How to Make a Portable Camping Shower in 5 Steps
As a veteran camper and father of three, I know that nothing can make a camping trip more enjoyable than proper hygiene. So if you’re thinking about taking your family on a camping trip, you’ll definitely want to know how to make your own portable camping shower. With the right supplies and a few easy steps, you can be sure to enjoy the great outdoors with a little less “down in the dirt” feeling.
Step 1: Gather the Supplies
To take advantage of my showering-in-the-woods hack, you’ll need a few things. A big pot, a 2- to 5-gallon water container, a 5-gallon bucket, a tube of rubber tarp tape, a plastic garden hose, a couple of wire clothes hangers, a shower nozzle, and some duct tape are all necessary for this project.
To choose the right size pot for your DIY camping shower, you’ll need to measure the circumference of the water container you’re using. While some say that a pot of at least 18 inches in diameter should do the trick, I recommend getting the biggest one that you can comfortably carry.
Step 2: Make Holes in the Bucket
Using a power drill, make two or three holes in the bottom of the bucket. Then, use the rubber tarp tape to cover each hole and to ensure that no water will leak. Depending on the size of your shower nozzle, you’ll need to make larger or smaller holes.
Step 3: Make the Stand for the Water Container
Take the two wire hangers and connect them into a tripod shape with a base diameter of at least 11 inches. Make sure that they’re secured in place with duct tape. Your water container will be placed on the tripod so that it can be easily refilled using the pot or a bucket.
Step 4: Hang the Water Container
Now you need to hang the water container from the stand. Use the garden hose to connect the tripods with the water container, then tape the hose securely in place. Make sure the hose is long enough so that you can easily pour water into the container and also remove the container from the stand.
Step 5: Attach the Shower Nozzle
Attach the shower nozzle to the end of the garden hose close to the water container. Once it is secure, turn on the water and check for leaks. If any part of the setup is leaking, make sure to secure it with more tape.
You can adjust the shower nozzle to create the best shower experience for you. If you’d like to adjust the water pressure, simply use the valve on the shower nozzle. To adjust the angle of the shower, you can twist the nozzle.
Now you’ve got your own personal and portable camp shower! Watch the video below to see how it all comes together.
Enhancing Your Camp Shower Experience
You can make your camping showers even more enjoyable by bringing along some extra supplies such as shower curtains, a privacy tent, and a camping mat. Then you and your family can make sure you’re always clean and ready for whatever surprises nature throws your way.
So remember, even when camping, proper hygiene is essential. That’s why I suggest taking the time to learn how to make a portable camping shower. You and your family will be glad you did.