In Little House on the Prairie books you never read what they did about important matters like going to the bathroom. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m going to show you how we made a bathroom on our recent family wilderness adventure.
We like privacy, so first we made a small shelter. This time we used a tarp strung over a piece of Paracord tied between two trees. The back wall and entrance were palm leaves (use fir branches, etc. in other climates). A person entered by pushing a branch aside, or lifting the front corner of the tarp. No one was allowed to hang around the front entrance when someone entered the shelter.
We keep a folding spade close by to move dirt when needed, using the handle as a toilet paper holder. We’ve noticed there is absolutely NO odor present once the dirt is applied. It’s a good thing, because we like our latrine close to our sleeping shelter for nighttime convenience.
There, I told you our deepest, darkest secret! Once the children learn how, it works fairly smoothly. And there is no problem with someone sitting too long tying up the bathroom!!