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The Desert Is Not Your Personal Sandbox

It’s a pretty nifty system. A small bag, which contains the chemical, is used during each trip to the toilet. That bag is sealed and dropped into a larger bag which is hung inside the toilet. At the end of your trip you simply dispose of all the bags in a trash receptacle. You can choose from 12-, 50- and 100-pack waste kits. All kits include toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

The PETT system is available at most camping-supply stores. For more information, check out the manufacturer’s Web site at www.thepett.com.

Other options include the “pickle bucket” or a large can used with kitty litter.

Start by pouring enough kitty litter into the container so it’s at least an inch deep. After going to the toilet, cover all waste with at least a half-inch of kitty litter. Leave at least an inch of room at the top so you can apply a final layer of kitty litter.

Regardless of the container you use, make sure it has a tight-fitting lid. You don’t want the contents spilling out while you’re bouncing around the trails. Also, consider purchasing some pet deodorizer to apply after each trip to the toilet. A regular-size bottle or box should be sufficient for your needs. Check your favorite pet store or general merchandise store for options.

Of course, you’ll need something to sit on, so pick up a toilet seat designed for outdoors use at any camping-supply store. They’re relatively inexpensive and last a long time.

Whether you use the PETT system or some other method, make a point to properly take care of your human waste. Doing so will show others that we truly do care about protecting the environment.


This is a good time to mention the Rubicon Trail adventure, Aug. 12 – 16. Considered the Grand Daddy of all trails, the ‘Con’ will test your skills and willpower, but will provide you a lifetime of memories and bragging rights. Due to the rocky terrain, you must carry out human waste, so make sure you have the proper receptacle or equipment. Click here for all details and to register for this exciting adventure.

I hope to see you on the trails!


Tom Severin, President
Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc.
Make it Fun. Make it Safe.

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