How to shower when camping (Stay clean in the wild)

How to shower when camping

Let’s face it, camping outdoors can get dirty and can definitely call for a shower after a few days out in the wild.

This is the whole fun of camping though. It gives you the opportunity to get away from your normal day to day routine and get back to simpler times.

However being outdoors, in the wild and carrying out certain tasks – collecting firewood, cooking over a smoky campfire and sleeping in a tent will surely make the idea of a shower really interesting!

Now if you’re only camping for one night, a shower may be unnecessary but if you prefer it – by all means!

However, if you are camping for a few nights by yourself or even with family, having the option of a shower is a good idea.

There are a few items that you can take with you if you’re deciding to camp for a few days that will allow you to stay fresh out in the wilderness.

Portable Solar Shower bag

Rise Pro solar shower bag

The portable solar shower bag is a great invention for keeping clean when camping. Portable showers bags come in a variety of sizes; obviously the bigger it is the more water it can hold meaning for more or even longer showers.
This Rise Pro solar shower bag can hold up to 5 gallons or 20 litres of water. It has a smart heat absorbing design where once full with water it can heat water up to 45 degrees within 3 hours when set out in direct sunlight.
It has a temperature indicator in both Celsius and Fahrenheit so you can see exactly what temperature the water is at. No more testing the water temperature with your hand resulting in more water loss.

The good thing about this shower bag is that is has a LOW or a HIGH flow function meaning you control how fast you want the water to come out.

Simply hang this from a sturdy branch, stand underneath it and you’re good to go.

Find freshwater or a bottle of water

Freshwater lake

If you’re near and lake or a freshwater source, make sure to fill the shower bag to its limit. Don’t worry, the RisePro shower bag is made of multiple layers so it’s very durable and will last for years’ worth of camping trips.

Always make sure that it is Freshwater you’re gathering. Don’t be gathering murky water or water from the sea as seawater will only make the salt dry out your skin.
If there’s no freshwater near you make sure to take a large bottle of water to fill up your portable shower. A 1 litre bottle of water should provide for a quick shower for one person.

Pop up camping shower tent

Pop up camping shower tent

When you’re showering I’m sure one of the main things your concerned about is privacy. You won’t get much more privacy than this pop up camping shower tent.

This has a height of up to 75 inches or 6.25 feet so is perfect to shower in, even for the tallest person!

The rainfly at the top is detachable so you can take it off, stand in the shower tent with the portable shower hanging inside – you can shower away, free from any prying eyes!

Inside the shower tent, it has hanger and a storage pouch where you can hang your towel and store soap and shampoo.


Milestone microfibre camping towel

Don’t forget your towel now; this Milestone microfibre camping towel is great for absorbing water and dries extremely quickly meaning you’re not carrying around a damp towel all the time and also means you are able to use it a lot sooner. Click the link here for prices.

Make sure to dry off well, you don’t want to be putting your clothes on over wet skin just for them to get wet. That’s one sure way to get a cold!

Travel sized toiletries

Take a travel sized shampoo and shower gel with you. They’re handy to carry in your backpack and will certainly last you when you’re camping away for a few days.

Cotton pads

If you don’t want to go out of the way to buy travel toiletries, have a look around your house for cotton pads. Simply cover them in any shampoo or shower gel that’s already in your bathroom and put them into a zip lock bag.

At your campsite, take them out and soak them in water – instant suds!

No-rinse soap and shampoo

If you really can’t get access to any water, take a bottle of no-rinse soap and shampoo with you.

It’s only requires a very small amount of water to disperse the soap over your body, some water from your bottle will do the trick.

All you need to do then is wipe it off with a dry towel or clothing and you’ll stay fresher for longer.

Alcohol wipes / baby wipes

Another great item to have with you to stay clean. Having a pack of these with you is very handy and allows you to easily clean yourself without having to strip off.

Throw them into your backpack if you feel that you’ll be nowhere near any water.

Hand Sanitizer

Now, this isn’t advised to clean your entire body but it will help to keep your hands clean and bacteria free.

This will make sure to kill 99% of all bacteria. So it’s great to use if you’re just starting to cook.

Take a pair of clean clothes

After you shower or clean down, put on a new pair of clean clothes and throw your dirty clothes into a bag and then into your backpack. It’s just good practice to keep your backpack tidy.

Staying clean when it comes to camping can seem like an unnecessary task and I would say your right, especially if you’re only camping for one night. However, if you are camping for a few days or more, staying clean is essential. You want to keep up your hygiene up in order to keep illness or disease away, plus you’ll smell a lot better!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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