If you long for a hot shower on camping trips, you'll love this portable shower.
Unplugging from the world is great. It truly feels good to get in touch with nature--no phones, no work emails, just you and the backcountry. Campers and hikers have an impressive skillset when it comes to outdoor camping. There's one thing I haven't seen many outdoorsmen people solve, though. When they aren't camping at parks with camp showers, where do they clean up?
I can survive without a WiFi password and phone for a weekend, but I can't go without a shower. Luckily, glamping is a thing in this day and age. Dreams really do come true.
Amazon has portable outdoor shower kits, and they're affordable, so maybe it's time to add one to your list.
Hike Crew Portable Propane Water Heater & Shower Pump
Don't let the shape fool you. It weighs about 13 pounds. Hike Crew's portable shower runs on propane to heat water for showers. Just like your shower at home, you get to control the temperature. It can reach up to 125 degrees! You can also use a generator, RV outlet, or 12V DC power adapter to heat the water. That means the car cigarette lighter will do the trick.
This is a great way to keep clean on backpacking, hunting, camping, and fishing trips. Make sure to have a bucket of water and propane tank ready, and you're good to good. There are also three spray patterns, so not only can you control the water temperature, you can choose the water flow, too.
- AC/DC and 12V adapters
- Showerhead attachment
- Pump hose with power adapter
- Gas regulator
- Built-in swinging faucet
- Carrying bag
Anything beats a cold shower. Whether you prefer warm water or hot water, this portable shower gives you a chance to enjoy a shower on a camping trip. There's a variety of power sources you can use to heat your water pump. It is a bit pricey, but it's a top choice for portable outdoor showers.
Advanced Elements 5-Gallon Summer Shower/Solar Shower
To keep showering under $100, you should go with a solar shower system.
For a solar-powered system with a 5-gallon water bag, $34.99 isn't bad at all. Not a bad option if you're camping during the summer. If you're going camping during cooler months, you probably shouldn't go with this option.
As for portability, a bag full of 5-gallons of water is going to be pretty heavy. Make sure you have some help carrying this to your campsite. Besides the weather, I don't see why this one wouldn't get the job done. There's an easy on/off switch on the showerhead and an extra-large filling valve for water.
- Weighs 1 pound, 4 ounces
- Velcro straps for shower items
- No propane needed
Two more options right under $115 are the Nemo Helio portable pressure shower and the Rinse Kit portable shower. The Nemo Helio shower is also solar-powered and uses a foot pump to provide water flow for up to seven minutes. It holds 11 liters, which is about 3 gallons.
The Rinse Kit is a 2-gallon water tank isn't solar-powered, so if you're okay with cold water, maybe it's worth it.
WolfWise Pop-Up Shower Tent
For less than $30, this one makes life easy as it pops up and folds down in seconds. Not only is it lightweight, but it also comes with a carrying bag, making it perfect for hiking trips.
- Hang rope for a towel
- Mesh top for ventilation
- Storage bag
This post was originally published on October 9, 2019.