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One of the great things about camping is being outdoors. One of the not-as-great things about being outdoors is how grimy you (and all your belongings) get. A camp shower can be a wonderful asset in many ways, from cleaning your body (feels so good, especially after a hike, and getting that bug spray off!), to a convenient way to get water for brushing your teeth or rinsing your dishes.

Privacy can be a concern, though, especially on shared sites. I went camping with a large group on Memorial Day Weekend; I had just picked up a Seattle Sports Solar Camp Shower inexpensively from REI Outlet, and I wanted to be able to use it, but I didn't want to spend money or carry another big thing with me. I searched online and came up empty.

So before I left, I came up with this preliminary design, and I refined it at the site. In the end, it worked great!
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
You will need:

- Camp shower (purchased or DIY). Mine was about $5.00 on sale.
- Paracord for hanging the shower.
- Bendable, but not totally flexible, plastic pipe, the kind you can make hula hoops with. What can I say, I'm not a plumber. I got mine at Home Depot in the plumbing section, 100' for about $13, 1/2" diameter.
- Knife or shears to cut the pipe
- Pipe connector ($0.33)
- Bungee cords (4)
- Opaque shower curtain liners (2) - $1.00-$5.00 each
- Shower curtain hangers - mine were left over from a previous tenant

Mickilyn3 months ago

Hi. I saw a DIY shower gazebo 30+ yrs ago that might be of interest. Some elements were similar to yours. It used a 2nd-hand beach umbrella (w/ duct-tape reinforcing the edges), & attached about 1+1/2 shower curtains w/ classic shower curtain hooks to small holes punched in the reinforced edges. They secured non-opening seam with duct tape, & at the bottom used tubing like you did for the top, only with a lighter weight of plastic tube, like for small aquarium pumps. They had a base that screwed into the ground to support the umbrella, and a small cut in the umbrella fabric big enough to put the nozzle from a camp shower bag through. An extra ring at the top allowed them to attach the shower bag to the outside if they were in an area without convenient trees, but made it a little wobbly. Theirs closed up w/ adhesive velcro strips spaced evenly on the 'door' seam. ( I think you might be able to do it without the tubing at all, if you made little pockets at the bottom edge to put rocks in? Might not hold up to a heavy wind, but it prob would to a light-medium one, I'd think.)

wilgubeast3 years ago
This is an awesome idea! Although getting filthy is probably my third favorite part of camping, there have been times when I've wished that I didn't reek like bugspray/deer urine (purchased at a hunting store for prank purposes that eventually backfired.)
susanrm (author)  wilgubeast3 years ago
Oh, and that deer urine incident sounds like a story and a half...
susanrm (author)  wilgubeast3 years ago
Thank you! After getting hot and sweaty and dirty, which is fun, it just feels so good to wash it all off (with camp soap like castille soap, of course, well away from waterways).

One guy at our campsite said this was going to change the way he camps from now on!