Portable Toilet Solutions for Your Campsite

It’s officially summer now, which means that camping season is well underway! While planning glamorous details like campfire desserts and fun water activities usually takes priority, deciding on details like bathrooms typically takes a backseat. However, these are some of the most important decisions that you can make to ensure that your family and friends have a good time.

Let’s face it, no one really wants to use a bucket or hole in the ground to do their business, especially kids. That means that you have to get more creative to provide everyone a place to go the bathroom privately and comfortably (not to mention, spider-free). Here are the mot popular options for camping:

Traditional Porta Potty

The porta john is a popular camping staple because it doesn’t require a ton of maintenance, can be placed almost anywhere, and is inexpensive. They don’t require electricity and can go longer without being serviced than some other options, which makes them a great choice for longer camping stretches.

Porta potties have evolved a lot over the years, giving campers the option of selecting a basic no frills unit or a better appointed unit with a small sink and flushing toilet. No matter which unit you select, ensure that the portable toilet supplier you choose has a reputation for delivering clean, well-maintained units.

Restroom Trailer

Evaluate all your options by considering luxury portable restrooms as well! These options are great for large groups, especially families with young children that may be apprehensive about going to the bathroom someplace that looks different than what they’re used to. Their interior and low-level exterior lighting is great for middle of the night bathroom trips, promoting safety across all age groups.

Remember, there’s no need to rough it to enjoy nature. Restroom trailers provide all the amenities of home like climate-controlled spacious interiors, running hot/cold water, large mirrors, and an appealing look. They also have nice upgrades like wooden cabinetry and decorative accents.

As a bonus, some luxury restrooms also have showers, to keep campers clean and fresh while on vacation. For a full list of amenities and size options, please visit our Event Trailers page.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Planning the Ultimate 4th of July Party

Independence Day is the perfect occasion to throw a great summer party for friends and family. But don’t just settle for the same old stale party go-to options this year, make your 4th of July party one that guest won’t soon forget!
These are the must-haves for the ultimate 4th of July celebration:

  • Food

Themed food is always fun for the 4th of July, but don’t feel restricted by trying to make everything red, white, or blue. Let your creative juices flow when it comes to planning a meal. Choose seasonal favorites like grilled items and fresh summer salads. Nothing is more patriotic than firing up the grill and cooking a big mound of burgers and hotdogs for friends and family. You can also grill veggies and chicken to provide healthier options as well.

If the party will be outdoors, choose ingredients wisely to avoid anything that could spoil in the hot sun. Alternatively, you can create ice baths for potato salads and other perishable dishes. Just understand that this will be more work than simply avoiding those items in the first place.

If you’re asking guests to bring food as well, organize the potluck to ensure you have a wide variety of dishes. The easiest way to do it is to provide the meat or main dish and have guests bring side dishes and desserts. However, you can play with the potluck concept to make it fun for everyone involved by creating a quirky theme or doing sweets only for an indulgent feel.

  • Drinks

While many 4th of July parties include adult beverages, like beer, spirits, wine, and champagne, your party can have any kind of libations. Choosing refreshing options like sparkling juices and craft sodas will leave guests feeling hydrated while still providing a swanky option. Alternatively, you can go the classic route by stocking up on pop varieties. No matter what you decide to offer, ensure there are plenty of options for guests of all ages. And don’t forget the water! Bottled water is necessary for any summertime party, especially all-day gatherings.

  • Activities

Choose activities to keep people entertained all-day. Lawn games like corn hole are sure to bring people together. If there’s a pool or lake nearby, tell guests to bring their swimsuits and sun screen to take a dip while at the party.

If there are going to be lots of kids at your party, you can also hire family-friendly entertainment like a balloon artist, face painter, or a portable petting zoo. Older guests may appreciate a band or DJ to make the party rock.
Don’t forget evening-time activities to keep guests entertained while they wait for fireworks to start. Things like flashlight tag and glow in the dark scavenger hunts are fun for kids, while campfires are always fun for adults.

  • Fireworks

Obviously, a fireworks display is the hallmark of any 4th of July party, but you don’t have to set off your own blasts to wow guests. With as many fireworks displays as there are all around Independence Day, finding one nearby to watch isn’t hard. Just ensure that guests will have a great sightline to the fireworks before the big day. Set out blankets and chairs t make watching the display more comfortable, and don’t forget to include evening drinks and snacks for this family-favorite activity.

  • Restrooms

No matter where your party will be held, you’ll need to provide enough restrooms for guests. If you’re hosting a party at your house, it’s easy to assume that your home bathrooms will be sufficient. But, depending on how many people are invited, you may need to supplement these bathrooms with other restroom options.

Some people even choose to make their home bathrooms off-limits during a party, renting outdoor portable luxury restrooms instead for guests’ exclusive use. This option keeps people out of your house to avoid tracking in messes.
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Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

5 Questions to Ask Portable Toilet Suppliers Before You Rent

Renting a portable toilet? You probably have a lot of questions related to the process!

Rest assured, we’ve heard it all before and we’ve compiled the key questions that you should find the answers to as a part of the research process. These are the most important questions to ask before committing to a portable toilet supplier:

  • Do You Service My Area?

There’s no point in wasting your time discussing logistics if the portable toilet company you’re talking to doesn’t serve your area. The first question you should ask is where the supplier provides rental units. It’s possible that a supplier may service your event even if it’s outside their usual area depending on how big the event is. In most cases, however, you’ll know right away whether the location of your event is a non-starter or if you should continue the conversation.

  • How Many Toilets Will I Need?

You can estimate how many toilets you’ll need using a planning chart, but talking to the experts will give you a firm number of units to plan on renting. A portable restroom supplier may provide a suggested range of toilets to rent for your event, but often they’ll give you a number on the nose.

  • What are My Rental Options?

Once you know how many units you need, a supplier can provide you various options. The most common units to rent are standard units, but you can also consider elite units and luxury trailers as well. These fancier units provide additional amenities for renters that want more elaborate offerings for their events.

  • How Much Will It Cost?

This is usually the first question people ask when renting portable toilets, but it really shouldn’t come up until the basics have been covered. Once you have the specifics regarding service area and number/type of units, you can start discussing numbers. Ensure that you’re comparing apples to apples if you’re researching different companies. Get rental quotes for the same types of units whenever possible as well as relevant information on volume discounts.

  • Do You Recommend Any Upgrades?

With the basics covered, inquire about upgrades. Many times, you can rent additional items like hand sanitizing or handwashing stations to supplement other rentals. For events without a set end-time, adding on high-capacity holding tanks prolongs the usable duration of the units, which makes them a popular add-on. Ask each supplier what else they recommend including in the rental to explore other options as well.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!