How portable do you mean?

Good morning everyone,

Did you enjoy the sunny weather yesterday? Oh...wait a minute...it poured down in the middle of the afternoon....well, apparently today is going to be nice and apparently there is a chance of rain tomorrow, and apparently there is a chance of rain the next day and the next day and the next day...apparently...if you really want to know what the weather is doing, open your window! Ha ha!

So, a couple of times this past week, I've had a hard time coming up with rarely used words in my vocabulary. One was a palanquin-it's basically a box for carrying people that was used in ancient times, especially in Asia (well, it was still in use as late as the middle of the 20th century). And the other one that came up yesterday was the bedpan or commode. We were talking in the lesson about portable toilets. The topic of portable toilets came up because, according to the government, we should all have one in our homes in case of disaster. I thought I was pretty well prepared. I've got all my important documents together in one place. I've about 3 weeks worth of water, one or two weeks worth of food (I could probably stretch it out even longer, if I had to), a month worth of toilet paper and other basic necessities (like batteries and candles). What I don't have is a portable toilet...to be honest, I don't even know what they mean by 'portable toilet'...when I think of a portable toilet, I think of this...
chamber pot porta potty

I doubt the government means that we should all set up one of those in our homes. One student mentioned that they are common for when a member of the household is unable to move around easily, like this...
chamber pot bedside
...but it's the same problem, where in the heck are we supposed to keep something like that?

I thought of a bedpan or commode (commode has a few meanings, but in NA, we usually think of a toilet in our bedroom). They were common when toilets were outside the home and it was too dark, cold or scary to use them at night. But they're only good for one night...
chamber pot

So, my question is: what the heck do they mean when they say 'portable toilet'?

Have a great day!

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