3 gallons: 14 x 16 x 15.5 inches, 10.8 pounds
  • 2.6 gallons: 11.5 x 14 x 16 inches, 9.4 pounds
  • Polyethylene material
  • 330 pounds weight capacity
  • 2.5 gallons flushing water tank
  • Sealed gate valve
  • Bellows-type pump
  • Side latches to secure the top and bottom
  • Handle for easy portability


This is one of the best portable toilets. The Camco portable travel toilet comes in 2 sizes. There is the 5.3 gallons holding tank type and the 2.6 gallons holding tank type.

These toilets are made of polyethylene material, making them easily portable. The 5.3 gallons toilet weighs 10.8 pounds, while the 2.6 gallons one weighs 9.4 pounds.

Each 2.6 or 5.3-gallon holding tank is detachable and secured to the toilet by two side latches. A sealing slide valve prevents the holding tank from leaking and contains odors. It also comes with a handle for easy transportation.

The fresh flushing water tank is sandwiched between the holding tank and the toilet bowl. It has a capacity of 2.5 gallons. A cap at the top of the toilet is removable to fill the flush tank with fresh water.

A bellows-types pump is used to evacuate the waste from the toilet to the holding tank. The sliding gate valve opens for waste to enter the holding tank and closes to contain the odor and to maintain a water-tight seal.

There is also a cap at the back of the holding tank that is easily removable for emptying the toilet. The toilet is quite heavy when full, and emptying it is uncomfortable due to the odor. It is best to empty it at campground facilities or gas stations instead of your home.

A modern family (2 to 5 people) will comfortably use this toilet for 3 to 5 days without emptying, depending on usage.

6. Thetford Corp White 92820 Porta Potti 365

Porta Potti Thetford 92860 Porta Potti 135 , White
  • Award-Winning Portable Toilet for RVs, boats, trucks, vans, healthcare, camping and even off-the-grid lifestyle
  • Modern Appearance in a durable, easy-to-use and clean design, with removable seat and cover
  • 2. 6-gallon Waste Water Holding Tank with rotating Pour-Out Spout and 2. 6-gallon fresh water holding tank

Features and Specification

  • Modern look
  • Ergonomic carrying handle
  • Standard lid latch
  • Rotating pour-out spout
  • 10.54 pounds
  • Piston pump flush
  • Average of 56 flushes
  • Wastewater and freshwater level indicators
  • Detachable holding tank
  • 16.3 inches high with lid closed
  • 4 gallons freshwater tank
  • 5.5 gallons waste water tank
  • Toilet dimensions: 15.4 x 17.1 x 16.6 inches


Thetford continues to impress with their modern and efficient porta potties. Their Porta Potti 365 is not different from their other great products.

This portable toilet has a sleek design and therefore looks classy and stylish. It has three sections: the bowl and seat, the freshwater tank, and the wastewater tank.

The freshwater/holding tank is clipped to the other part of the toilet and is easily detachable. It has a capacity of 5.5 gallons.

To make your life easier and messy-free, the holding tank has a rotating pour-out spout. Ordinarily, when the holding tank is attached to the other part of the toilet, the spout is collapsed inside the toilet assembly, which ensures its compact size.

When the holding tank is full and you need to empty it, you rotate the spout and easily pour out the waste out in an appropriate place. Cleaning the holding tank is so easy. Rinse it with fresh water several times, and you are good.

Tall people can find refuge in this portable toilet. It has a height of 16.3 inches, which is a bargain for a toilet away from home. The toilet bowl is also big compared to other porta potties. Gentlemen will surely like that last part.

The freshwater tank has a capacity of 4 gallons, giving you, on average, 56 flushes. A piston flush pump is used, which is located at the top of the toilet.

If you are using this toilet for number 2, an easy way to avoid waste sticking is to have the bowl pre-wet. Some people even spray olive oil on the bowl to lubricate the load.

As expected, this portable toilet costs more than the average porta-potty. With all that it offers, this is one of the top-rated portable camping toilets.

7. Zimmer Portable Toilet Camping Porta Potty

Portable Toilet Camping Porta Potty - 5 Gallon...
  • FULL-SIZED CONVENIENCE - This travel toilet is the answer for full bladders everywhere. With a full-sized lid, our porta potty is perfect for the comfort of adults and kids alike. No more holding it...
  • 8-GALLON HOLD - You'll get a 3-gallon freshwater holding tank plus a 5-gallon waste water holding tank with this camp toilet (that's up to 50-70 flushes)!
  • EASY TO USE - When your portable bathroom is ready to be refilled, just use the 2 labeled side latches. Each tank comes with a strong cap to ensure no leakage whatsoever.

Features and Specifications

  • 5.3 gallons waste capacity
  • 3 gallons flush water capacity
  • 50-70 flushes before changing the flushing water
  • Side latches to secure the tank to the toilet
  • Bellow-type flush pump
  • Caps for filling fresh water and dumping waste
  • Water-tight sliding valve to contain odors
  • Made of polyethylene material
  • Weighs 9.75 pounds
  • Toilet Dimensions: 16.5″ high x 13.5″ wide x 12″ deep


The Zimmer portable toilet is an inexpensive and great working camping toilet. It can be comfortably used by adults and kids. A 16.5-inch is not too bad; hence you will not need to bend your knees too much.

A high-density polyethylene material which is both lightweight and easy to clean is used to make this toilet. Its overall weight is 9.75 pounds, and it comes with a handle that makes it easily portable.

It has three sections: the toilet bowl with a seat and lid, the fresh water tank, and the waste tank at the bottom. The waste tank has a capacity of 5.3 gallons, while the freshwater tank can hold 3 gallons of clean water.

Latches on each side of the toilet are used to secure the waste tank to the toilet. The top of the waste tank has a sliding seal valve that prevents the waste from leaking and, at the same time containing the odor from escaping.

You will get between 50 and 70 flushes while using this toilet. While the waste will most likely not go away with the first flush, 1 to 3 times will surely do it. A bellow-type pump on the side of the toilet is used during flushing.

Some people have complained about the toilet retaining some skid marks after using and flushing the toilet. This challenge is mainly experienced by kids not used to emptying their bowels on portable toilets.

The main reason for the skid marks is that portable toilets do not have as much pressure as ordinary home toilets.

8. SereneLife Outdoor Portable Toilet

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SereneLife Portable Toilet with Carry Bag –...
  • CONVENIENT, COMPACT, AND PORTABLE – The SereneLife portable toilet is small enough to fit in the trunk of your car but large enough to sit on comfortably. Its 37x41x35cm size means you can take it...
  • LARGE CAPACITY OF UP TO 120 FLUSHES – Our extra-large tank of 5.3 gallons holds more sewage than ever before, saving you the hassle of changing it often. Flush it up to 120 times with confidence –...
  • LEAK-PROOF AND ODORLESS DESIGN – To prevent unnecessary messes or spills, our design features a rotating emptying spout, allowing you to quickly and discreetly empty it when full. And it has a...

Features and Specifications

  • 3.2 gallons of fresh water tank
  • 5.3 gallons of waste tank
  • 50 + flushes
  • Water level indicator
  • Piston pump flush
  • Carrying case included
  • High-density polyethylene material
  • Rotating emptying spout
  • Double-sealed drain valve protects against leaks
  • 11.25 pounds
  • Toilet dimensions: 13 x 16 x 16 inches

The SereneLife portable toilet is modern and efficient. It is made of lightweight high-density polyethylene, weighing only 11.25 pounds.

This toilet has three sections: the bowl and toilet seat, the fresh water tank, and the holding tank. The holding tank is detachable for emptying and is attached to the toilet by two side latches.

The freshwater tank has a capacity of 3.2 gallons which should be sufficient to offer you about 50 flushes. The holding tank has a capacity of 5.3 gallons.

To use this toilet, you first pull out the handle of the sliding valve. This links up the toilet bowl to the holding tank. You then sit down and do your business. Push the piston pump on top of the toilet, whereby water will rinse and flush the bowl. Once the bowl is clean, push back the sliding valve.

The sliding valve prevents the wastewater from leaking and contains a bad odor in the holding tank. A level indicator shows you the level of waste in the tank so that you can empty it at the right time.

A splash-proof rotating spout ensures the waste doesn’t splash in your face while emptying. The fact that you can rotate it helps to direct the waste away from your face.

Although this portable toilet is among the best, big-bodied gentlemen complain that the bowl opening is round and too small. Their anatomy is slightly different from lady users who, for the most part, say this is a great portable toilet.

Besides the above concern, the SereneLife porta-potty does the job well and is a favorite for many hikers. A carrying case is included when you purchase this product.

9. Leopard Outdoor Portable Toilet

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Features and Specification

  • Sturdy base
  • Made of polyethylene
  • 11.5 pounds
  • 3 gallons fresh water tank
  • 5.3 gallons waste tank
  • T-type 3-way flush
  • Bellow-type flush
  • Side latches and handle
  • Toilet dimensions: 13.6 x 15 x 16.6 inches


Its new 3-way flush system is very efficient. Unlike many portable toilets where you only have water from one jet, this toilet release water through 3 jets which form a T. As a result, the bowl is flushed and cleaned thoroughly.

The 5.3-gallon waste tank is easily detachable from the toilet if you need to empty its content. It is secured to the toilet by side latches which takes no effort to attach and detach.

The most important things you should look for while buying a portable toilet include ease of use, cleanliness, and, most importantly, it should not leak. This toilet seems to deliver just that.

The 16.6 inches height of this toilet is not very different from a standard height toilet. That’s a big deal for people who can’t reach a certain height.

Compared to regular RV toilets, the Leopard portable toilet has a wider base and is, therefore, sturdier. If you are therefore planning a portable toilet for your RV, then this particular one would be worth your while.

Just like most porta potties, gentlemen still have to try and squeeze everything in to use this one too. Other than that, the Leopard portable toilet is a great product that should seriously be considered by anyone planning a camping trip.

Note: While using a flushable camping toilet, I suggest using toilet paper that breaks down fast, like the ones used by people on septic systems. Read more on this post.

Best Bucket-Type Portable Camping Toilets

Bucket portable camping toilets are ideal if you do not want to spend too much on a camping toilet and also when you want to travel light. Some people prefer to use their existing buckets and only buy a snap-on lid seat, but the price difference is really small.

Here are the best bucket toilets for camping:

1. Reliance Luggable Loo Portable Toilet

Reliance Products Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon...
  • Compatible with Reliance's standard Double Doodle Bag
  • Weight: 3.00lbs
  • Economically priced portable toilet

Features and Specifications

  • 5-gallon capacity
  • Weighs 3 pounds
  • A bucket-type portable toilet
  • The toilet seat and the lid snaps on top of the bucket
  • Compatible with Reliance’s Double doodle bag
  • Metallic handle
  • Toilet dimensions: 12.8 x 14.57 x 13.39 inches
  • Gray in color
  • 5-year guarantee


The Reliance Luggable Loo portable toilet is the best budget-friendly camping toilet you could ever buy. It is a simple bucket-type portable toilet, but it does the job.

This toilet combines a 5-gallon bucket, a plastic bag, and a toilet seat with a lid. The plastic bag goes inside the bucket, then the seat. Make sure the plastic bag goes underneath the seat. The toilet seat will then latch on the bucket rim, and you can comfortably do your business.

The beauty of this toilet is that it allows you to travel light, especially in the woods, hunting, or hiking. You will not need to carry water for flushing, only enough plastic bags. The entire toilet weighs only 3 pounds.

The choice of this toilet’s color wouldn’t be a better one. A gray color will generally go well with waste instead of another color. I cannot imagine a bright red or white bucket toilet. Keeping it clean would be a nightmare, which is ironic because most of our home toilets are white.

The good with this toilet is that if you break your original bucket, you can always replace it with any other 5-gallon bucket. You don’t have to go through the pain of ordering another toilet. You can also use your kitchen waste plastic bags with the toilet too.

Apart from just camping, you can buy this portable toilet for your home in case there is a power outage and water is not being pumped. I am sure it will be worth your while.

Because of its versatility and price, we have listed the Reliance Luggable Loo as the best portable toilet in this category.

2. Basicwise Portable Travel Toilet

Giantex Portable Travel Toilet with Detachable...
  • Make the Journey Worry-free: This compact toilet can be used indoors and outdoors without taking up much space. It's perfect for camping, hiking, boating and road trips and can provide all the...
  • Detachable Toilet Paper Holder: There is a paper holder on one side of the toilet, allowing you to put paper towels on it for convenience. The detachable design allows the paper towel to be hung on...
  • Humanized Design: The light weight and hidden handles on both sides of the toilet make the toilet easy to move and carry. The large-capacity inner bucket allows you to use it multiple times without...

Features and Specifications

  • Made of plastic
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Integrated toilet paper holder
  • Used with 8-gallon waste bags
  • Removable covers seal the odor
  • 5.5 pounds
  • Full-size seat
  • sturdy
  • Toilet dimensions: 14 x 17 x 16 inches


The BasicWise portable toilet is a quality and well-made portable toilet. From its appearance, it looks superior quality, which it is in reality.

It is made of lightweight plastic, and its total weight is only 5.5 pounds. The best thing is that you don’t need water to use this toilet and it can move around easily.

How this toilet works is pretty easy. There is the outer shell which provides support for the user. Then there is a smaller bucket inside where you do your business. You, however, don’t do it straight on the bucket.

You will insert an 8-gallon plastic bag in the bucket and then place the toilet seat on top of the bucket. Once you are done using the toilet, wrap the waste properly with the bag. The bucket has a removable cover that seals it when not in user to contain any odor that might be present.

The design of this porta potty makes it so sturdy. The base is slightly wider than the top and is also hollow. As a result, the pressure is evenly distributed across its circumference, creating more balance for the user.

The shape of the toilet seat is another great feature as far as this toilet is concerned. Unlike the normal bucket toilet seats, which are round, this is elongated and, therefore, bigger. It is hence more comfortable to sit on.

The integrated toilet holder is also an amazing addition to this toilet. The good thing about it is that it is not permanently fixed there. Once you are on the move, you simply unhook it, toss it inside the loo, and you are on the move—no need for it to stick outside.

However, the manufacturer slightly exaggerates its importance when they say that you can even use it as a normal seat. I don’t think many people would look forward to sitting on their porta potty at sunset and having a coffee.

3. Reliance Hassock Portable Toilet

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  • Portable, lightweight and self-contained toilet; comes with one eco-fresh packet
  • Contoured seat for comfort; Inner splash cover/toilet paper holder
  • Removable Inner bucket for waste Disposal; compatible with reliance's standard Double doodie bag

Features and Specifications

  • Contoured seat for comfort
  • Removable inner bucket for waste disposal
  • Inners splash cover with toilet paper holder
  • Black
  • 5 pounds
  • 275-pound weight limit
  • Made of polyethylene
  • Toilet dimensions: 14.7 x 14.7 x 14 inches
  • 5-year warranty


This is another great product from Reliance Products. The Hassock portable camping toilet is specially made for camping enthusiasts who like to travel light. It is made of polyethylene and only weighs 5 pounds.

You don’t need water to use this toilet. Setting up is also very quick. It is, in essence, a bucket within a bucket. The smaller bucket goes inside, and the bigger outer bucket is where you put the plastic bag.

After putting the plastic bag, set the seat on top of the bucket and do your business. A toilet paper holder inner splash cover is also part of this assembly. You may place it adjacent to the toilet or hang it a little high up to reach the toilet paper easily.

For your comfort while sitting on the throne, the toilet seat has been contoured. It, therefore, assumes and accommodates the natural shape of your anatomy.

To avoid bad smells, although you can buy Reliance products, you can also use kitty litter pellets which work like a charm. You also can use this together with an ordinary kitchen garbage bag. Just toss the kitty litter inside the garbage and into the inner bucket. You will never experience bad smells.

Cleaning this portable toilet is extremely easy. It goes without saying that nobody likes coming into contact with human waste. Unlike in a flush-type portable toilet, where there is always the risk of waste splashing on your face during emptying, you will not have to experience any of that here.

After you are done using the toilet, you only have to fold the garbage bag and trash the waste. This also means you don’t have to carry a heavy toilet with water and waste.

A few people have complained of moisture rising and wetting the toilet seat. To avoid this scenario, always fold the plastic bag after every use.

4. Reliance Products Hunter’s Loo

Reliance Products Hunters Loo Portable 5 Gallon...
  • Self-contained Green/Camo color portable toilet
  • Easy on the hand metal handle
  • Seat & cover snap on/off for quick clean-up

Features and Specifications

  • 5 gallons
  • Camouflage portable toilet
  • 2.65 pounds
  • Five-year warranty
  • Toilet dimensions: 13.5 x 13 x 15.38 inches


These Reliance Products camouflage portable toilet is the best portable toilet for hunters. It is camouflaged and, therefore, not easily spotted by the prey.

Most people, however, use this toilet for any other outdoor activity apart from just hunting. It is a great emergency toilet for your home if you’re remodeling your bathroom or there is no running water that day.

The Hunter’s Loo is lightweight, which makes it even more practical as a portable toilet. It only weighs 2.65 pounds, and you can move around easily.

Although the toilet is made of plastic and is lightweight, it is very sturdy. The manufacturer does not specify its weight capacity, but persons weighing over 250 pounds have used this toilet comfortably.

Comfort-wise, this toilet is not so bad. It is just slightly shorter than a standard-height toilet. You, therefore, don’t need to squat too low to get the job done. Considering that you use a bucket, you cannot ask for too much from this toilet.

The toilet lid and the seat snap tightly on top of the bucket. If you are used to using an elongated toilet seat at home, this is where it might get tricky. The hole of the seat is smaller than the circumference of the bucket. You will need to adjust your rear properly to make sure you are dropping everything in the right place.

It is disappointing that this toilet does not come with the doodie bags. You will therefore need to buy separately, which I think is part of the manufacturer’s business sustenance strategy since they sell the bags too.

What most people prefer to do, though, is use double ordinary kitchen garbage bags. You should always add some kitty litter in there to contain the smell. It works surprisingly well.

This portable loo is a decent product and works as advertised. The price is not bad either.

5. Camco Portable Toilet Bucket

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  • Portable Travel Toilet: This portable camping bucket is designed for camping, RVing, boating, or any other recreational activity; the 5-gallon camping toilet comes with a seat and lid attachment that...
  • Sturdy Construction: This bucket toilet is made of durable and lightweight UV-resistant polypropylene
  • Easy Handling: Portable toilet features an attached carry handle that ensures easy transport; it comes with 3 bag liners

Features and Specifications

  • Five-gallon bucket
  • The seat snaps tight on the rim of the bucket
  • Metallic handle
  • Made of UV-resistant polypropylene
  • 3.53 pounds
  • 300 pounds weight limit
  • 10 toilet bags included
  • Toilet Dimensions: 13.4 x 16.1 x 13.8 inches


The Camco portable toilet bucket, like many other bucket toilets, is a 5-gallon toilet with a toilet seat and lid at the top.

It compares to the Reliance Products portable bucket toilet. These two toilets have the same features. It is very difficult to be sophisticated using a bucket toilet because all you need is a 5-gallon bucket and a toilet seat with a lid.

Camco is more renowned for making flush-type portable toilets than bucket-type portable toilets. On the other hand, Reliance Products’ portable bucket toilets are very popular with camping enthusiasts.

This toilet will serve you well if you plan hiking, hunting, or just on a long road trip. It is both lightweight and easy to use and clean.

When you buy it for the first time, it will be shipped with 10 toilet bags. Each bag contains a biodegradable powder that gels your waste and effectively kills terrible smells.

Just like with many bucket portable toilets, you can use your ordinary kitchen bag and kitty litter if you don’t want to order more toilet bags. They work the same way. Always pack up enough of these bags and kitty litter before commencing your trip.

The height, although shorter than your toilet at home, is not that bad for most people. It is also a very sturdy toilet, and you are likely not to topple over. Just make sure it is resting on solid ground.

There are few negatives to say about this porta-potty as it does its job perfectly well. Comfort is, however, minimal, especially for gentlemen, which is not unique to this toilet alone. It is something most men have to contend with while using portable camping toilets.

Best Portable Collapsible Camping Toilets

Collapsible/foldable portable toilets are the most compact camping toilets. This makes it possible to squeeze them into tiny spots during transportation. Another thing about them is that they are very sturdy and hence are unlikely to topple.

The best collapsible portable camping toilets are:

1. Cleanwaste Portable Toilet

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  • Quick Setup: The GO Anywhere Portable Toilet is easy to setup. Just unfold and lock legs into place, flip over and open the lid. Use Cleanwaste’s Original Wag Bag and you’re ready to go!
  • Strong and Stable: Supports up to 500 pounds. (3) Locking legs provide stability, even on rough ground. Removable lid can be placed under legs to provide extra support on soft ground.
  • Use Anywhere: Whenever you need to go, the toilet goes with you - camping, outdoor events, road trips, home emergencies, or anywhere a restroom facility is not available or useable. Just use and throw...
  • Compact portable toilet
  • Handle for easy transportation
  • Foldable legs
  • The lid can be used for stability
  • Comes with 1 go anywhere toilet kit
  • Supports up to 500 pounds
  • 7 pounds
  • Gray in color
  • Toilet Dimensions: 19 x 4 x 15 inches


The Cleanwaste go anywhere portable toilet is, in my opinion, the best compact portable toilet. It resembles a briefcase with a handle on the top for easy portability.

To set up this toilet, reach to the back side of the toilet, where you will find three folded legs. Unfold each leg at a time. To be sure the leg is completely out, you should be able to hear a click sound confirming that the leg has been stretched out completely.

The next part is to remove the lid of the toilet. If the surface you are setting up in is not enough, the lid is designed to go underneath the two hind legs, preventing the toilet from slipping.

To do your business, you will need two bags. One is where you do your business, and the second is a small sealable one where you put the first bag with the waste ready to dispose of.

The first thing you do is raise the toilet seat and put the disposing bag on top of the support net, followed by the big bag with poo powder inside. Tuck the edges of the bag on the rim of the toilet. This makes sure it is clean, and you don’t need to touch any water while disposing.

At this point, you can now put the seat down and get down to business. When you are done, lift off the toilet seat, fold the bag with the waste, and put it inside the disposing bag. Proceed to dispose of your waste appropriately.

To pack up, just put the lid back on and fold the legs. The legs might need a bit of force to fold all the way.

The only complaint about this toilet is that you must squat low to use this toilet. The height from the ground to the top of the seat is roughly 10 inches.

2. Reliance Fold-to-Go Collapsible Portable Toilet

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  • PORTABLE & COMPACT: The FOLD-TO-GO toilet is sturdy, compact & portable. Its 3-legs are designed for use where a toilet is required. When not in use it stores easily & folds down to just 5” high. It...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT: Weighing 4.5 lbs. it's light, easy to store, durable, and very easy to keep clean
  • SOLID CONSTRUCTION: With its built-in leg locking system, this toilet has a reliable 250-pound weight capacity

Features and Specifications

  • Highly portable
  • Folds down to 5 inches high
  • 300 pounds weight limit
  • 5-year warranty
  • Integrated handle
  • 4.5 pounds
  • Toilet dimensions: 14.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 inches


The Reliance Fold-to-Go Collapsible Portable Toilet is as portable as portable could be. It is a round toilet with three foldable legs on its underside with an integrated handle for easy carrying. It only weighs 4.5 pounds.

Apart from just camping and fishing, this porta-potty is a favorite for most truckers. The reason it cuts across so many users is that you do not need water to use. It also takes one minute to set and another to fold up and go.

To use this toilet, just set it up where you intend to do your business. Unfold each leg at a time, ensuring that after you pull each leg, you push it gently inside until you hear a click. This click acts as a confirmation that the leg has been locked.

Because the toilet is circular in shape, the legs are spread out evenly across its circumference. This makes it one of the sturdiest portable camping toilets. Despite its size, it comfortably supports up to 300 pounds of weight.

Once the toilet is set up, lift off the toilet seat, set the plastic bag inside and over the bowl’s rim, and lower the seat. Make sure the bag has poo powder. Proceed to do your business. When you are done, lift off the seat, fold the waste bag, and put it inside another small disposal bag. Dispose appropriately.

Most people, for the first time, struggle to collapse the legs of this toilet. Essentially what you should do is pull up the tabs to release the legs from the base. From there, the legs collapse effortlessly.

It is, however, not all rosy for this small toilet though. In these days of comfort height toilets, these toilets are relatively too short, and you will therefore need to squat lower than you would probably like to.

3. OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel

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  • Opens quickly and easily for on-the-go potty emergencies
  • Smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces
  • Can be used flat on toilets; legs lock open for use as a standalone potty

Features and Specifications

  • Opens up quickly
  • Kids’ ideal portable toilet
  • Foldable legs for compact storage
  • Sturdy
  • Made of plastic
  • Smooth surface for easy cleaning
  • Can accommodate standard plastic bags
  • 1.5 pounds
  • Toilet dimensions: 3.3 x 10.6 x 12.1 inches


Often when people shop for the best portable camping toilets, it is easy to forget one very important demographic. The kids. While camping with the kids, you want them to do their business comfortably.

Portable camping toilets for adults may not be the best for young ones. And that’s where the OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel comes in.

It is a compact potty that easily fits in the diaper bag and car. This potty comes with a travel bag where you just put it after use. It is made of plastic, which means it is light, weighing only 1.5 pounds.

Another nice feature of this product is its foldable legs, which are easy to unfold and set up. If you are held up in traffic and your kids need to use it, it will take 15 seconds or less to have it ready.

You can use standard plastic bags with these potty if you run out of the manufacturer’s bags. The good thing is that the plastic covers almost all its surface, ensuring it remains clean throughout.

To ensure you are always ready for the next use, have the plastic bag prepared inside the potty. This way, if your kid has an “emergency,” it will always find you ready.

Although this product is made for small kids, kids grow up fast, and the manufacturer does not specify its weight limit. It is very sturdy, and kids up to 12 years use it comfortably.

4. Green Elephant Folding Commode Portable Toilet Seat

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  • GET COMFORTABLE - When nature calls and you're in the great outdoors, make sure you’re comfortable! Green Elephant's adult portable toilet makes roughin' it feel like you're at home! This camping...
  • PORTABLE TOILET FOLDING - At just 3.5 pounds, our portable camping toilet is lightweight, stainless steel, durable, can hold up to 250 pounds, and easily folds flat for convenient storage. Keep one...
  • KEEP IT CLEAN - Stay sanitary and clean with this heavy duty collapsible toilet for camping! The seat is completely covered by your toilet bag, so you don't have to clean up a mess after every use....

Features and Specifications

  • Easily foldable
  • 3.5 pounds
  • Metallic stands
  • Used with 8-gallon waste backs
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Legs with slip-resistant rubber tips
  • 250 pounds weight limit
  • 15.3 inches high to the top of the seat
  • 31 inches high when folded
  • Length of the seat: 15.7 inches
  • Width of the seat: 15 inches
  • Hole size: 10.7 x 8.6 inches


The Green Elephant folding commode portable toilet seat is a well-thought-out product for camping. It can fit in tight spots and only weighs 3.5 pounds.

Unlike most portable camping toilets in the market, this one is just an elevated toilet seat where you hook up your waste bag. It is supported by lightweight metallic stands, which you fold and unfold.

It is recommended that you use the 8-gallon waste bags with this product. You can buy from the same manufacturer as the toilet or use any other waste bag. Remember to use the poo powder to deal with the smell.

Cleaning and maintaining cleanliness in this toilet is just effortless. The waste bag completely covers the toilet seat, and the waste does not come into contact with any part of the toilet.

The shape of the toilet is a little elongated, unlike the round toilets that come with most porta potties. It is, therefore, more comfortable to sit on it. The toilet seat is also at a height of 15.3 inches. This is similar to a standard-height toilet. You will therefore have the same experience as using your ordinary home toilet.

When you unfold the toilet stands, the toilet’s base is widened, automatically increasing its stability. This is backed up by anti-slip rubber tips at the base of the stands. You are therefore assured of a very sturdy portable toilet.

There is a solution if you are uncomfortable with your waste being suspended between your legs in a waste bag. You can use a 2-gallon bucket that will perfectly fit underneath the toilet seat.

5. Blika Folding Portable Toilet

BLIKA 350 LBS Portable Toilet (16.5")
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONS: This portable toilet is designed for people in need, ideal for those places where there are no toilets. Folding toilet can be used at the bedside, as a separate bathroom, can also be...
  • STAINLESS STEEL MATERIAL: Frame is made of Stainless Steel Pipe, 100% waterproof, rust resistance and durability. The Stainless Steel 4-legged frame supports up to 350 pounds. Perfect chair height...
  • EASY TO CARRY: Foldable design for easy storage and portability. Lightweight & easy to transport. This 4.7 Lb Portable Toilet Can Be Folded And Fit Into Your Car’s Storage Or Compartment And Be...

Features and Specifications

  • 16.5 inch high
  • Stainless steel frame
  • 300 pounds weight limit
  • Gray PP plastic seat
  • Rubber stoppers to prevent slipping
  • Easily foldable and compact
  • 14.5 inches wide
  • 15.3 inches long
  • 4.9 pounds


If you are looking for the most versatile portable camping toilet, then the Blika stainless steel Portable toilet seat is what you are looking for.

Weighing only 9 pounds, you can move practically anywhere with this toilet. It is easily foldable and therefore fits in tight sports without an issue.

The Blika is not a fully made toilet; it’s an elevated toilet seat on a frame where you hook up a waste bag and get to business. They are designed with joints that, under the application of a little force, will fold easily.

The toilet seat is 16.5 inches from the ground. That is higher than a standard toilet. Old and tall people and anyone who is not comfortable squatting too low will, without a doubt, fall in love with this product.

The frame of this portable toilet seat is made of lightweight stainless steel. Therefore, it will not rust and will forever be shiny. The ends of the frame have rubber stoppers that prevent the toilet from slipping while being used.

Another thing that stands out about this product is that it is very sturdy. Its four stands form a wide base, and it is, therefore, almost impossible to topple over while on the throne.

The toilet seat is made of polypropylene plastic which is stronger than ordinary plastic and thick. You can therefore sit pretty without the fear of the seat breaking underneath you. The whole setup is designed to support people weighing up to 300 pounds.

If you need to switch things a little, you can put a 2-gallon bucket underneath the frame to use with the waste bag. This product does not come with plastic bags, so you must buy them separately.

Best Portable Camping Toilet Tent

While buying a portable camping toilet, it is also a good idea to also buy a portable camping toilet tent as well. You do not want to do your business where you are sleeping.

The WolfWise Pop-Up Privacy Shower Tent is, in my opinion, one of the best camping toilet tents to buy. It is green in color, which is great for camouflaging. You can also opt to buy the blue one.

Its base measurements are 47.2 inches by 47.2 inches, with a height of 74.8 inches. It has a removable rain cover and a side window. All these are great in air circulation and will help prevent bad odors in the tent.

The frame is made of galvanized steel, making it sturdy and non-corrosive. Its total weight is 4.4 pounds.

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  • UPF 50+ & Water Repellent: The silver coated tent surface reflects sunlight to block up to 98% of the harmful UV rays, protecting the user from the unexpected burning sun. Made of water-repellent...
  • Spacious Space & Portability: The tent is 47.2" L x 47.2" W x 74.8" H when open, providing a spacious interior shelter that comfortably fits 1 person. Weighing just 4.8 lbs, it can be folded into a...
  • Upgraded Version: Compared to an ordinary shower tent, this one is specially designed with an additional rain fly attached on the top to prevent the light rain; 1 removable bottom mat to keep you...

Portable Camping Toilets Comparisons

In every classification of the best portable camping toilets, we compared the top 2 toilets before deciding on number 1, which was not easy.

The portable toilets industry is very competitive; every manufacturer wants an edge. To arrive at our decisions, these are some of the questions we asked ourselves:

  • What is the most comfortable portable camping toilet?
  • What is the best portable toilet for a van?
  • What is the best portable toilet for a boat?
  • What is the easiest portable toilet to clean?
  • What is the best portable toilet for truckers?
  • What is the smallest/most compact portable toilet?

1. Thetford Porta Potti vs. Camco Premium Portable Camping Toilets

Thetford Curve portable toilet has a height of 17.8 inches, while the Camco premium portable toilet has a height of 17.5 inches. Both are comfortable heights for a portable toilet, but the curve has a slight edge.

With the Camco premium toilet, the handle of the seal valve protrudes outwards when in an open position. The Thetford toilet valve handle slides alongside the body of the toilet. This is a much better design which prevents it from breakage.

Camco premium toilet uses a piston pump which you pump severally to flush. The Thetford portable toilet has a battery-powered flush button, which you push once to flush.

Both the Camco and Thetford toilets’ lid snap on the bowl. The difference, however, is that with the Camco toilet, you have to use more force to lift the lid, while the Thetford lid lifts easily.

At the bottom of the Thetford curve, there is a toilet paper holder slot which is cool.

2. Reliance Luggable Loo vs. Basicwise Portable Toilet

These two bucket-type portable toilets function in about the same way. It is hard to expect sophistication from a portable bucket toilet anyway.

The one area in the Reliance Products portable toilet with an edge over the Basicwie toilet is its simplicity. They use an ordinary 5-gallon bucket and a toilet seat, and that’s it.

If the luggable loo’s bucket breaks, you must buy another $4 bucket and return to work. The same is impossible with a Basicwise portable toilet because of its design.

3. Reliance Fold-to-Go vs. Cleanwaste Portable Toilet

These porta-potties come with collapsible legs and are very compact and sturdy. It wasn’t easy to decide the best between the two since both performed well.

The Cleanwaste portable toilet, however, slightly edged out the Reliance Products Fold-to-Gold collapsible portable due to its compact and briefcase style, which is more aesthetically appealing.

Besides that small difference, they have some of the best and most reasonably priced portable toilets.

Portable Camping Toilets Buying Guide

What are the factors to consider when buying the best portable camping toilets?

Buying the best portable camping toilet is not an easy job. You have to weigh all the factors contributing to a good portable. Therefore, We will look at the factors you need to consider before buying a portable camping toilet. It would be very wasteful to end up with a product you would never use.

So what factors should you consider before buying a portable camping toilet?

1. Portability

Portability means the ease of carrying from one point to another. Although all portable toilets can be carried around, some are more portable than others.

The contributing factors to the portability of a toilet are weight and shape. Some portable toilets weigh less than 5 pounds, while others weigh over 15 pounds. A 5-pound toilet is, therefore, easier to carry about than a 15 pounds toilet.

Some toilets might be lighter, but their shape might be awkward and, therefore, hard to carry. A compact shape helps. Portable toilets with a handle are easier to carry than those without.

2. Cost

Portable camping toilets cost from little as 20 bucks to hundreds of dollars; for example, the Nature’s Head composting toilet, which costs nearly a thousand bucks.

It is, therefore, paramount to work with a budget and know the amount of money you need to invest to buy a portable toilet. You will be surprised by how well some of the cheapest toilets work.

Cost is not only in terms of the final price of the final product. It could also involve the cost of maintenance, especially buying replacement parts.

3. Toilet Dimensions

For some people, every inch counts. In this review, we have given you the dimensions of each portable toilet because we know how vital dimensions are.

If you need a portable toilet in your van, RV, tent, cabin, or boat, you will need to plan before acquiring the toilet and making sure that it will fit.

Another importance of dimensions is for the comfort of the user. This involves the height of the toilet, the size of the toilet hole, length of the toilet seat, among others.

4. Toilet User(s)

The one sure thing is that gentlemen and ladies have different experiences using portable camping toilets.

Often, ladies are happier and more comfortable than gentlemen. This has nothing to do with portable toilet manufacturers but all to do with the anatomy of men.

For a man doing the number 2, it is always a challenge to ensure that the front and hind anatomy are all accommodated by the toilet. The size of the toilet hole has to be right, which is not always the case.

It is, therefore, important to look for a seat that caters to the need of gentlemen if they are part of the intended end users.

5. Sturdiness

The importance of a sturdy portable camping toilet cannot be overemphasized. A good camping toilet should be solid on the ground.

A wobbly toilet, especially while camping, can easily send you to the ground. And there is always the possibility of the toilet’s contents spilling either on you or the surface.

Unlike home toilets which are mounted to the floor or the wall, portable toilets are simply standing on their own. Even the sturdiest camping toilet will require you to use your legs to provide balance.

6. Odor-Free

The first question people ask when you talk about a portable toilet is, “Does it have a bad smell?” And these people are right to ask this.

When camping, you want to have a nice time and relax. Relaxing and bad smells can’t go together.

A portable toilet worth its name should have a way to deal with the odor. Fortunately, most camping toilets have figured out how to eliminate this problem, which is not something many people are now dealing with.

7. Ease of Cleaning

It goes without saying that people don’t like touching human waste at all. That does not help much because we all need to clean up after ourselves.

A camping toilet should be easy to clean or dump off waste from. Dry portable camping toilets are easy to clean than flush-type portable toilets.

Some flush-type portable toilets will tend to splash waste back at you during emptying if you are not careful. Some have special features like rotating sprouts to prevent them from doing that.

8. Type of Portable Toilet

As we have already established, several portable camping toilet types exist. A lot more often, people find themselves torn between flushing portable toilets and dry portable toilets.

Flush-type portable toilets look modern and stylish. They are, however, heavier than dry/bucket-type portable toilets since they will need water to function.

Dry portable toilets do not need any water to function and are lightweight. It is, therefore, easy to roam about with them.

9. Is the Portable Toilet Eco-Friendly?

People go out camping to enjoy nature. Whether going for a road trip, hunting, hiking, or fishing, you enjoy what nature has to offer.

It would therefore be a shame if you used your portable toilet to destroy the nature you have been enjoying.

Although human waste is not dangerous to the environment, the chemicals or waste bags used might be. If the toilet is leaking or if it uses non-biodegradable bags, the environment ends up being polluted.

In your choice of a camping toilet, choose one which will allow you to leave the environment better than you left it.

10. Return Policy

Before you buy a portable toilet, always ensure that the seller is willing to take it back if it does not fulfill your expectations.

Some sellers will only take it back if it is defective only. A good seller should allow you to return whether it is defective or did not meet your expectations.

How Do Portable Toilets Work?

As we have seen, all portable camping toilets do not work similarly. The most complicated ones are the flush-type portable toilets and the composting toilets. Bucket-type portable toilets are the easiest to work with.

1. Flushable Portable toilets

Flush-type portable toilets have three sections: the toilet bowl, the fresh water tank, and the waste water tank, also known as the holding tank.

The holding tank is normally detachable and is held to the other part of the toilet by side latches. It is normally bigger than the freshwater tank.

A sliding seal valve on top of the holding tank prevents the toilet from leaking and contains an unpleasant odor. The freshwater tank has a cap at the bottom to add water when running low.

When using the toilet, you pull out the handle of the sliding valve to expose the holding tank to the bottom of the toilet bowl. Some people prefer to wet the bowl with water or olive oil at this stage to prevent waste from sticking.

After you’re done with your business, flush the toilet and push back the sliding valve to contain any odor.

Inside the holding tank, the waste comes into contact with a blue chemical that breaks down solid wastes forming a slurry. It also kills the odor.

When the holding tank is full or almost full, it is time to empty it. Detach it from the toilet and head straight to the designated dumping area.

Holding tanks come with an emptying spout with a cap. Remove the cap and proceed to empty it. Rinse it with clean water three times and reattach it to the other toilet part.

2. Bucket Portable toilet

Bucket-type portable toilets do not need water to function. Instead, they use waste bags with poo powder to take care of the waste.

The waste bags with the poo powder is neatly put in the bucket then the seat is placed on top of the bag. At the outer bottom side of the waste bag, it is also connected to another sealable smaller bag.

Once you are done using the toilet, fold the big waste bag, push it, and seal it in the smaller bag. Dispose of it appropriately.

Some people also use kitty litter with ordinary kitchen bags. They work the same as the bags sold by portable toilet manufacturers.

3. How Composting Camping Toilets Work

Composting toilets work by separating liquids from solid waste. The liquids are emptied frequently while solid wastes decompose into humus.

Composting toilets can turn solid waste into humus without odor by having sufficient oxygen mixing with the waste. They are very environmentally friendly.


Camping is one of those activities that helps us bond with family and friends outdoors. A good portable toilet goes a long way in providing sanitation during these fun times.

A personal commode is welcome, even if the campgrounds have vault toilets or other sanitation facilities. In this review, we have listed 20 of the best portable camping toilets in the market today. We sincerely hope you get one that will serve you well.