Packing Out Waste: The Convenience Of Portable Toilets And WAG Bags When Backpacking


Have you spent time enjoying the beauty of your backyard yet? Over 7.2% of Americans take part in backpacking — a fun and simple sport that allows you to enjoy fresh air while getting a full body exercise. For those who enjoy spending extended periods of time backpacking in the woods, finding a toilet is practically impossible. Properly disposing human waste is crucial in avoiding pollution and contamination. Luckily, there are many portable toilets that come with WAG bags.

An Overview of Portable Toilets and WAG bags 

There are plenty of portable toilets that are convenient and small in size. Designs that are compact foldable and as small as a briefcase are generally highly recommended because you can take them with you anywhere that you go with ease. This is particularly important for those who may be backpacking for extended periods of time. When renting portable toilets, you want to look for options that are made from plastic because they are the easiest to clean and sanitize. 

Portable toilets that are designed for backpacking will come with WAG bags, or biodegradable waste bags. These waste bags contain chemicals that will offer a sanitary method of disposing human waste when a sewer system is not available. The bags are composed of puncture resistant materials with a secure zip top that provides an airtight seal. These bags contain two compartments — the inner compartment contains a gelling powder that will neutralize the odor and decompose the waste whereas the outer compartment is responsible for acting as a double seal to prevent the waste from leaking out. 

Most of these bags will degrade the waste within a matter of months and ensure that the waste does not pollute or contaminate the environment. The chemicals are entirely safe, and are fragrance-free, so they are perfect for those with allergies. The bags fit perfectly within the portable toilet. Some rental portable toilets will have a compartment to conceal the WAG bags, so that you won't have to deal with it. 

Depending on how hygienic you are, some of these portable toilets will also have a water tank for you to wash your hands after you are done although you will have to refill the tank when you come across a clean water source. 

When your backpacking adventures are over, simply toss the bags in a landfill, and will denigrate in 6 to 8 months. You can even toss the WAG bags in a garbage can. WAG bags are an environmentally friendly option for backpackers and those who enjoy outdoor adventures. These bags have an indefinite dry shelf life, so you can stock up on them. 

The Cathole Alternative

If you don't have a portable toilet and WAG bags with you, then your only other option is to dig a cathole. Pick a location that is at least 200 feet away from any water source, and begin digging a hole that is at least 6 to 8 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Choose a site that is inconspicuous and does not receive a lot of traffic, and opt for areas with organic soil. Once you are finished, remember to cover up the cathole with natural materials. 


Be able to go to the washroom in peace, and conveniently by renting portable toilets with WAG bags that are designed specifically for backpacking. There are many different styles and designs that are available; however, you should always opt for lighter designs for the sake of being practical. For those who will be going backpacking for an even longer period of time, there are many larger portable toilets; however, they need to be grounded to a central location, as they are not as portable. Click here for more ideas about toilet rentals from a professional in your area.


28 April 2015

Exploring The Importance of Plumbing Pipes

Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.