Let’s face it: the more time you spend outside, the more comfortable you’ll be talking about poop. (Listen to this classic Dirtbag Diaries Podcast, “I Poo, A Love Story,” if you haven’t already.) While dropping trowel in the wilderness is daunting at first, doing your business outside as nature intended can be one of the most liberating parts of camping. Right? Right?!?!
In all seriousness, this list celebrates our Hipcamp Hosts, who do the dirty work to set up toilets, outhouses, and golden thrones of all materials, shapes, and sizes at their campsites.
Hipcamp Hosts: All campsites listed on Hipcamp must have access to a toilet, whether provided by the Host or the Hipcamper. If you’re unable to provide a toilet onsite, you have a few options. Read up on the official Hipcamp Toilet Policy for more details.
Without further ado, below are many different toilet options to inspire the next addition to your campsite.
Fun fact: Moon-adorned outhouses have been around since Colonial times. When many people couldn’t read, crescent moon shapes were the symbol for women’s outhouses, while men’s outhouses were marked by stars. The cutout shapes allowed some light to pee—err, peep—into the outhouses when there were no windows. It is believed that the moon shape has persisted (though one Hipcamp outhouse has a star) because women’s outhouses more often stood the test of time than men’s.
Signs are a quick and easy way to make your campsite safer, easier to navigate, and more friendly.
When you’re trying to get in and get out, there’s something comforting—relaxing, even—about a clean, simple outhouse design.
Be it a simple porta-potty, a toilet tucked behind some bushes, or just a box out there for everyone to see, lots of campers aren’t afraid to get bare with the bare minimum.
Elevated above the ground, these are thrones made for queens and kings of the campsite.
One with their campsite, these outhouses seem to blend seamlessly into their environments.
From an extraterrestrial capsule in the desert to a boho-chic tapestry tavern, these hip outhouses are ready for the funky.
This toilet is so epic, it had to have its own category. Not quite sure if this is an ode to the Canadian rapper, a definitive proclamation that his music is sh*t, or a just a happy surprise waiting for you in the loo. Who knows, but we’re here for it.
Here are some of our best recommendations for campsite toilets to install. You can read more about Hipcamp toilet requirements here.
Make the most of the poo—build a composting toilet. Composting toilets use the natural processes of decomposition and evaporation to recycle human waste. Free fertilizer, y’all!
Simple, fast, and cheap. Plus, you won’t have to service this john yourself. Porta-potties are a perfect first toilet to add to your campsite for simple maintenance.
These can come in all shapes and sizes, from a traditional toilet to what essentially looks like a litter box for your bum.
These toilets separate liquid waste from solid waste for you.
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