They say that cleanliness is next to godliness, but there are plenty more reasons to have one of these portable camping showers as a part of your gear. Hygiene may very well be one of the most overlooked facets of camping and survival situations. You may have thought about everything from cookware right down to the last piece of electrical tape and still have forgotten about ways to stay clean in such a situation.
Of course, hygiene staves off dirt and grime, but it also gets rid of bacteria, viruses and allergens, and let’s not forget factors like poison ivy or poison sumac and other plants like them that can cause horrible breakouts. Washing those oils off in a timely fashion can keep a bad breakout from occurring at all, but if you only have a small washcloth or towel, you might wind up spreading it around instead of removing it.
In light of the importance of the portable camping shower, we will be reviewing five of them today in this article. Look them over and see which one might best fit your own needs and situation and make sure you pick one up to add to your gear. You won’t regret it.
So, what is the best portable show for you? Let’s find out.
Here are our Top Picks
Texsport Portable Deluxe Camp Shower Shelter Review
Our first model is the Texsport Portable Deluxe Camp Shower Shelter. At 87 inches high and nearly five feet wide and thick, you will have plenty of room to get the job done. A mesh shower rack and removable hanging towel bar make keeping the necessities at arm’s length for ease of access. There is a large, zippered D-style door with heavy-duty polyurethane coated taffeta walls as well as a detachable floor. The 3/4-inch diameter steel poles are rust resistant and have speed clips that make securing the shelter to the frame quick and easy. There is a rainfly skylight for better visibility and this unit includes the stakes for securing it in place as well as a convenient carry case.
Also included with this outdoor portable shower unit is the five-gallon Texsport Sun Shower. It is black in color and, when placed in the sun for the day, heats the water to the perfect temperature for showering. Water drains easily, thanks to four separate drain ports, so water accumulation in the bottom of the unit simply does not happen.
- Dimensions: 87” x 4’6” x 4’6”
- Weight: 20 pounds
Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower Review
Next, we have the Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower. Note that this is not the complete shower with a tent enclosure; this is only the shower reservoir water bag.
Powered solely by solar, this reflective silver shower features four-ply construction with a reflector panel as well as an insulator panel. It has an easy to use showerhead and an extra large filling valve. Side pockets hold soap, shampoo and other toiletries and keep them in easy reach while the water temperature gauge lets you know the temperature is perfect. It also has handy Velcro straps to hold your washcloths for you.
The handheld portable shower bag is easy to hang from a variety of locations, just make sure that whatever you hang it on can support the weight. Wherever you feel comfortable showering off is exactly where you can use this bag.
- Dimensions: 2.1 x 6.1 x 17.9 inches
- Weight: 1.49 pounds
Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater and Outdoor Shower Review
The Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater and Outdoor Shower is the next unit we are going to take a look at. Liquid propane fuel and 2 D sized batteries for the ignition process power this unit and it has a maximum flow rate of .3 liters of water per minute. It needs a total of 20-80 psi of water pressure to function.
All of this provides for an endless instant hot camp shower wherever you are. Perfect for campsites, cabins or even just around the house, you can take a shower, wash the car or boat, and wash the dog or even the horse.
This unit requires a 2-inch clearance from the wall, 1 inch on either side, 18 inches from the floor and 3 inches from a window or an overhang of any sort.
Compact and incredibly energy efficient, having this unit in your possession is sure to make any outdoor experience much more enjoyable for you and your family.
If you are tired of taking cold showers while camping, this battery powered shower can provide you are your site with as much hot water as needed.
- Dimensions: 14.5 x 11.5 x 4.5 inches
- Weight: 13.8 pounds
Ivation Battery Powered Handheld Portable Shower Review
The Ivation Battery Powered Handheld Portable Shower is a little different from the others we have talked about so far. With a shower head on one end, and a submersible filtration ball on the other, this little unit turns water from any bucket, sink or faucet into a gentle streaming shower instantly.
It comes with a built in 2200-mAh rechargeable battery that charges directly from any USB plug. It comes with a suction cup and S-hook for easy portable hanging that can be affixed to nearly any surface the suction cup will stick to. With an inline water resistant on and off switch, it is easy to stop the flow of water to conserve it or for any other pause you might need.
The Ivation portable shower can last up to 60 minutes on a single charge, so you can take your time—or even a few people. The hook can also be used to hang the shower as well, giving you even more freedom in where to use it.
This is a great portable shower for camping. It can turn any bucket of water into a shower, so you don’t need to take a bunch of extra things with you.
- Dimensions: 2.8 x 8.3 x 11 inches
- Weight: 1.6 pounds
Coleman 5 Gallon Solar Shower Review
The Coleman 5 Gallon Solar Shower is another reservoir only camping shower bag system. This black bag holds a full five gallons of water and is black in color.
When hung outdoors, the sun will heat the water inside to the perfect temperature for showering while the volume of water allows for more than one shower. The handle, which is made into the shower bag itself, is strong and durable, and is reliable for both hanging and carrying. The showerhead itself is a handy on and off valve, which can be used to conserve water usage during your shower.
As far as a shower in a bag goes, this unit is absolutely wonderful for camping trips and is especially useful in emergency situations when electricity is not available.
This unit is not only great for showing but can also be used for washing dishes. Simply hang it and wash your dishes underneath. It is by far the lightest of our five bags, so it is easy to transport.
- Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.5 x 2.2 inches
- Weight: 8.8 ounces
My Vote for Best Camping Shower
My pick of these five is going to be the Coleman Solar Shower. First, because Coleman is one of the most trusted names in camping gear, with a long history of quality products and customer satisfaction. I have no doubt that this shower will be around long after the warranty runs out and still heating water effectively.
I love the fact that it is black, which allows for the maximum warmth from the sun to be absorbed. Even on overcast days, it will draw in whatever heat is available to maintain a comfortable temperature for showering. The handle is good for carrying as well as hanging and since it is a part of the unit itself, can be much more reliable than handles that are simply add-on’s. The flexible hose and showerhead that can be turned on and off make this unit easy to use and easy to maneuver, which is another likeable feature.
In addition to being a great device for showing and washing dishes, this unit can also be used to store water for emergency situations. While I would not readily use it for drinking after being stored for a long while, there are other things it could be used for such as washing, cooking, pets and other uses.
This is my personal preference, but if you are looking for a more private showering experience, you should look into the Texsport shower.
Also, if you are going to be camping with a few people, all of whom will want to take showers, the EcoTemp is best for larger groups or camp sites.