Camping and getting back in touch with nature is a lot of fun. However, one of the things that puts people off, is the lack of proper cleaning. Luxuries like portable toilets and tent heaters are the norm these days for avid campers, and if you are one of these people, it is a good thing you clicked through to this site. There is an alternative to using the nearest lake, the campsite showers that often come at a premium or missing out on it completely.
The alternative to the above is investing in a portable camping shower. There are a wide array of different models available though, so you might find it overwhelming trying to pick the right one. With this in mind, we thought we’d give you a hand and take a lot of the hard work out of your search, with this handy guide to some of the best camping showers in 2018.
The Best Camping Showers
Camp Chef HWD5 Triton Water Heater Camping Shower
It doesn’t matter if you are heading into the wilderness or just out by the pool – there are some days that call for the calming warmth of a hot shower. Camp Chef HWD5 is simple to use and just requires that you attach it to your garden hose and hey presto – a hot shower.
Although it is a little on the pricey side, it has a versatile range of settings for the water flow including, jet, shower and mist. The hose itself is 8 foot long, which should make it long enough to run along from your water supply (garden hose) to whoever or whatever you want to use the shower on.
- BrandCamp Chef
- Weight14.6 pounds
Ivation Portable Camping Shower
The first portable shower we are going to speak about is this great Ivation model. Not only is it incredibly lightweight, but it is also fairly versatile too. It works by drawing water from the receptacle of your choice, whether it’s a sink, buck or something else. Once the water is drawn out and runs along the hose it transforms into a showering stream that is both gentle and steady.
The shower is powered by a rechargeable 2200 m/ah battery, which means you don’t have to spend any money to replace the power supply. You can either use it with a 12v car adaptor or with the USB directly into your laptop and you get as much as an hour’s worth of shower time for just 2 to 5 hour’s worth of charge.
- Weight1.81 pounds
Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Solar Powered Camping Shower
From Advanced Elements, a well-chosen company name if ever there was one, comes the 5 Gallon Solar powered shower. With a capacity of 5 gallons, this may not be the biggest on the market, but with a price tag set to under 50 bucks, it offers great value for money.
It is constructed from 4-ply and features an insulator panel and reflector panel for achieving the solar energy needed. The shower head is fairly intuitive to use and has a simple on and off control. To help solve some packing issues you may have, there is a handy side pocket for shampoo and body wash, which not only means you can keep all your showering accessories together, but means you don’t have to leave them lying on the ground while you use it.
- BrandAdvanced Elements
- Weight1.32 pounds
Rinse Kit Pressurised Portable Shower
Although it has a high price-tag, look at it – just look at how cool and slick it looks. You simply fill the water container with either cold or hot water and the pressurised spray provides you with a maximum of three minutes’ worth of shower time.
- BrandRinse Kit
- Weight4.2 ounces
Simple Shower Portable Camping Shower
It may not look like much, and for the price you are probably not expecting anything particularly amazing from something under 20 bucks, but the Simple Shower portable camping shower is very popular. It actually has been awarded the title of Amazon’s Choice and basically transforms 1 to 2 litre water bottles into portable showers.
Obviously, you will have to warm your water up using something else – or even the sun, if you have enough of it – for the price and portability of it, we think it’s a winner. It only weighs a total of 2 oz so is hardly going to take up much space or weight in your luggage or backpack.
- BrandSimple Shower
- Weight3.2 ounces
Nemo Helio Portable Pressure Shower with Foot Pump
The Helio from Nemo has amassed a large number of satisfied customers and users on a global scale. And with good reason. There is no need to hang the tank up in any complicated way and you are provided with pressurised water to wash you, anyone travelling with you and your clothes and gear.
As it has been designed to be a camping and travelling companion, it can be packed down to just 5.5 by 8.5 inches and only actually has a height of 17 inches when it is in use.
- ModelNEMO Equipment Inc.
- Weight2 pounds
Ozark Trail Instant 2 Room Outdoor Changing Shelter/Shower
Ozark Trail have taken the concept of ‘not roughing it’ while camping to new and exciting levels with the Instant 2 Room Changing Shelter/Shower. It only takes a few seconds to set-up and with the actual tent you get a 5 gallon solar powered portable shower that can be attached and heats up within a few minutes in the warmth of the sunshine.
What about your clothes and privacy? Well, your clothes are kept dry because as the name suggests it is a two room set-up, with a utility room to get changed and undressed in. When it comes to privacy, there is no chance of anyone seeing your particulars as all the walls are coated with silver aluminium.
- BrandOzark Trail
- Weight20.1 pounds
Zodi Outback Gear Zip Instant Hot Shower
Although you need to invest in a 16.4 ounce propane cylinder and 4 x d cell batteries, this thing is worth the effort. Once you have connected the power supply and gas, you simply just place the pump inside a clean source of water, hit the ignition button and you are provided with a continuous and strong flow of warm water.
We can’t state truly how amazing we think Zodi Outback Gear Zip is, based on customers reviews and the company’s own blurb. Whereas in the past, Zodi were able to produce heated water with their products in 20 minutes, their newer models, including this one, can warm water up in just 10 seconds.
- Weight6.7 pounds
Sea To Summit Pocket Shower
Admittedly, the Sea to Summit Pocket Shower is one of those products that doesn’t look like much at all, but delivers well beyond the expectations you have for it. Products are awarded Amazon’s Choice status for good reasons and there is plenty to like about this product.
When it is packed away, the Sea To Summit slips into a pouch that only weighs 4.25 oz and measures at just 3 inches by 6 inches. However, when it is in use, you have 8 and half minutes of shower time.
- BrandSea to Summit
- Weight2.4 ounces
Camping Shower Buying Guide
Types Of Camping Showers
Although you don't need a camping shower to enjoy sleeping in the great outdoors, you may want to invest in one for the a more comfortable and hygienic time out there in the countryside. As you can see from our list above, there are a wide variety of different kinds of camping showers to choose from.
Camping showers that are solar powered are probably the cheapest to run and therefore very popular, as the only thing you need to warm the water up is daylight. Often they feature a black bag made from PVC with a hose connected up to it. However, more expensive, higher quality solar showers will generally consist of PVC-free materials. There are various sizes in terms of capacity available from smaller units capable of holding 2.5 gallons to larger ones capable of holding 5 gallons or more.
A major downside to solar energy showers though is the one thing that makes them so popular - they need sunlight. Although this is a fairly economical way to warm water, it is not nearly as quick as battery or propane powered models.
Another option many opt for when they are camping and want some home comfort is a battery powered shower. Although the most common type of battery used in this kind of set-up is 4 D cell batteries, there are other models that use different kinds of batteries.
In the most basic terms, these are essentially a hose and pump with a shower head that draws the water from a container. The downside is that although they are very portable, you need to take into consideration the fact that you will have to replace batteries regular or use a generator and you'll need to find something to invest in for warming the water.
If you are interested in having a shower when camping that is most like the one back home, you need to think about investing in a propane powered model. As these involve burners and coils that warm the water, it means the water is hot in minutes.
The speed at which heat is produced by a propane shower is determined by the same measurement used for propane stoves - BTUs. Therefore, the higher the BTU for a shower is, the quicker it will warm the water.