Top Portable Toilets

For those with digestive or urinary problems, a portable toilet can mean freedom

The purchase of a portable toilet has been considered by many people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who are frustrated with their inability to go very far from their own bathroom. These items are not only handy for camping, fishing, or hunting, but also for long car trips, Rennaissance festivals, State Fairs, or anywhere else amenities may be unavailable or unclean. For my portable toilet top picks I considered portability and ease of use. Some of the units can get quite expensive, so considering the amount of use it will see is an important factor in choosing the right one. 


Phillips Environmental PETT Portable Environmental Toilet
Phillips Environmental PETT Portable Environmental Toilet. Image © Cleanwaste

This ingenious, but relatively expensive potty folds up to the size of a briefcase and weighs 7 pounds. It does require the use of WAG Bag kits (3 come with it). Every WAG kit comes with a waste bag, storage zip bag, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. The waste bags include Poo Powder which "quickly turns waste into a stable gel for easy transport and safe disposal." Recommended by the Leave No Trace program. 


Coleman Portable Toilet

Coleman Portable Toilet
Coleman Portable Toilet. Photo © PriceGrabber

This is another more expensive, but completely self-contained toilet. It has a holding tank of up to 2.8 gallons and a fresh water tank of 3.2 gallons. It latches securely for portability. It has an elongated seat and can be flushed with one hand. Some reviewers point out that this unit is pretty low to the ground, and it's a bit bigger than what they expected.


ECO-Safe Toilet System
ECO-Safe Toilet System. Photo © GTS, Inc.

It looks like the porcelain variety, but this toilet only weighs 11 pounds. Once set up, it is good for 50 uses. The reservoir can be easily cleaned for reuse. The manufacturer states that it is 20% smaller than other bucket toilets, which makes it a good choice when space is at a premium. The toilet can hold up to 330 pounds.


Reliance Luggable Loo

Reliance Luggable Loo
Reliance Luggable Loo. Photo © REI

This is a chemical toilet that closely resembles a large bucket (16" high) with a molded seat on top. It's a no-frills options for sure, but it's also the most affordable unit. It has a 5-gallon capacity and a useful carrying handle.