How To Make A Camping Sink
The outdoor life is an incredibly rewarding experience – especially for those of us who enjoy a little adventure. Camping and exploring nature with family or friends often accompanies a variety of tasks, and making a camping sink is no different. Everyone deserves to have a little comfort, especially when exploring nature. By making a portable sink with the right materials, you can bring a refreshing convenience with you to wherever your journey leads.
As an experienced camper and father of three kids, I understand the various needs of camping. That’s why I wanted to put together this guide – to make sure you have everything you need to make the perfect camping sink.
The primary purpose of a camping sink is convenience. Having a sink at a campsite provides better access to freshwater, which is essential for basic cleanliness. You’ll need it for cleaning dishes, washing your hands, and other personal hygiene tasks.
Making your own camping sink isn’t difficult at all – you just have to know what materials you need and how to put them together. Luckily, I’ve got you covered!
Materials You’ll Need
- Tent stakes
- Utility knife, scissors, or camping saw
- Wide-mouth container (like a 5-gallon bucket or garden planter)
- Tubing or other flexible hose
- Sealable trash bags
- Hose clamp
- PVC pipe (for draining)
- Duct Tape
Creating your own camping sink is easier than it sounds. Here’s how to make a camping sink in four easy steps:
- Choose a size for your sink: Will you need a small camping sink? Do you have a large group and need a bigger one? Decide on the size that will best suit your needs. You can easily adjust the planter size or bucket size accordingly.
- Place the bucket or planter on the tarp: Line up the bucket or planter you intend to use for your sink on the tarp. Cut or fold the excess fabric around the bucket or planter. Make sure the tarp is touching the ground and the edges are tucked under the bucket or planter to form a floating-edge or made-to-fit rim.
- Secure the tarp and bucket or planter: Attach the edges of the tarp to the bucket or planter with duct tape. Use a couple of tent stakes to secure the sides of the tarp snugly to the ground.
- Attach the sink fittings: Cut two small slits in the tarp to allow room for the hose to fit through. Put the hose end through the slits and secure them with a hose clamp. Connect the other end of the hose to the draining system, and you’re all set!
Using Your Camping Sink
Now that your camping sink is ready, it’s time to put it to use! Always remember to apply basic hygiene etiquette when handling and cleaning your sink. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Use separate receptacles for washing dishes and dishwater.
- Always plumb your sink according to local waste and water regulations.
- Use a sealable trash bag to store the cleaning supplies and other items that you’ll need for your sink.
- Use sandpaper for extra grip when your sink is placed on an incline.
- Be mindful of local wildlife when cleaning and disposing of water.
To make life easier, here’s a helpful video tutorial on how to make a camping sink:
So, now you have all the tips and information you need to make a camping sink. With the right materials and these easy steps, you’ll have a reliable sink for your campsite in no time. Enjoy your camping and happy DIY-ing!