Toileting on the road
5 December 12
Occasionally, I write about the practicalities of travelling full-time. As well as providing a snapshot of our lifestyle, these articles serve as a reference to other families who have questions about life on the road.
One of my specific chores includes dealing with our toilet every week or two. I know people who travel without a toilet on board, but I’m happy to deal with the waste for the sake of the convenience. If we’re parking somewhere close to amenities, I prefer to use those, but more often than not, the girls like to use the toilet that we have our bus — it’s their ensuite!
We keep a roll of toilet paper in the cupboard across from the toilet. It’s handy enough to be within reach, but still tucked away so it doesn’t unravel while we’re travelling. The girls can wash their hands in the nearby sink when they’re done.
We have gone through several portable toilets in the past two years. The first thing to go is the flushing handle, and unfortunately it can’t be replaced or fixed. Our current model is a generic brand with a metal rod that holds the flushing handle. This should last longer than the plastic rods on the more expensive, branded portable toilets.
I pour an eco-friendly chemical into the toilet after every time I empty it and rinse it clean. The chemical starts breaking down the waste as soon as it’s in the receptacle, and it’s safe for disposal in a septic system.
Emptying the toilet is one of those chores that could possibly be a big deal if I make it into one, but I don’t. I’m happy to have the toilet on board, and I’m equally happy to empty it when it needs doing. Certainly, maintaining a portable toilet is not as easy as flushing the waste away, but it uses much less water and that possibly makes it more environmentally-friendly.
Have I convinced you? Possibly not, but that doesn’t matter. We’re happy with the way things are! If you’re travelling full-time and do things differently to us, I’d like hear how toileting works for you.