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How to make a Portable Out Door Sink

Updated on July 9, 2013

Easy Instructions

Bench or Table

5 Gallon Jug

Milk Crate or Wooden Box

2 or 3 Large Bowls or Plastic Tubs

Step 1

Fill the jug with clean water. This can be done at home if you will be camping in a remote area where fresh, clean water is not available. If this is the case I would advise filling and bringing several jugs so you have plenty for your stay. If you are camping in a place that has adequate fresh, clean water then it is fine to fill the jug on site.

Step 2

Arrange the tubs or bowls where you will want them to be for your sink basins. They can be on a bench or table close to where you will need them for cleaning hands, dishes, food, etc... Place the box or milk crate directly behind the basins and place the filled jug on top of the box or crate with the spout hanging over the basins.

Note: If you do not have a box or crate this system can also be used on a picnic table by placing the basins on the bench and the jug on the table above the basins. Since most campgrounds have picnic tables this is an easy option.

Step 3

To fill the basins simply open the spigot of the jug and let the water flow. You can now do dishes with a wash and rinse basin, wash food during food preparation and keep those grubby camping hands clean before bed and meals. Although most campgrounds provide restroom facilities this is a nice option to having to walk to a facility every time you need to use a sink.


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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Good ideas. Thanks for sharing! Flag up!