Camping Portable Potty: When You Need To Go In the Middle Of the Night

Of course the campground has toilet facilities. But imagine waking up in the middle of the night to pee. You wouldn’t want to walk more than 5 steps to go to the bathroom…let alone outside. What if the outhouse is like, 10 mins away?

Oh and what are you going to do with the sleeping kids? You can’t just wake them up to take them with you to the outhouse. But leaving them by themselves sleeping in the tent doesn’t sound like a viable option for most mums.

So yes, you need a camping portable potty or some sort.

Here are the three best camping toilet options I’ve found:

#1 Winner of all time: Bucket-style Camping Portable Potty

While I love the idea of having a ‘porta-potty’ installed in some kind of own pop up toilet tent, I hate the thought of having to clean it. There seems to be too many parts involved. Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer a simpler style:

Reliance Products Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toilet_large_image_attachment


Click here to see more info

Basically, it’s a bucket, with some toilet seat glued on top of it. So you can make it yourself and have something clever written on it like this DIY bucket camping portable toilet guide

But you know what, I am hopeless at anything DIY, so if you’re like me, feel free to just buy it, add some kinda doodie bag + cat litter and VOILA! You have a good toilet you can use at night with no mess, and minimal sound effect.

#2 The ‘SheWee’ option

This just looks a bit awkward but so many women backpackers and campers swear by it. This is basically going to help you:

  1. Pee in the bush without exposing your bum, just like a guy
  2. Pee into a smaller opening bottle without being messy – this means you can just use a big salsa jar or ex-coffee jar at night and you can clean and rinse it in the morning.


  1. Just make sure your kids don’t see you otherwise it’s awkward if they start going around telling their friends “my mum is awesome, she can pee standing up!”

check this out:

Shewee Extreme - Purple_large_image_attachment

Check out the user reviews of SheWee, some reviews are quite funny actually.

#3 The Diaper Option

So what if you wear some kind of night undies?

Always Discreet, Incontinence Underwear, Maximum Abosrbency, Classic Cut, Large, 17 Count

Yeah ok, if you’re like me, I find it really hard to get used to the idea of peeing in my pants. But you know what, if the alternative is hiking 20m up to go to some outhouse at 2 a.m., then this suddenly seems like a good option.

Now you can always use a shovel and just pee right outside your tent, but if you are camping in a somewhat crowded camp ground where you really only occupy 8 x 8 m patch of grass, you might want to think of the portable potty option. Plus, I don’t think you’re really allowed to pee anywhere you like in a caravan park (not like everybody obliges to the rule).

One more thing (it might be irrelevant), but I found this the other day and I love it so much I have to put it here. To make your experience complete, make sure you use a Shitten:

Shittens Disposable Mitten-shaped Moist Wipes, 20 Count_large_image_attachment

The revolutionary wipe that caters for the thumb 🙂



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2 thoughts on “Camping Portable Potty: When You Need To Go In the Middle Of the Night

  1. I didn’t know there are options than going to a toilet a creepy 5 minutes away. Well, I’m not a camper but I can see how it comes handy to those who camp a lot. I must say the Bucket Style Portable Potty looks rather creative. I would have mistaken it for a pail of paint from far. Just hope that it keeps the smell well contained.

    1. haha yes there are options. In fact, I now only go to campgrounds where modern clean bathroom facility is available. But the bucket option is great though for middle of the night. The smell is contained if you use cat litter (those crystalised ones are great) and plus it has a lid anyway.

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