As you start planning for an upcoming outdoor festival, part of your efforts will include providing bathroom facilities for the attendees. However, you may be stumped as to how many and what types of outdoor toilets you will need. If this is the case, take a look at the questions and answers below to get an idea of how to better prepare for your outdoor festival.
Before you decide on how many toilets to rent, you will need to know how many people are expected to attend the festival. The size of the festival and the number of tickets you have sold or will sell can give you a good place to start.
Will the festival be for a select number of people? Do you only expect 50 to 100 guests to attend? If so, one or two toilets should be enough to meet the people’s bathroom needs without causing long lines or discomfort for your guests.
However, if you know you will have more than 100 guests, plan on having at least one additional toilet for every 100 people. This number only gives you a baseline. You should also consider other factors before you come up with the final number.
Once you have your baseline number of how many toilets you should expect to rent, the next question you should answer involves the types of food and beverage you will serve. If you will serve standard fare without alcohol or extra-spicy foods that can affect the digestive system, your baseline number should still stand.
However, if you plan to serve any types of alcohol during the festival, you will need to plan on more toilets for your guests. Alcohol not only makes a person urinate more often, but it can also trigger bowel movements.
Hot, spicy foods will also trigger more frequent bowel movements, especially in guests who are more sensitive. If you are offering such foods as Mexican or Cajun, you will need to plan on having more toilets available.
As a general rule of thumb, add 20 percent to your baseline number. Then, use the formula provided in the previous section to determine the number of portable toilets you will need.
Another question you should answer before you rent portable toilets is in regards to the general age group for the expected attendees. Not only is the age range a factor when you decide on how many bathrooms you will need but also the types.
Will your festival attract parents with small children? If so, you may want to add on a couple of toilets to your total number. Also, since children can be messy, consider renting toilets with a sink and running water to assist the parents when they clean up any accidents.
Do you expect an audience that will include senior citizens? If this is the case, consider having a few larger toilets designed for accessibility by the elderly and handicapped population.
When it comes time to place the accessible toilets, try to position them as close to the eating area as possible. Make sure you place the bathrooms close to the eating area and on level ground so that their intended users can easily reach and use them without fear of falling.
When you know the answers to the above questions, you will have a better idea of the number and types of portable toilets you need for your outdoor festival. Contact us at Afford-A-Potty for further guidance, as well as to discuss our available options.