How to Make a Camping Shower | Vital Tips to Make a Camping Shower


You may not have access to water or a shower when you camp. While some campgrounds have shower houses for campers, it is not common to find a place to shower when you are car camping. What can a cleanliness-conscious trailer do if there is no shower house? It’s easy to make your camping shower. You can make it yourself and be done in no time. Are you curious about how complex or easy this project could be? Let’s break it down.

How to make a camping shower

If you want to make your own shower with heat and privacy, there are many ways you can do it. The garden hose is probably the best way to MacGyver it. This assumes that you don’t have to carry this around with you and that there is enough space in your car to store everything you need. So that’s where we’ll be focusing. The garden hose will be connected to the bilge pump with the spray nozzle attached at one end. Next, wire it up to the toggle switch.

To make it accessible during a shower, the toggle switch should be attached to a Shook. To turn the toggle switch on or off, you need to wire the 12-volt power plug up to it. You should also insert the 12-volt plug into the portable battery jump-start to power the toggle switch. Now you need to put the water into the bucket and then submerge your bilge pump in water. Now, you’re ready for a quick shower! The toggle switch controls the power of the jump starter. The toggle switch turns on the jump starter, and the bilge pump gets the ability to make the water flow through the hose. The spray nozzle lets you regulate the flow of water.

A 7-gallon bucket filled with water will allow you to run the water through in just 4-5 minutes. The spray nozzle is essential. Don’t you own a spray nozzle? Don’t you need a spray nozzle? No problem! Attach a regular nozzle with no handle to the toggle switch and turn the toggle switch on or off to control the water flow. It’s pretty neat, huh? This DIY camp shower is better than the traditional water bag camp shower, which many campers use. The bag is hefty, so you need a place that can hold it.

This makes sense if you have enough space for the bucket or jump starter. You can also use a weed sprayer bottle to make a DIY camp shower, especially if your area is limited. If you have a small van, this is a great way to make a portable outdoor shower.

How to make a heated DIY camp shower 

So now that you have everything you need to build your camp shower, you may be curious about the water temperature. Don’t you like cold showers? It is easy to heat your DIY camping shower water. It’s enough to heat some water over the camp stove or on the campfire. You can’t heat the entire water, as you will end up burning your skin if you try to use it for a shower. Instead, heat half the water over the campfire and put half in the bucket. You will then have warm water in your bucket by heating the water with the remaining water. Campers may prefer to heat their water using a propane tank. Although, camp fire-heated water is more accessible than the propane tank, and it’s much more convenient.

How to make a DIY camp shower privacy cover 

If you don’t have a shower tent, you will likely need one. This is easiest to do by packing a 10×12 tarp or two and some rope or bungee cords. You can then string it up to form an enclosure. You won’t need to bring shower flip-flops unless you have something sturdy like a large bag of black garbage bags or another tarp. A portable shower deck is another option for a flat surface that you can use while showering. A black garbage bag or tarp might be the best choice, as they are inexpensive and take up very little space. Make sure to position your shower on an incline so that the shower water flows downhill. Make sure the water runoff from your campsite is not going to the drain!

How to use a camping shower

Camping showers can be straightforward to use. Many models also come with detailed instructions from the manufacturer. To make things even simpler, here are the details:

  • Please fill in -You can fill the nylon water bag or plastic water bag with water. If you have limited water access, the bag doesn’t need to be crammed full.
  • Heat your solar shower should be placed in direct sunlight, with the clear side facing upward. The thermometer built into the solar battery should tell you when the water is ready to use.
  • Hang -Hang gravity-fed showerheads from a branch or hold them above your head. Place powered models on the ground, and then have the nozzle in one’s hand.
  • Rinse, lather, and repeat the average portable shower have a water capacity of 5 gallons. You can save water by quickly rinsing it off with soap and shampoo. Then, turn the water back on for a quick rinse.

Check out: How to shower when camping

Why do you need a camping shower?

The main benefit of a camp shower is its ability to keep you clean while camping. A portable battery is far more convenient than other outdoor bathing options (like a baby wipe rubdown). Many portable camping showers do more than save a nozzle. Many include heating elements, such as solar heating or portable hot water heater. A pop-up shelter tent can be used as a privacy tent. A hot shower after a hard day of hiking or in the morning is a great way to unwind.

Stay clean while camping by doing these other things

Camping showers are the best way to keep clean while camping. There are many different options if you don’t have a solar shower or prefer to travel light. These are some other ways you can stay clean while camping.

  • Lake or Stream -To rinse in freshwater, take a dip in a stream or lake. A quick dip in the water will eliminate most dirt, grease, sweat, or oil. Personally, I don’t use soap, even biodegradable, eco-friendly soap, in natural water.
  • Water bottle for a quick water bottle bath, fill your water bottle. Similar to a sponge bath, you can use a little bit of water to wash your body. This is a great way to shampoo your hair, but doing a complete body wash can be challenging.
  • Baby WipesMy go-to camping hygiene tip for backpacking is to use a few baby wipes. This is an excellent way of cleaning your hands and face after a long night.
  • Public SinkTo quickly washes your hair, face, and upper body at the sink, go to a rest area, gas station, campground, or rest area. Best are single-occupancy bathrooms that have locking doors.
  • Dry ShampooHere is some suggestions. To minimize the greasy, grimy feeling that your hair will get after a few days out in the woods, you can wash it without using water.


There are many options for portable camping showers on the market, including some that come with a tent or other accessories. They can be costly, don’t heat water efficiently, and provide a strong water flow from the showerhead. A DIY camping shower is an excellent option. We recommend the second DIY camping shower option if you plan on camping with your car or taking a road trip. The portable water heater can be used for other purposes, such as washing dishes. You will always have hot water and steady water, mainly if the water heater plugs into your vehicle. Consider bringing a tarp for your feet to rest on so they don’t get wet. This option will allow you to have an outdoor shower that is almost as luxurious as your home shower.

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