If you want your wife or girlfriend to go on teardrop camping outings the toilet can be your number one issue. There are many to choose from but all have some sort of issue. For me its the Dumping. The toilet that mixes your “stuff” together creates a horrible smell and when it’s time to dump it can get ugly. You can bring it home and dump it there. You can look for a dumping station and dump it there. Most of these choices are a lot of hassle and the smell is a deal-breaker for me. Not to mention the size of some of these units. Now having a unit that acts like a regular toilet at the time may seem nice… until it’s time to go home. Then the fun begins. In all of my research, I really like the idea of a composting toilet.
The best one I could find, in fact, the only one I could find is the Separett Rescue Camping 25. It’s portable, sets up easily and it’s composting.
The thing with composting is separating the liquids from the solids and the Serparett does this as well as any of them. It comes with biodegradable bags for the poop and a drain away hose for the liquids. Now I’m not comfortable just draining away the pee in a campsite so I added a plastic bottle for the pee. So, when it’s time to do your duty just put a little peat moss in the bottom of the bag and cover your duty with peat moss when you’re done. This process usually lasts the duration of the trip, if not just toss the bag and put in a new one. The liquid can be dumped in nearby outhouses or a field etc. The biodegradable bag can go right into the dumpster. It is a possibility that you can overflow the urine bottles so make sure that you’re checking that on a regular basis. We use a little spray bottle filled with a quarter cup of white vinegar and water to spray over the bowl area once you’re finished.
Close the lid and you’re done and ready to go. Should you have some additional matter that needs to be cleaned out I use just disinfectant wipes. What’s really wonderful about this toilet is that the odor dissipates very quickly so you can use the bathroom/tent right after someone else. Now there’s one more thing… guys you’re gonna have to learn how to pee sitting down, you gotta aim up there for number one and you aim in the big hole for number two.
I guess for me, on the last day of a camping trip I don’t want to spend the day worrying about dumping poop or hauling it around until I can dump it. I want to do as little as possible. Just close the hatch, lock the doors and go.