Best Portable Camping Showers
When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, very few activities have the appeal of camping out with a group of friends. Not only do you get to sleep out under the stars, but you’ll get to enjoy time with friends and family as well. It’s almost like having a home away from home. Thankfully, camping outside doesn’t have to mean you’re roughing it completely. Today you can also have a portable camping shower to help you wash away the dirt and grime of the day. Here are a few of our favorites that any camper would do well to have in their gear.
10 Best Portable Camping Showers
Advanced elements summer shower
This camping shower is one of the most convenient and easy to use on the market today. Simply fill the shower bag with water, hang in the sun, and let gravity, and the easy to use shower house do the rest.
This camping shower has the ability to quickly warm and make use of 5 gallons of water, which is more than enough for a quick shower after a long hike in the woods
Without the water added, this shower system weighs approximately one pound and four ounces, so it’s super easy to carry with you to the next camping site.
The shower bag itself is made from four-ply material that is super resistant to tears and punctures, so chances are you won’t have to worry about water coming out of anywhere but the easy to use shower head and hose. Plus, the showerhead itself is highly resistant to clogs and can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.
This camping shower is solidly built with features that make it easy to carry, fill and use in a wide array of situations. The filling valve is extra-large for easy filling, and there are convenient side pockets for wash cloths, soap and shampoo as well. Plus the solar technology makes it easy to take a nice relaxing warm shower whenever you want.
While some may feel that carrying around dedicated water for a shower may be an inconvenience while hiking the backwoods, those who do realize how nice a creature comfort such as this can be after a long day of hiking. The Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower is a great way to get refreshed quickly and easily.
- Holds plenty of water for an individual shower
- Tough construction is durable enough for most environments
- Relatively easy to use
- Need to carry dedicated water or have a good water source nearby.
Simple shower portable
This shower system is one of the simplest, and easiest to use on the market today. Simply fill a container with water, slip in and secure the hose and shower head, and let gravity do the rest. Nothing could be easier.
The great thing about this system is that you can control the capacity. Do you want a shower that’s quick? Then use a smaller container. Want something that’s a little more luxurious in nature? Maybe a two-liter bottle is a better choice. It’s really up to you.
By itself, this camping shower weighs just about two ounces, so it’s easy to carry and store.
While you won’t have to worry about puncturing the tank while traveling with this camping shower the hose itself has been known to kink on occasion, and develop small holes if not cared for properly.
The hose and shower head of this camping shower system is made from tough, recycled materials, so short of an occasional hose crease of dirt clog, it should work rather effectively in a wide range of situations.
If your mantra is “keep it simple” this is one camping shower that will have you humming a satisfied tune. Easy to use and very versatile, this is one item that will quickly become a mainstay in your camping gear.
- Extremely lightweight and easy to use
- Highly adaptable
- Must supply your own water and water container.
- May need to use one hand to hold the shower.
Ozark trail instant
While this shower can be a bit of a hassle to first set up at camp, once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. The shelter offers privacy like no other shower on this list, and the included five gallon solar shower is a great way to have a relaxing time after a long day. Plus, the added room provides a convenient place for changing your clothes.
The shower itself holds approximately 5 gallons of water, which is more than enough for most people to clean themselves in a camping situation.
Unlike the other Portable Camping Showers on this list, this example is a bit heavier, weighing about 20.2 pounds in total. However, given the overall comfort and privacy that it provides, most people are more than willing to deal with the added weight.
The shower bag is made from durable multi-ply material, so a camper shouldn’t have to worry about puncturing the bag accidently, and the walls of the shelter are lined with a silver aluminum to allow for maximum privacy and durability as well.
Created with the camper in mind, this camping shower and shelter is actually quite roomy, but easily compacts down into a bag measuring about two feet long and six inches square. While it may be a bit cumbersome to carry on a person, it can easily fit in the trunk of a car or a back seat without too much trouble. Once up, it can be an easy way to not only have a shower at your campsite, but a bathroom as well.
While it may not be the most convenient choice on the list, the Ozark Trail Instant 2-Room Shower/Changing Shelter provides a fantastic choice if privacy and the creature comforts of home are vital to your camping experience.
- Offers superior privacy
- Two rooms can be used for changing and showering or a bathroom
- Can easily handle multiple showers during the day.
- Heavier than other showers on this list
- Can be cumbersome to set up
- Must supply your own water
Suaoki outdoor powered handheld camping shower
Provided that you have the required materials; this camping shower is extremely easy to use. Simply plug the adapter into your car charger, submerge one end of the hose into the water, turn it on, and direct the shower head accordingly.
Since this camping shower doesn’t have an included water bag; it can really have any capacity that you want. As long as the end of the hose is submerged, you’ll have a great and long lasting shower.
The entire system, minus the bucket of water and power source weighs just about 0.5 kilograms or just a shy over one pound. It's super easy to carry, and will really fit just about anywhere.
Overall, this camping shower is designed to handle water at normal room temperature or slightly higher before the hose or showerhead becomes too difficult to handle. However, if used correctly, there is no reason why the flexible plastic material shouldn’t hold up for quite a number of years.
Since it uses electricity to help produce a gentle stream of water; safety and durability are certainly at the forefront of the manufacturer’s mind. The hose itself consists of a durable and flexible plastic material, and the included water pump and shower are shielded to prevent electrical shorts and other problems.
If you have access to a power source, the Suaoki Outdoor Powered Handheld Portable Camping Shower provides a fantastic way to enjoy a relaxing shower after a long day in the woods.
- Provides gentle water pressure; great for overall cleaning
- Extremely easy to use
- Can be used in with nearly any amount of water
- Requires an electrical power source to operate
- Pump must remain submerged to be effective.
Easy Go Products 12 volt portable
Like the previous example that operates off of a car charger adaptor or an outside electrical source, all you really need to do is submerge the pump, plug it in, and turn it on to produce a great stream of water that can be used to wash just about anything.
If you have a container that can hold enough water to submerge the small pump, you can have a shower. Most people utilize at least a five gallon bucket, but smaller amounts of water will work just as well.
This camping shower itself weighs just a little over two pounds, so it’s slightly heftier than the previous example. However, it is still very easy to transport and use.
Made from highly flexible and molded plastic materials, this camping shower allows for a low pressure stream of water to be delivered on a regular basis without any real hassle. Also, the on-off switch, which is located near the center of the hose is fairly well constructed, and can easily withstand quite a few uses.
This camping shower is fairly convenient to use, and has a few features that while not strictly necessary, make it very easy to use. For example, the easy to reach shut off switch makes conserving water a lot easier. Also, the durable molded plastic hook and powerful suction cup makes it easy to hang the showerhead above you for easy, hands free use.
While you’ll still need an outside power source for this camping shower, it still offers a very convenient way to get clean and refreshed after a long camping trip or during a rest stop at a local RV park.
- Fairly easy to use
- Features a user friendly shut off switch
- Can be used with a wide range of water containers
- Needs at least a 12 volt car charger to use.
- Pump must be submerged to work effectively
Sea to Summit pocket shower
This camping shower is truly one of the easiest Portable Camping Showers to use. Simply fill with water, open the nozzle to the desired flow rate and hold it above your head. While washing your body one handed does take some getting used to, it really isn’t that much of a hassle after a while.
This sturdy camping shower has the ability to hold up to ten liters of water, or about 2.6 gallons. While it’s not as large as some examples listed here, it is still more than enough water to wash a body effectively.
Without water, this camping shower weighs around 0.15 lbs, and can easily be folded down into a convenient carrying case. Transporting this shower won’t be a problem at all.
The Sea to Summit camping shower is made of a heat-resistant waterproof fabric material as the company’s dry sacks, so you know that springing a leak or wearing a hole through the shower bag isn’t something you need to worry about. While we definitely wouldn’t suggest stabbing it with a knife, it can easily withstand the normal tugs and tears of an everyday camping experience if cared for properly.
The nice thing about this camping shower is while the construction is relatively simple, it’s still quite effective. The black coloring allows for the water inside to heat up within minutes, and the variable control valve allows you to control the strength of the stream during use.
While it won’t win any awards for being pretty, the Sea to Summit Portable Shower is a fantastic and compact way to bring the comfort and cleanliness of a shower on your next camping excursion.
- Extremely portable
- Very easy to use
- No electronic devices needed
- Not as much capacity as others on this list
Coghlan's solar heated
Like the first entry on our list from Advanced Elements, the Coghlan’s Solar Heated Camp shower simply needs to be filled with water, hung out in the sun, and you can allow gravity to take care of the rest.
The five gallon capacity is more than enough to take a reasonable shower, or wash dishes, pets or children. Whatever you need, chances are you’ll have enough water to take care of it.
Without the water, this camping shower weighs just under a pound, and can be easily folded down for easy storage.
This camping shower is made of durable PVC material that is highly resistant to cuts and tears, and the shower hose resists tight folds and bends, which makes it easier to keep the kinks out of the line.
While the camping shower is more than serviceable for a camp’s needs, offering between 2 and 4 average length showers, the overall construction of the shower is a bit underwhelming. The hanging loop is difficult to handle, since it doesn’t have any padding for grip, and there aren’t any added pockets to hold your shampoos or soaps. Also, the PVC bag, although fantastic for allowing the water to heat up rapidly, does become very hot to handle if left out in the sun too long.
If you’re looking for an affordable choice when it comes to Portable Camping Showers, and you don’t mind not having a few niceties, The Coghlan’s Solar Heated Camping Shower is a viable option for you.
- Easy to use
- Good Capacity
- No pockets or places to put your soap
- Bag becomes difficult to handle when left out in the sun too long
The Rinsekit was designed for ease of use and simplicity. All you need to do is fill the included container with water, and use the included pressurized spray nozzle to stream water at a respectable pressure for nearly two minutes.
The tank holds approximately two gallons of water, so it has a little less capacity than others on this list. However, two gallons is enough water for a quick shower and rinse.
Without the water, this portable camping shower weighs about nine pounds, so it’s a bit heavier than others on this list.
What this shower lacks in portability, it more than makes up for in durability. The ridged two gallon tank is made from sturdy molded plastic material that is nearly impervious to punctures, tears and rips. About the only portion of this system where you might have an issue is the hose, which can get tangled from time to time. Other than that, you’ll have little issues with breakage.
While we wouldn’t suggest trying to carry this portable camping shower in your backpack or on your person, it’s a great edition to any fishing boat, RV or vehicle. It can fit easily into the trunk, a back seat, or stowaway area and the ridged tank can easily be used to store other items as well. Also, the shower head provides seven different settings for a customized experience.
If you’re looking for a way to take quick pressurized showers and you have the ability to transport a small ridged tank, the Rinsekit Portable shower is a very viable option.
- Offers pressurized showers
- Extremely durable
- Very easy to use
- Very limited portability
- Relatively small capacity
Nemo equipment helio
While the overall construction is relatively simple, the overall operation of this portable camping shower is a bit more cumbersome. In order to operate, the water tank is filled partially with water, and a foot pump is used to maintain pressure. While that’s going on, the showerhead is used to release the pressurized water.
The water tank holds approximately 11 liters of water, or just under three gallons. While it’s a bit less than some of the others on this list, it’s still more than enough for a respectable shower and rinse.
Prior to filling with water, the entire system weighs about 1.5 lbs, and can collapse down into a smaller package for relatively easy transport.
Made of synthetic material, the water tank, hose, and valves are designed to withstand normal wear and tear. While it certainly can be damaged by sharp edges and blades, along as no direct pressure is applied
The overall construction and set up of this portable camping shower is fairly straight forward. There is a water tank area, a shower head and hose, and foot pump for maintaining pressure. The simple set up makes it relatively easy to clean and easy to store.
While it may take a few practice rounds to learn to use it correctly, this portable camping shower offers a great way to have a comfortable, pressurized shower for use at your favorite camp ground.
- Relatively light weight
- Can maintain constant pressure
- Somewhat difficult to use.
Zodi outback gear hot tap
Once the initial set up is complete, the overall use of this portable camping shower is relatively straightforward. Simply fill the tank with water, position the hose to the desired height, and press a button. The onboard motor, propane tank, and pressurized system will take care of the rest.
The included water tank can hold up to four gallons of water, and can be easily refilled even during the shower by a friendly assistant. Or, if you have access to a potable water source, simply incorporate it into the system for an endless supply of water.
The overall system weighs just over ten pounds, and everything can be easily stored in the included box. While it’s not suitable for transportation in a backpack, it can easily fit underneath a car seat or a trunk.
While the individual parts are very sturdy indeed, and there is little chance of overall damage, the connections between the propane tank, hoses, and water tank have been known to become faulty over time. So it pays to make sure all the parts are well cleaned and maintained.
Overall the construction of this product is very well thought out, and it is a truly self-contained system. While the implementation of some of the connections and materials might not have as much quality as we would expect for the price, it is still overall a very good portable camping shower.
If you’ve got the room and the access to a great water source, and you want a long, piping hot shower, the Zodi Outback Gear Hot Tap Travel Shower is a great choice.
- Provides hot shower water in nearly unlimited quantities
- Fairly easy to transport in a car or RV
- Relatively easy to use after initial set up.
- Can’t easily be carried on a person
- Relatively expensive
- Connections can be faulty at times.
Criteria Used For The Evaluation
When it comes to enjoying a shower while you’re out in the great outdoors, there are a few criteria that you need to consider when choosing the best portable camping shower. Here are a few things that we kept in mind while compiling this list.
Ease of Use
Let’s face it, the last thing you want to worry about when you’re getting ready to take a shower while out camping is a shower system that is hard to use. If you think about it, you’ll have plenty to do between washing your hair, body, and making sure you time everything right so you don’t run out of water. Thankfully, most of the portable camping showers on this list are extremely easy to use and operate. For example, the entries from Advance Elements and Coghlan simply need to be filled with water and hung in a sunny area to provide warm water for a shower via gravity. Still others, like the Nemo Equipment Helio Portable Shower a bit more complicated to use, but are still manageable with a little bit of practice.
It’s amazing how much water a person uses on a daily basis. When you’re camping, you notice that amount much more, since water is usually at a premium. So where you’re looking at buying a portable camping shower, you want one that will last you through a decent shower without any problem. While very few of the entries on this list will provide water for more than five to seven minutes, they can easily provide enough capacity to provide for a quick shower at the end of the day.
Before you add the water for your shower at the end of the day, you’ll need to carry your portable camping shower with you to campsite. So having one that is relatively lightweight and easy to carry or transport is a good thing indeed. While some examples on this list, like the Ozark Trail Portable Shower and Changing shelter weigh a bit more than the others, all of them can easily be transported via person, vehicle or backpack quite easily.
Camping, by its very nature, can be a bit hard on your equipment. If you want to have a portable shower among your things, having one that can withstand both the elements and your use is essential. Thankfully, nearly every example on this list is designed with the camper or hiker in mind, and have been built to be tough enough to withstand just about everything a normal person can throw at it. While some of these examples are tougher than others, all of them should last for quite some time.
When quality materials are used, and a superior level of workmanship is implemented, it shines through in the longevity and usefulness of the product. This occurs in a portable camping shower as well. By taking a look at the overall construction of the shower, we can easily determine what showers will last the longest and be the most beneficial to the average camper in the long run.
More to think about when choosing a quality portable camping shower
When you’re choosing a portable camping shower for your use, there are a few additional factors that you need to consider. Here are a few of them.
How Many People will be using it?
If you’re going on a solo camping adventure, something like the Simple Shower, or the Sea to Summit Shower should be more than enough for what you need. They’re relatively compact, easy to use, and can hold more than enough water for a single person’s shower. However, if you are taking your family or friends on a weekend camping trip, a portable shower with a larger capacity, or the ability to draw from a portable water source is more ideal. For the most part, each person needs about 2.5 gallons of water for each shower, but can use less depending on the availability.
How long are you willing to wait for a hot shower?
Cold showers may be invigorating, but they aren’t always welcomed at the end of the day. So having the ability to heat the water for your shower can quickly become a necessity. Thankfully, most of the portable camping showers on this list offer the ability to have hot water, either through the power of the sun, electricity, or propane gas. If you want the water to be heated faster, an electrical heat source or a propane gas source is a great choice. If you have the patience to wait a few moments, however, a solar power shower may be just what you need.
Q: How should I maintain my portable camping shower?
A: This question is somewhat hard to answer, since there are so many different types available on the market today. However, there are a few basic tips that if you follow will help to keep your portable camping shower in good working condition for some time to come.
First, do your best to keep it clean. After each use make sure you rinse it out completely, and allow it to dry before you store it away for transport. If the portable shower has a tank or bag for holding water, make sure it is drained completely before collapsing it down for storage. Make sure the hoses are free of water as well.
Second, make sure you inspect the connections, hoses, and shower heads on a regular basis for tears, kinks, and signs of mildew or mold. Thankfully most of these examples are designed to prevent most of these problems, but staying on top of things with a visual inspection never hurts at all.
And finally, make sure you use as clean water as you can. While it may not always be possible to use the best water available, making sure it is relatively clean of debris and dirt will help keep the hoses and showerhead from clogging prematurely.
Q: Do these solar heated showers really work?
A: In a word, yes, but it depends greatly on the amount of sun, and the length of time that you have available prior to use. Depending on the capacity of your water tank or water bag, it could take as much as ten minutes for the water to warm up to a comfortable temperature. For most people however, they can be more than satisfied with a short lukewarm shower at the end of the day.
However, if you’re the type that needs to have a hot shower at the end of a long hike, the better bet is to use one that provides another heat source other than the sun. These can include showers that are heated by propane or natural gas, or electricity to name a few. While they can be a bit more expensive and cumbersome to use in some cases, their fast heating up times can be a welcomed bonus at the end of the day.
Q: How long should my portable camping shower last?
A: If it’s properly cared for a portable shower can last through quite a few seasons and uses. Some, such as the Rinsekit are a bit more durable than others, and can easily last for years, or perhaps even decades. The trick, of course is to make sure you perform routine maintenance and use it in a manner that’s indicated by its design and manufacturer. For example, a portable shower really shouldn’t be overfilled on a regular basis, and the hoses shouldn’t be used to tie things off to your camping tent. That’s not what they were designed to do.
Going on a camping adventure doesn’t mean you have to leave the comforts of home behind. Sometimes it’s the little things, such as running water and a shower at the end of the day that can make the whole experience that much more enjoyable. So the next time you decide to plan out a camping trip with your friends or family, consider taking along a portable camping shower as well. You’ll be glad you did.