In certain past nets, we have covered this topic in some detail. For different reasons, we figured that it would be a great idea to cover the topic in much greater detail, and to do so now. We have divided the net into several areas, and with a little luck, we can cover them all. As an over-riding objective, our discussion of camp hygiene will be geared toward the health and safety of you and your fellow campers. I couldn't leave this topic without mentioning another important objective that we work to achieve on every camping trip, and that is comfort. At least in the context of this discussion, hygiene and comfort are almost synonymous.
Comfort is a main reason why family and friends will enjoy the trip, and more importantly, it is the reason why they will come back. Teaching your family to respect, AND enjoy the great outdoors, starts with positive experiences from good teachers. Good camp hygiene equals positive camping experiences.
It seems that today there are so many things competing for family time, like sports, work, video games, cell phones, friends, school work, and more. If you expect to effectively compete with all of these things, the camping experience better be good. We have done several nets on "comfort camping", and for those who would like a few tips on how to make the camping experience positive, that would be a good place to start. This net is another good place. So, lets open the discussion with one of the best topics on camp hygiene.
For many whose camping experiences go back many years, the luxury of a shower was not even considered. Coming home from a camping trip dirty and gritty was just part of the experience. Not so any more. Showering equipment is now such that even remote outback campers can enjoy the benefits of a hot shower, even in the most remote locations. And, the gear is small, easy to carry, easy to deploy and easy to take down.
There are several shower ideas on the market, and as a result, there should be something to please just about every camper.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Zodi Hot Tap How Water Shower http://zodi.com/hot-showers/hot-tap-hp-shower
The Zodi company makes several models of showers and related equipment, all of which fit the requirements of remote outback location campers. For average camp use, their Hot Tap series of single burner showers are an excellent choice. The Hot Tap HP double burner unit can heat very cold water (in the 30s) without the need for re-circulation. They come as a complete kit, packaged in a durable hard plastic travel case, and the only option that you may require is an enclosure. In addition to making a quality product, the Zodi Company offers top notch customer support and their showers are made in the USA. Incidentally, the Zodi shower gets a thumbs-up for water conservation.
Here is my Zodi shower set up with a small convenient instant-up enclosure (more later on the enclosure.)
2. Mr heater Hot Water Shower (https://www.mrheater.com/sporting/boss- ... ystem.html)
Mr Heater is probably best known for their quality line of tent or space heaters that can be safely used in enclosed areas. They now also make a portable shower which serves as both a shower and a water heater, (powered by 1 lb. propane. The obvious benefit of the Aqua Cube is that it offers the added advantage of a hot water tap for dishes, hand washing etc. Water temperature is dial adjustable with a digital readout.
3. Solar Shower
Solar (or sun) water bags were probably one of the first attempts at providing the camper with a means to enjoy a hot shower. It is an easy way to clean up after a long day of hiking or riding on the dusty trails that off-roaders usually encounter. These bags have a lot going for them, not the least of which is their low cost. When you add in the small effort that it takes to daily fill the bag, it can be a very attractive hot shower alternative. The bags have come a long way from their inception and technology has certainly had its impact on this shower device.
Using the sun to heat your shower water, however, is not a new technique. The do-it-yourself (DIY) crowd had been doing it for quite a while. It takes very little effort to strap your 5 gallon water can to the roof of your vehicle, during your daily travels, and let the sun do its work on the contents. By the time you arrive at camp, the water is comfortably warm and ready for a shower, or two. Which ever way you choose to go, these techniques, works very well. There are a lot of solar bags on the market, so you need to do some research.
Here is just one example of a solar shower by Stearns:
4. Shower Enclosure
For years the Outback Porta-Privy was, and still is, my go-to shower enclosure. Perhaps due to its very compact design, very low cost, and light weight, the Outback enclosure was, what I generously refer to as, a consumable product. Translated, that means that the enclosure, while exceptionally well performing, does not last more than 5 years or so. The upside is that it costs very little to replace it.
Several years ago, the company that made the Outback Privy decided to call it quits, and for a while I had to really do my best to keep my privys patched up and functional Fortunately another business picked up the design and is again making these identical terrific camping accessories. They are now made under the name of Decker's Porta Privy, and for $70 you get an instant-up enclosure that, with some reasonable care, will last for years. The Decker website goes under the name of, "Decker's Hot Camp Showers," and they offer more than one style of shower enclosure. For details, click here: https://www.hotcampshowers.com/shower_t ... y_shelters
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