Even the roughest and toughest of outdoor adventurers enjoys a nice, relaxing shower from time to time. So when you’re headed out into the bush, you’ll find a portable camping shower is one of the best pieces of equipment to bring along with you. Not only do they keep you clean and refreshed, they’re lightweight and can use recycled water to lower your environmental footprint. Double win.
While all of our outdoor portable camping showers will keep you clean when you need it, there are a few different types to consider before bringing one on your next adventure.
Unless it’s 40-odd degrees outside, a cold shower is never a good time. By harnessing the power of the sun, these compact camp showers take the chill off and are extremely easy to use.
To heat up the water, first you’ll need to fill up the bag, possibly from a creek or river close to camp, then leave it in the sun for around three hours. After that, your hot water will be ready to use! Solar power shower bags come in a variety of volumes for different needs. When considering which size to purchase, roughly 20L of water will last you for one long 10-minute shower or several shorter showers.
More glamper than camper? These devices are the most luxurious way to enjoy a wash while exploring the outdoors. Similar to your shower at home, a water heater shower pumps water from an external container through its system to give you a warm, relaxing soak after a long day.
Most come with two different power sources, either a rechargeable battery pack or propane cartridges. This gives you flexibility when you’re away for longer periods of time. Lap of Australia anyone?
For the minimalists among us, camping shower bags are designed to hold large amounts of water in a compact platform. To use a shower bag, you’ll need to fill it up then hang it somewhere high like a tree branch. Open the valve and voila, gravity will take care of the rest. Camping shower bags are made from canvas and can be easily rolled up and stored while travelling.
Don’t fancy an audience while you lather up? Even if there’s no-one around for miles, a shower enclosure gives you privacy and peace of mind. (We’re looking at you, pervy wallaby). Similar to setting up a tent, shower enclosures use a collapsible pole system so you can pop them up in minutes. Shower tents also work well as shelter for toilets and change rooms on your campsite. Fancy.
Outdoria has loads of accessories to create your perfect portable ensuite. From shower heads to shower stands, we feature leading brands that know a thing or two about staying clean while you’re away.
If you’re new to camping or just want to refresh your memory, check out our Ultimate Camping Guide for Beginners for more suggestions on your next trip.