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Five Best Portable Camping Hot Showers For Instant Bath Anywhere

Updated on September 28, 2010

Gone are the days when baths were just a luxury during camping. Today, you don’t have to go hiking through a trail in the forest and smell like Robin Hood who just been from the Crusades for days without the dip. Well, ok, he’s a hero and it is sort of being “cool” to be a hero even you can’t afford to take a bath for so many days. But can you afford to smell like a goat even you are a hero? Your heroine will hate you for that for sure. Now imagine if you were to go camping without the means of a bath. Not cool either. Enter camping showers.

No, this isn’t about water siphoned from streams and sprinkled through perforated cans. Modern camping showers are quite sophisticated. They are portable and convenient. Imagine having the comfort of a warm shower while you’re outdoors. And it only takes few seconds for you to get ready.

Before deciding on what camping shower to buy, consider these following questions first:

* “How many of us are going on camping?”

If it’s just you and just a few of your friends and you’re going on a hike, what you need is something that will be sufficient for you yet also easy on the backpack. You can choose a bigger solar camping shower. Solar camping showers are user-friendly and both light and small so they-re easy to bring along.

* “How are we going to do our camping?”

If you won’t be hiking for most of the trip or if you’ll be using a car leading to a camp with the whole family, you will need a more powerful camping shower. Propane camping showers are heavier than solar ones but they are better companion for family outings. These outdoor showers have battery-operated water pumps and heat up water in seconds. These are great when camping near water sources.

* “How much water will we need?”

If you’re going on a camping trip with your whole family – and your grandpa, your grandma, your uncle, your uncle’s friend, – and so on will be coming along, what you need is something that can take a tough job to handle the bath-time job. Some tough shower bad boys that fit the description are Zodi’s camping showers. One of these is included in my list of favorites and I’ll tell you more about it later.

Now let’s get to the top five camping showers.

Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower
Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower

Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower

First up is the Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower. Unrolled, it can hold up to 5 gallons of water – enough for about four or five baths. It’s got four layers and an insulator panels that makes water heat faster. That’s right, you get a hot bath fast. And outdoor bathing is also made easy with this shower’s other features. It’s got a convenient showerhead that you can switch on or off to save water. It has an extra-large screw cap valve that’s easy to fill. It has a side pocket for holding soap and shampoo, a mirror and some Velcro straps for holding your towels. There’s also a water temperature gauge so you can tell how hot the water is. When done, you can just roll it up. It is easy to store which makes it very convenient for backpacking.

Stearns SunShower 4.0 with Pocket and 3-4 showers (Capacity- 4 gallons)
Stearns SunShower 4.0 with Pocket and 3-4 showers (Capacity- 4 gallons)

Stearns SunShower 4.0 with Pocket and 3-4 showers (Capacity- 4 gallons)

Here’s another solar camping shower of really great quality. A single filling of this is already good for up to five people. I’ve used some of these on several camping trips and I’ve never had any trouble regarding them. They’re durably constructed with four layers of high-quality material which makes them tough against tearing and makes it easier and faster to heat bathwater. The Sun Shower has a screw cap that makes it leak-proof so you save the water that you don’t get to use. It’s also solar-powered so it works great for summer outings. There are also other sizes good for two people (2.5 gallons) and for four people (4 gallons). These are just perfect for hot summer camping days.

Super Solar Shower
Super Solar Shower

Super Solar Shower

This solar camping shower is very durable and very convenient for camping. You can leave it on the ground to warm up while doing something else without the worry of getting it torn. The Super Solar Shower also has a screw-cap that makes it leak-proof. This allows you to keep water securely while heating it up. It is made from high-quality PVC-free materials. This means it’s environment-friendly. Also, you don’t have to worry about unpleasant effects brought about by long years of use. This camping shower will never release any harmful chlorine-based chemicals no matter how long you keep using it. It can be filled with up to 5 gallons of water which is enough for about 3 – 5 baths. It’s also lightweight when empty and easy to store so you’ll have no trouble bringing this along – just great fun.

Super Solar Shower
Super Solar Shower

Price:$19.32 - $24.95

ZODI Outback Gear Extreme SC Hot Shower
ZODI Outback Gear Extreme SC Hot Shower

ZODI Outback Gear Extreme SC Hot Shower

Now this is one of those bad boys I’d been talking about earlier. This one’s surely heavy-duty for tougher conditions and just the real deal for big camping trips. You can easily set this up in less than a minute and heat water up to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in no time. This way, there’s not much fuss made over who goes first in order to catch up on the hot water supply. The camping shower has a metal hand pump that pressurizes and there’s no need for batteries. With this, you can opt to take baths whenever and wherever you wish. You’ll really be thankful for this in nights outdoors where you just need a warm bath to help you relax. The Zodi Extreme Shower is made of high-quality stainless steel that never rusts so you can be sure of years and years of reliable usage. There’s also a water temperature indicator to let you know how hot the water is. Other things included in the package are a shower pole holder and a storage bag for added convenience.

Camp Chef HWDS Triton Hot Water Heater
Camp Chef HWDS Triton Hot Water Heater

Camp Chef HWDS Triton Hot Water Heater

Need a hot water heater for big camps with lots of people? The Triton can handle baths up to 20 people for a couple of days. All you have to do is put the hose on the water, install a couple of batteries, and hook it up to a propane tank. It’s as easy as that! The package includes an adjustable shower head, a 72-inch hose, a regulator hose for a 20-pound propane tank and a 13,500 BTU per gas side burner that automatically heats up when the water is turned on. You can also adjust the heat and the water flow. You can switch the shower head to any of four settings: off, mist, shower, and jet it’s just like taking a shower in your own home. So if you’re going on an outdoor vacation with your entire family as well as some friends and relatives, make it more special with this great shower device.


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