No bathroom for your teardrop trailer? Keep reading to check out several portable camping bathroom ideas that are perfect for those times when its the middle of the night and you just gotta go!
If talking about bodily functions grosses you out, this may not be the post for you. Feel free to read one of my other articles about owning a teardrop trailer instead 🙂 However, if one of your concerns about buying a teardrop trailer is what to do when you need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, then you are in the right place!
I love my teardrop trailer, but the number one complaint I have is that it doesn’t have a bathroom. The fact that most teardrops do not have a bathroom wasn’t even a consideration when we purchased ours. I sleep through the night at home, so why wouldn’t I sleep through the night in our teardrop? The thought of getting up in the middle of the night and trudging to the campground bathroom never crossed my mind, not even once.
The reality? When out camping, I wake up in the wee hours of the morning to heed the call of nature – every stinkin’ time. These middle of the night bathroom runs quickly became an issue for us. Because I didn’t want to walk to the campground bathroom alone, I would wake my husband up to accompany me. So he has an interrupted night’s sleep too.
After about a year of camping trips where my poor husband didn’t get to sleep through the night, we decided we needed to do something. We discussed a lot of teardrop trailer bathroom solutions before we finally settled on one that works for us.
If you are in the process of considering the purchase of a teardrop camper or you already own one and need to figure out what to do about a bathroom, then I have some ideas that might work for you.
What do you do when there’s no bathroom in a teardrop trailer?
The appeal of teardrop campers is their small size. However, that small size usually means no room for a bathroom. So how do you cope with not having a bathroom in your tiny camper when you have to go in the middle of the night?
One option is to get a camping spot next to the campground restroom facilities. However, as we discovered, the campsites in proximity to bathrooms tend to fill up quickly. You will also have to endure the noise and higher foot traffic that comes with camping next to a restroom.
The above picture was our campsite on Kelley’s Island. That building to the left is one of the campground bathroom facilities. So we had the ideal spot for a quick nighttime trip to the bathroom. The issue was that everyone else using the bathroom had to walk right beside our camper to get to the bathroom. Also we had an incident with a creepy old man standing outside the bathroom staring at the tent where my teenage daughters girls were sleeping. So we quickly realized that a spot next to the bathroom isn’t always an ideal situation.
If getting a campsite next to a bathroom doesn’t work for you, I would recommend purchasing a small privacy tent and portable camping toilet. That is ultimately the option we chose. We’ve had a portable bathroom for our teardrop trailer for about a year now and it is working great! No more making a long trek to the campground bathroom in the middle of the night!
Benefits of Bringing Along a Portable Camping Bathroom:
- You can choose a campsite further away from the campground bathroom. These means less noise, less traffic, and a more peaceful camping experience.
- You can set up the portable camping bathroom steps away from your teardrop. These is a definite plus if you are camping in an area with bears, snakes, or other potentially dangerous wildlife.
- The privacy tent can double as a changing area. Unless you have a “standie” teardrop, you probably have already discovered the joys of changing clothes while lying down in the teardrop sleeping area. So an added bonus can be that it is nice to have an external place to stand up and change clothes!
Start with a teardrop trailer bathroom privacy tent
So we will talk about portable camping toilet options in a minute. First things first, let’s discuss the privacy tent, so your toilet isn’t sitting out in the open for all the world to see.
Pop up toilet tents are available in a variety of styles and sizes on Amazon. If you are just using it for the toilet and a changing area, you don’t need anything too fancy.
Our teardrop camper bathroom privacy tent has a foot print of approx. 5 feet by 5 feet and stands 7 feet tall. It is a bit larger than we need for holding a camping toilet, but it gives us plenty of room to store our dirty laundry bag so that isn’t taking up precious room inside our camper.
Be aware that there are some privacy tents available that are meant to be used as camping showers. These typically do not have a floor. We made sure to get a pop up toilet tent that that had an attached floor to keep critters out. I mean that last thing you want to encounter when you are going about your business in the middle of the night is a raccoon. Right?
Our privacy tent is free-standing. This means you have some flexibility in where you position it in relation to your teardrop. Here are some great options for free standing privacy tents to use for a portable camping bathroom.
Another option is to get a teardrop trailer side tent. These tents attach to your teardrop trailer, allowing you to go directly from your teardrop to the tent with complete privacy.
For these to work, your camper has to fit the size parameters. We were disappointed to discover that our teardrop was a smidge too tall for a teardrop camper side tent to work for us.
Here are a couple of teardrop trailer side tents that might work for your depending on your camper model…
Get an Inexpensive Portable Camping Toilet
Now that you’ve chosen the privacy tent for your teardrop bathroom, you need to pick a camping toilet. There are quite a few options out there. You can go as simple as a 5 gallon bucket with a toilet seat or you have the option of getting a portable toilet that actually flushes. Here are a few choices to show you your options.
Our choice – a portable camping bucket toilet
The option we ultimately chose for our portable camping toilet is a 5 gallon bucket with a bathroom seat attached. Conveniently, it has a built-in toilet paper holder. You can remove the bucket handle and thread a roll of toilet paper through it before reattaching the handle.
We already had a 5 gallon bucket on hand. So we just had to get a bucket toilet seat with lid. These work with any 5 gallon bucket that you can buy for a few bucks at your local discount or home improvement store.
The one downside to this camping toilet set up is that it takes up a lot of room in our camping gear. However, it is worth the hassle to give me peace of mind that I won’t have to make a long trek to the campground bathroom in the middle of the night.
A Mess Free Camping Toilet is possible!
Line your bucket for easy cleanup. To make cleanup easier for our portable camping toilet, we bought Double Doodie bags that fit perfectly in the bucket. These bags contain an inner bag with chemicals that break down the waste. There is an outer zipper bag that seals tight. The duel layers ensures that the waste can be disposed of with no leaks and no mess. All you have to do after you go is dispose of the Double Doodie bag in the garbage.
We have a no poo rule. We only use our bucket toilet at night and only for liquid waste. During the day, we make the walk to the campground toilet.
If you follow these simple rules, you can have a mess free camping toilet too!
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I hope this post has given you some portable camping bathroom ideas for your teardrop trailer. You don’t need to be anxious about waking up in the middle of the night needing to go to the bathroom on a camping trip anymore. So tell me… What do you use for a camping toilet?