Camping has a few secrets that separate the eagle from the tenderfoot.
The biggest camping secret is not discussed as much, but it’s just as important. How do I make a campsite toilet?
It’s not hard but you need a few items.
To make this simple system work, you need a little bit of wilderness, preferably forest. If there isn’t an existing privy, you are, by definition, in the wild.
Find an isolated area. Walk well away from camp. Stay at least 100 feet from any stream or lake. Scout troops and big groups will need a larger area or need to devise alternatives. Use good judgement.
Don’t use the plastic bags on the toilet seat. You are not going to be carrying around waste, you are going to be burying it.
Dig a “cat hole” with the entrenching tool. Scrape back the leaves and then dig a narrow hole just a little deeper than you first think is good enough. A foot deep should be plenty.
Set up the seat over the hole. Proceed as usual.
Don’t fool around with toilet paper, use wipes.
What’s the poncho for? The poncho offers portable privacy. If you have acres of woods, or a moonless night, you may well not need a poncho. Unless it’s raining, in which case, yeah, you will need it.
There is a final step you must not forget.
When the cat hole has been filled in, replace the forest leaves and leave two crossed sticks over the spot. This sign reminds you and other “cats” where not to dig. The sticks will outlast the underground organic digestion process going on in the earth.
That’s it. The biggest camping secret is no big deal once you have the system squared away.
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