What is the Best Portable Shower for Camping?

To be honest, if you’ve ever been camping, then the chances are after a few days, you’d quite like to have a proper wash. 

Nowadays, most caravans have extremely good toilet and shower facilities built into them, but what to do if you’re not in a caravan? 

Is one suppose to fill a carrier bag of water and pierce a few holes in the bottom? That could work, I guess! 

Even when you’re deep in the heart of the wilderness, escaping the mundane routine of everyday life, there are plenty of more than adequate alternatives if you don’t have a cubicle stuffed in your back pocket!

10 Best Portable showers

There are lots of options when looking at portable showers, these are our favourite.

SaleBestseller No. 1
KIPIDA Solar Shower Bag,5 gallons/20L Solar Heating Camping Shower Bag with Removable Hose and On-Off Switchable Shower Head for Camping Beach Swimming Outdoor Traveling Hiking (Green)
  • Heat absorbing design:This solar shower bag is made by environmental friendly and leak proof materials which are safe to human health. It heats water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight.
  • High Water Capacity:This camping shower bag can carry up to 5 gallons water for showering outdoor,let you enjoy a better and refreshing shower anywhere.
  • Supplied With Useful Accessories :It supplied with a hose, a shower head and a water tap. Upgraded shower head offers an easy on/off switch with low to high water flow, easy to whirl.
  • Temperature Indicator :There is a temperature indicator (°C/°F) attached onto the bag.Be able to quickly know the temperature of the water.
  • Wildly Use: this camp shower is suit for outdoor camping, hiking, backpacking, self-driving, fishing or hunting.It's the best gift for for Men Husband and Father's Day.The perfect camping accessory for him.
Bestseller No. 2
Dr. Prepare Portable Camping Shower, 4 Gallons/15L Outdoor Electric Camp Shower with Rechargeable Air Pump, Upgraded Screw Lid, Two Spray Modes, Solar Shower for Beach, Camping, Hiking Trip
  • 【Rechargeable Air Pump】Slimer than a 16oz beer can, the new rechargeable air pump can fully inflate your shower bag and get your shower ready shortly. Press the power button, hook it up to the shower bag, and let it do the rest. NOTE: we kindly advise you to fully fill the shower bag for the fastest pumping speed possible.
  • 【Constant Spray Nozzle】Redesigned for simple showers outdoors, the versatile spray nozzle comes with two spray modes. You can either squeeze the lever for manual water control or flip it up for a constant spray to rinse off dirt once for all.
  • 【Easy-to-Refill Screw Cap】The enlarged screw lid makes filling the shower bag easier than ever. Best of all, it excels in the task of sealing due to the threaded design, comparing to the press-type lids often found on its peers.
  • 【Warm in Sunlight】Featuring black waterproof PVC, this camp shower can soak up the sunshine to transfer it to thermal energy for warming up water inside. Thus, you can take a lukewarm shower even on a faraway excursion.
  • 【Pack and Go】Pack down this travel-friendly shower with its nozzle, hose, and foot pump well to the zippered storage bag when you are camping, hiking or living off the grid. Perfect for taking a quick shower, rinsing off sands on feet, bathing muddy paws, or washing spotted cars as well.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Hike Crew Portable Propane Water Heater & Shower Pump – Compact Outdoor Cleaning & Showering System w/LCD & Auto Safety Shutoff for Instant Hot Water While Camping, Hiking – Carry Case Included
  • PORTABLE OUTDOOR WATER HEATER – Innovative System Runs on Propane Gas Tank to Heat Water for Showering, Washing Dishes, Cleaning Hands & Other Tasks
  • COMFORTABLE CAMPSITE SHOWERS – Includes Water Temperature Control Knob, Hand Faucet/Spigot & Shower Head Attachment w/ [3] Adjustable Spray Patterns
  • PUMP & HEAT ON-THE-GO – Connect AC/DC Adapter to Outlet or 12V Cigarette Lighter to Car for Instant Hot Water; Perfect for Camping, Fishing, Hiking & Hunting
  • AUTOMATIC SAFETY SHUTOFF – Smart Technology Turns Off the Gas Burner When Water Reaches 125°F; Water Flow Sensor & Fuse & Tilt Protection for Added Safety
  • CONVENIENT COMPACT DESIGN – Travel Friendly Heater Arrives With Adapters, Hoses, Attachments & Accessories in a Handy Carry Bag [Propane Not Included]
Bestseller No. 4
Ivation Portable Outdoor Shower, Battery Powered - Compact Handheld Rechargeable Camping Showerhead - Pumps Water from Bucket Into Steady, Gentle Shower Stream
  • INDOOR/OUTDOOR HANDHELD SHOWER - Transforms Sink or Bucket of Water Into Instant Shower Stream; Water-Resistant Unit Includes One Touch On/Off Switch
  • PERFECTLY PLEASING PRESSURE - Showerhead Features One Simple Flow Rate for Comfortable Bathing Experience; Gentle Enough for Seniors, Babies and Pets
  • SUCTION CUP SUPPORT - Shower-Head Securely Sticks to Any Flat Surface with Provided Suction Cup; Bonus S-Style Hook Lets You Hang it Safely Overhead
  • BATTERY POWERED CONVENIENCE - Rechargeable Pump Plugs into Laptop, Car Adapter or Computer via USB; Full Charge Allows Up to 1 Hour of Continuous Use, PLEASE NOTE: May include a wall plug instead of USB
  • COMPACT AND PORTABLE - Small, Discreet System Packs Easily in Luggage, Backpack or Car Trunk; for Hiking, Camping, Kid Bathing and Pet Cleaning
SaleBestseller No. 5
Texsport Instant Portable Outdoor Camping Shower Privacy Shelter Changing Room Gray
  • 5 Gallon Camp Shower Measures 87"H x 4'6" x 4"6" and includes mesh shower rack inside and removable hanging towel bar outside
  • Large, zippered D-style door with Heavy Duty polyurethane coated taffeta walls and rainfly and removable rip-stop polyethylene floor
  • Rust-resistant 3/4" diameter chain-corded steel poles with durable speed clips to secure the shelter to the frame; Flame retardant
  • 2 no-see-um mesh windows with zippered storm flats and 4 no see-um mesh roof panels provide superior ventilation. Rainfly has 2 see-through skylights for better visibility inside.
  • Includes stakes and carry/storage bag
Bestseller No. 6
RISEPRO 10 gallons/40L Solar Shower Bag Solar Heating Camping Shower Bag with Temperature Hot Water Outdoor Hiking Climbing XH07
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS – This shower bag is made by environmental friendly and leak proof materials. The materials used are safe to human health and make the bag highly durable!
  • JUMBO WATER CAPACITY – This jumbo size bag can easily carry up to 10 GALLONS (40Liters) water for showering at remote areas! A nice and refreshing shower anywhere!
  • HEAT ABSORBING DESIGN – The SMART black PVC material can efficiently absorb the solar energy to heat up the water inside the bag. It heats water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight.
  • TEMPERATURE INDICATOR – There is a temperature indicator (°C/°F) attached onto the bag. No more guessing on water temperature at remote area!
  • ADVANCED SHOWER HEAD – This advanced shower head offers an easy ON/OFF switch with LOW to HIGH water flow. Brings you a much better showering experience!
Bestseller No. 7
POMO Long Lasting, Resistant, High Pressure 5L Outdoor Portable Shower, Camping Shower, Surf Shower, Dog Cleaning, Boat Cleaning, Road Trips, Diving, More. 1.5gal/5L Multi-use Spray, Hand Pump 45 PSI
  • [LONG LASTING, RESISTANT & BPA FREE] Made of industrial grade high density polyethylene this product won't leak or break. It will serve you for many years to come.
  • [MULTI-USE] Ideal for spraying water under pressure for: camping, surfing, dog washing, car, boats, fishing.
  • [HIGH-PRESSURE] Capable of building the same pressure as a garden hose: 45 PSI. The hose is 5 foot 6 inches (170cm) to reach anywhere you need.
  • [DIFFERENT NOZZLE SETTINGS] Industrial hose nozzle with 5 settings: Jet, Mist, Shower, Flat Jet, Super Pressure Jet
  • [PERFECT CAPACITY] the bottle is ~1.5 gal or 5.5 liters in capacity which is perfect in terms of portability and usability. It's easy to carry and large enough to clean thoroughly. Don't overfill the bottle, you want to have some air left to compress to build pressure!
SaleBestseller No. 8
OYOOQO 5 Gallons Portable Outdoor Camping Shower, Electric Pressure Shower and Rinse Kits for Surfing,Diving,Fishing,Road Trip,Caravan Trip,Pet Shower,12V Car Wash Outdoor Shower
  • Configuration-Battery-powered outdoor water shower; 12-volt car lighter port-powered camping shower; 12-volt battery- operated water pump; pure copper brushless motor; 13-foot shower hose with water-conserving showerhead & high-pressure car wash gun & garden sprinkler with 7 outlet modes; two portable water bags; 5-gallon water tank with wet and dry separation. The device is powered by a built-in lithium battery or a 12V car charger. The lithium battery is charged by a 100 -240V household power
  • Features - Powerful booster system(power: 90 Watts; flow:6L/Min; pressue:03-0.8MPa). The large-capacity built-in lithium battery can provide a full charge of 45-55 minutes work (30 consecutive minutes). The water use rate is as high as 99%. You can add more water at any time. Spraying water pressure is not not limited by water level changes and water addition during use. Equipped with copper connectors for quick installation and extended service life.
  • Professional and Durable - German imported pure copper brushless motor, Strong power, waterproof and and anti-leakage. High-power high-end intelligent induction frequency conversion, automatic shutdown when water is off, more efficient and energy saving. Intelligent temperature control overheating protection is more secure. The durable 12000MA large-capacity built-in lithium battery makes the battery life longer.
  • Fast and easy operation- No tap water limit or power limit, if you want a shower, you can do it almost instantly. Just fill it with water (warm or hot water appr.122 ° f), connect the hose and nozzle with fast connectors, turn on the switch, then you can shower anywhere for camping/road trip/caravan travel/surfing / diving / fishing.
  • Multipurpose - Ideal for a wide variety of outdoor recreation, home and garden purposes. E.g. As portable shower for garden shower/pool shower/camping shower/pet shower. Used as a rinse kit for camping/road trip/caravan travel/surfing / diving / fishing. Used as a garden irrigation tool for watering plants/lawn. As a domestic helper, it is used to clean the dirt and mud on floors/walls/ balconies / patio / bicycles / cars / decks / farm facilities / fruits and vegetables, etc.
SaleBestseller No. 9
WEIYII Solar Shower Bag Portable Shower for Camping Heating Camping Shower Bag 5 Gallons/20L Hot Water 45°C Switchable Shower Head for Camping Beach Swimming Outdoor Traveling Hiking…
  • New Model: The camping shower with Removable Hose and the upgraded solar shower head offers an easy-to-open/close switch with low to high water flow. The hot camping shower is very convenient to control water yield. The outdoor water shower provides high-quality after-sales service to ensure your shopping experience. We can replace or refund your products immediately if they fail.
  • Portable Solar shower bag Temperature Design: The hot camping shower heay water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight. Ultra-lightweight and foldable, easy to carry, easy to store, suitable for home shower and outdoor camping travel hiking shower in summer, feel en-suite. It can provide portable shower.
  • Outdoor shower bag environmental and durable: This 5 gallon shower bag made of PVC non-toxic and eco-friendly material which are safe to human health. The shower bag with strong handles and strengthened plastic tubes make it more solid and durable, the front pocket design help you to hold some shower accessories.
  • Practical Shower & Mesh Pocket: Outdoor water shower equipped with a large shower head and soft hose, just turn the switch on the shower head to easily control the water flow and bring you a better shower experience! The front mesh pocket can hold mini travel essentials such as bath milk, shampoo, soap, facial cleanser, razor, nail clippers, etc.
  • Wide Application: This useful bag can carry up to 5 gallons water for showering outdoor, let you enjoy a nice and refreshing shower anywhere. And it is great for camping, hiking, fishing, climbing, surfing, beach playing or other outdoor activities. Add it to your outdoor gears as it’s a MUST HAVE for your families when going outdoors.
Bestseller No. 10
EasyGo Product EGP-TENT-016 Shower Shelter – Giant Portable Outdoor Pop UP Camping Shower Tent Enclosure – Changing Room – 2 Rooms – Instant Tent – 7.5' Tall x 4' Deep x 7.5' Wide, Green
  • High Quality Material - Our portable tent is made of high quality waterproof polyester material which is lightweight and sturdy. The instant tent provides private space for camping bathroom & potty use, outdoor showers, rain shelter and more.
  • New Convenient Design - Our bathroom tent has two openings that can be used for two rooms. Windows offer easy ventilation. Includes towel bar and mesh pockets for toiletries. Sturdy Poles provide great free standing stability.
  • Universal Usage - Our instant camp shower tent takes care of your privacy. It offers dual room feature. One room can be used for shower and the other one as a portable changing room or restroom. Both rooms can be used at the same time too.
  • Easy to Use - Our collapsible lightweight tent pops up instantly, offering you a private stall enclosure to change clothes, shower, paint, spray tan, use the restroom, and more on the beach, camping, photo shoots, sporting events, trade shows, and more.
  • A-must-have Accessory - For outdoor activities. Large opening that offers easy access. Easily folded into a carry bag for convenience to carry anywhere you want. Easy to use by extending the legs stake to the ground for stability setup in minutes.

Types of Portable Shower

While showering is sometimes an escape when camping, it becomes more of a domestic activity as camping showers don’t have that endless flow of water while you sing Whitney Houston’s greatest hits!

Pressure Showers

If you’re a little worried about the water flow, or lack thereof, when having a shower, then this could be the shower type for you.

In essence, a portable shower is a reservoir of water with a hose attached; however, this style has a pump integrated into the unit. This means you can give the pressure a boost quite conveniently to make your experience even more enjoyable…or to speed things up because having a cold shower isn’t too appealing! 

Whichever the case for you, with a portable pressure shower, this is the closest you’re going to get to the real thing without being at home!

Solar Heated Showers

As mentioned above, obviously, being out in the open, hot water isn’t going to be on tap! But that isn’t to say you can’t have a warm shower! 

What kind of trickery is this, I hear you ask! How can this be? 

A wonderful invention was created using solar power to heat the water during the day, so when you come to shower in the evening, BOOM, you have a lovely, not so cold shower! 

Simply fill the water compartment of your chosen shower and hang it in an open space where the sun can reach it. Over the course of the day, the sun will work its magic, and you’ll have a shower with a respectable water temperature.

Rechargeable Pump Showers

With this type of portable shoer, all you need is a bucket of water, and away you go! 

Simply charge the unit, whether it be from a mains supply or a USB battery pack before you leave, and it will charge while you are exploring out in the woods! 

These are normally at the more affordable end of the range of the portable shower because you’ll have to source your own fresh water, and they won’t all heat the water for you (although some models on the market do!) 

The integrated battery often lasts longer than a pressure shower, so if you can stand the temperature, this is the device for all you shower singers!!

How Much Water is Needed for a Portable Camping Shower?

The ultimate question here is How Long Does It Take You To Shower? 

If the answer to that is more than 10 minutes, then you may have to put your fast pants on when you’re showering in the open. 

The general rule of thumb is;

· 10 Gallons = 3 minutes

· 20 Gallons = 7 minutes

· 30 Gallons = 10 minutes

These are only guides to give you a rough idea of what you’d expect to achieve. 

The times can vary with the flow rate and size of shower head, and again you’ll need to find what’s right for you! There are many types of portable showers, and the market has a healthy amount of models for you to choose from. 

Many models on the market with a water reservoir tend to hold 20 gallons, as this is considered the average amount per shower.

  • What’s the weight of a setup?

Now, if you didn’t already know, here’s a little life hack for you. 

1ltr of water = 1kg. 

So if you’ve got 20ltr of water….you guessed it, that’s 20kg of weight. 

Some of you may be ok with just hanging your shower bag in a tree and having a bathe underneath it, while some of you, on the other hand, may like your privacy. 

If you’re using a portable shower cubicle combined with a hanging shower bag, that could be a recipe for disaster as the cubicle poles aren’t built to hold that much weight. 

If you like your cubicle, it would be wise to consider a portable shower with a reservoir that sits on the floor. That way, at least you know the shower tent won’t blow away!!

TOP TIP: This article is mainly focused on water and capacity but what you have to also take into account is the weight of the whole setup, depending on which one you choose!

image What is the Best Portable Shower for Camping?

What is the Best Portable Shower For Camping?

Each type of shower has its advantages and disadvantages, so ultimately, you’ll have to decide what you put more value on. 

RISEPRO Solar Shower Bag, 5 gallons/20L Solar Heating Premium Camping Shower Bag Hot Water with Temperature 45°C Removable Hose on/Off Switchable Shower Head Hiking Climbing Summer Shower K8
  • TOP QUALITY MATERIALS – RISEPRO shower bag is made by environmental friendly materials which are safe to human health. This deluxe version with multiple layers can further enhance the leak proof feature and make it even more durable!
  • ADVANCED SHOWER HEAD – This advanced shower head offers an easy ON/OFF switch with LOW to HIGH water flow. Brings you a much better showering experience!
  • HIGH WATER CAPACITY – This useful bag can easily carry up to 5 GALLONS (20Liters) water for showering at remote areas! A nice and refreshing shower anywhere!
  • SMART HEAT ABSORBING DESIGN – The SMART PVC material can efficiently absorb the solar energy to heat up the water inside the bag. It heats water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight.
  • TEMPERATURE INDICATOR – There is a temperature indicator (°C/°F) attached onto the bag. No more guessing on water temperature at remote area!

From our research, we think that the RISEPRO Solar Shower Bag is a fantastic middle-of-the-road alternative for the perfect shower. 

It boasts a 5-gallon water capacity with switchable shower head. 

The shower bag also has integrated solar heating and a hand temperature indicator, so there’ll be no more guessing if the water is hot enough! 

The snazzy PVC design means that once you’ve finished washing your extremities, this unit can be folded down and packed away quite snugly into your backpack!

Summary

So there you have it! 

The ultimate guide to camping showers, which, essentially, all revolves around preference and need!

Camping showers can range from the really simple to the slightly trickier combinations, but overall they all do the same thing, they get you clean in non-bathroom situations!

Have fun with camping, and have fun with camping showers!

They can be the most refreshing experience of your life!

Last update on 2021-08-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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