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How to Make Your Own Porta Potty (2021)

Let’s talk about a subject that doesn’t come to the forefront of your mind when talking about survival. What are you going to do when you have to, you know, go? Whether we are talking about roughing it camping or handling an emergency situation, when nature calls, you have to answer.Porta Potty

While you could stick to the tried and true methods of making sure to bring a shovel and digging a hole, let’s face it, sometimes that just isn’t going to cut it. Especially when you can come prepared with a few items that won’t cost you much to make your own personal Port-A-Potty.

There are a few simple steps you can take to make your spouse and kids elated when times are hard. If you do a search on the web, you’ll find all kinds of crazy expensive offerings for camping toilets when in all honesty; you can just make one yourself.

I’m going to cover a couple of different variations for you so you can go as fancy, and private, or as minimal as you want.

Your Cheapest Port-A-Potty Option – The Pool Noodle Portable Toilet

This option is your quickest, least expensive Port-A-Potty choice; that doesn’t require many materials to make.

 One of the pros to this type of camping toilet choice is by using a pool noodle as a “seat”; you don’t have to worry about a super cold place to sit.

The one con to this type of portable toilet would be the pool noodle will only have so much life. The better you take care of it and keep it out of the elements, the longer it will last you. If you’ve ever had a pool noodle start rotting because of weather, you know what I’m referring to.

This option should cost you about $10 to build, and the supplies can be found very easily at any local store, if not in your home.

What You’ll Need

How to Make It Work

Your Second Option – The Toilet Seat Port-A-Potty

This is another incredibly easy option for an emergency portable potty. You can find bucket emergency toilet seats from camping stores and on Amazon. This option will save some time, but will also add to the cost.

Pros to making this type of camping toilet are the seats! Not only do these types of seats feel more like a regular toilet seat, but most of them come with a closable lid.

The lid helps to keep bugs out of your Port-A-Potty. Being that all the parts are made of plastic, as long as you take care of the seat, you should be able to store and use this type of Port-A-Potty for a long time.

What You’ll Need

How to Make It Work

Either of these options should help you with your portable potty needs. Both are quick, easy and don’t cost you much to put together. I’ll be honest; it’s a great idea to have either of these around the house for smaller emergencies like water line repairs, or water backups.

Ways to Upgrade Your Port-A-Potty

You can always apply a couple of upgrades, or hacks, depending on the situation you are in when using your portable potty. If you are having to handle multiple people, genders, or are in severe weather conditions, these upgrades can make a world of difference.

You can also have a tent that is designated just for the portable toilet. A tent can help to keep bugs out, and you can keep all the toiletries in the same place. Just make sure that you have the ventilation flaps opened, and you keep the tent secure. You don’t want that thing blowing away in high winds!

Keep your cat litter or sawdust in a secure container that won’t get damp. This step should be self-explanatory. If the cat litter or sawdust gets wet, it won’t do much to absorb any of the liquids it was intended. Another smart idea would be to keep a small scoop or old cup paired with these items if you don’t want to use your hands to do the scooping!

Keep your toilet paper in a secure container by using items you have around your house, like coffee cans to keep your toilet paper dry if you don’t want to spend the money on a particular container. Just make sure to mark it clearly, and keep it with your toiletry supplies.

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