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How to Empty a Portable Toilet While Camping



how to empty a portable toilet while camping

Camping isn’t all that its made out to be. It’s isn’t all sitting around the campfire, roasting smores and telling stories under a clear starry sky. There’s also the dirty work. Cleaning mud from the tent, drying soaking clothes, and yes, disposing of your human waste. Yes, mother nature tends to call a few times a day and she also prefers if after you’ve responded to her call to get rid of your waste in a way that doesn’t harm her. So, let’s have the dirty talk and learn how we get rid of our human garbage while camping.

Some of you guys may go for the traditional method when you’re out in the sticks. Shovel in hand you dig a small hole behind a tree and cower down, hoping no one sees you getting up to your private business. This method tends to work in forest camping spots as you have the cover of trees.

The ground also needs to be soft enough to dig it without putting further strain on your stomach muscles, hastening the call to nature – good luck desert campers! Those of you who like a few of your home comforts when you’re in nature may wish to invest in a portable travel toilet in order to conduct your business in a manner that is somewhat similar to how you would do it at home. 


A view of the mountains daytime.

You can poo with a view once you learn how to you a portable camping toilet.


So what is a portable toilet? 

Portable toilets come in various shapes and sizes. When choosing your camping toilet you should consider it’s weight, storage capacity, and how to dispose of the waste. There are three main types of portable toilets.


Bucket toilet 

This is the most basic type of portable toilet and it comprises of what it says it does – a bucket. To use one of these you put a plastic bag inside and line it up just as you would for a garbage can. This means that the bag collects all of the waste and you don’t have to deep clean it wearing a hazard suit every time you go to empty it. One disadvantage of the bucket toilet is the lack of comfort. A separate detachable toilet seat can be purchased separately so you don’t have to practice squats before your trip.  

Another disadvantage of the bucket toilet is that it doesn’t have the ability to separate waste form solids and liquids, so its best to save it for only number twos unless you want to have a  liquid-filled bag, prone to bursting open at any moment.

Additionally, the bucket does not have an odor removing capacity meaning you’ll need to empty it regularly if you cannot handle the stench. Although it is not the best portable camping toilet, the main advantage of the bucket is that it is a low-cost option so it is ideal if you’re a budget or an infrequent camper. As well as this, it is light and simple to carry and set up, freeing up space in your car when traveling to your campsite.


The compost toilet

Compost toilets are fairly similar to a standard toilet due to it having a flush and they can be among the best portable toilets. The pedestal sits in a higher position than a bucket toilet does, meaning you have less strain on your thighs. Many of them also come along with a toilet seat meaning that they offer a great deal more comfort than a bucket toilet. Toilet paper holders come with some models meaning that you will avoid the potential problem of forgetting when walking from your tent during the night. 

Often they have smell erasing components and your waste gets flushed away, meaning that you aren’t faced with everyone else’s waste when you go to do your business. The disadvantage of these toilets is that they are bulky so they take up a lot of space in your car. This can be problematic if your campsite is a long distance from where you parked your car. Compost toilets use substances such as ash and sawdust in order to bond the waste together and allow it to compost. 


Chemical toilet

The portable chemical toilet is fairly similar to a compost toilet. Most models have the same features as the compost toilets with the main difference being that chemical toilets contain substances to eliminate the smell. These are the same type of toilet as the porta-potty toilets that you’ll come across at festivals and big public events. Chemical toilets are not as environmentally friendly and the waste collected needs to be disposed of in a suitable manner


What you should look for when buying a portable camping toilet


Disposal of waste: Perhaps most importantly, and being the ultimate purpose of this article is how the waste is disposed of. Chemical toilets normally have substances that turn your urine into a solid. This is practical as it makes the waste a lot lighter and it means that you have less chance of spilling it. Because the waste is hardened and bonded together by the chemicals it makes it easier to clean after you have emptied it.


The tank capacity: When you are selecting which toilet to purchase you should consider how long your camping trips are and how many people you tend to go with. If you normally go with a large group then its best to invest in a toilet that can hold a greater capacity in order for you not to have to empty it out once a day. If you tend to go on a short trip with maybe just or two more people then a smaller toilet is likely to be suitable. It may even be worth investing in more than one toilet if your group size tends to be big because believe me no one wants to have to do the worst task of camping twice in a day!


The size: The size of the toilet is also an important aspect to consider. If you are an RV camper extra consideration should be taken at this point as the dimensions of the RV toilet must be suitable to fit into your camper van. Make sure that it is the correct height if you want it to be a more comfortable experience.


It is also worth checking out whether or not it has a sturdy platform. One of the big dangers of doing your business outside is the ground is not always flat or stable meaning that you could be put in the misfortunate position of the toilet falling over when you’re using it! As aforementioned, make sure the toilet is not too heavy or bulky if you need to carry it over a long distance.


Privacy: Not all of us are like Tarzan and like to have a bit of peace and quiet when unloading our bowels. Maybe there are fellow campers pitched up nearby or there is not a wooded area to give you some privacy from your friends. Nobody wants to be the butt of all the jokes around the campfire later on! If you’re prepared to spend a little bit extra then you can purchase a toilet that comes with a shelter or you can buy one separately, making it almost like a home toilet.


How to empty the toilet

So, you’ve been elected by your camping buddies to get wid of your collective waste, let’s see how you get rid of it with minimum exposure to it and to do the job with your dignity intact. 

We should all strive to be responsible campers and dispose of our waste and garbage so we can protect the natural spots we enjoy and also out of respect to our fellow campers. Human waste will decompose over time but it also contains toxins that can be harmful to other campers and for nature.

If you simply empty it onto the ground it will be hazardous for an amount of time, leaving a great stench and a poor fellow camper may have the misfortune of stepping on it. If you are camping without a toilet, then make sure that you bury it under the soil. If you are using a portable toilet then follow these steps to make sure you’re a responsible camper. 


Step 1: Find the disposal sight

Most campsites should have a designated area where you can empty your toilets and clean them afterward. These are often discreet spots and a small distance away from the campsite. Once you’ve pitched up your tent take a small wander around the campsite in order to locate it for when you need to use it. It’s not advisable to save this until you’ve removed the cassette or waste tank as no one wants to be searching for where the disposal point is whilst carrying a heavy tub of excrement. 

Make sure that you work out a stable path between the authorized disposal area and your tent to avoid slipping or getting stuck while you are carrying your waste as that is the last thing that you want. Also, consider emptying your portable toilet early in the morning or just before the sunset. These times should be quieter meaning you shouldn’t have to queue up to empty and clean your portable toilet. 


Step 2: Preparing your portable toilet for unloading

The majority of portable toilets come with two tanks. A freshwater tank and a waste tank. It is best to opt for a two-tanked toilet as these are the easiest to empty. First of all, take off the catch that holds the water tank and holding tank together. When dealing with hazardous substances it is always best to use disposable gloves to minimize the chance of collecting bacteria. The tanks tend to lightweight as they are designed to be emptied when you’re in the backcountry but you may have to walk a far distance with them. If so, the best option could be to empty the tank on a more regular basis. 


Step 3: Take your tank to the disposal area

Carefully take your tank over to the designated disposal area, taking your time to avoid any mishaps. Disposal areas can vary in differences. Some of them have open grids that you pour your waste onto and others come in a format that is like a trash dispenser with a lid on.

Remove the cap from the top of the spout of your waste holding tank and hold it carefully preparing it for emptying. Some waste tanks come with a rotating spout. The rotating spout pours the waste further away from your hands and standing position, minimizing the risk of getting splashed. If your waste tank does not have a spout then make sure to a further step back as to not risk getting splashed. Simply pour out the waste onto the grid or disposal tank until the waste has subsided. 


Step 4: Washing your waste tank

Close to the waste disposal area, there should be a tap or hose to clear out your tank. Refill the tank with clean water, put the lid back on, and shake it a little to remove any bits that have stuck to the side. Empty the water back into the disposal area and keep repeating the process until the water starts to run clear. 


Step 5: Return the tank

If you are still in the middle of your camping trip leave a little bit of freshwater inside and mix in the disinfectant toilet chemicals so it is ready to be used again. If it is a cleanup at the end of your trip then don’t follow this step. Carry the waste holding tank back to your portable toilet and replace it as it was before. If your water tank needs to be refilled then now is the ideal time to take it over to the tank or hose to do so. Dispose of your gloves and wash your hands thoroughly to ensure you haven’t picked up any harmful bacteria.


A person washing their hands under a sink.

Keep your waste disposal a clean and hygienic process.


Emptying a compost toilet

Compost toilets are different from chemical toilets as no substances are used. If you were to empty a chemical toilet into nature, not only the excrement but the chemicals inside can be environmentally harmful. Compost toilets use substances such as sawdust and ash to break down the harmful toxins found in human waste. This makes it appropriate to be disposed of in nature

Your compost toilet normally has a biodegradable bag installed to catch your solids. Once this is full, remove and tie the waste bag carefully. From this point, you have two options. It is legal to dispose of human waste in the general trash – for example, diapers and dog poo are disposed of in this manner – so feel free to use the campsites trash bins for this. 

If no bins are available and you’re out in the wilderness then your second option is to bury it. Make sure that you bury it at least 10 inches deep. The deeper the better. The bag is biodegradable so it will dissolve fairly quickly once buried.  Take note that because these bags are biodegradable they are made of thinner material. Don’t wait too long before emptying them or they could split if they are too heavy!

Composting toilets have a dry flush and there is no water tank. Instead, the waste is split into two different sections, solid waste, and liquid waste. The liquid section can be disposed of in the same manner as we mentioned for the chemical toilets, at the designated disposable area. If you are in the wilderness then you can also carefully empty this out into the ground as urine is safe to dispose of and won’t be a threat to the environment and future campers. 


Final Verdict: 

Emptying your portable toilet when camping tends to be the most stressful and least pleasant part of a camping trip, yet it is necessary. There is no worse camper than those who are not responsible when clearing their mess and ruining great camping spots for other people and for nature.

It is important to know how to dispose of your waste correctly and safely and to get into a good practice of doing it. Campsite restrooms are not always pleasant and are often poorly maintained, meaning that many of us put our reliance on portable toilets. We hope you don’t have too much fun doing this job, but we certainly wish you the best in your toilet emptying endeavors!


Bonus tip: Check out this useful video to get an idea of how simple emptying a portable toilet can be!



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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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