There is nothing in life that is finer than communing with nature.
There’s something deep down in our souls that craves green trees and spectacular views.
The only downside with getting out into all that nature is that we end up leaving all our home comforts, well, at home and that means we can get a bit unpleasantly sweaty and stinky.
That was, until they invented the portable camp shower.
Camping, thanks at least, in part, to social distancing is becoming ever more popular.
In fact, 2021 is expected to see an explosion in growth and that means you’ll want to review our top picks for the best portable camp showers list before you pack your bags.
You don’t want to run into people in the wild and then realize that you smell like a grizzly bear, do you? No, didn’t think so, us neither.
Best Portable Camp Showers
Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Solar Shower
This is a cheap and fairly cheerful shower model that can provide a 5-gallon shower – that’s not a huge amount of water, so, you’ll want to be quick about it but it’s enough.
It uses solar power to heat the water and that means you want to set it up early enough to catch the light.
You can find the Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Solar Shower online.
Simple Shower Portable Camping Shower
This is the cheapest option out there and it simply attaches to a 2-liter bottle of water to transform it into a shower.
It doesn’t warm the water (though this may not be a problem or you can always warm it yourself on the stove) but for the price it’s amazing and it’s super light if you intend to go on a very long hike.
You can find the Simple Shower Portable Camping Shower online.
Mr. Heater F235300 Boss-XB13 Basecamp Shower System
It’s expensive but simply the best camp shower you can find. You can heat using the propane tank to get a lovely 92-degree temperature.
You can also run it on batteries for up to 40 minutes!
If you really can’t live without your home comforts and are prepared to pay for them – this is the shower you need.
You can find the Mr. Heater F235300 Boss-XB13 Basecamp Shower System online.
Camplux 5L 1.32 GPM Outdoor Water Heater
Don’t burn yourself but this model will run up to 115 degrees!
It will attach to both mains supply and water tanks and you get amazing water pressure from this shower.
It’s not the most portable design though and we wouldn’t want to carry it very far.
You can find the Camplux 5L 1.32 GPM Outdoor Water Heater online.
Ivation Portable Outdoor Shower
The easiest shower of them all. Drop one end in a bucket of water and you’re good to go.
The rechargeable battery heats and powers the shower.
It’s not a powerful spray but it’s more than good enough to get you cleaned up for mother nature.
You can find the Ivation Portable Outdoor Shower online.
Nemo Helio Pressure Shower
This is a super portable design that provides a high-pressure shower thanks to the inbuilt foot pump.
It’s quite water hungry though and you get 5 gallons through it in just about 5 minutes.
The good news, however, is that it’s very light and easy to carry.
You can find Nemo Helio Pressure Shower at the REI Coop.
Coleman 5 Gallon PVC Solar Heated Water Camp Showers
A super basic shower that does the job very well, indeed.
Fill the bag, hang it in the sun to get warm, then use the power of gravity to drive the water flow.
You can stop the shower at any time with the onboard valve. It won’t win any prizes for looks but it’s a good buy.
You can find the Coleman 5 Gallon PVC Solar Heated Water Camp Showers online.
Sea to Summit Pocket Shower
Super light and it folds up small. The Sea to Summit Pocket Shower would probably only fit in the world’s biggest pocket but it’s fine in a rucksack.
It can also pull double duty as a carrying container when you don’t need it for a shower.
You can find the Sea to Summit Pocket Shower online.
Stansport Portable Shower
A nice basic battery powered pump shower with a generous 7-meter hose length.
You can drop one end in any water source that you can find, hang up the shower head (or hold it) and you’re good to go.
It takes 4 x D batteries though, so don’t forget to pack them.
You can find the Stansport Portable Shower on Amazon.
Geyser Systems Portable Shower With Heater
The cleverest portable shower is the Geyser Systems offering which gives you 7 minutes of soaking for just a gallon of water!
It’s very good but you need a separate battery or to attach it your car battery to get it working as it should.
You can find the Geyser Systems Portable Shower With Heater at the REI coop.
Last Word on Portable Camp Showers
If you’re heading out in nature’s grasp this year, then please, whatever you do don’t forget to take a portable shower.
You’ll feel better after a long hard day’s trek when you can wash away the grime of the day and get yourself feeling beautiful and clean before some food over a fresh campfire.
We hope that you’ve found a suitable shower in our list that will keep you feeling great on your next trip to one of our National Parks!
If you’re thinking about spending more time in the outdoors this year, can we recommend checking out our picks for the best pop up campers? That way you’ll have somewhere to lay your head in comfort if the weather turns bad. Or how about a camper van or teardrop trailer?
We’d also recommend checking out our recommendations for the best portable solar panels as you’ll need some power for lights, smartphones, etc.