Which Portable Camping Shower or Toilet Should I Get?

Going Camping? Need a Shower? How to Take a Shower Anywhere, Anytime

Sun Shower Bag for CampingRated by customers
5 star rating
If you are camping in a campground that lacks a shower facility, or you are hiking in the wilderness where there are no showers available, the Solar Sun Shower can be the ideal solution. Keep in mind that if you want a warm shower, you will need some sun.

Just fill up the four gallon bag with water, and lay it out in the sunshine. When you are ready for a shower, just hang up the bag on a tree branch or other tall object. We used the roof rack on our truck. One side of the bag is clear plastic to let the sunlight in, while the reverse side is black, to absorb the heat. Some bags have a temperature gauge right on the bag, so you can see how warm the water is before you take your shower.

Twist the nozzle on the end of the shower arm to release water. Adjust the water pressure to the desired strength and wash up. The movable and flexible arm makes showering easy. The four gallon bag provides approximately 3-4 showers.

(Remember to use biodegradable shampoo and soap that’s better for the environment like Campsuds.)

When you are finished using the sun shower, empty out the water and fold up the bag. It takes up virtually no space until you are ready to use it again.

Product Features:

  • Reinforced pipe handle and virtually indestructible double-welded seams
  • Designed for short-term water storage and heating with built in thermometer
  • Use from deck top, tree or truck roof
  • Double welded seams for durability
  • Capacity: 4.0 Gallons (3-4 Showers)

Got Sopping Wet Towels?

And where are you going to store those wet towels, right? No worries, You’ve got the Sea to Summit Tek Towel.

Not only does it dry fast – it’s super absorbent and it comes in 5 different sizes, so you can get the pefect size for you! It’s not the cheapest towel, but you can use it when traveling, at the gym and other places besides just camping.

If you’ll use it, it’s worth the extra few bucks, and if you’ve ever carried around a wet towel in your car for several hours – you’ll definitely appreciate this one.

Bring a Bathroom with You Without Having to Clean It

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Will you always have a bathroom nearby where you are camping? With some popular campgrounds, facilities are numerous, but out in the wilderness, make it easy on yourself and get some sort of disposable urinal or commode.

TravelJohn Disposable Urinals are convenient, unisexed, sanitary, personal urinals. They contain “Liqsorb”, which is a biodegradable pouch with a substance that absorbs liquid waste and stops bacterial growth fast. Liquid waste is then turned into a spill-proof gel for easy and safe disposal.

Use the TravelJohn and throw it away without hassling with messy clean up. Come to think of it, TravelJohn could come in handy in more situations than just camping – traffic jams, boating, hunting, golfing, biking, hiking or very unsanitary public restrooms.

About $10


Luggable Loo Utility Portable Toilet

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If you’re looking for something simple and cheap, this may be what you’re looking for. It’s essentially a 5-gallon bucket with a seat and lid.

You could buy your own 5 gallon bucket (or use one you have at home) and buy a seat and lid separately, but from what I’ve seen it will cost about the same. The main disadvantage could be size, as far as cargo space is concerned.

About $20

Here’s how to make your own:

Car Camping ToiletReliance Fold-to-Go Portable Toilet

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4 star rating
If you’re short on space (as most car campers are), there’s the portable toilet that collapses down.

Instead of everything being self-contained, like the bucket option above, you use disposable waste bags with this one. Bags ziplock securely and are designed for mess-free disposal. A potential downside is that bags are about $2.50 apiece, so they are not cheap.

About $40 + bags