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