Porta Potty vs. Restroom Trailer: How to Choose What Is Right for You


Honey Bucket has the finest quality restrooms and we continually add new equipment to our extensive inventory. We have a variety of sizes, configurations, and other options to fit your every need. With so many choices, many of our customers wonder if they should go with a porta potty rental or a restroom trailer rental.

First, it is important to understand the difference between portable restrooms and comfort station trailers. They serve the same function, but in slightly different ways.

  • porta-potties2Portable restrooms, also referred to as portable toilets or porta potties, are typically single, standalone units that come in a range of styles. They can easily be customized and range from the basics to larger and more luxurious units. Each portable toilet comes standard with hand sanitizer, but you can also order sinks to be placed outside the restrooms if you need hand washing stations as well. Learn more about the available options here.
  • trailer2A comfort station trailer, also referred to as a restroom trailer or luxury trailer, is a stand-alone trailer unit that also comes in a range of styles. They usually have their own entrance and exit, and contain individual restroom stalls. They are commonly rented for weddings, black tie events, and other fancy occasions. Learn more about the options available here.

How do you know what’s best for your event?

Below are some factors to consider when trying to figure out whether a porta potty or a restroom trailer is best for your event.

  • Capacity. Consider how many people you expect at your event. If you are expecting large crowds, porta potties are versatile enough that several can be placed side by side in a row to accommodate larger events such as outdoor concerts and sporting events.
  • Interior Space. Restroom trailers are more spacious, providing a place for guests to change and get ready. This extra room is great for weddings and events like marathons where participants may need to get changed or clean up afterwards.
  • Location. If you are working in an area that doesn’t have a lot of extra space for a full-sized trailer, you may want to consider a porta potty option. Units are smaller in size and can be discretely placed in smaller spaces.
  • Watch the Weather. Restroom trailers have climate control with both heat and A/C, which depending on the time of year, can make it more comfortable for you and your guests.
  • Consider your Budget. Porta potties tend to be more cost effective while restroom trailers provide a more luxurious experience. Prices vary so check with your Honey Bucket Event Coordinator or fill out our online form to request more information.
  • Extras. Restroom trailers usually feature indoor lighting and sinks with running water. Other options include stereo/CD player, interior lighting, and mirrors. Our luxury trailers require power and water hook ups, but we also offer smaller self-contained trailers that are solar powered and feature built in fresh water tanks. If you need something that will make guests feel special, luxury restroom trailers are the way to go!

Whether you decide to rent a portable restroom or a comfort station trailer, Honey Bucket is ready to serve your event. We service Washington, Utah, Oregon, and California. We take pride in providing the best in customer service and the finest restroom facilities. Call us today at (800) 444-2371 and we will find a unit to match your needs!

Top Dog-Friendly Hikes and Trails in Washington, Oregon, California, and Utah


Here, at Honey Bucket, we’ve seen a lot of people sharing pictures of their furry friends outdoors near a Honey Bucket. We think Fido is as much a part of the Honey Bucket family as you do. That has inspired us to create a list of the top dog-friendly hikes in Washington, Oregon, California, and Utah. It wasn’t easy, but we managed to narrow it down to our favorite top 10 – in no particular order.

  1. dogPowell Butte Nature Park – Portland, OR
    In 1987, the City of Portland established Powell Butte Nature Park. The park was opened to the public in 1990 and offers the city miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and leashed dogs. There is a wide array of wildlife in the park including rabbits, ring-necked pheasants, ground squirrels, raccoons, gray foxes, skunks, bats, chipmunks, coyotes, and black-tailed mule deer.
    Learn more at https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/1714
  2. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden – Portland, OR
    The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was developed as a display and test garden in 1950 by the Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. It offers a variety of rhododendrons and is free to the public from September 1 through February 28. Dogs are welcome on-leash as well!
    Learn more at https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/1222
  3. Mt. Hood National Forest– Ramona Falls, OR
    Ramona Falls is a waterfall on the upper Sandy River on the west side of Mount Hood, Oregon. There are still visible signs of volcanic debris flow where the trail nears the Sandy River. Leashed dogs are welcomed hiking companions on this trail.
    Learn more at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=53460
  4. Sonoma Valley Regional Park – Glen Ellen, CA
    Sonoma Valley Regional Park is right in the middle of the Sonoma Valley in California. The 200 plus acre park features several miles of trails and a tranquil atmosphere. The park’s main path is a paved, 1.2-mile trail that begins near a wetland and meadow and winds through magnificent oak woodlands which are perfect for you and your dog. Dogs are welcome on this scenic trail.
    Learn more at http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Sonoma_Valley_Regional_Park.aspx
  5. dog2Bluff Top Sea Ranch Access Trail – Sea Ranch, CA
    If you’re in the mood for a seaside adventure, dogs are welcome at the six public access trails in The Sea Ranch. Trails start at Highway 1 parking areas and cross bluff-top meadows and forests to rugged coastline. Picturesque California cliff-side staircases lead to secluded beaches with sandy coves, tide pools, and rock formations for you to enjoy with your dog.
    Learn more at http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Bluff_Top_Sea_Ranch_Access_Trail.aspx
  6. Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve – Santa Rosa, CA
    This park is a prominent landmark in Santa Rosa, California. It provides a panoramic view of the city and distant peaks. The park’s 1,100 acres include sweeping grasslands, oak woodlands, several creeks, and habitat for a variety of wildlife. The park has over 5 miles of unpaved trails to hike with your favorite hiking companion. Dogs are permitted on leashes no longer than 6 feet long.
    Learn more at http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Taylor_Mountain_Regional_Park_and_Open_Space_Preserve.aspx
  7. Lake 22 Trail – Mountain Loop Hwy, WA
    Lake 22 Trail is a 6.7-mile loop trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a beautiful waterfall. The trail is best visited from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
    Learn more at https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/lake-22-trail
  8. Red Top Lookout – Snoqualmie Region — Salmon La Sac/Teanaway, WA
    Built in 1952, Red Top Lookout provides the best bang for your hiking buck in the Snoqualmie Region. A short, steep trail leads to the fire lookout and offers magnificent views of the Stuart Range, Teanaway Ridge, Chelan and Entiat Mountains, Mount Rainier, and even Mount Adams on a clear day! If the views aren’t enough, the best part is that dogs are allowed on leash.
    Learn more http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/red-top-lookout#trailhead-map
  9. Tanner Park – Salt Lake City, UT
    Tanner Park is an especially popular destination for dogs and their owners. The park features dirt-packed trails that are accessible year-round. There’s a great natural stream in the park as well. Once you are inside Parley’s Nature Area, you can take your dog off leash. Honey Bucket takes pride in keeping your Fido clean, so be sure to utilize the dog wash and clean-up stations before you leave the park.
    Learn more at https://www.ksl.com/?sid=40937491&nid=1268
  10. Round Valley – Park City, UT
    If you are in Utah looking for a park with a little more room to roam, Round Valley might be the place for you and your pup. This park offers 40 miles of easy, moderate, and steep trails so there are plenty of trail options. Most importantly, dogs are welcome to roam without a leash.
    Learn more at https://utah.com/hiking/salt-lake-city/dog-friendly-trails

We hope this inspires you to get out on the trail with your dog. And don’t forget to keep sharing those photos of your pup with a Honey Bucket! We roam as far and wide as you and your furry friend. Post your pics and tag us on Facebook and Instagram. And don’t forget to use #HoneyBucketSelfie!

Feeling Blue: What is That Blue Liquid in a Porta Potty Anyway?


According to the Portable Sanitation Association International, portable restrooms save around 125 million gallons of fresh water every day. This is because you do not have to flush the restroom every time it is used. However, since the waste is not being flushed away, portable restroom providers need to take a proactive approach to managing potentially unpleasant smells.

flushing a closestool with blue waterIf you have ever dared to peek inside a portable restroom you may have noticed a blue liquid in the bottom of the tank. What is that blue liquid in a porta potty?

It actually has a very specific purpose. Since a working septic or sewer system is not always available, portable toilets have to find some other way to make foul-smelling waste tolerable for a somewhat prolonged amount of time. The blue liquid you find in the bottom of a portable toilet is a really, really powerful deodorizer with disinfectant properties meant to help combat the smells that are produced in a portable restroom. Portable restroom providers add that blue liquid to keep the restrooms smelling fresh over time.

porta-pottiesIn the past, formaldehyde was the deodorizer of choice. While formaldehyde-based deodorizers are still used in some circumstances, they have largely given way to more biodegradable and environmentally friendly formulas. The “greener” approach is to introduce beneficial enzymes and microbes that feed on odor-causing bacteria. There are even some biological additives that can speed up the decomposition of organic matter, including toilet paper, which means that tanks do not need to be emptied as often.

Be sure to say thank you to the underrated blue liquid that is hard at work to make your restroom experience as pleasant and environmentally friendly as possible. If you are interested in learning more about that not so mysterious blue liquid or anything else related to portable toilets and how to rent them for your next construction site or event, contact your Honey Bucket professional today at 800-444-2371.

What Kind of Porta Potty Do I Need for My Wedding?

brideYour wedding is going to be exactly as you have imagined…You have found the ideal, rustic location. The only problem is…the location doesn’t come with bathrooms. Although portable restroom rentals may not be on the top of your list, they are an important piece that can really make a huge difference in the comfort level for you and your guests.

Fortunately, you can rent luxury portable restrooms to serve your guests’ needs throughout your wedding and reception. Honey Bucket can deliver several different types of wedding-worthy portable restrooms that are sparkling clean and best-suited for an event as important and memorable as a wedding.

Plenty of Options

honey-bucket3Honey Bucket has a varie ty of options to suit every budget and location. There are individual portable restrooms that have flush units and sinks. There are also luxury restroom trailers that provide an “at home” experience and include running water, ample lighting, climate control, flushing toilets, and plenty of space. But first, here are a few things to consider.

  • Number of Guests. Hopefully, everyone has gotten their RSVPs in and you have a general idea of how many people will be attending your wedding. Honey Bucket’s number one rule is: be sure to have enough bathrooms for your guests. Renting the right number of restrooms is key to having a fantastic wedding instead of one that’s remembered for having really long lines for the bathroom.
  • Time. Think about how long your wedding will last. For shorter weddings, portable restrooms might not be used much. But if your wedding is going to be an all-night party where alcohol will be served, plan on people using the bathrooms frequently.
  • WeddingShelter2Location, location, location. Strategic placement of your portable restrooms is a must. Coordinate with your venue to find a flat surface that is easily accessible by truck and has access to water and power. The portable restrooms should be located in an area that can be readily accessible, but not in full view of guests or the dining area. We always recommend that you make sure the bathrooms are not too far from the festivities and that the path to the restrooms is covered (just in case it rains).
  • IMG_6536Beautify. Regardless of whether you decide on basic porta potties or a luxury restroom trailer, do not leave them without some special wedding decor. Cover the front and sides of the luxury portable restroom trailer with tall trees or shrubs to camouflage the exterior. Add meaningful details such as flowers, toiletry baskets, pretty soaps, and candles to the interiors. Have fun with it. Adding a few nice details inside the porta potty can add that touch of elegance that your guests will not soon forget.

Our wide range of options can fit every wedding location and budget. Feeling overwhelmed with planning your special event? No need to fret.

Say YES to Honey Bucket’s professional special events experts, call them today at 800-444-2371. They will help you determine what options best suit your needs and will have you and your wedding guests living happily ever after. Let Honey Bucket make your special day spectacular!


Honey Bucket Costume

Did you get roped into going to a last-minute Halloween party? Or maybe you’ve just been waiting for that perfect costume idea. Here’s a quick and easy costume that will definitely turn some heads and not take much time at all to make and you can do it for under $20!

Honey Bucket Costume

SUPPLIES: supplies

  • (1) 5’x7’ tarp – silver
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Cardboard box
  • Duct tape – silver and white (or clear)
  • Plastic bottle
  • Honey Bucket stickers (3)
  • Elastic strap
  • Foam board

box_steps 1. Cut box and resize to make all side panels the same width, then reassemble using duct tape at the seams. Add reinforcement strips of tape around the center of your box to keep if sturdy.

corners 2. Lay your reconstructed box on top of the tarp and begin to fold the edge of the tarp over to the inside of the box. Tape each edge as you go until the outside has been completely wrapped. Cut off the excess tarp material and secure with a strip of tape spanning the length of the box.

Honey Bucket Halloween costume 3. Decorate the front of your Honey Bucket to look like a door. Add a green painted semi-circle and finish it off with a few official Honey Bucket door decals found at honeybucket.com (Use coupon code TRICKORTREAT to get FREE Honey Bucket stickers for your costume. Be sure to place your order by 10/24/16 to ensure your stickers will arrive on time).

4. To add shoulder straps so you can wear your costume, simply place two pieces of duct tape together for each strap and attach in place at the front and back of the box using a few more strips of tape.

Part 2 – ROOF

roof_stepsbottle1. Lay out your foam board and mark the fold lines for your roof. Use the box cutter to score the foam board so you can fold it. Caution: Do not cut all the way through the board.
2. Continue scoring and folding the roof line until you have all the angles needed to create the roof. (See photos)
3. Use clear or white tape to set the roof angles in place. We decided to tape the entire roof to give it a more uniform look.
4. Cut two small hole on either side of where your head will go and string the elastic band through to make a chin strap.
5. To finish your Honey Bucket, cut the top and bottom of your plastic bottle and wrap it in grey duct tape to create your air vent. Attach to the roof using clear or white tape.

That’s it! You’ve created a unique costume, positioned yourself comfortably to win first prize at every costume contest you wander into, and managed not to break the bank.

Click here for your FREE Honey Bucket costume stickers.

Use the code TRICKORTREAT to receive discount