Why are camp showers so terrible? They are easily worse than the natural elements of camping. I’ll gladly accept the mud, bugs, thin sleeping pads, cooking limitations, and those minor discomforts. I don’t accept showers that turn off every 15 seconds in stalls that are too cramped while moths cling the the wall and watch me lather up and bubba around the corner takes his morning bowel movement.
By packing the right essentials for showering while camping you might even enjoy your shower. Here are a few items to consider:
- Portable shower: A portable shower can free you from some gross aspects of bath house. These are best for a sufficiently large and private campsite so that you don’t generate too much mud near your sleeping/cooking area and so that you aren’t disturbing neighbors. There are a variety of portable shower options available, including solar showers, gravity-fed showers, and battery-powered showers. Solar showers use the sun’s energy to heat water, while gravity-fed showers rely on gravity to create water pressure. Battery-powered showers are powered by a rechargeable battery and provide consistent water pressure. Choose a portable shower that best fits your needs and budget.
- Microfiber towel: Microfiber towels are lightweight and quick-drying. Their lightweight, compact size can be helpful especially for backpacking but any type of camping benefits from towels that dry quickly. If you have ever left towels on a line to dry all day just for them to get rained on you can relate.
- Flip flops: When showering in shared facilities, it’s important to wear flip flops to protect your feet from germs and fungi. Flip flops are lightweight, easy to pack, and provide a barrier between your feet and the shower floor. Look for flip flops with good grip to prevent slipping on wet surfaces.
By remembering these essentials for showering while camping, you can assure the best possible shower.
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