Portable toilets are essential at any outdoor event. They can be a low-cost, convenient way to ensure all of your attendees have a way to take care of their needs while on-site. Before you have those toilets dropped off, however, there are a few quick tips that deserve your consideration.
1. Rent more than you think you need.
You might be tempted to save money by only renting a couple of portable toilets, but this strategy can quickly backfire. If people have to wait too long to use the toilets, or if the toilets become full and smelly, guests won't be happy, and you might get bad reviews or low attendance. As a general guideline, you should rent one toilet per hundred guests. If you'll be serving alcohol, double this — so rent one toilet per 50 people. If you're not quite sure how many will attend, estimate on the high side.
2. Measure tight spaces.
If you're planning to place the toilets in an open field or parking lot, you can mostly disregard this one. But if you're trying to squeeze them in a smaller yard, or if they need to be taken through a fence to be placed, you will want to measure. Most portable toilets are about 55 inches across at the base. You'll need another 40 inches of clearance in front of the toilet for the door to open.
3. Make plans for handwashing.
You absolutely must give guests a way to wash their hands in order to prevent the spread of disease. There are a few options here. You can look for toilets with washing stations inside of them. You can also look for separate handwashing stations. If you go with a separate station, renting one for every four bathrooms is usually sufficient.
4. Provide light if anyone will be using the restroom at night.
If your event will continue past dark, make sure there's a way to light the restroom. You could put a battery-powered tap light in each unit. Or, you can place the toilets underneath a big street light or spotlight. Most are designed with clear roofs to allow light to shine through. Providing good light will prevent spills and accidents.
Good portable toilet access makes any good event even better. Follow the tips above to prevent calamities and confusion when renting portable toilets for your next event, whether it's big or small.