In my endeavor to make life a little easier to Chili Cook-off heads and Terlingua Chili Cook-off "Virgins", I will tackle the long-taboo subject of port-a-potties in the desert.
First of all, you must know that the TICC (Terlingua International Chili Cook-off) does not open up its port-o-potties until Wednesday prior to the Thursday grand opening ceremonies. So how do regular attendee's deal with that problem?
Actually, there are several ways...one you can cut the ties that lock the port-a-potties or you can make your own. Since I like to follow rules, I won't do that. In my 20 plus years of attending I have tried practically everything, from Double Doodie bags as per the picture indicates and in case you are wondering...NO... they do not work, they stink and are pricey. Have also experimented with kitty litter and peat moss with more success as well as a small portable toilet but that has to be dumped.
First and foremost try to buy a shower tent. It is here that you can use such tent as a port-a-potty and as a shower. If you do not want to go this route, you can use a five-gallon bucket as a bathroom inside your tent. At night it might be a good idea to move it there as it gets pretty dark and there are snakes lurking around.
I wish I could remember what website I got this from but as you know I suffer from CRS! All I remember is that it was a lady who was once a girl scout.
From Walter (the neighbor's horse) and his grazing on mother's property, I know that horses pee a lot! For those that have horses, you know that having horse pine pellets in their stables will soak up all the urine while not causing any additional odors and make cleaning up a snap.
So how does this help you at the Chili Cook-off? Well, if you bring a 5-gallon bucket lined with two heavy duty trash bags, horse pine pellets, and sawdust shavings....it equals an odorless and earth-friendly bathroom...and as a plus you do not have to put up with smelly port-a-potties with long lines.
If you have space in your vehicle it would be great to bring a port-a-potty for #1 and one for #2 but if space is an issue...it is not a problem...you can accommodate both if you add pine shavings to the mix.
So to make this perfectly clear... you pee in your 5 gallon bucket lined with two heavy duty trash bags with horse pine pellets... if you do #2 you cover your deposit with pine shavings and you will never encounter any bad odors. After a while, the pee will weigh down on your pellets so I recommend changing it daily in particular if more than one person are using it. I also recommend that you use heavy duty
trash bags, cheap flimsy bags will not work.
Now we address the toilet seat. You can buy a plastic snap on lid at Walmart or Amazon but I found they are cheaper at Academy. I bought mine at Academy for $4.99 which was a bargain at the time.
You can also use plastic noodles, the kind kids use when they swim. You can pick them up for a dollar at The Dollar Store. The benefit of going this route is that it holds your trash bags in place and cushions your tush. It is all a matter of preference.
Hope this works out for you. Please leave any comments that might be helpful to other readers.
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.