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
Unniweei Solar Portable Shower Bag, 5 Gal/20L Solar Heating Camping Shower Bag with Removable Hose&On-Off Switchable Shower Head, Compact Camping Shower for Camping, Hiking, Traveling, Beach Swimming
  • 【Larger Capacity But Compact and lightweight Camping Shower Bag】 With a larger water capacity of 5 gallons/20L, the solar shower bag is enough for about 3 showers. The water flow is fine and gentle to let you enjoy a better and refreshing shower anywhere, bringing you a better shower experience! Besides, our camping shower is so compact and lightweight that you can carry it in your backpack conveniently. The shower bag is only 0.98 Lbs and just 13x6x2 inches in package.
  • 【Heat Absorbing Design and Durable Material】 The camping shower heats water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight.No need for gas or electricity to enjoy a warm shower outdoors! The solar shower bag uses a sturdy handle belt and a reinforced plastic tube, and is made of durable PVC material, which is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, durable and not easily deformed.It heats water to 113°F (45°C) in 3 hours with direct sunlight.
  • 【More Convenient and Easier to Use and Carry】 The portable shower is designed with an on/off adjustable switch to control the water flow. It supplied with a hose, a shower head and a water tap. The hanging hook sling can be easily hung on a tree or shower tent to wash your body, your face, hands, or wash dishes, food, cars, etc.The shower bag is such compact that just only 0.98 Lbs and just 13x6x2 inches in package, which makes you easily carry it in your trip.
  • 【Widely Use】 The camping shower can be used for outdoor camping, traveling, climbing, hiking, backpacking, self-driving, fishing or hunting, beach swimming, which allows you to enjoy a refreshing and pleasant shower outdoors. You can also take it to the beach in summer and wash off the salt and sand after swimming.This solar shower bag is the best gift for Men, Husband, Parents, Mother's and Father's Day.The shower bag is the perfect camping accessory for the outdoor enthusiasts.
  • 【Refund/Replacement Warranty】 Our camping shower is the great Fathers gifts for Dad Men Husband. The perfect camping accessory for him. Any question, please feel free to contact us. Our professional customer service is therefore here to do whatever it takes to promise your satisfaction. That's why your purchase comes backed with our incredible warranty; anytime, any reason, no questions asked!
Bestseller No. 2
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. 3
Ridgewinder Portable Shower for Camping with Dry Bag - Camp Shower with Rechargeable Battery and Included 10L Dry Bag for Water Storage. Complete Camping Shower in a Bag (+Sprayer Attachment).
  • KEEP FRESH IN THE WILDERNESS: After a day of Hiking and Camping, nothing beats the sensation of a fresh shower amongst nature. Complete with a rainfall showerhead our portable camping shower will complete any campsite. On/Off functionality built directly into the portable shower head to ensure no water is wasted and you get the ultimate outdoor shower.
  • COMPLETE CAMPING SHOWER IN A BAG: Our Portable Camping Shower is the perfect, stress-free, all-in-one solution. Store and carry all the components in the included 10L (2.5 gal) Dry Bag. When you are ready to then enjoy your ultimate camp shower, simply fill the Dry Bag with freshwater, lower the camping shower pump into the Dry Bag and then enjoy the greatest shower of your life.
  • KEEP THE CAMPSITE CLEAN: You can now look forward to washing the dishes at your campsite after an amazing day in the wilderness. Simply attach the included sprayer attachment to get a strong, focused stream of water, perfectly designed for rinsing dishes and also keeping all your favourite toys clean. Once again, simply fill the 10L Dry Bag with freshwater, drop the battery powered water pump into the water, and a spotless campsite is only moments away
  • BEACH DAY MADE EASY: Pack our portable shower with you on those special beach days. Once the fun is over, simply fill the 10L Dry Bag with fresh water and wash away all the sand from the day, never bringing it back into your car or the house. Better yet, use our camp shower, to rinse all the salt off at the end of the day, to leave you feeling clean and refreshed.
  • RECHARGEABLE POWER: Up to 60 minutes of run time on the rechargeable 2200mAH battery ensures there is enough power for the entire family to enjoy their camping trip. Unlike other portable showers with clumsy cables, the battery for our portable outdoor shower simply slides into the pump and is easily removable for when it is time to charge it on any 5V USB power output.
SaleBestseller No. 4
Pop Up Pod - Privacy Shower Tent, Dressing Room, or Portable Toilet Stall with Carry Bag for Camping, Beach, or Tailgate by Wakeman Outdoors (Black)
  • MULTIPURPOSE PRIVACY TENT - This versatile shelter with a removable bottom can be used as an outdoor shower enclosure, portable changing room, toilet stall, pop up privacy tent, or weather pod for camping, sporting events, conventions, or road trips.
  • POP UP INSTALLATION - This changing tent automatically pops open in seconds with no assembly required. The dual-sided zippered door of this portable shower stall can be shut for privacy or rolled and held open with the attached loop and toggles.
  • EASY TO SECURE – This camping shower tent is easy to anchor, regardless of the terrain. You can secure the portable pod with the 4 included stakes and guy lines, or you can place sandbags (not included) in the 2 sewn-in pockets for stability.
  • CONVENIENT CARRY BAG – This pop up shower tent comes with a zippered carrying case for easy portability and convenient storage. This collapsible pod can fit under the seat of a truck, in a car trunk, or in a beach tote when you’re on the go.
  • PRODUCT DETAILS - Material: 190T Polyester. Dimensions: (L) 3.3ft x (W) 3.3ft x (H) 6.2ft. Door Opening: (W) 2.5ft x (H) 4.1ft. Includes: Camp Shower Tent, 1.8ft Diameter Carry Bag, 4 Stakes, and Guy Lines. Color: Black.
SaleBestseller No. 5
KEDSUM Portable Camping Shower, Camping Shower Pump with Dual Detachable USB Rechargeable Batteries, Portable Outdoor Shower Head for Camping, Hiking, Traveling(+ Bidet Toilet Sprayer) GFS-1701
  • ▶ Model Number: GFS-1701 Water Flow: 1 gal/min (4 L /min), Upgraded Version: Come with TWO detachable USB rechargeable batteries separated from the pump. External on/off switch feature, which is an improvement over previous design.No need to immerse the batteries into water,which can protect and enhance the batteries life.
  • ▶Durable and Powerful: We provide two batteries, one can work for up to 45-60 minutes with a full charge ,two for up to 90-120 minutes, which can make sure you will have a constant happy shower.The water flow is up to 1 gal/min (4 L /min),offers ideal and powerful water pressure to help make bathing easier.
  • ▶Easy Assembly and Operation: Just fully submerse the pump in your bucket/tub of water and turn the motor on,it will pumps water from bucket into steady, gentle shower stream and you get a nice flowing shower.
  • ▶Compact & Portable: Weighs only 25.2 ounce,easy to carry and store in luggage,backpack or car trunk,perfect for outdoors,camping,hiking,kid bathing,pet cleaning,car washing, plants watering, windows and backyard cleaning or wash the sand on the beach
  • ▶Notes: PRODUCT OPERATE ONLY WITH WATER WITHIN THE TEMPERATURE RANGE 10°C to 50°C(50℉ to 122℉),When you are assembling the product, be sure to put the white O-ring into the water connection or the shower will leak!
Bestseller No. 6
Dr. Prepare Portable Camping Shower, 5 Gallons/20L Collapsible Bucket with Pump, USB Rechargeable Battery, Two Shower Heads, Large Water Flow, Portable Shower for Camping, Beach, Outdoor Traveling
  • [80 min Battery Life] This 2,200 mAh battery can last up to 80 min once charged. Charge it with your adapter, power bank, or car charger - any power source of DC 5V/1~2A. Get yourself ready for your next outdoor adventures, and keep clean even in the wildness.
  • [Constant Large Water Flow] Enjoy a gentle yet large water flow just like you're at home. Two levels of water flow volume - 1 gal. per min (large) and 0.8 gal. per min (small). A shower head & a spray nozzle are included. The spray nozzle comes with two spray modes, flip the lever up for constant water flow, or down to control the water flow manually.
  • [Portable Shower Solution] Lightweight & compact shower kit, easy to carry for outdoor activities, like camping, hiking, pet cleaning, car washing, plant watering, window and backyard cleaning, or washing off sand on the beach. The pump weighs only 0.3 lbs, and it fits into other water containers perfectly.
  • [Rugged Collapsible Bucket] Large enough to hold 5 gallons of water for a quick shower or dishwashing. Collapsible design for efficient storage. With its thick ABS material and durable handles, this bucket is made for long-term use even in harsh environments.
  • [Easy to Use] You'll be amazed at how easily to get the water flow and how quick the setup is. Once assembled, you place the pump in your water source, turn it on, and you have a ""shower""! Just being able to spray off the sweat and dirt after a day of hiking feels like a dream come true. "
Bestseller No. 7
DkOvn 1/2/4 Pack Solar Shower Bag, 5 Gallons/20L Camping Shower Bag, Portable Shower Bag with Removable Hose and On-Off Switchable Shower Head for Camping Beach Swimming Outdoor Traveling(2 Pack)
  • 【Large Capacity】- You will get 2 pack solar shower bags with a large water capacity of 5 gallons/20L, enough for about 2 or 3 showers. The water flow is fine and gentle, bringing you a better shower experience!
  • 【Easy to Use】- It is designed with an on/off adjustable switch to control the water flow. The hanging hook sling can be easily hung on a tree or shower tent to wash your body, your face, hands, or wash dishes, food, cars, etc.
  • 【Camping to Glamping】- It allows you to enjoy a refreshing and pleasant shower during rafting, camping, fishing or hunting. You can also take it to the beach in summer and wash off the salt and sand after swimming.
  • 【Durable Material】- The solar shower uses a sturdy handle belt and a reinforced plastic tube, and is made of durable PVC material, which is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, durable and not easily deformed.
  • 【Heat Absorption Design】- Under direct sunlight, the camping shower bag can heat water to 105°F (40°C) in just 3 hours. No need for gas or electricity to enjoy a warm shower outdoors!
SaleBestseller No. 8
innhom Portable Shower Camping Shower Outdoor Camp Shower Pump, Electric Rechargeable Portable Camping Shower, Powered by Rechargeable Battery, 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. 9
KickAss Shower Tent Awning Base - Works with Portable Showers to Keep Feet Clean, Capture Water, and Bath Pets!
  • Use the KickAss Products Shower Base to clean feet anywhere! Perfect for kids and pets, too!
  • Folds into lightweight bag for easy package and storage!
  • Will spring back into square shape if crushed, preventing water from getting into your campsite.
  • Comes with drain bung on side, or attached drain pipe that you can use to collect water for recycling.
  • Compatible with all KickAss Products Shower Awnings.
Bestseller No. 10
Portable Shower for Camping, Rechargeable Electric Camping Shower Pump with Battery Level Display, Multiple Spray Head with 3-Speed Mode & Pause Button for Outdoor Travel,Hiking, Easy to Store
  • 【Upgraded Pump】Portable camping shower pump with real-time power display, which helps to clearly understand the power status. Upgraded 5200mAh battery and USB charging design, battery life is up to 80-90 minutes, and only 2 hours per charge.
  • 【Multi-Purpose Portable Shower】Srygery camping shower transforms sink or bucket of water into instant shower stream, suitable for indoor/outdoor showering. Comes with an extra handheld spray nozzle, perfect for camping, hiking, traveling, kid bathing, pet cleaning, car washing, plants watering, windows and backyard cleaning.
  • 【4 Different Shower Modes】The portable outdoor shower is equipped with 3 speed modes + water stop switch, you can easily switch different modes through the panel on the shower head. Additional handheld spray nozzle also switches water flow.
  • 【Easy Assembly/Operation】Connect the pump and shower head to the hose, then put the pump into the bucket and hold the switch on the pump for more than 2 seconds to start the pump, and you will get a smooth shower. (Note: Be sure to insert the white O-ring into the water pipe connection or the shower will leak!)
  • 【Free Your Hands】Portable shower includes S-hook and suction cup, Provided suction cup can fix the shower head on any smooth flat surface. Hook lets you hang the shower head safely on trees for a convenient shower. Make showering more relaxing and enjoyable with these 2 accessories.

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 2024-03-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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