How to Build A Portable Shower For Camping?
The idea behind building a portable shower for camping is simple: You need something small enough to fit into your backpack or car trunk. And you need it to clean up after a long hike or day of hiking. But what exactly does that mean? Well, if you are just looking for a simple solution to your camping needs, then you don’t really have much to worry about. There are a lot of camping showers that are already available in the market.
You just have to pick one that suits your needs and preferences.
However, there are also people who want more than the average shower. These people want to be able to move the shower from place to place. They also want to be able to use it for other purposes such as cleaning their pets or their vehicles. If you are one of those people, then you need to broaden your options.
There are a lot more choices for you if you want your portable shower to be more than just a glorified water bag. If this sounds like you, then keep reading.
The Different Functions of a Camping Shower
Camping showers come in all shapes and sizes.
One option that you have is to use a large plastic tote and place a garden hose inside of it. Then, you can place this tote on wheels so that it is easier to pull around. There are actually a lot more options than you might think. Of course, there are still a lot of traditional shower bags that you can find.
They work in the same way as your garden or emergency shower at home. You can also get a shower head and place it at the opening of the tote. This way, you have something that functions like a portable shower. Just place the hose inside of it and pressurize the bag with air. Then, you have a functional shower. There’s no need to let the water out until you are finished using it.
Of course, you could also make your own. You can get a tarp and use it as your shower curtain. Then, you can get a water inlet and place it above the tarp.
This style of shower is usually the most popular option and it works very well.
You can also find other kinds of showers that are made for camping. This will allow the water to flow over the tarp and give you a place to stand. If you want something fancier, you can get a special shower head that’s made just for the outdoors.
One popular option is called the camp shower tent. It resembles a camping tent, hence the name. This also functions like a normal shower.
If you want to, you could even bring a small table or stool with you so that you can get the most out of your shower. The water inlet is located on the outside of the tent. Then, the water falls down from top and flows out of the bottom. Soap and shampoo can easily be placed at the bottom of the tent.
Either way, these kinds of showers are always a lot of fun and they can help you enjoy your trip a whole lot more. Of course, the water pressure isn’t the best. But if you don’t mind getting your hair wet and don’t need to lather up, then this is a pretty good option.
The main thing to remember when it comes to using these kinds of showers is that you need to use them outdoors. If you are using these showers in your RV, then you can use them there. You could also set up a small outdoor area and use that as your showering grounds. Or, you could just find a nice open field or clearing and set up the shower far away from any trees, foliage, or anything that can get damaged by the water flow.
Of course, it also wouldn’t hurt to put down a tarp first to make cleanup easier for you.
What Kind of Water Pressure Can I Expect?
You can get some pretty good water pressure from these kinds of showers. However, the amount of pressure that you get from them can vary. Of course, this all depends on how high of a pressure you set your hose at. If you have it on a low pressure setting, then the shower will not perform as well.
But if you have it on a high pressure setting, then the shower might start to leak. It really just depends on the model that you have.
The nice thing about these kinds of showers is that the water does not have to be turned on for them to work. So, you can fill them up with water before hand and they will be good to go whenever you need them.
The only real dud about these kinds of showers is that they can be a little bit clunky and unwieldy. Of course, this can be a good thing if you are planning on using one as a weapon of some sort.
The other disadvantage of these kinds of showers is that they can be a bit difficult to transport from one place to another. In fact, this might be the only real disadvantage of these showers.
The good thing about these kinds of showers is that they can be used more than once. It all just depends on how much water pressure you have.
However, even if you have a low water pressure situation, you can still make these kinds of showers work. Just use less water at a time and you should be fine.
You can also find these kinds of showers in many different places. You can find them at RV parks, some campgrounds, and even some dollar stores sell them. They are pretty easy to come by.
There are also other options for outdoor showers if none of the above sound appealing to you. If you look around on the internet, you can probably find a place that sells outdoor shower heads. You could also build one yourself if you are so inclined. I have seen several tutorials for these kinds of showers online.
Hope this helps and best of luck!
Well, that is all the time we have today. Come back next week and we will talk about something completely different.
Until then, make sure you always wear sunscreen!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Collapsible outdoor shower kit (DA Boegler – US Patent 7,979,926, 2011 – Google Patents)
- the histoy of (F We’re, IW build Coleman, C Trailers – library.rvusa.com)
- Designing an Outdoor Shower For Turn Back Time Farm (AM McCutcheon, AN Moise, DI Jarvis – 2020 – digitalcommons.wpi.edu)
- Camping shower (CH Larsen – US Patent 4,151,616, 1979 – Google Patents)