Have a friend or significant other that dreads having to “go” outdoors? For those who don’t want to grab a shovel and dig, we have a solution for you. Combine a private toilet tent and portable potty and you will be good to “go” anywhere!
After much debate, we finally bought a Chrysler Pacifica to use as a travel vehicle, aka a minivan camper. Following an extensive amount of research, we managed to design a set up that wouldn’t alter the vehicle permanently and still provide cozy sleeping quarters.
We bought a super comfortable mattress, built a cabinet for clothes, hung lights, and even installed a fridge and microwave. But one of the negative aspects of camping in a minivan is the lack of a shower and toilet.
So we went in search of a solution.
Typically we stay in campgrounds, but for the times that we are far away from the bathroom or boondocking without facilities, it’s our trusty portable toilet, solar shower, and privacy tent to the rescue!
What is a Toilet Tent
A toilet tent is an outdoor portable tent that provides shelter and privacy for using a toilet. If you spend quality time outdoors then you know one of the biggest issues with hiking or remote camping is going to the bathroom outside. It can be difficult to find a secluded spot so a privacy tent is helpful.
When we finally decided on buying a minivan versus a Sprinter or a vehicle with more room, we needed to add a camping toilet to our van accessories.
And I wasn’t planning on using it without some basic coverage!
For more camping essentials check out our article van camping must-haves.
How to Use Toilet Tent & Maintain It
If you watched the video above, you saw how easy and straightforward it is to set up the folding portable toilet tent. It pops right up from a folded position and takes only a little manipulation to gather it back together when you’re packing up the site.
Make sure to set it up as far away as possible to the area you are camping or hanging out in and look for a shaded spot.
As far as maintaining the tent, the number one rule is to never fold it up and put it away when it is wet. Otherwise, you’ll get mold and residue that will be hard to remove.
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Other Uses for the Privacy Tent
When you are not camping, the pop-up tent can be used for other situations as well. We told a friend about it when we first made the purchase and he ended up buying a few for his workers who are often onsite at people’s homes outside without a restroom.
It can also be used as a changing station at the beach, provide shade at a little league game, or as a shower station. Now that’s what I call multifunctional!
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The Best Tent for Privacy and Comfort
The WolfWise Pop-Up Shower Tent is 44.5″ L x 44.5″ W x 74.8″ H so it’s spacious inside. It’s one of the biggest single tents on the market.
The green one pictured and in the video above is an older basic model. The new version has a few added features so we are recommending that one instead.
The upgraded version added a zipper buckle to clip it on the inside for privacy so you don’t have to worry about someone unzipping it from the outside. It also has three mesh-covered vents for good ventilation.
The company also added a built-in floor mat surrounded by mesh for drainage. It encloses the tent to keep you from the dirty ground and also helps the bathwater runoff.
The tent is made of polyester fabric and treated with a water-repellent treatment. And has a silver sunscreen coating to protect you from harmful UV rays.
When folded back up, it’s lightweight and narrow which fits perfectly in the small storage space we have in the back of the van.
Additional useful features are the small clothesline for hanging wet towels or clothes and additional pockets for shampoo, soap, etc. They also added two mesh storage bags at the bottom sides to store your sandals. It has a hook at the top that can be used for a small hanging light to be used at night.
The large size, good reviews, and easy assembly are the three main factors why we chose this particular tent. Overall, it’s the perfect private tent for a worry-free camping experience.
The Outdoor Toilet
Let’s continue the toilet talk to the actual toilet itself. When it comes to the actual deed there are two options: digging a hole or buying a portable toilet. We decided to purchase a portable toilet with a snap-on lid.
It’s basically a bucket with a seat, but what a difference it makes to be able to sit down versus hovering over cold or wet ground.
And it’s painless to manage. Once you place it in the tent, line the bucket with a garbage bag so it’s easy to clean later. Try biodegradable compostable bags; they are sturdy and eco-friendly.
Hot Tips: Add a handful of kitty litter to the bottom of the bucket to eliminate odor and soak up liquids. Also, use the storage pocket for hand sanitizer.
Solar Camping Shower
To complete our DIY outdoor bathroom, we purchased a 5-gallon camp shower that heats the water with solar energy and has a nifty shower head. It’s a handy option when hot water isn’t available.
When it’s all said and done, a privacy tent with toilet and shower combo will make your next camping experience a more pleasant one!
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Do you have a portable toilet set up for your camping needs? Tell us in the comments below!
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hi! I am using my Pacifica for camping also. It is December and just returned from cross country trial run. I don’t have the fridge or microwave yet but the potty tent and potty bucket worked great. Now, the problem was the cold at night. I was fine in the bed I created but my dog was shivering at nights.I would cover her but when she changed positions and I was asleep, she got really cold.Do you have any plans for heat at night? I have the custom screens for all windows and a fan for inside so warm weather is not a problem. However, the cold was less than ideal.
Also, what brand microwave and fridge did you install?Was it difficult? I am a 70 year old woman and not very handy.
Recommendations? Tips? Thanks, guys!
We have camped in freezing weather but will stay at an electric camp site and then use a space heater which will easily keep the van warm even with windows cracked for moisture… without electricity you’d probably want to get a sub zero sleeping bag… as far as fridge and microwave, we just bought a cheap 700 watt microwave and a ac/dc Truckfridge fridge/freezer.. I don’t think they make our exact model (tf49) anymore.. its not an easy install and I wouldn’t recommend it if you aren’t handy. Your best bet would be to buy a chest fridge (something like this… https://amzn.to/3qQY1zN ) and cheap microwave and find your own way to fit them in your current sleeping layout.
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