The Hipcamp Toilet Awards

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 it can be one of the most liberating parts of camping. Right? Right?!?!

In all seriousness, we put together this list of toilets for our hosts, who do the dirty work to set up toilets, outhouses, golden thrones of all materials, shapes and sizes at their campsites. We just thought some other people may be into it too. (Were we wrong?)

Hipcamp hosts: you are not required to have a toilet on your property to sign up for Hipcamp (just make sure this is clear on your listing, as well as what alternatives you wish campers to use, such as digging a cat hole or packing it out). However, putting the revenue from your first few campers towards porta potties or more permanent toilet structures can be a good investment because it will attract more campers in the long run.

So without further ado, below are many different toilet options to inspire the next addition to your campsite:

Mooning is Underrated

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, I mean 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 while men’s outhouses were left in bad shape, women’s outhouses have stood the test of time.

Top: Dragons’ Gate Gardens and Wilds, WA, Original 1924 Settler’s Cabin, CO; Bottom: Spirit Lodge Tipi, VA

Best Signage

Signs are a quick and easy way to make your campsite safer, easier to navigate, and more friendly.

Top to bottom, left to right: Wondernut Farm, CA, Sundog Natural Building School, The Joshua Tree Bom, CA, The Gypsy Ranch, CA, Camp Under the Cedars, WA, Private Pond Oasis, MI

Clean ‘n Simple

When you’re trying to get in and get out, there’s something comforting—relaxing, even—about a clean, simple outhouse design.

Top: Whispering Pine, WI, Woods Edge, MN. Bottom: Sundog Natural Building School, CA, Peaceful Hearts Mountain Camp, CA

The Bare Minimum

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.

Clockwise, starting top left: Sundog Natural Building School, CA, The Otter’s Den, TX, Creekside Casita Near the Ocean, CA, 360° Camper, CA

Toilet Thrones

Elevated above the ground, these are thrones made for queens and kings of the campsite.

Rio Grande Gorge/Ute Mountain Run Mile 6 Camp, CO, High Road Santuario, NM, New Earth Farm Goods, NE

Most Au Natural

One with their campsite, these outhouses seem to blend seamlessly into their environments.

Clockwise, starting top left: Golden Skyfall RV Camping, MT, The Yurt at Viking Longhall, OH, Woods Edge Camping, MN, Camp Lazuli, VT

Style Points

From an extraterrestrial capsule in the desert to a boho-chic tapestry tavern, these hip outhouses are ready for the funky.

Top: The Desert Pensione Joshua Tree, CA. Bottom: Soulstice Gardens, WA, Sky Camp, CA

And then there’s…Drake.

This toilet is so epic it had to have it’s 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 into it.

ReWild for the Future, CA

Types of Toilets for your Camp

1. Compostable Crappers

Make the most out of your poo—build a composting toilet. Composting toilets use the natural processes of decomposition and evaporation to recycle human waste. Free fertilizer, y’all!

Read: How to Build a Compostable Toilet in Less than 45 Minutes

2. An Easy-Peasy Porta Potty

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 before you consider building a more permanent structure.

3. Portable Loos

These can come in all shapes and sizes, from a traditional toilet to what essentially looks like a litter box for your bum.

4. Deluxe Separating Toilets

These are fancy toilets that separate feces from urine. The urine will go through the hole to the ground, while the feces is collected in a separate, replaceable baggies.

Further Reading:

Hipcamp is an online marketplace where you can list, discover, and book campsites and accommodations on private and public land. Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. If you’re a landowner, Hipcamp creates new revenue streams for your business, which can help conserve your land and keep it wild. #FindYourselfOutside #LeaveItBetter

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