As much as you may think of yourself as the Australian Bear Grylls, let’s be honest, camping in the wild is not the most comfortable experience. Especially if you’re the kind of person that can’t stand not taking a daily shower (or two). Unfortunately, the great outdoors doesn’t come equipped with a shower cabin, so more often than not we need to forego some of our basic hygiene needs.
However, by doing so, you’re putting yourself at a greater risk of catching a nasty bug that can cut your trip short. And not to mention what a few days of sweat and dirt can do to body odour. So, the next time you’re planning a long camping trip, you can keep your hygiene intact by bringing a portable shower along.
While a portable shower is not a part of the must-have camping gear, it can go a long way in making your stay more pleasant. It gives you the freedom to camp anywhere you like, regardless of whether the campground has its own showers or not. And besides helping you maintain your personal hygiene, a camping shower can also be used for many different purposes, such as cleaning dirty dishes for instance.
Currently, there’s a variety of camping shower models on the market, all designed to suit different needs. So, if you’re planning to buy a portable shower, you need to consider a few things. For one, the capacity of the shower. If you’re backpacking and only plan to stay for a few days, a smaller model is ideal for your needs. But if you’re planning an extended trip or camping with your family, it’s best to go for a model with more capacity that can provide you with more showers.
Then there’s the ease of use to think about. Some portable showers can be self-supporting and stand on their own, while others can be conveniently mounted to the side of your RV, or a tree branch. When you hang your shower, remember that water can weigh a lot, so make sure to find a really sturdy location that can take that weight.
And finally, the thing that’s been on your mind since the beginning. You are probably wondering whether portable camping showers can provide warm water, right? Well, I have great news for you! There are models that can run on solar power, and there are models that use Lithium/12V batteries or gas to heat the water. You only need to decide what works best for you. The ability to have hot water on demand means you’ll truly camp in comfort.