If you have a pop up camper and don’t want to use the bath house next time you are camping, we have the perfect set up! Let us show you how to create the perfect outdoor camping shower!
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Setting up a camping shower
Are you a fan of the bath house while you’re camping? I’m not. First of all, there are people there, and I’m not a fan. Second of all…shower shoes. Third of all, the hot steamy walk from the shower to your camp in your hot, steamy, clothes. Nope.
Wait…fourth of all…trying to manage the kids. What is the baby doing? Touching the drain holes. I’m done.
We’re camping well…which means no late night steamy walks from the bathhouse, baby in arms…maybe crying…maybe not (me, not the baby). I’m about to tell you how we take THE BEST most stress-free showers ever, right outside our pop up camper.
***Side note: If you are tent camping or don’t have a water heater, it’s okay. Here is athat will hook up to a propane tank.
The best pop up shower tent set up
Our pop up camper has an outdoor shower that is attached to the hot water heater. It is low, as things on pop ups are…probably for washing feet. Not today. We hooked up a 118″ shower hose to the spigot to get some length and searched for the perfect pop up. Josh is very tall so we searched and searched for a good size . We finally landed on the Wolfwise 6.6 ft Portable Pop Up (these are selling out fast, and it might be a similar one that’s available).
There are a couple of great things going on here:
- It zips and unzips at the top and has a little window. If it’s a hot summer night, unzip. If it’s a freezing fall/winter night, zip it up (it’s the best steam shower EVER).
- It has a bottom, so you are standing on a tarp and not the ground (no mud)
- There is a pocket for your soap, and an elastic band for your towel.
- When it’s time to leave, if folds up into a small circle!
We recently took this set up on a 9 day trip in the mountains. It was invaluable for washing the one year old, who is impossible at the bath house. Our 8 year old was able to take a shower alone (with me standing right outside) and simply walk back into the camper in her robe.
On one leg of the trip we were at a very remote campground and it was 41°. I zipped up theall around, and it was the best steam shower ever. I never got cold and it felt like pure luxury. Then, I dried my hair in the furnace…but that’s a story for another time.
HERE ARE A FEW QUICK TIPS:
- Go out there in your robe (at night), so that you only have to worry about hanging your robe and not dealing with a lot of clothes.
- Position the tent close to the water controls. If you need to adjust the water temperature, you don’t want it to be a long reach for your naked arms…just saying.
- Use command hooks on the side of the camper to keep towels dry and within reach of the .
- Turn the water off at the shower head while you soap up, and back on to rinse. Our hot water heater is 5 gallons, you can get a great shower but you still have to conserve water.
- Use biodegradable (close to water) and/or unscented soap (bears) if needed. You don’t want fragrance residues that might attract bears or pollute any bodies of water that are very close by.