DIY Camp Shower: A Quick Guide for Novices

DIY Camp Shower

Camping is a lot of fun, especially when you do it with family and friends. It takes road trips to the next level. You can bring a campervan, move around, and park at night to rest! However, there are a lot of people who are quite hesitant to this idea because they are devoid of the luxuries they used to enjoy at home.

Among others, one thing that you will not have is a fully-equipped bathroom. This can be frustrating for some, especially for those who find refuge in a relaxing shower after a tiring day.

There are some people who are lucky enough to have a campervan with a built-in shower. However, they can be expensive. Nonetheless, this does not mean that you cannot take a shower when camping. With that, in the rest of this post, we’ll let you know how to make a DIY camp shower. It can be quite intimidating at first, but once you learn the steps, you will realize that it is actually easier than what you have initially thought.

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make your Own Camp Shower

You do not need to be an experienced camper to build a makeshift shower. Even with the basic tools, you will be able to do it in a snap.

There are many ways by which it will be possible to build your own shower. One of the easiest would be through the use of a large bucket. To do this, the following are the basic materials that you will need:

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • PVC
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Duct tape
  • Glue gun
  • 500ml bottle
  • Bicycle pump

Now that you have gathered the necessary materials, below are the easy steps that you have to follow:

  • Start by drilling nine holes on one side of your PVC pipe. Make sure that the drill goes deep into the pipe. It must be able to drill a hole all the way to the other side.
  • On the other end of the pipe, you have to drill seven holes. However, this time, you have to drill only on one side of the pipe.
  • Close the bucket with the lid. Cut a hole on the top, which should be large enough for you to be able to insert the PVC pipe.  Push the end of the bucket with holes on both sides until it reaches the bottom of the bucket.
  • Use the glue gun to create a seal on the hole where you have inserted the PVC. This will provide an assurance that water will not leak.
  • Drill another hole on the lid. This should be about three inches away from what you have initially sealed. Put the bicycle pump on the hole and have it sealed like what you have initially done to the PVC pipe.
  • Drill holes on the top of the cover of the 500ml bottle. Ideally, there should be ten holes.
  • Cut a hole on the side of the bottle and connect it to the PVC pipe. Again, make sure that there is no gap to prevent water from leaking.
  • Use the duct tape to cover the bottle.
  • Now, you are ready to use your shower. All that you have to do is to fill the bucket with water, pump, and enjoy.

Alternatively, you can also use a weed sprayer when building a camp shower. In this case, the following are the materials you have to prepare:

  • 1-gallon sprayer
  • Worm gear hose clamp
  • Side sprayer
  • Brass hose adapter

Here are the simple steps on how to make a DIY camp shower using the materials listed above:

  • Remove the wand that is attached to your weed sprayer. In the case of some models, there is a hose clamp, and all that you have to do is to loosen it to get rid of the wand.
  • Once the wand is removed, attach the brass hose adapter.
  • Now, connect the kitchen sprayer and make sure that it is secure in its place.
  • Fill the gallon with water and you can now press the sprayer for the water to come out and have a makeshift shower. You have to be patient since the pressure is most probably going to be minimal.

Tips and Tricks for Campsite Shower

In this section, we will provide you with valuable insights when it comes to showering in the campsite. It can be challenging, but this does not mean that there should be an excuse for you to not shower, especially after a long and sweaty day.

campsite Shower


  • Make sure to bring slippers and wear them when you are about to shower. Bath houses in campsites can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. They can result in infection, which will make you swear to never go camping again.
  • It will be better to use a liquid soap than bar soap. It can be cumbersome to lather bar soap all over your body. It can slip off your hand easily and can be filled with sand or dirt. Liquid soaps, on the other hand, will be easier to use and won’t slip.
  • Keep it short. Water is a scarce resource, especially when you are camping. Often, five minutes in the shower is more than enough. It won’t hurt to skip the shampoo and conditioner, considering the fact that you won’t be in the campsite for a long time.
  • As an alternative to a regular shower, consider taking a cowboy bath. Essentially, this means that you will heat water in a pan, dip a cloth or a sponge, and wrap it all over your body. This is also a good way to conserve water.
  • Why shower when you can jump in the river or creek? Look around the campsite for a possible location where you can dip and have a refreshing bath without the need to shower.
  • To make things easier, invest in a camping shower bag. They are specially designed to make showering a snap when you are outdoors. They are made of high-quality and thick plastic bags, which should be filled with water. There is a hose that you should hold and point directly to your body to shower.

Wrap Up

When you are camping, you are devoid of the usual luxuries that you get to enjoy at home, such as a bed, cooling or heating system, and a shower. Thankfully, with the discussion above, you can make your own shower! You do not need to be an expert to succeed! All that it needs is a little effort and time to spare!

DIY Camp Shower: A Quick Guide for Novices
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Michael Everett

I am Michael, I like camping and have camped many times over the place. I'm the creator of blog, through my blog I want to share my camping and travel experiences for people, there are explanations, questions and things you need.

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