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Where do you go to the bathroom if you're camping out?

I'm really curious, and very worried now since my group and I have plans to camp out and this only just now crossed our minds.


my friend says they'll let u inside.

I think you can also ask someone to hold ur spot and walk over to the bayfront to use the public restrooms
Yeah, there are volunteers and security people out all night, too. They'll let you in to go to the bathroom.
Just a note, though, do not use this as your master plan! They may let you inside, but I've begged to go in to use the bathroom before and been denied! It depends on the security guard.

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Most camping areas have bathrooms of some sort. If you can get the name of the place you are camping, you can look them up to see what facilities they have. In all cases, I suggest that you bring your own roll of toilet paper in case they run out

If the campground has showers and flush toilets, you are all set.

If they have "primitive camping," that usually means they may have hose spigots or no running water at all and that the toilet facilities are either permanent outhouses or port-a-potties that don't flush. Those provide privacy and not too bad to use, but since there may not be running water on site, so you should bring some water for drinking and to wash your hands afterward - I prefer to use the rectangular 2.5 gallon water bottles that have a spigot on them. I can get through a weekend with one, but you might want to bring at least five gallons (and maybe keep a secret hidden spare gallon jug of water as well) because other people are bound to want to use your water.

If you are camping on someone's land, you can all get together and rent a port-a-potty for around $100. and the outhouse company will keep it empty and clean for you. In this case, bring your own wash and drinking water as above.

If you are trespass-camping in the woods where there are no facilities, it's very important that you recognize and watch out for poison ivy and poison oak. (This may sound funny, but it's really awful when it happens.) You can buy soap that will help wash the poison ivy toxin off if you get exposed. If you are exposed, wash your hands really _before_ you go. If you are a guy, peeing will be easy. For women, there are three choices - pee squatting, sit on a large log with your butt hanging over the edge so you are peeing on the log, or you can get a "female urinary director" like the on at http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=sani-fem&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=8242223147667175142&sa=X&ei=oH4PTtyYN8uatwf_lcXPDQ&ved=0CB4Q8wIwAQ. These are easy to use and work really well but don't forget to make sure that you stand so that your pee will go downhill. In terms of pooping, both men and women, have three choices - poop squatting (dig a trench and poop into it, then cover your poop, poop sitting on a log and cover it when you are done, or hold it and drive to the nearest place with a toilet. As with "primitive" camping facilities you will want to bring wash and drinking water with you as well.

In the last two cases, another choice would be to buy your own camping toilet. Some have holding tanks that need to be emptied at a campground or into a septic system and some have bags with a gel that you can dispose of in the trash. See http://www.google.com/search?q=portable+toilet&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

In terms of drinking and wash water, here's a link to the 2.5 gallon water bottles I like to use - http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=158880. You can also get refillable water jugs and coolers at camping stores and places like Target. See http://www.google.com/search?q=water+jug&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a.

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LOL. I think s/he meant camping out in line for Comic Con, not, y'know, camping out...

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See my next comment. If it's any kind of official camping within the city limits the campground will be required to provide sanitary facilities.

I've done everything from fancy RV-park camping in New Orleans for Jazz Fest to tenting with no sanitary facilities while going to a festival in upstate NY. So I figured I'd cover everything.

Is there some kind of "official" Comic-Con camping? If so, where is it listed? I might want to do that next year.

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Er.... again: camping in line, not real camping. It's the same as camping out in line for the release of a movie. You show up on the sidewalk in front of the doors of Hall H however many hours beforehand and just sit there. You're trying to guarantee that you get into the panel you want to see. Some people are bright enough to bring tents, most people are not.

To give you an example, here's what the Twilight fans camping out for the Twilight panel a couple of years ago looked like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eNrDDRvyr8

As you can see, it's a sidewalk in a public area, not a camping ground. So you can't exactly go pee behind a bush.

(And no, there's no official Comic Con camping. San Diego is an extremely urban city [think LA, only nicer]; there's no camping grounds for miles and miles as far as I know.)

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Darn! I thought there was camping for Comic-Con and I was all excited.

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Yeah, camping wouldn't make Comic Con enough money, there's no way they'd offer that. ;p

Although I take it back about there not being camping for miles and miles, there's a place where you can camp on the beach about 7 miles away, called Campland, although they get kind of terrible reviews.

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That's good to know. Thanks.

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Coronado (right across the bay) also has a campground, down the Strand, though I don't know what the rules are, if they have any reservations available, etc. You can even take the ferry across from Coronado and it makes parking easier.

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Oh, if this is any sort of official temporary campground in the city, they will be required to have some sort of facilities, probably port-a-potties.

Edited at 2011-07-02 08:47 pm (UTC)
Most hotels will let you use the bathroom in their lobby, especially during Con. If you're camping for Hall H, the nearest will be the lobby of the Hilton Bayfront. They might be snobby with you, but they shouldn't care about using the bathroom (just lie and say you're staying there but only ran in to use the bathroom before heading back out if they hassel you?).

Like someone else said, you might be able to pee inside the con center, but this really depends on the security guard, since their official policy is not to let anyone in unless they have the right kind of badge.
If you can't get into the convention center, directly across the street next to the Tin Fish there's a public bathroom.
I've also used the bathroom at the Marriott. If you walk in like you belong there, they usually don't hassle you.