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Between camping, bivouacking, and road-tripping, Decathlon helps you to maintain impeccable hygiene by guiding you in choosing your portable shower.
Going on a camping holiday? Planning a road trip? Now that you have your camping gear, it's time to turn your attention to the various additional equipment designed to make life easier during your adventure. These include the portable shower, which is ideal for maintaining a high level of hygiene even when you are away from home.
In this guide, Decathlon helps you choose the perfect portable shower for your excursions.
As you can see, a portable shower is an essential piece of equipment when you're on a multi-day adventure. It can take different forms and can be adapted to all situations in order to offer you impeccable hygiene, even in the open air. In order to meet your individual requirements, portable showers come in a variety of forms, which we present here for you to choose from to suit your needs.
Portable hanging shower bags
This is the simplest and most foolproof shower system! Portable pocket showers consist of a bag filled with water that is hung (often from a tree branch). Like water towers, this shower system takes advantage of gravity: no pump required! It should therefore be hung high, preferably above you, to ensure optimum pressure from the water outlet.
The advantages of this type of product: no pump to create pressure, no electricity either. What's more, it takes up little space with a tank capacity that allows you to shower several times (unless you spend hours in the shower!). Disadvantages: often equipped with a minimalist shower head (which can be replaced by a fancier model in some cases) and a short hose length (or even none at all on some models), this shower will also require you to look for a tree or a high place to attach it. Also, never attach the pocket of the portable shower to the tree so as not to damage it! You will need to remember to attach a strap between the two to avoid splitting your pouch material on the bark or on a small broken branch.
The tank capacity of portable pocket showers typically ranges from 10 to 20 liters.
Portable solar (or heated) showers
The increasingly popular solar showers have the particularity of offering rather warm water for a very pleasant feeling after a long day of effort. Indeed, while cold water will refresh you after exercise, warmer water can relax your muscles and warm you up if the temperatures drop at the end of the day.
Making the right choice for your solar shower is essential for a much appreciated moment of relaxation after a long summer day. You will find two main types: the simple solar shower, in the form of a bag to be placed high up so that the water reaches you with the help of gravity, or the pressure solar shower which will save you from finding a tree (or a post) on which to hang your shower. For this type, its pump system allows you to simply place it on the ground.
In any case, you will need to expose your shower to the sun to heat your water.
Just like your other camping or bivouac equipment, the choice of your portable shower should be based on different criteria that will determine its quality. Depending on your use and expectations, the choice of your portable shower may vary, so it is worth paying attention to the different features that the models available on the market may have.
What are the best portable shower models for a road trip or camping trip?
On a road-trip or camping trip, the shower model chosen will not meet the various size and weight requirements. When transported by car, your equipment may be larger and heavier, allowing you to opt for a larger capacity shower. In short, you can do (almost) anything when camping. On a road trip, you can also opt for all solutions, even the hand shower, if you have access to water points or if you carry a can with you. Beware, however, that on a road trip, your water remains a limited resource to be managed and prioritized according to your needs: first for drinking, then washing, then doing the washing up!
Which portable, easily transportable shower should you choose for a bivouac?
If you want to find a shower for your bivouac adventures, the criteria are different from those mentioned above. In this case, it is advisable to choose a model that takes up little space and is easy to transport. It is essential that your portable shower can be taken with you wherever you go, without any hassle.
Sometimes you have to choose between a portable pressure shower (the one with the pump system) which can be installed anywhere but weighs 870 grams (for our Quechua model) and takes up space even when stored; with a 300 gram solar shower bag (more than half the weight!), foldable, but which will require you to find a place to hang it. In short, find out about the terrain you will be practicing in and calculate the total weight of your backpack to make your choice.
Nb: ultra-lightweight fans will opt for a portable shower in the form of a hanging pouch, which is much less cumbersome and lighter than all the other models ;)