The Expert Buyer's Guide for Portable Showers

The Expert Buyer's Guide for Portable Showers

As a camping or caravanning enthusiast, nothing beats the feeling of being surrounded by nature, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. However, this recreational activity can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to hygiene. 

This is where portable showers come in handy. Portable showers are a perfect accessory for those who love to be out and about. Whether you're at a campsite, music festival or out for a hike, a portable shower can make your experience more enjoyable.

In this blog post, we'll take you through our expert buyer's tips for portable showers. You'll learn factors to consider when buying a portable shower, how to use it and answers to some commonly asked questions. By the end of this article, you'll be well-equipped to make an informed decision when purchasing a portable shower.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Portable Shower

Before buying a portable shower, it's important to consider several factors such as size, weight, water flow, portability, and durability. 

First off, you'll want to make sure that the shower is compact and lightweight as weight plays a big factor when travelling. Look for showers with variable water flow that suits your needs, as this will determine how long you can shower for especially if you are on limited water.

Portability is key if you're planning on hiking or camping in a remote location, so seek out a portable shower that is easy to transport and store.

Additionally, durability is important as you want a shower that can withstand the outdoors.

How to Use a Portable Shower

Using a portable shower & tent is straightforward, but getting the most out of it comes down to a few crucial steps. 

Make sure that you know how much water will be available for your shower. Attach the shower head to the hose and hang it up. 

Test the water temperature and adjust it to your liking. As you shower, be mindful of how much water you use and try to conserve it as much as possible. Once you're done, drain any excess water and pack it away until next time.

Portable Shower Tips

One of the most common issues people face when using portable showers is water pressure. If your shower has low water pressure, here are a few things you can do:

  • Select a shower tent that is easy to erect so that you have an instant shower or change room area in seconds!
  • Check and clean the shower head - mineral buildup can cause blockage, so make sure to clean the shower head regularly.
  • Adjust the valve - the water flow valve determines the strength of the water flow. Turn it to the maximum level to increase the water pressure.
  • Check the water pump – the litres per minute in your pump can help increase water pressure. Make sure it's working properly.


Before leaving on your trip, always check the batteries and give your system a practice run, so you won’t be left having a cold shower.

Portable showers are a fantastic accessory for any camping or caravanning enthusiast. With the right shower, you can stay clean and hygienic, even when you're out in the bush. 

By considering factors such as size, water capacity, heating system, durability, and ease of use, you can find the perfect shower for your outdoor adventures. 

Now that you know how to use a portable shower and how to troubleshoot common issues, you're ready to enjoy clean and refreshing showers no matter where you go!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to heat the water in a portable shower?

The time it takes to heat the water depends on the portable water heater. With the Country Comfort, heating is nearly instant – minimal seconds, due to its heat exchanger. Generally, electric showers take around 15 minutes as most portable LPG are instantaneous.

Can I use a portable shower in the winter?

Yes, you can use a portable shower in the winter. However, you need to make sure you have a shower that is built for cold weather and has a drainage pipe to drain the water from the unit in zero temperatures. This will prevent the pipes from splitting.

Are there any safety precautions I should take when using a portable shower?

Make sure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. This includes checking the water temperature and ensuring the shower is properly attached to a sturdy support. Remember to use the shower in a well-ventilated area to prevent any buildup of gas or steam. Additionally, be cautious of any electrical components or cords, ensuring they are properly grounded and away from any water sources.

Can I use soap in my portable shower?

It is important to be mindful of the type of soap being used, as some may harm the environment and not permitted in some National Parks. By opting for biodegradable soap and using it in moderation, campers can enjoy a refreshing and satisfying shower experience without harming the natural world around them.

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