Across our state parks have started to reopen. Trails are open for hiking. Lakes and ponds are open for fishing and hiking…. BUT restrooms are closed. Parents are cringing. We want to get our kids outside, but we also know our kids can’t go longer than an hour or two without needing a bathroom. If only there were portable potties for kids.
I can remember taking long day trips with my boys. Inevitably someone would always have to pee or poop before we reached our final destination. They couldn’t just wait. It’s understandable. Now though even if your kids can wait till they get to your destination the bathrooms are probably still closed.
Sure, we can tell our kids to just pee in the woods, but some kids are nervous about that. Some kids are going to need to poop. How can we help our kids peep and poop in the woods when they are too nervous to or they haven’t done it before?
As I thought more about the problem and how to help families find solutions I remembered the portable potties we had when our kids first learned to potty. I thought there has to be an easier way to manage potty-time in the woods. I saw some portable toilets for camping at Bass Pro Shops and it got me thinking, that has to be portable toilets for kids.
There are! I’ve rounded up a collection of products to help kids pee and poop in the woods. Moms we’ve got you covered with products that will help you pee while standing up, just in case you don’t want to squat in the woods either.
Portable Potties to Help Kids Pee & Poop Outside
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Let’s start with portable toilets. We’re giving you a range of options here. There are smaller portable toilets that you can keep in the car (if your kids don’t want to use them outside the car.) They’re great for drive in movies in New Jersey. We’ve also included some portable toilets that are small enough to carry on your back for those hiking trips. Finally, we’re including portable toilets for camping that even come with an enclosure. It’s like having your own port-a-potty.
Portable Toilets for Kids
If you purchase a portable potty just make sure you grab some disposable waste bags. We’ll include some options in this guide. Always take solid waste with you and leave no trace behind.
- ONEDONE Portable Baby Child Potty Urinal Emergency Toilet for boys
- Portable Cute Elephant Emergency Urinal Potty Toilet Pee Bottle for girls
- Kalencom Potette Plus 2-in-1 Travel Potty
- Travel Potty, Tinabless Portable Folding Reusable Banana Travel Toilet
- Zensuno Emergency Foldable Portable Disposable Hygienic Instant Potty for Kids
- TripTips Portable Folding Toilet Car Commode Camping Toilet
- Emergency Potty for Kids Instant Toilet Foldable Cardboard Potty
- Go Anywhere Toilet Kit 12-pack
- Biffy Bag Pocket Size Disposable Toilet
- Cleanwaste Toilet in a Bag-15/Pack
- Camco Portable Toilet Bucket with Seat and Lid Attachment
- Alpcour Portable Toilet
- PLAYBERG Folding Portable Travel Toilet
- Restop Lavatory System/shower
It may sound funny, but they exist. Pee funnels help females pee while standing up. They can be very helpful for those times you have to go but there’s no toilet around and you don’t want to squat. They also don’t require you to be so exposed.
- PeeBuddy 10 Funnels Portable Female Urination Device
- TravelJane Disposable Urinal
- Venus To Mars Female Urinal
- pStyle Female urination device for women
Whether you use toilet paper or disposable wipes when peeing or pooping in the woods, never leave them behind. Don’t litter. Instead bring a plastic sealable bag with you. Dispose of the trash when you get back home. There are also reusable wipes you can use, pack, and then wash when you get home.
- Combat Wipes GAIA
- More recommendations coming soon.
Pee into a bag? Disposable Urinals
I know it sounds funny. It may seem odd. But there are disposable bags that act as portable potties. Pee or poop directly into them and your waste turns into a solid. Then seal it and take it with you. Here’s a few options.
- Restop disposable toilet products
- TravelJohn-Disposable Urinal 6 pack
- TravelJohn 66892 Disposable Urinal(18 pack)
Portable Toilet Bags
Do not use a portable toilet for kids without first lining it with one of these bags. You don’t want that kind of messy clean up. These bags have all been designed to use with portable potties or toilets to hold waste. They allow you to safely take your waste with you without worry about making a mess.
- Restop Wilderness Waste Containment Pouch
- Cleanwaste Wag Bags Toilet Kit Pack of 6
- Camco Toilet Waste Bags
Tips for Peeing & Pooping in the Woods
Step away from the trail you’re on. You are going to want to go far away from the trail where you can see the trail but others won’t see you. Don’t go to far though that you can’t find your way back or get to close to wildlife.
Look out for brush around you. Ideally you want to be able to do your business without risking coming into contact with ticks, chiggers, or other bugs.
Face down hill.
If someone needs to poop and you don’t have a portable toilet, follow these steps.
- Find a location at least 200 feet from any water, campsites, and trails.
- Dig a hole at least 6″ in diameter and a minimum of 6″ deep.
- Poop next to the hole.
- Shovel the poop into the hole using a stick.
- Put the stick in the hole.
- Cover the hole with dirt.
- Cover the spot with a big rock to discourage others and animals from digging in that same spot.
Take any waste with you. Toilet paper, tissues, and wipes should never be left behind, even if they claim to be disposable or biodegradeable.
Have anything we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below. Now that we’ve given you a way to pee and poop in the woods, let’s show you a few places to get out and explore.
- New Jersey State Parks
- Places to Hike in New Jersey
- Hike Pyramid Mountain with Kids
- Hike NJ Hacklebarney State Park Hiking Trails with your Kids
- Hike Mount Tammany of the Kittatinny Mountains in NJ With your Kids
- Hike Up Anthony’s Nose in New York
- Hike the Ice Caves Trail at Sam’s Point Preserve
- Hunterdon County Hiking for Kids at the Hunterdon County Arboretum
- Hawk Rise Sanctuary ~ Linden’s Nature & Wildlife Trail