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Where Do Tent Campers Use the Bathroom?

When nature calls, you don’t want to avoid answering for too long. Out of all the tasks to do while camping, the one people often worry about the most is how and where to use the restroom.

RVers typically bring a bathroom with them in their RV. However, where do tent campers use the bathroom? Let’s find out!

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What Is Tent Camping?

Tent camping is a traditional style of camping that involves setting up a tent for shelter and sleeping. Despite being a more rustic form of camping, it can be a great way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Tents are excellent for staying in established campgrounds or finding a flat and level spot in a remote location.

Tents often come in various shapes and sizes. You can camp in everything from a single-person tent to multi-room tents with enough space for large families.

Tent manufacturers continually improve their products to respond to customer demand.

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Where Do Tent Campers Use the Bathroom?

While some tents may have multiple rooms, you may not see one with a bathroom any time soon. However, most tent campers stay in organized campgrounds. These locations typically cater to tent campers and may also have water, electricity, and bathroom facilities.

These are public restrooms, and the cleanliness will vary from one campground to the next. Some campgrounds offer modern bathrooms and keep them as clean as a hotel bathroom.

However, you may also come across some that appear like management hasn’t stepped inside since they opened the facility.

How Do You Pee in a Tent? 

The way you can pee while tent camping depends on where you are. You may need to slip on your shoes and walk to the nearest bathroom facility if you’re in a campground.

This can be inconvenient, especially in the middle of the night or when the weather isn’t cooperating.

If you do not want to make the walk or don’t want to venture out of your tent when nature calls, a pee bottle may be an option. They usually require some aim and are much easier for males.

However, pee funnels can make it less challenging for females. They can help you avoid going out in the middle of the night.

How Can I Poop Without Toilet Paper?

If you run out of toilet paper while camping, you have a few options. These options may not be as comfortable or convenient as toilet paper, but they’ll do the job in a pinch. You’ll want to check your supplies first.

You can use practically any type of paper, like a notebook or pad. Is it as smooth and comfortable as toilet paper? No.

Will it get the job done? For sure! The same goes for wipes and Kleenex. You may not be using them for their intended purpose, but they’ll keep you clean!

Depending on the season, if you’re out in the wild, there might be leaves and other vegetation available. You should be able to use these with relative ease.

However, you’ll want to make sure you brush up on your plant identification skills before you start wiping with any old leaf. You don’t want to discover you chose poison ivy or another plant that will cause you problems.

Are Bears Attracted to Pee?

There was a myth floating around the camping community that human pee would keep bears away. However, science and park rangers have determined that is entirely inaccurate.

Bears have expert noses and are attracted to various smells like perfumes, lotions, and deodorants. They’re also attracted to solid and liquid human waste.

You should always make sure you use the restroom 100+ feet away from your campsite. You should dig a 6” to 8” hole for your waste and cover it with dirt, sticks, or leaves, then smash it down.

If a bear discovers your waste, they’ll remember the spot and begin frequenting the area looking for food.

How Do You Use a Portable Toilet for Camping?

Portable toilets work similarly to the ones you’d see in an RV. They’ll often have a freshwater tank to hold water for flushing.

There’s also a tank that holds the solid and liquid waste and any water you use when you flush. When you are done, a piston or other pump should move the water from one tank to the other.

A portable camping toilet

Can You Poop in a Portable Camping Toilet? 

Yes, you can poop in a portable camping toilet. However, you may want to limit the amount of toilet paper you use to wipe. You should also make sure the paper is RV or septic safe.

This toilet paper should dissolve much faster than other toilet paper. Paper that dissolves quickly can also help you from clogs in a portable camping toilet’s holding tank.

Are Camping Toilets Worth It?

When you have to go, you have to go. Some people are more capable of holding it than others or may require frequent visits to the restroom throughout the night.

If you’re the latter, a camping toilet may be a practical necessity. However, they’re not always worth it for every camper. We know many who carry a camping toilet with their gear just in case there’s an emergency.

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