Use it for your toilet. Of for showering. Or for extra storage space. The humble toilet tent is currently enjoying something of a comeback in the current covid climate. Here’s some advice.
Five top tips
1 Flexibility is key. A toilet tent with some kind of removable groundsheet can usually also do duty for showering in.
2 Tents like this are often a bit more susceptible to windy conditions. Keep an eye on them and/or make sure they’re properly pegged out.
3 Always check out packed dimensions and weight so as you know you won’t have any transportation problems.
4 Make sure any chemicals you’re using – eg toilet fluids – are stowed out of harm’s way. It’s also always worth checking if your chosen campsite is set up to deal with any particular chemicals you’re using.
5 As ever, make sure you dispose of any waste properly – especially if you are using a toilet with chemicals.
Three of the best
Quest Instant Utility Shelter
Perfect for use as a shower and/or toilet tent, this is so easy to pitch – it should take one person less than two minutes thanks to the integral, extending frame system, called the Zero Tension Frame.
The UV-coated fabric comes with a 50+ sun protection rating. There’s also a groundsheet that can be folded back when not required, plus an integral shelf that will come in handy especially when showering.
Dimensions are 155cm x 155cm and it’s 220cm at its highest point. It weighs 5.5kg and packs down to 17cm x 17cm x 105cm.
Pay no more than £119.99
SunnCamp Utility Lodge
This stand-alone upright tent has a maximum standing height of 210cm and a particularly waterproof (6000mm hydrostatic head rating) flysheet.
There’s a groundsheet you can remove if you want to use it as your own dedicated shower room (SunnCamp also sells suitable, solar-heated showers).
Fully adjustable guylines help make sure it all stays in one place. Its footprint is 210cm x 140cm. Other key features include: 150D Oxford polyester fabric, roll-up zipped front door, rear vented panel and steel poles. It’s supplied with pegs and guylines.
Pay no more than £165
OlPro Blue Pop Up Shower and Utility Tent
A removable groundsheet that zips in means this tent can be used for showering as well as toileting. The pop-up design and integrated frame means it takes just a couple of minutes to put it up, and you get a full standing height of nearly 200cm.
The blue and orange polyester fabric has a 1,500mm hydrostatic head. Luminous guylines and pegs are included.
You can get this direct from Olpro (although there’s a €5 delivery charge for purchases if they come to under €150).
Pay no more than £69