So.....Was having a friendly debate with the in laws this weekend about the place of a porta potti in a modern day campers kit. I believe that with so many sites having awesome facilities that are only a short walk away from your camper, a porta potti becomes redundant.
There are of course pros to the argument as well, having small children for example or being unable to make it over to the toilets quickly if need be.
I have however witnessed fully able adults with lazy teenage children using the porta potti when only yards away from the toilet block....the mind boggles! Not least for the cumbersome item hanging around the camper, but the extra work involved cleaning the said item instead of simply flushing a proper toilet on site!
So I guess my question is, does the porta potti still have a place in the modern day campers kit?
My answer to this question is no
I think a key to this is sites having awesome facilities. If a site has ample loos and they closely located then that's great.
Do you only go to such sites? Do you always travel pre booked and not need to be open to options?
I read something else within the last few weeks about chemical loos. That thread was full of people proclaiming that they only ever used them for "number 1s" that being the case I'd use the ever popular comfort bottle. Just as with people declaring in opinion polls I suspect not everyone is telling the whole truth. Then again I'm not going to go round with a tea strainer trying to determine the full facts. (see didn't say trying to get to the bottom of things)
For years I camped at a much more basic level only using an insulation mat for the first time for winter camping when in my mid thirties. As I my have been fond of the odd sherbert my continence may have been limited but there was never the thought of any form of loo.
Camping is a broad church from bivvy bags to mobile homes so much variety so many options, how can I question if someone wants a bog or not.
Tell you what though if you can dig out an old enamel potty (Jerry?) I bet I can produce more noise than your sister in laws snoring.
Imagine been woken up by that!