Except with your Urologist or Gastroenterologist…
In April, we asked for how do you dispose of #1 and #2 in a small cruiser… Many answers, ranging from the delightful to the unprintable.
- Only poop at night.
- Go behind a sand dune and dig a hole.
- Use a curtain (in a boat with a cabin or shelter).
- Use a poncho to cover yourself while ‘sitting’.
- Rather than using toilet paper, use bio-degradable baby wipes.
- “Cat hole”
When in a remote area, one can dig a 6” wide and 6” deep hole down wind and downhill (at least 200 feet (60m) from any camp ground). One respondant said he does this, but brings WagBags to prove to any ‘park ranger’ that they are not using cat holes.
- Portable Toilets
An example from Walmart. There are a wide variety of alternatives. But then you have the delightful time of emptying and cleaning the ‘storage tank’.
- Buckets, used with the three alternatives below.
Three-gallon or Five-gallon buckets available at Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, etc. The 5-gallon bucket is 12” (305mm) in diameter and 14.2” (361mm) high. The 3-gallon is also 12” in diameter and 11” (279mm) high.
The tops that come with these buckets do NOT provide a tight seal. It’s recommended to use a Gamma Lid that easily and securely seals the bucket.
To provide a comfortable seat for the bucket, use a Luggable Loo.
- ‘Bucket and Chuckit'
This is only applicable in the open ocean and is used by ocean-crossing /off-shore cruisers. One ocean-crossing rower responded to a critic of this method by saying that the amount of ‘material’ deposited in the ocean in the complete voyage did not equal that deposited by one whale in one day.
One respondant said that he found the WagBags still smelled in spite of the seal and deodorizer.
- Composting Toilets
Not the commercial composting toilets, but one you can make yourself using a bucket and composting materials.
- Line the bucket with a strong plastic bag. This will remain in the bucket until you are ready to dispose of the ‘results’ (half to three-quarters full). Tightly seal the bag and deposit in a trash container along with all of the doggy poo bags, and dirty diapers.
- To use, put a layer of “compost material” in the bottom of the bucket/bag. Deposit the human waste and immediately put another layer of compost material on top. Seal the bucket ready for next use.
- “Compost material”. Respondents provided four alternatives:
- Slightly damp mixture of wood shavings and sawdust (the dampness speeds up the composting process).
- Cedar shavings available in pet stores for lining bottom of (e.g.) Hamster cages.
- Kitty Litter, no respondent used it, but many had heard of its use.
- 50/50 mixture of peat moss and wood shavings.
Two articles available in Duckworks describe in detail how to make and use a composting toilet. If you intend to use this method, read these:
Note that both authors state that there is NO SMELL with these composting toilets. Here’s why: When water is added to human waste, "anaerobic digestion" occurs, which produces methane (the smell of open sewer) and carbon dioxide…. Composting toilets, on the other hand, use “aerobic decomposition”, which does NOT produce the ‘open sewer’ smells. See for detailed technical information.
Other alternatives for handling #1
- Men can use a Downy, Woolite, Tide, etc. fabric softener bottle: Wide mouth, good handle, fresh imbedded aroma, wide bottom, good screw cap, available.
- Women can use a BeauteCa Go Easy Pee Girl Lady Female Urination Device Portable Travel Accessory
Alternative solution(s) and experiences you’ve had? Please let us know in the Comments below.