Camping showers can be a great way to help stay clean and fresh while you and your family are out camping in the Australian bush. Not only that, but they're convenience too. It's unlikely that, whilst out in the great outdoors, you will come across any bathroom facilities so on longer trips this can become a problem. Wet wipes and flannels can only provide a certain level of cleanliness and ideally you would probably rather be enjoying the scenery than worrying about covering up the smell of your camp site. This is why camping showers are so useful! They provide all the comfort of a fixed bathroom without the necessity of staying in range of one.
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There are a massive variety of camping showers available (and we will discuss these) but almost all of these consist of the same three components- a shower head, a water container, and some tubing. If you decide to opt for a heated camping shower, it might also feature a water pump or a propane tank. The quality of these components (and subsequently the quality of the shower itself) will dictate the price of the finished product. When purchasing, you may also want to think about the level of privacy your chosen camping shower offers- you might not need any if you’re happy to shower in some swim trunks, but otherwise you’ll probably need some kind of screen.
This is the simplest type of camping shower available. It consists of a water container which is hung above head height (on a tree, usually) to heat the water in the sunshine. There is a hose attached to the container with a tap which, when opened, releases the warmed water from the container. This type of shower is the simplest to use and easiest to transport- it takes up very little space in a rucksack and can be filled from any water source (capacity 5 gallons). It also happens to be incredibly cheap.
This shower comes equipped with a propane tank for heating water instantaneously and a water pump to provide ample water pressure for a good, hot shower. This type of shower is significantly more expensive than the small solar showers, but is faster and more convenient to use. The only downsides here are the increased room you’ll need to carry a powered hot shower and also the fact that it requires batteries to operate the pump (so you’ll want to take two sets of batteries, minimum).
This type of shower operates without the need for a propane tank as it heats water via electricity (again, provided by batteries so take spares). The advantages here are the easily adjustable temperature (the dial turns from 80 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit) and the carrying handles, which make the shower transportable easily without taking up rucksack space. Batteries should supply up to eighteen hours’ continuous use depending on the temperature you select. This is slightly more expensive than the propane-heated varieties, but also lighter and more high-tech.