How to Make a Camping Toilet

For many people, one of the roughest aspects of camping is going without the comfort and familiarity of a modern toilet. However, if you’re out in the boonies without a toilet in sight, don’t fret; you can easily make your own! All you need to make a portable camping toilet is a large bucket, a garbage bag, and either a pool noodle or some plywood and a toilet seat.

EditSteps
EditUsing a Pool Noodle
Cut your pool noodle to be just shorter than the bucket’s circumference. Use measuring tape to measure the circumference of the rim of the bucket. Then, use a utility knife to cut your noodle to be about shorter than this measurement.[1]
The noodle needs to be slightly shorter than the bucket’s circumference so that you’re able to fit it entirely around the rim of the bucket without the edges of the noodle’s ends bumping up against each other.

Use a utility knife to slice open 1 side of the pool noodle. Draw a line down the length of the noodle from top to bottom to guide your knife when you go to slice it. Opening the noodle this way will allow you to set it snugly along the rim of the bucket.[2]
After you cut open the side of the noodle, use your hands to gently pull the 2 sides of the cut you just made apart. Make sure the noodle has been completely cut open before you move on to the next step.

Secure the noodle to the rim of the bucket with epoxy adhesive. Place epoxy adhesive along the inside of the pool noodle, making sure to closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions for usage. Then, place the noodle onto the rim of the bucket and push it downward so that it “snaps” into place.[3]
You can also opt to skip the epoxy adhesive entirely and just make your toilet out of a bucket and pool noodle. However, without the epoxy, the noodle seat will be less secure when you go to sit on it.

You can buy epoxy adhesive at any home improvement store.

For best results, allow your epoxy to cure for at least 24 hours before using your camping toilet.

EditAttaching a Toilet Seat to a Bucket or Chair
Trace the outer and inner circumferences of the toilet seat on plywood. Lay the toilet seat on top of a piece of plywood and use a pencil or marker to trace around the interior hole and the outside of the seat. Be sure to mark the holes in the back where the seat will be screwed into the plywood, as well.[4]
If possible, add a second, slightly larger circle around the tracing of the interior hole and plan to cut along this second line so that your piece of plywood is smaller than the actual toilet seat. This will make it less likely for waste to accidentally get onto the plywood.

Cut out the tracing with a jigsaw and drill out the attachment holes. Cut along the exterior tracing first, then cut out the tracing of the interior hole. Use a drill bit that is equal in size to the bolts you’re using to attach the seat to the plywood.[5]
Your toilet seat most likely came with bolts and nuts that you’re meant to use to install it. If for some reason you’re missing these materials, bolts that are in diameter will probably work for your toilet.

If you plan on using a chair for your camping toilet, be sure to drill a hole in the chair that is the same size as the interior hole of your plywood piece.

Attach 4 small blocks of wood to the bottom of the plywood piece. These will act as stoppers to prevent the toilet seat from sliding off of the bucket or out of the chair when you go to use it. Use nails or screws to attach the wood pieces to the bottom of the plywood on all 4 sides.[6]
Drive a nail or a screw down through the plywood piece and into each piece of wood in order to attach them.

These wood pieces can be any size or shape, as long as they fit inside of the bucket. For best results, use pieces that are at least long and that aren’t wider than the toilet seat itself.

Secure the toilet seat to the plywood with bolts and nuts. Screw the bolts through the hinge on the back of the toilet seat and through the drill holes on the back of the plywood piece. Attach the nuts to the ends of the bolts on the underside of the plywood to secure the plywood to the toilet seat.[7]
The hinge is the plastic piece on the back of the toilet seat that connects it to the lid.

Place the toilet seat over your bucket or chair to finish your toilet. Push the seat through the hole in the chair if you’re using one, or simply place it over the top of your bucket. Make sure all 4 bottom pieces of wood fit snugly and securely in the bucket or in the hole in the chair.[8]
Be sure to place a bucket underneath your chair before you use your new camping toilet.

EditUsing Your Camping Toilet
Place a bag inside the bucket. Make sure the bag goes all the way down to the bottom of the bucket and that the top of the bag completely covers your noodle seat. For best results, use a heavy-duty garbage bag that doesn’t easily rip.[9]
If you’re worried about odor, you can also use special odor-blocking garbage bags instead of ordinary bags. You can buy these at any grocery store.

Pour of absorption medium in the bottom of the bag. Use sawdust, cat litter, dirt, or some other absorption medium to soak up any liquids in the bag and suppress the odor. You’ll also use this medium to cover your waste every time you finish using the toilet.[10]
After you use the toilet, pour enough sawdust or cat litter into the bag so that your waste is completely covered.

For convenience, keep your absorption medium in a separate garbage bag and use a plastic cup to scoop the medium into your toilet.

You can get sawdust from a sawmill or lumberyard or buy sawdust at a feed store.

Take the bag out of the toilet and tie it closed once you’re done with it. Again, make sure you’ve covered your waste before you take out the bag. Use a double knot when tying the bag to make sure it’s securely closed and that none of the contents will fall out.[11]

Dispose of the bag and sanitize the inside of the bucket after every use. Tie the bag containing the waste closed, then place it inside another bag and tie this second bag closed as well. Take the bags to a drop-off facility for hazardous waste in order to dispose of them properly.[12]
You can sanitize the inside of the bucket by washing it with dish soap and warm water.

Do not simply leave your bag at the campsite when you head home; this is considered littering.

EditTips
If you want to ensure you can use your camping toilet in privacy, place it inside a cheap pop-up tent to create a makeshift outhouse near your camping site.

Keep some toilet paper in a sealable plastic bag or old coffee can inside your bucket when you’re not using your toilet. Then, simply take the toilet paper out of the bucket before you insert your garbage bag. This way, you’ll never forget to bring toilet paper with you when you use the toilet!

You can also attach the toilet paper to the handle of the bucket, if you don’t plan on moving the bucket very much.

Take along heavy-duty garbage bags for your waste. You’ll likely need more than 1 bag if you plan on camping for an extended period. Take enough bags to change bags every 2 or 3 days, depending on the number in your camping party.

EditThings You’ll Need
Pool noodle

plywood

4 small pieces of wood

Jigsaw

Utility knife

bucket

trash bags

Epoxy adhesive

EditRelated wikiHows
Replace an RV Toilet Seal

Make a Camp Washing Machine

Camp in a Tent on a Campsite

Defecate Outdoors

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How to Season Zucchini

Zucchini is an especially mild, some might even say bland, vegetable. But the vegetable’s mild taste makes it an ideal base for a variety of herbs, spices, and other flavorful ingredients. Plentiful and cheap, zucchini pairs well with just about any flavor, making it a wonderful side dish for any type of cuisine.

EditSteps
EditUsing Spices, Herbs, and Garlic
Keep to the basics and season with salt and pepper. For a quick and easy dish, seasoning zucchini with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper is a classic option. After tossing zucchini slices in olive oil and cooking, just sprinkle them with salt and pepper to your taste.[1]
Use olive oil for 2 medium zucchini.

Sprinkle your zucchini with a single spice before grilling. You don’t need to overload your zucchini with dozens of ingredients to make a scrumptious dish. Using just one aromatic spice is enough. Cumin, for instance, compliments zucchini perfectly well on its own. To season with a single spice, you can drizzle 4 zucchini halves with of olive oil. Then sprinkle the oil-coated zucchini with salt, pepper, and the spice of your choice. If using ground cumin, ½ tablespoon (3.5 grams) should suffice.[2]
Score the surface of the zucchini halves before drizzling with olive oil to let the flavor really sink in.

Explode your taste buds with a spicy medley. You can also shower your zucchini with as many spices as you’d like. For a spicy treat, combine ¼ teaspoon (0.6 grams) cumin powder, ¼ teaspoon (0.5 grams) coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon (0.6 grams) ground paprika, a pinch of cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon (2.4 grams) salt, and 1/8 teaspoon (0.3 grams) black pepper in a bowl with olive oil and 2 finely chopped garlic cloves. Mix well and then add sliced zucchini rounds to the mixture. You can add other spices to this concoction, or substitute any of the spices listed above, according to your taste.[3]
Use 2 medium zucchini for the amounts listed above.

Douse your zucchini in a garlicky herb mixture. For garlic lovers, combining garlic with a mixture of herbs is also a delicious option. Chop 2 tablespoons (3.4 grams) fresh rosemary and 2 tablespoons (7.4 grams) fresh parsley leaves, and place in a small bowl. Add olive oil, ¼ cup minced shallot (4 medium shallots), 2 minced garlic cloves, salt, and black pepper, and whisk the ingredients together. Drizzle your zucchini slices with olive oil and grill. Then finish by pouring your garlicky sauce on the grilled slices and serve.[4]
This recipe will make enough sauce to season 3 medium zucchini.

EditAdding Parmesan, Lemon, or Sriracha
Grate Parmesan on your zucchini before baking. Parmesan cheese is a popular companion to baked and roasted zucchini. For a garlicky and herbal flavor, mix ½ cup (47 grams) freshly grated Parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon (0.7 grams) dried thyme, ½ teaspoon (0.6 grams) dried oregano, ½ teaspoon (0.6 grams) dried basil, ¼ teaspoon (0.8 grams) garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle 4 quartered zucchini with olive oil before sprinkling with your herb mixture.[5]

Marinate your zucchini with lemon and garlic for grilling. For a citrusy flavor, whisk olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, 4 minced garlic cloves, ¾ teaspoon (3.5 grams sea salt), and ½ teaspoon (1.2 grams) freshly ground black pepper together in a small bowl. Slice two medium zucchini into rounds and add them to your lemon garlic mixture. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and let the zucchini marinate for at least 4 hours before grilling.[6]

Flavor your zucchini with sriracha. Melt 1 tablespoon (14.2 grams) of butter and mix with sriracha. Brush the sriracha and butter mix on thinly cut zucchini slices. Let the zucchini marinate in the sriracha and butter mix before grilling.[7]
1 tablespoon (14.2 grams) butter and sriracha should be enough to season 2 zucchini.

EditCooking Your Seasoned Zucchini
Roast your zucchini to release its natural flavors. After tossing your zucchini with the spice or herbal mixture of your choice, preheat your oven to . As the oven is heating up, place your seasoned zucchini slices on a lined baking sheet. When the oven is ready, place the baking sheet in the oven, and roast for 15-17 minutes, or until the edges of the zucchini start to brown.[8]

Grill your zucchini for a rich, smoky flavor. After covering your zucchini in an olive oil and spice mixture of your choice, preheat your grill on high. When the grill is hot, use your tongs to place the zucchini rounds on the grill. Cover the grill, and cook the zucchini rounds for 2 minutes on each side.[9]
You can increase the grilling time if you’d like your zucchini to be crispier.

Sauté your zucchini to make a savory dish. Heat of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet on your stove at medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the zucchini rounds and sauté until they become tender. Then add minced garlic and cook for another 1 minute. Turn off the stove. Stir in the seasoning sauce of your choice. Then add salt, pepper, and any other dry seasonings. Taste your zucchini. If needed, add additional spices according to your preference.[10]

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