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Planning on going camping? Fancy heading out into the wild for a fun-filled weekend with friends and family? When you learn the ropes of portable shower making, you’ll never have to feel restricted when traveling ever again.
The only question is: how do you go about making your very own portable shower? If this is a question that you’re currently asking yourself, then rest assured that you’ve clicked on the right article!
Below, we’re going to be talking you through the easiest way to create your own portable shower, no matter where in the world you are. The best part about our method is that it’s super simple to follow, and is perfect for camping trips, surfing days, beach outings, and more.
How to Make a Portable Shower
Whether you own a caravan that isn’t fitted with a shower, or you have recently purchased your very first camping tent, you should be able to enjoy the great outdoors while feeling your best.
Sure, while taking a swim in the ocean or a lake will leave you feeling cool and refreshed, we think it’s safe to say that they’re not the most hygienic places to get nice and clean! The solution is a shower, and if you don’t have access to one, here’s a way to make your own:
Step One: Find a Large Water Bottle
Though there are plenty of ways to make a portable shower, today we’re going to be focusing on the most cost-effective method that we’ve tried and tested.
By far, the most simple way to make a portable shower is by finding a large water bottle (plastic) and then puncturing holes into the lid, or base – whichever is easier for you. Then, all you have to do is pour it over your head, and you have your very own makeshift shower.
Step Two: Warm the Water
Now, as you’ll have seen above, as soon as you’ve popped holes into the water bottle, you’ll be good to go.
However, if you’re the kind of person that prefers a hot shower to a cold one, then we’re sure you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s relatively easy to achieve! To do it, you’ll need to get your hands on an additional, smaller water bottle that will be able to fit itself inside the big water bottle.
Fill the little bottle with water and place it inside the big bottle. The big bottle will act as an insulator the little bottle, allowing the water to warm over a period of time. This trick is especially useful in the summertime, as you can leave the water to warm throughout the day while you have fun.
Step Three: Make It Last
Who doesn’t enjoy a nice, long shower? Just because you’re away from home, doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on time.
One of the simplest ways to extend the length of your shower is by placing filter paper in-between the water and the holes. That way, it will take longer for the water to escape, allowing you to enjoy the warm water for longer.
In addition to this, if you prefer something a little more long-lasting, a step up to this method is by using a hose, shower head, and a sump pump.
Though this method is a little more expensive, it’s a great option for those who plan on using their portable shower over an extended period of time, such as for a camping trip. All you have to do is:
- Attach the hose to the sump pump.
- Connect to the showerhead.
- Switch the sump pump on (filled with water) and enjoy the shower!
Things to Keep in Mind
So, now that you know how to make your own portable shower, there are still a few factors that you should consider.
Here are a few things in mind when planning your next trip:
Type of Portable Shower
Even though it’s safe to assume that you’re planning on making your own portable shower with items you already own, it’s a good idea to consider all of your options.
If you prefer to lean on the side of convenience, then you should be aware that there are a variety of portable shower options available on the market, including solar showers, portable hot water heaters, and even gravity showers.
Something else to consider is how much you want to pack. When grabbing the parts needed to create a portable shower, you’re going to likely find that the weight of your backpack or another storage bag will get heavy pretty quickly, not to mention filling up a lot of space.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to source the most lightweight tools or select a portable shower pack that is lightweight and designed for travel purposes.
This is another important factor to keep in mind before you set off on your trip.
Though this might not be a problem for those who only plan on using their portable shower temporarily for days trips (such as beach days spent surfing) this factor will be important to think about for those who plan on using their portable shower over a period of time.
Just like with all other types of travel gear, you’ll want to make sure that your portable shower will be able to withstand general wear and tear from travel and storage, not to mention being able to stand its own while exposed to outdoor conditions.
You made it to the finish line! Thanks for sticking with us throughout this mini-guide, we hope that you now feel confident enough to try your hand at creating your very own portable shower.
Remember, learning different ways to become more self-sufficient is a practice worth pursuing, even if it’s just to feel fresh on the way home from the beach! Why not give this page a bookmark? That way, if you ever need to come back and refresh a step, you’ll know where to find us.