Hygiene and Accessibility- Tips for Hiring Portable Festival Toilets

Portable toilets have a reputation of being the worst part of any festival. Long queues, poorly maintained cubicles, bad smells and inadequate supplies are all commonplace. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are a number of steps you can take to vastly improve the portable festival toilet experience for your attendees. And the professionals at Let Loos can help.

It doesn’t matter whether you want to hire luxury toilets for your VIPS and guests who are glamping, or something more basic so that you can accommodate a large number of people at any one time. Either way, there are so many things that have to be planned so you can give your guests the best experience without having to worry about the queues, smell or mess. And that’s where it pays to use a reputable portable festival toilet hire company like LetLoos, who have the experience to advise you and who can supply on-site staff to manage the toilets during the event for you.

Top considerations when looking into portable event toilet hire

We know that organising a festival is a massive undertaking. That’s why it helps to deal only with reputable companies who know what they’re doing. You want to work with experienced professionals who are able to take care of the details while you focus on the thousands of other things that require your attention.

Hiring portable festival toilets is no different. At LetLoos, we’ll take the hassle out of the process for you, advising you on issues like the number and types of toilets required, their placement throughout the site, as well as taking care of cleaning and maintenance for you.

However, even when going through a portable toilet hire service, there are a few things that you’ll need to think about, some of which can be found below. A professional company will know the issues better than you do, and they’ll be able to answer the majority of questions for you before you even ask them. So here are our top festival toilet tips to give your guests the best experience possible and avoid the curse of the festival toilet.

Where is your toilet going to be placed?

Portable toilets tend to be designed for outdoor use only. This means that they are designed perfectly for a summer event like a festival. When you are deciding where to put your toilet, health and safety, practically, accessibility and convenience should always be a top consideration.

You need to place your toilets away from anything that might be dangerous or hazardous. You should always place your toilets on a flat piece of land and avoid slopes. It’s unlikely to happen, but portable toilets can fall over if placed on uneven ground, especially in windy conditions.

If you want to make sure that your toilets are as safe as possible then also avoid locating them near heavy machinery or backstage wires. If your site is huge and you are going to have a lot of guests or workers, then it may be wise for you to separate the toilets into different areas. If your toilets are all in a single location, then this may be unwise as it can cause congestion in that area and – if poorly maintained – create hygiene issues. You may find that your guest enjoyment is impacted and that your worker productivity suffers due to longer toilet breaks. It may even be worth having separate staff toilets in a non-public area, so the length of toilet breaks is kept to a minimum.

The best way to avoid these issues would be for you to go through a portable toilet hire company and arrange to have multiple blocks of toilets. Your toilet hire provider will be able to advise you on high-traffic areas accordingly and help you plan for the right number and distribution of toilets.

Toilet hire – how many toilets do you need to order from your portable festival toilet hire provider?

The number of toilets you’ll need will largely depend on the size of your area and the amount of time your event is going to go on for. You also need to account for the number of guests attending, whether they are going to be drinking and the number of employees you have working.

If you have a community event with a funfair and drinks, then there’s a chance that you are going to attract families with children. They will need extra toilets, so keep that in mind if you can. If you are accommodating families then you’ll need to try and have a couple of larger, accessible portable toilets available too. Your toilet hire service will be able to help you further on this. If you need a reliable portable festival toilet service, then contact Let Loos today.

Toilet calculation guide

If your event is going to last 6 hours and you won’t be serving food or alcohol, then you’ll need to order the following from your toilet hire service:

  •       1 toilet for every 100 female guests
  •       1 toilet for every 500 male guests
  •       1 urinal for every 150 male guests

If you’re concerned this won’t be enough, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Better to have too many toilets than too few. If your event is going to last more than 6 hours, or if you are going to have alcohol then it’s worth investing in additional toilets. A good rule of thumb would be for you to use the above calculation and then add on 15%. This will keep your guests happier, reduce the queue time and it will make your supplies last way longer. Remember, happy guests are more likely to return to your festival again. Your toilet hire service will be able to advise you on the ideal number and type of toilets for your event.

When will your toilet hire bathrooms need to be emptied?

A portable toilet does, in fact, have a very limited capacity. For this reason, it’s always good to know how long your portable toilets are going to last. Here at Let Loos, our dedicated team will empty your toilets for you and we will also carry out a full refresh too. We will replenish your supplies, recharge your water and give the entire blocks a good clean so your guests can feel at ease throughout the entire festival. The only downside for you is that during maintenance and cleaning, that toilet will be unavailable for use.

If you are concerned about your portable festival toilets needing to be emptied more often or having a lack of toilets during emptying and cleaning, it would be wise to simply hire more of them. We will always advise you on the best solution if you are stuck, so don’t be afraid to get in touch with us.

Queue busting your portable festival toilet blocks

If you are worried about people being stuck queuing for your portable toilet hire bathrooms while your main event is being held, then there are a few things that you can do. Some of which can be found below:

  •       Adding more toilets
  •       Spacing your toilets out more
  •       Investing in urinals as well as toilets
  •       Put multiple breaks between your event acts

Little things like this will make it much easier for you to bust those dreaded queues at your event. Of course, your toilet hire service will be able to advise you on what else you can do as well.

Making your toilet hire bathrooms more accessible

Access for the less abled is a major concern at any festival. Everyone has the right to enjoy an event equally, regardless of any individual restrictions they may have. And this extends to providing accessible portable toilets with extra space, handrails and automatic lighting. If you want to make your toilets much more accessible, then you need to try and place them on flat ground. This is advisable anyway for health and safety reasons, but even more so where accessibility is an issue.

If your event is to be disability friendly, then it’s worth trying to place some of the toilets on concrete or asphalt. The main reason for this is because people in wheelchairs or on crutches will find it incredibly difficult to navigate muddy grass. Having a separate disabled toilet(s) from your toilet hire service will make it much easier for them to enjoy your event too.

Making your festival toilets more hygienic

If you want to make your portable festival toilets more hygienic, then there are a few things that you can do. They include:

  •       Having more toilets to reduce foot traffic
  •       Arranging regular cleans for the toilets at the event
  •       Choosing a reputable company that will clean and empty the toilets for you

Here at LetLoos, we will always make sure that your portable toilet hire urinals and bathrooms are cleaned at regular intervals, and we will also empty them for you periodically. We pride ourselves on the service we provide, and we will always give you catered and personal advice for any event you are holding, so you can count on us to help you to make the most out of your occasion.

If you want to find out more about portable toilets for festivals and how we can help you, then the only thing that you need to do is give us a call. We can then provide you with all of the information you need. You can also email us if this is more convenient. We will aim to get back to you within the hour.