The best glamping (glamour + camping) accessory yet

My newest glamping accessory!

Y’all know I love camping with a few glamping fineries. There’s nothing quite like enjoying the great outdoors, feeling the wind on my cheeks, the smell of a camp fire, roasting marshmallows and making smores, and stuffing my face outdoor cookeries.

But there’s one problem…one tiny crack in my love affair with camping.

The washroom walk.

There’s nothing worse than the 1 km leg-crossed sprint I have to make in the morning to hit the bathroom. Or how about doing the “I gotta pee so bad I’m about to bust” dance while gathering shower gear before heading to the latrine. Not to mention the fifty bathroom treks when I’m enjoying a couple of beers around a fire.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for getting fit and going for a hike but not when it’s a matter of life and urine at 6 am…totally cramps my camping style.

And while I’m all for peeing outside (y’all know I got mad crouching tiger, hidden dragon skills in the outdoor potty squat) let’s just say that the flashlight traffic coupled with the inadequate definition of a “wooded site” doesn’t leave me much room to demonstrate my peeing prowess with privacy!

In comes hubby to save THE day!


This weekend, he surprised me with Canadian Tire’s Broadstone Privacy Shelter and…a little portable chemical toilet to boot!

I was delighted. Hubby spoils me with the BEST stuff!

It was off to our campsite to set it up. It took about 5 minutes and the thing is perfect. It’s a totally multipurpose space (and y’all know I dig multipurpose stuff). It can be used as a shower and changing room since it’s got a divider in the middle to create two separate rooms and a bit of screen material on the bottom for drainage. Or, the room divider can be rolled up to create one large room for say clothing and storage.

I personally created on big, beautiful bathroom!

Best yet, it was on for 40% off from Canadian Tire so regular price $120, hubby scored this camping diva delight for $72 bucks! BAM!


For $40, the toilet was the cheapest option (I mean, we can’t go that crazy for camping supplies right) and it does the trick. It’s got a molded seat that provides home-like comfort. The lid doubles as a toilet paper roll holder and an inner splash cover. And the removable inner bucket makes disposal a snap.

And to keep things even easier, we have a rule. The porta-potty is for number 1 only. For number 2…you hit the loo!

I’m just happy there’s no more mad-morning bathroom bolt for me!

Any camping accessories rock your world? Any glamping items you think are must have? Are you an avid outdoors person or more the hotel kind? What are your fav family outings/vacations? Come on…share the wealth…

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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  1. I would have sold my kingdom for this in my younger days – I spent 6 solid months of the year camping from age 13 to age 18. Those 6 AM sprints were awful, but the 3 AM ones were worse! Skunks!!!

    • I totally hear you!!! LOL!!

      Hubby is pleased that I no longer have to wake him up to walk me to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I think even the dog is grateful…LOL!!

      Total camping life saver!!!

  2. I haven’t been camping in forever, and it’s on Hubby’s and my list of things to do now that Baby Girl is older. That outdoor potty is going on the camping supplies list!

  3. That’s one fine piece of camping equipment you’ve got there! Way better than sprinting to the loo with all the forest creatures lurking about. Blech. Peeing outside (even in a tent) is one of the reasons you won’t find me camping. Ever. Again. Hate it, absolutely loathe it. Give me a nice five star hotel any day of the week! If I want nature, I’ll drive to it, enjoy it, then drive home. 😉

  4. Shannon Esposito says:

    Now that is fantastic! If I would have had this at the Grand Canyon last week, I may have slept in the tent with my boys instead of in the lodge cabin. *remembing the spider in the tent story* Naw, nevermind! LOL but this is one cool piece of camping gear!

  5. YO! That little invention might get me out into the woods. Thanks for the info!

  6. Impressive! I must say that this would be much better than hoofing it to the community restroom at any hour of the day…and how sweet of Scott to see to your bladder comfort like this (we all know it had NOTHING to do with you waking him up at three).

    My biggest glamping must have? The key to my hotel room. 🙂

  7. I want one! Especially now that I really need the 5 am trips.

  8. Coleen Patrick says:

    That is just awesome! I know that bathroom trek–ugh. It’s like you want to be close, but not TOO close, right? But having your own personal one is great!
    One thing we got is a grilled cheese press–it’s basically a long stick with a square end that sandwiches your fixings together, but yum, there’s nothing like camp food!

  9. So incredibly cool! This is one of the BIG reasons I do not camp. I do not want to walk all that way to the bathroom at 3 a.m. in the morning. Give your hubby a hi-five and a big smackeroo. He done good.

  10. Very cool, Natalie! Makes me want to camp at a non-hotel. 😉 I haven’t camped in years, but you’ve definitely turned me on to the idea. Might be fun to take a spa camping trip with gal pals. Hmm…

  11. We just sold one of those porta-potties at our yard sale! I will never ever camp! I love nature but have no desire to sleep out in it without all the modern conveniences. That said, I think it’s wonderful that Hubby wants you to feel comfortable wherever you are! He deserves a big smooch and bear hug for thinking of giving you a private space close to the camper!.

  12. Glad you found something that makes camping comfortable for you. Personally, I’ll take a Comfort or Holiday Inn, or a nice motorhome. You can have the tents.

  13. This is awesome!! I could totally go camping with you!! 🙂

  14. Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

    Mr. August lives on!

  15. Score! That’s awesome! Personally, the last time I went camping what freaked me out the most was having to go in the middle of the night, with no ability to see what’s lurking behind you. This would’ve been great to have! Next time 😉

  16. Ha! Love it! But I’m so NOT outdoorsy I don’t even thinking I could “glamp.” I LOVE that term!!!

  17. I’m loling at the idea of glamping! That’s definitely an awesome privacy tent. Might suggest it the family before the next camping trip…


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