Portable Bathroom Etiquettes for Campers with IBS and IBD

Portable Bathroom Etiquettes for Campers with IBS and IBD

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On Summit Style, we have previously talked at length about all kinds of portable bathroom(s) for multi camping purposes.

Part of the previous write-up was published with a sense of humor. But recently, it came to our attention that a lot of our diehard regulars are facing issues concerning the proper use of portable bathrooms.

In a way, these handy little products are immensely useful to people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and general category Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD). Since this is a kind of ailment that provokes bathroom use from time to time – and that too, when there are no toilets available within miles.

One of our readers stated an account of going to the beach party with his family on a military day. Fortunately, this guy didn’t have IBS. The same goes for his family members, consisting of a lovely wife and 4 adorable kids.

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However, the poor man needed to take one of his kids to a makeshift bathroom that was already being used by tons of people. In his words, it was a nightmare after seeing the queue and the bathroom condition. The smell was nauseating to say the least – i.e. if you are willing to overlook the disgusting state that this bathroom was in.

Of course, he asked his kid to man up and use the bathroom. But that was it.

Lesson Learned: Always have a backup portable bathroom with you because the ones installed in public locations are not reliable. If you are willing to overlook the hygienic conditions of these toilets, you will obviously contract a variety of skin diseases.

Not to mention the fact that dermatologists charge a pretty penny for treating patients with skin disease, there’s a good chance that you or any of your family members will be having that disease for the rest of their natural-born lives.

Yes, I know that’s a serious predicament. But don’t worry, we are here to guide you through different portable bathroom options that you can choose from. Needless to say, if you can't spend much on a proper portable camping toilet, at least buy a discardable bag and some handwipes to make it worth your time. These bags can be disposed of later in the nearest garbage dump. You can seal them without worrying about the waste material spilling over.

Anyhow, let’s get to the meat of the matter.

Portable Bathroom Vs. Quality of Life Issues:

So, when we talk about Irritable Bowel Disease, it is the kind of biological condition that results in digestive tract issues. As opposed to other bowel conditions, IBD or IBS exude a sudden urge to go to the bathroom.

Campers who experience these issues always prepare in advance because they know that they’d have to relieve any time without prior warnings. Also, it is not easy to understand the fact that you are feeling alright one moment, and the next second, you need to go to the toilet.

Since public bathrooms are used by many people, it is a common observation to see these receptacles dirty most of the time. State fairs, gatherings, and crowds take an extra toll on these outhouses, which makes it hard for regular folks to use them with ease and convenience.

Your quality of life factor is also affected when you are not able to relieve yourself properly in a portable bathroom for public use. People are waiting in the queue, and all of them have to “go” at one point. Before you know it, someone will be banging at the door, causing you to leave your business unfinished.

However, if a portable bathroom can make your camping trip worthwhile, go for it. Don’t rely on second options where the situation is always uncertain. Especially, if you are an amateur level camper, you should know that these products always come in handy when least expected.

Having said that, some of the portable bathroom units can be relatively expensive. The cost factor depends on the capacity of the bowl and other functions in it. Especially, if you are looking for a portable camping bathroom with proper flushing and anti-smell technology, you should expect to spend well over $100 on it.

So, you should buy a product after considering the amount of time you will be using it. If it is a one-time camping trip, a small portable bathroom with disposable bags is a convenient option as opposed to a robust camping toilet with all the glitz and glam of a regular household bathroom. Spend wisely and prepare in advance.

Setting Up a Portable Bathroom The Right Way:

If you are going to be camping for a while, it’s best to set up your portable bathroom away from your camping location.

Don’t install it too far, as it will make it nearly impossible for you to walk all the way to the toilet. Just keep the thing installed within a small walking distance.

The reason for installing any portable bathroom away from the campsite is because of the smell factor. At times, when the air is steady and the weather is humidly hot, the smell can easily cause discomfort. The last thing you need is waking up to the nerve-racking smell of someone’s waste material in the aftermath of a recent portable bathroom use incident.

In addition to the aforementioned precaution, always make sure that you have set up your camping toilet away from the nearest natural water source. Since waste material can seep through the soil and contaminate water, you will end up causing harm to aquatic life. Besides that, if you are using the campsite water source for drinking purposes, the amount of toxicity resulting due to waste material making its way through to the water source can also give way to an alarming number of stomach issues.

A person who already has Irritable Bowel Syndrome can’t afford to make the situation worse for himself in that regard.

Is It Okay to Buy a Used Portable Bathroom?

Technically, it’s okay to buy a used portable bathroom – or a camping toilet for that matter. However, we DO NOT recommend doing so.

Hygiene is the number one factor for not buying a used camping toilet.

However, if it’s a high-quality expensive portable bathroom with proper flushing and cleaning system, such products can be bought and sold easily. Many campers look for cheaper options when they are considering buying make-shift toilets for temporary use.

Therefore, you have the liberty of dabbling in used portable bathrooms at your own discretion. If it is possible, inspect the camping toilet personally and check to see if the toilet system works after running the flush system few times.

Best Cheap Portable Bathroom Units for First Time Campers:

1.       Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Portable Bathroom:

Cleanwaste is a popular company when it comes to portable camping toilets. This product, in particular, features a foldable mechanism that reduces the form factor to a briefcase’s size.

Other than that, the toilet itself weighs around 7 lbs., which makes it super convenient to carry around on camping trips. For every brand new purchase, the Go Anywhere Portable Bathroom by Cleanwaste, comes with a disposable waste bag.

These waste bags have something called: poop powder. Once you are done using the toilet, fill it up with a generous “coating” of the poop powder. The waste material will not only step stanching, but it will also take the form of a gel. The gel formation makes it easier for the bag to retain the material in it, without causing accidental seepage or spills.

2.       Coleman Portable Bathroom:

Coleman portable bathroom/ toilet comes with a storage capacity of 5.3 gallons in a detachable tank form. There’s a separate freshwater tank that stores up to 4.8 gallons of clean water. As a result, you can look forward to properly wash the toilet tank afterward.

In addition to the features the highlighted features, Coleman’s toilet also has an elongated seat with a one-hand flushing system. A lot of reviewers suggested that this camping bathroom is not suitable for tall people due to the product’s low ground clearance/ height.

So, if you happen to be above 5 Ft 5 Inches height, you are better invested in some alternative product.


3.       ECO Safe Toilet System:

Last, but not least, we’ve got ECO Safe portable bathroom system for campers on the move.

Weight-wise, you are looking at a slightly bulkier and heavier product with 12 Lbs. to haul around. However, it’s a very convenient product for users who wish to buy a portable toilet for temporary use. The reservoir is made for 50 times’ usage. It can be cleaned with the help of poo powder and good old brushes.

The toilet can hold up to 330 Lbs. of waste material. So, you don’t have to worry about repurposing it by installing disposable bags every now and then.

Here’s the Most Important Portable Bathroom Accessory to Buy:

Don’t forget to buy handwipes and loo paper. If you spend ages rinsing your bottom, or your portable camping toilet doesn’t have a bidet, then it’s better to have a roll of loo paper on you. It makes life and personal hygiene a little bit easier not only for you but for others around you as well.

Good luck and stay safe out there.

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