Family camping hack: Make your own port-a-potty
For the hardcore among you. From Dee.
If you are camping in a remote area - meaning no restroom facilities anywhere near you - take a child-size canvas lawn chair, cut a circular hole in the middle of the seat. Use it for a makeshift toilet. If you like, you can dig a small hole in the ground just under the seat. It makes it much easier for the kids (and women) to do their business without making a mess!
If you decide to go for it, be sure to follow the Leave No Trace principles for disposing of waste:
- Bury it in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
- Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
- To wash yourself (or your dishes), carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap.
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