Like most people I have an extreme dislike of porta potties, but I'm happy to say that those at Burning Man are quite pleasant to use. They are cleaned several times a day, and are not bad as far as odor is concerned either. To keep them that way, follow these guidelines:
- Use only single ply toilet paper.
- If it didn't come from your body, don't throw it in the potty (single ply TP being the sole exception here).
- Park your ass - Squatters and hoverers make a mess that is inconsiderate and unpleasant for everyone.
- Don't throw baby wipes in (carry a zip lock bag for this).
- Don't throw feminine products in (carry a zip lock bag for this).
- At night they are dark inside - bring a light and preferable a hands free light for ease of use.
- Don't dump your gray water in them.
Bring a bottle with tight fitting cover to pee in during the night so you don't have to walk to the portos if you wake up having to go. Empty the bottle in the morning.
Tip - we saw two young ladies struggling to carry a 5 gallon pee bucket filled to the top down to the portos at the end of the week. Don't be an idiot - empty yours long before it weighs 45 pounds.
P funnels allow women to pee standing up. From what I understand it may take some practice. Available at many sporting goods stores with a variety of trade names. P Funnel camp gifts thousands of these each burn as well. People have mixed feelings about these so you will need to form your own opinion.