Friday, October 8, 2010

Making a Portable Toilet from 5 Gallon Buckets

We discussed how 5 gallon pails are so versatile to take to a camp site. But we have not yet elaborated how they could be a practical use during camping time. This time we are going to discuss how the 5 gallon bucket is great as a portable toilet, especially when we camp at places with no access to plumbing.

What we need:
  • gallon pail
  • Mulch
  • 2 pieces of boards
  • Garbage bags

How to make the portable toilet:
  • Cover the inside of the bucket with a garbage bag and make sure the end of the bag goes over the top of the pail so that it can be fastened with the bucket lid.
  • Put the mulch about half of the pail. This will help absorb urine and to cover up the smell.
  • Put the two boards on top of the 5 gallon pail for us to sit on. Voila, your emergency toilet is done!

Note: every time you go to the toilet cover with more mulch. The concept is really like the cat litter system. The more you cover it, the less smell you’ve got.


  1. A bucket, also called a pail, is typically a watertight, vertical cylinder or truncated cone, with an open top and a flat bottom, usually attached to a semicircular carrying handle called the bail. A pail can have an open top or can have a lid.

  2. Having a portable toilet is essential if someone has an outdoor party, so thanks for the giving details about how to create it.