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.
  • 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.
SaleBestseller No. 2
innhom Portable Shower Outdoor Camp Shower Camping Shower Camp Shower Pump, Electric Rechargeable Portable Shower, Powered by Rechargeable Battery or Car Cigarette Lighter 1 Year Warranty
  • 【2 Battery with 1 Year Warranty】innhom portable shower for camping come with 2 detachable batteries and a charging cable, direct charge from USB port, car adapter or computer, laptop ( output of 5V/1A~2A ). Full charge of 2 batteries allows 90-120 mins of continuous use. LED light on battery switch can indicate the battery power. innhom portable shower comes with 1 Year Free Warranty to ensure your pleasant shopping experience. Any problems, feel free to contact us.
  • 【Easy Assembly/Operation】Attach pump and shower head to the hose. Fully immerse the pump in water and press the switch on battery to start. The camping shower offers gentle and comfortable stream at 0.9 gal/min (3.5 L/min).
  • 【Safe and Convenient Outdoor Camp Shower】innhom camp shower conforms to the safety requirements of RoHS standard, EN 55014-1 and EN55014-2. The water filter system ensure the water is clean and protect the shower head from being clogged. The O-ring protects water from escaping from the connection of the shower hose and showerhead.
  • 【Small and Compact】Weights 1.6LB, bonus mesh storage bag, convenient to carry and store. Provided suction cup can fix the shower head on any smooth flat surface. Hook lets you hang the showerhead safely on trees for a convenient shower.
  • 【Multiple-uses Portable Shower】Suitable for INDOOR/OUTDOOR showering, camping, BBQ, hiking, traveling, kid bathing, pet cleaning, car washing, plants watering, windows and backyard cleaning. Ideal gift for family, friends on Christmas, Birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Children's Day, etc.
Bestseller No. 3
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!
Bestseller No. 4
anngrowy Shower Tent Pop-Up Privacy Tent Camping Portable Toilet Tent Outdoor Camp Bathroom Changing Dressing Room Instant Privacy Shelters for Hiking Beach Picnic Fishing Potty, Extra-Tall, UPF 50+
  • UPF 50+ WATER-PROOF UPGRADED MATERIAL - Pop up privacy beach shower tent made of 190T silver-coated water-repellent thickened Oxford cloth and 2.8MM strong flexible steel frame for premium durability, it can stand on its own and is not easy to break and corrode. Camping portable potty tent surface reflects sunlight to block up to 98% of the harmful UV rays, protecting the user from the unexpected burning sun, quick-drying water-proof materials also keeping the privacy shelter tent dry.
  • PORTABLE & SPACIOUS SHOWER TENT- At 6' 4" high and 3' 11" in length and width, this camping shower tent allows you to stand up and stretch out inside. With all that interior space, showering, changing, and using the bathroom is much more comfortable. The camping toilet tent weighs just 5.5 lbs, and the dress tent can be folded into a compact size of 22" L x 22"W x 1.4" H. Ultra-lightweight construction stand-up changing tent allows for easy transportation with an included carrying bag.
  • SOLID & PRIVACY & HIGH-QUALITY - When it comes to your outdoor shower tent, anchoring security and privacy is a must. That's why we include 8 tent pegs and 4 guy lines to make sure your tent shower is secure. The 4 included sandbags weigh your tent down even in harsh terrain and windy days. Thickened Oxford cloth has weaker light transmittance, increasing the privacy of your shower. All combine to bring you superb dependability in a camp shelter you can count on.
  • VENTILATION & EASY TO SET - Compared to an ordinary shower tent, anngrowy Camping shower tent is specially designed with an additional rain fly attached on the top to prevent light rain; 1 removable bottom mat to keep you clean, and 2 zipper windows to deliver great ventilation and airflow, suitable for people with claustrophobia. Easily pops up and folds down in seconds, no assembly required. *Installation Video, search YouTube: Folding the Privacy Pop Up Tent How to fold a Popup Changing Tent*
  • BUILT-IN DETAILS: This portable toilet tent is built with attention to detail. You'll find our long clothesline, shower head lanyard, flashlight lanyard, extra-large storage bad, two mesh personal item storage pouch make this feel like your home bathroom. anngrowy Committed to offering your a reasonable, private, clean and accessible space for potty, changing clothes and shower restroom.
SaleBestseller No. 5
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
Bestseller No. 6
Hike Crew Portable Propane Water Heater & Shower Pump w/Built-in Battery | Compact Outdoor Cleaning & Showering System w/LCD, Safety Shutoff & Carry Case, Instant Hot Water for Camping & Hiking
  • PORTABLE OUTDOOR SHOWER & HEATER | 2-in-1 Propane-Powered Pump System Allows You to Heat & Dispense Water for Showering, Washing Dishes, Cleaning Hands & Other Indoor & Outdoor Rinsing Tasks | Includes Water Heater, Pump Hose & Plug, Gas Regulator, Faucet Mount, Shower Head, Power Adapters & Carry Case
  • COMFORTABLE SHOWERS ANYWHERE | Simple Water Temperature Control Knob & Powerful, Adjustable Shower Head Offer Reliable Comfort & Versatility When Bathing Outside & Away from Home | Shower Head Features [3] Spray Intensities, While Faucet Attachment Mounts to Handle for Steady Hands-Free Water Stream
  • BUILT-IN BATTERY & ON-THE-GO ADAPTERS | Efficient System Makes it Easy to Pump & Heat in Any Environment with AC/DC Adapter for Wall Outlet or Generator; DC Adapter for Car Charger; & NEW Built-In Battery for Up to 50 Minutes of Continuous Operation | Perfect Choice for Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting & Off-Grid Living
  • AUTOMATIC 142°F SAFETY SHUTOFF | Smart Technology Keeps Adults, Kids & Pets Safe from Accidental Scalds, Burns & Spills | Gas Burner Powers Down When Water Reaches 142°F, While Integrated Water Flow Sensor & Fuse/Tilt Protection Provide Additional User Safety | LCD Interface Also Lets You Monitor & Adjust Temperature
  • COMPACT TRAVEL-FRIENDLY DESIGN | Heater Promises Stress-Free Convenience for Users Who Want to Stay Clean But Pack Light! | All-in-One Set Arrives with All the Necessary Chargers, Hoses & Accessories in a Handy Protective Carry Case for Storage | Main Unit Also Has Carry Handles [Note: Propane Tank Not Included]
Bestseller No. 7
Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower,Silver/Black
  • Construction - 4-ply construction with reflector panel and insulator panel for optimized heat retention and performance
  • Capacity - This summer shower has a large 5-gallon capacity and is designed to heat water fast in the warm sun
  • Temperature guage- Easy-to-read temperature gauge to know when your shower is warm. The shower can heat up to 110 degrees in under 3 hours in direct sunlight
  • Convenience- Integrated toiletry pouch can hold a razor, mirror or travel shampoo bottles and Velcro straps for wash cloth
Bestseller No. 8
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. 9
Extremus Rainbow Falls Camping Shower, 6.6 Gallons/25L Camp Shower Bag, Solar Heating Black PVC Bladder, Built in Thermometer, Mesh Pocket, ABS Nozzle System, Portable Solar Shower for Camping
  • Portable Camp Shower – The new, Extremus Portable Camp Shower is the perfect companion for any camp set up. Easily portable, quick to set up and large capacity means you can have a warm shower every day while camping outdoors. Simply fill with water, hang from a tree, or other support stand in full sun, and enjoy a warm shower each day.
  • Large Capacity – The Extremus Portable Camp Shower has a higher capacity, 6.6 Gallon/25L PVC bladder that is more than enough for a comfortable shower outdoors. It has a large water fill hole to make filling easy and the ABS nozzle system has a built in On/Off switch to control water flow and save precious heated water.
  • Solar Heating – The black, heavy duty PVC bladder heats water quickly in full sun conditions. It heats water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight. There is even a built-in thermometer to monitor water temperature inside the bladder, so you know when you are ready to enjoy a hot shower.
  • Durable PVC Bladder – The heavy-duty PVC bladder is extraordinarily strong to support that weight of 6.6 gallons of water which is about 55 lbs. There is also a durable carry handle which doubles as the support system to hang the shower from a tree or other support high enough to provide a comfortable shower depending on your height. There is even a built-in mesh pocket that holds soap, shampoo or other shower accessories.
  • Storage Bag Included – There is a mesh storage bag included that allows the shower bladder to dry between uses and keeps it safe between trips.
Bestseller No. 10
Vidalido Outdoor Shower Tent Changing Room Privacy Portable Camping Shelters (Gray)
  • If you are worry about there are no toilet, changing room, bathroom when hiking, this perfect privacy tent can help you deal with all these problems
  • Durable Material:It has a mesh window on the one side of tent for seeing outside and ventilation. You just need to take off the cover to see outside through mesh.
  • Easy to use Outdoor privacy tent, camp toilet, camp shower and changing room.Ideal for your day at beach, backyard pool, campsite and so on. A reliable quick private shelter for changing clothes.
  • Size:Open size 55" w x 55" d x 86.5" h Packed size 25" x 7" Weight 13 lbs
  • If you have any problem, pls feel free to contact us. We will try our best to help you timely.

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!

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. 

Solar Shower Bag, RISEPRO® 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 2022-05-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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