There are several different ways to make a DIY camping toilet. It could be as easy as just simply buying a plastic snap-on toilet seat that fits on any 5-gallon bucket, but if you want something a little more substantial, it is not difficult at all to construct one yourself.
This tutorial involves attaching an actual toilet seat to a piece of wood and fitting the wood to the top of a bucket. It may take a bit more time and effort, but this DIY camping toilet will be more comfortable and durable in the end.
You will need:
- 5-gallon bucket
- piece of half-inch plywood that’s large enough to outline a toilet seat with a bit of room left around the outer edge
- toilet seat
- jig saw
- two screws and nuts (these should come with the toilet seat)
- black marker or pencil
- small nails
- nail gun or hammer
- 4 small blocks of wood
- plastic trash bags
To begin, trace the outside of the toilet seat onto the plywood. Then, lift the lid and trace the hole on the inside.Try to trace a circumference that’s a little larger than the interior hole to ensure that waste will not get on the wood. Make sure to mark the holes in the back where the seat will be attached to the plywood. Cut out the tracing with a jig saw. Drill out the attachment holes in the back.
The seat needs to be secured so that it doesn’t slide off the bucket. There are multiple ways to do this. The most practical way is to nail four small pieces of wood to the bottom of the plywood cut-out; one on each side. These will serve as stoppers. Now just mount the seat to the plywood by placing the screws into the two holes in the back and securing them with the nuts.
The DIY camping toilet is now ready to use. Just place a trash bag inside of the bucket and sprinkle a bit of sawdust in the bag. After use, sprinkle a bit more sawdust on top of the waste to control odor. Always dispose of waste properly in a trash receptacle when you’re ready to go!