DIY Camping Toilet For All Of Your Outdoor Adventures


Without the luxury of a fully-equipped toilet, pooping and peeing will make camping frustrating. While some would say that you can just use a shovel and dig a hole, this may not work for most people. It can also be uncomfortable.

A homemade camping toilet can be a lifesaver when you are out in the woods! Going to the bathroom will no longer be a struggle.

If you want to learn how to make a DIY camping toilet, keep on reading and we’ll let you know how to do it! This is one of the best camping tips and techniques every beginner must learn!

DIY Camping Toilet Using a Bucket and Pool Noodle

This is one of the simplest solutions for a homemade camping toilet. The bucket can be quite bulky to bring to the campsite, but this is a promising alternative for a portable toilet for camping.

To start, here are the materials that you will need:

  • Bucket
  • Pool noodle
  • Trash bag
  • Epoxy adhesive

Once you have the materials, these are the assembly instructions to make these DIY camping toilets:

  1. Start by lining the interior of a 5-gallon bucket with a 10-gallon trash bag.
  2. At the bottom of the trash bag, add newspaper, peat moss, or sawdust, among other options to absorb human waste.
  3. Use a smaller bag and put it on top of the larger trash bag. Fold on the edge of the bucket and add your choice of absorption medium.
  4. With a utility knife, cut the side of the pool noodle. Use your hands to pull the two sides and insert them on the edge of the bucket.
  5. Apply an epoxy adhesive to secure the pool noodle.

After using this portable camping toilet, close the smaller trash bag and drop it at the bottom of the bucket. Once it is full, close the lid, throw the waste responsibly, and sanitize the bucket before you use it again. It is important to follow these things not only for hygiene but to also prevent unwanted smells.

Homemade Camping Toilet with a Seat

Some of you might be uncomfortable about the idea of using a pool noodle as the seat. If that’s the case, then you have the option to add an actual seat to your homemade camping toilet. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. On the top of ½-inch plywood, trace a toilet seat with a pencil.
  2. Use a jigsaw to cut the plywood into the shape of a toilet seat.
  3. Drill holes and attach four small blocks of wood. They will also act as a stopper to make sure that the seat stays in place.
  4. Put the seat on the top of a bucket with a trash bag and absorption medium.

This involves a bit of woodworking, so this may not be the best solution for most people. You will also need to work with a drill and a jigsaw, so be cautious if you plan to take this route for your DIY camping toilet.

Getting Rid of Unwanted Smell

Your DIY camping toilet can be prone to foul odor. Aside from proper waste disposal to get rid of the unwanted smell, you can also make your deodorizer.

If your toilet uses trash bags, make sure to throw them properly so its smell won’t be a burden for those who are around. Make sure that you are using biodegradable bags so that they will decompose like human waste once buried.

Alternatively, you can also use a DIY air freshener. In a spray bottle, mix lemon, grapefruit, tea tree, and bergamot essential oils. Add distilled water and shake. Spray it on the DIY camping toilet before and after use.

The Dig-and Squat Method

If there is no way to add a homemade toilet in your camping set-up,  consider the good old method of digging and squatting. It is exactly what the name implies. You have to dig a hole, squat, do your thing, and cover it when you are done. If you are left with no option, such as when you cannot make a DIY camping toilet, this will be enough.

However, there are some things to remember. For instance, the hole should be at least 30cm in depth. This minimizes the chances that stray animals can dig it. Also, make sure that it is not near sources of water to avoid potential contamination.

One of the biggest drawbacks of the dig-and-squat method is the lack of privacy. This is because you will be doing your thing in the open. You can opt for a pop-up toilet cover for privacy, but this means that it will be an addition to your camping gear and the additional weight can be a burden for some.

Human Waste Disposal

As you plan a camping trip, you should think beyond creating a homemade camping toilet. You should also pay attention to human waste disposal.

The best way to dispose of human waste is through a cat hole. It should be at least 200 feet away from the water, such as lakes and rivers. It should also be 200 feet away from camping tents and kitchens. This is important for camping safety, assuring that human waste will not cause contamination.

Proper disposal is important to minimize the chances of pollution, lessen the chances of spreading diseases, and getting rid of unwanted smells, among other benefits. This is a crucial component of camping and hammocking responsibly.

Camping Toilet Accessories

To make the most out of the homemade camping toilet that you will be using in the woods, it is also a good practice to invest in some accessories.

  • Folding Shovels: When you need to dig a hole to bury waste from the toilet, you will appreciate having folding shovels. They can also be useful in setting up your temporary shelter or when digging a trench.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Water can be a scarce resource in the campsite. It is a good idea to bring a hand sanitizer to apply to your hands after using the toilet.
  • Biodegradable Tissue or Wet Wipes: They will break down when you leave them on the campsite, unlike others that can pose environmental risks.
  • Female Urination Device: For guys, it is easy to pee anywhere in the woods, even when there are other people. For the girls, this device can come in handy since it will allow them to pee while they are standing.
  • Privacy Shelter: It works like a pop-up tent. This is smaller than a camping tent since it is meant only to cover a person when using the toilet. This will be handy when you are at a crowded campsite.


Got questions about a DIY camping toilet? We’ll try to answer some of them below.

Q: How do you build a camping toilet?


To build a camping toilet, you will need plywood and trace it in the form of a toilet seat. Attach small blocks of wood under and fit it on the top of the bucket. Make sure that the bucket is suitable for the size of the seat.

Q: How do you make a portable toilet?


To make a camping toilet, follow these steps:

  1. You need a bucket and with a trash bag.
  2. Add your choice of absorption medium.
  3. Fold the side of the trash bag around the rim of the gallon.
  4. Use pool noodles around the rim so that you can comfortably sit on it.

Q: What is a Luggable Loo?


The Luggable Loo is the cheapest portable toilet from Reliance Products. It is a bucket-style portable toilet with a snap-on lid. It comes with a bag, which makes it easy to get rid of toilet waste.

Q: How do you dig a latrine?


To dig a latrine, use a shovel to excavate the ground at a depth of at least six inches and length of three inches. You can use sticks and rocks when a shovel is unavailable. Do not dig too deep. The microbes are in the top part of the soil, which will help human waste to degrade.

Q: How do composting toilet systems help improve sewage treatment?


Composting toilets will help in the improvement of sewage treatment by decomposing human waste. It also cuts the water usage of toilet systems. This will also help enhance microbes and nutrients in the soil.

Q: How does a composting toilet function?


Composting toilets deliver three main functions. It evaporates moisture, which makes up 90% of human waste. It also eliminates odor from the compost. Lastly, composting toilets function by creating safe and easy ways to handle compost.

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Learning how to make a DIY camping toilet is one thing that you need to learn to survive in the woods. It is one of the must-haves in your camping checklist. Whether you need to pee or poop, you don’t have to do it on the ground. You will feel more comfortable with a homemade camping toilet!

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