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02-13-2020 01:02 PM

Aren't you going to have enough s--t to pack around with you without actually packing s--t around with you ? ? ?
02-13-2020 11:32 AM
Camelfilter For folks planning on a bucket type system:

If & when possible, keep your liquid waste separate from your solid. Keeps the odor down & is overall easier to dispose of. Just dump urine wherever convenient in the am.

Like night pots in “olden” times. My gramma did that for 50+ years, rather than walking “all the way” to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

As mentioned above, sprinkle sawdust over stool. Close the lid. Ready for the next go. Makes for less swapping out of bags of stool, and when doing so is less of a mess in general.

Burry or burn barrel, or just prepare an outhouse, if longer term.
02-12-2020 01:17 PM
NW GUY WHEN I would be dry camping,
in winter,
in my trailer or my camper
that trek to the outhouse
in - degree weather seemed just a touch too outdoorsy for the moment,
I would line the toilet with a smaller garbage can trash bag,
do my heavy work,
then tie it off for proper disposal later. For just wet work alone it would go into a resealable jug.

It is not a solution for long term
for short term it works so long as your bag supply holds out and preserves your water supply from having to be used for flushing.
02-12-2020 11:29 AM
Originally Posted by Dixie_Dude View Post

The above was for bugging in if you have a back yard. For portable, a 5 gallon bucket, trash bag liner and pottie lid for the bucket will work. The bucket should stay clean with good garbage bags to dispose of the waste somewhere.
For short term, lining the bucket with bags is a good idea. Once things are back to normal just dispose of the bags in the trash. If it is a long term event the bags become a problem. Instead a pile of waste that will rot away you have a bunch of waste in plastic bags that will take years to begin to break down.

There is a road I maintain that people from town like to dump waste. As long as it isn't in a bag it will rot quite soon. If it is in a bag it stays there as a slowly rotting bag of slime that someone has to deal with.

We personally use a 5 gallon bucket(painted with black x's so we know it isn't to be used for anything else) with a luggable loo toilet seat on it. In the summer after every "deposit" is made it gets covered with damp pine sawdust. In the winter it gets covered with ashes from the wood stove. When it needs emptying it gets dumped in a hole and buried. It could also be put in it's own compost pile and if done right shouldn't stink.

In town sawdust may be hard to come by so handfuls of damp dirt could replace the sawdust. When used properly a toilet like this should not smell or should have very little smell. If smell is an issue there is no reason it has to be inside the house. Lime also may be a good way to deal with any smell.

Also the ladies pee in the bucket, the men usually don't. Keeping the amount of urine down reduces the amount of cover material needed. Many people who use this type of set up have ways for ladies to collect urine separate from the solids.

Then there is this website totally dedicated to the problem they used to allow you to download the book for free. I don't know if that is still an option.
02-12-2020 10:14 AM
Dixie_Dude If you live in the burbs, small town, or even out in the country, an old fashioned out house will work. Dig a hole about 5' deep. Build the out house over it complete with toilet lid. Keep a bucket of lime in the out house. After going, spinkle a little lime down the hole. Keeps smell down. People once kept their corn cobs as toilet paper, used them and threw them down the hole. When the hole begins to get about half way full, dig another hole nearby, and move the out house over this new hole. Fill the previous hole with dirt and tamp down good. Keep doing this as long as the SHTF situation goes on. After a few years, some people dig the original hole out and use the compost for fertilizer for their back yard garden. This is the way they did it in the 1800's and up to the mid 20th century. Used some when I was a kid out in the country, before septic systems were installed.

The above was for bugging in if you have a back yard. For portable, a 5 gallon bucket, trash bag liner and pottie lid for the bucket will work. The bucket should stay clean with good garbage bags to dispose of the waste somewhere.
02-12-2020 10:02 AM
BASS SHTF and there is NO Power, water and sewer plants shut down. No drinking water and no toilet flushing.

Do Not take the sewer line lid off in the street. When things back up you will have a street full of it......

A bucket over a hole in the ground maybe you best action. Use lime on the waste and keep smells down. Keep the lid. Cut the top of the sparkle bucket where the lid snaps onto. You can do this with metal cutting snips. Then it is easy to place the lid on the bucket and take the lid off. I do this on the buckets I use for my fishing items when going to the beach.

A pool noodle split can be used on the bucket edge or a foam pipe covering will make it more comfortable.

Make the hole bigger and deeper than you think you will need. If you are Bugging In and going to be there a long time plan where you are making the hole and the next holes and the next. You may need a wood frame work to support the bucket over the hole. The edges of the hole will cave in sooner than you think......

I live in the country and I can re-start my septic tank that hasn't been used in 40 years. Add some water and septic tank starter and burn all my toilet paper at least in the beginning. Yeast used for bread baking mixed with warm water will work as a septic tank starter after you get water and human waste in the septic tank after several days of use.

Make you plan and get what you need now when it isn't an emergency. SHTF you may not get what you need....

02-12-2020 04:54 AM
pengyou If you have the ability to haul a composting toilet - and the dough to pick up one of the pricier options, there is something called an incinerating toilet. Takes a hefty amount of electricity - I think 1,500 watts for 15 minutes - but what you end up with is a small amount of powder. Some of them are propane powdered...though if you were clever enough, you could probably rig up a way to capture human gas to power the deal.
02-12-2020 02:15 AM
CrypticCRICKET Bedside potty chair like the ones pictured above. 5 gallon bucket with trash bag liner under the chair. I've not yet tried the kitty litter compost method with this set-up but it should work to trap the odors. It works with the cat box.

We bought our potty chair from a thrift shop for $5. Not a scratch anywhere so it probably was never used much. I see these potty chairs all the time in thrift shops.
01-09-2019 02:10 PM
Exarmyguy Solar powered Vitamix. Its easier to get rid of a slurry than a log.
01-09-2019 12:56 PM
Mr4btTahoe Best? Composting toilet.

Otherwise, We've got a thetford curve in our short bus and like it. Its comfortable and built well.

Other options... 5 gallon bucket/toilet seat.

Now keep in mind.. if you are staying put in the city... your house is connected to the city sewer. You can flush a standard toilet by dumping water in the bowl using a bucket or filling the tank with water and flushing as normal. A small rainwater catchment system and a small pump can keep a normal toilet working just fine.
01-09-2019 12:47 PM
Tracy1966 I bought this:

It folds up and doesn't take up a lot of space. If we have to use it at home, I plan to line the toilet with a bag. If we have to leave, we'd just use the bucket that comes with it. $35
01-09-2019 12:36 PM
DareToThink I made my own with an electric jigsaw and a wooden chair. It lives under the stairs ready for emergencies.
01-09-2019 12:27 PM
01-09-2019 11:39 AM
Originally Posted by The Abe View Post
My father put me in charge of setting up my family's emergency supplies for our home, and in most areas (e.g. food, protection, wilderness skills, first aid etc...) I feel prepared, or at least know which direction to go in.

On the subject of septic sanitation I feel at a loss for Bugging in. Digging a latrine is no biggie in the woods, but with a family in the city.... ? I dunno.

I was looking into portable toilets and realized I have no frame of reference whatsoever.

Help good people!

Thanks guys.

Sorry I have no pics but I have a wooden kitchen table chair stored away which I cut a round hole in the size of my rear end, then attached hooks to hold plastic shopping bags underneath to catch a number 2.
I have about 20 million dollars worth of plastic shopping bags in my kitchen cupboard
01-29-2017 11:11 PM
JasonsLan In the river rafting community we use the ECO safe toilets. (sealed tank inside a rocket box) Easy to clean out at RV dump sites and scat machines.
01-25-2017 06:15 PM
LarsNielson I have a Porta-Potty is 7 years and I am happy.
To the bottom of the collection, do not wipe, put soft rubber
01-11-2017 02:17 AM
IamZeke While the shovel idea is a bit of a thread derail, I suggest a gardening trowel instead of a shovel or folding shovel. Plastic ones are light enough for even GHB's and cost next to nothing. Useful for both cat holes or a minor bit of stashing gear. Even cities have parks and flower beds. Discretion is always more important in that situation than the gear you have.

As for chemical toilets I've found that even expensive ones are little better than the 5gal bucket kits. I guess if your plan is to hole up in your underground bunker for weeks then researching the fancy expensive ones is worth the time and money. Otherwise just keep it simple and affordable with the bucket kits. Whichever one you choose you can't go wrong with having an excess of bags and Lysol, as any old school mom who used cloth diapers would tell you. Ventilation will do more for the "ambiance" than any chemical process. And the last fallback should be a couple books of sulfur matches. It's amazing how lighting one after doing your business changes the air. The sulfur smell completely negates that other smell. Ozium, the old hippie doper spray is pretty awesome too. Smoke shops still sell the stuff.
01-11-2017 01:29 AM

I bought several of the folding toilets (above) from thrift stores around $10 each.
Folds up, lightweight & portable.
With a 5 gallon bucket & trash bags, you are good to GO about anywhere.
In a city or urban SHTF environment, discard bags down local sewer manholes.
01-10-2017 06:48 PM
Florida Jean Forgot. As important as 'where' to go you need to consider the additional sanitary issues.

TOILET PAPER. And more toilet paper. And those moist wet wipes, baby wipes which are useful to hand/body cleaning and not using water. They are even more needed should someone come down with the 'runs'.

You can expand your 'bucket' usage by putting the used toilet paper in a separate bag [one of those flip top waste baskets are handy]. And there is a pet spray that is good to deal with urine/etc. smell. Called OUT.

To figure your potential toilet paper usage. Wait for a day you know no one is leaving the house. Before you go to sleep, put new rolls in each bathroom. This will catch any nighttime users.
Before you go to bed the next day, see how much was used. This includes any extra rolls to replace anything you put there -- i.e. look for those tubes in the bathroom waste basket.

That will give you an idea of how much you need to buy for whatever length of time you are initially planing for. Remember, there are single/double/triple rolls.

And those bleach wipes to clean up the seat and handbars of your toilet. For a further consideration. How many toilets do you have in your house presently? You don't want to increase conflict/tension with not enough 'portable' toilets. Particularly, if a case of the runs occurs.

Buy lots of toilet paper. And if you have little children in your family; twice as many wipes if there weren't little kids.

Don't throw away any phone books if they are still being handed out in your area. [If a neighbor comes by begging you can offer to give them a few white pages; but no yellow pages because the kids like the yellow pages better. They probably won't come back. Particulary, if you show them a book that is mostly gone.]

Toilet Paper. And more Toilet Paper. And a way to get one's hands clean afterwards.
01-10-2017 03:35 PM
cantankerous If you go with the bucket toilet remember to get plenty of kitty litter.
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