Adding new gear to your collection of essential equipment always brings a sense of accomplishment. However, getting the right mix and match of equipment is not always easy and a bad combination can be both expensive and irritating. To take the guesswork out of choosing the right combination of shower equipment, Camping Shower World has put together a range of shower kits to suit your needs. Whether you prefer solar or propane heaters and whatever your budget, we have a shower kit that’s perfect for you, right down to the biodegradable soap and super-absorbent towels.
With the amazing variety of impressive-looking equipment about, choosing what to buy is not easy. We have tried and tested many of the products to get the best grouping in every price range, from the budget-friendly “Ultra Lightweight” Solar Kit Series available for under $70, to the top of the range “Extreme Luxury” Propane Kit Series. In all, we’ve put together over 16 combinations of showers, enclosures and accessories that will fit any requirement. The centerpieces of our kits are the shower tents, which are the perfect addition to your camping shower package. Apart from their obvious value in providing much-needed outdoor privacy, shower tents also provide essential cover against wind and cold in cooler weather conditions. Anyone who has made use of a shower tent in inclement weather conditions will agree that it is virtually indispensable.
The most important factor to bear in mind when deciding on a combination of tent and shower is the space and carrying capacity of the tent. For example, most shower tents have a rooftop hook for a bag or nozzle but can’t support anything heavier than a 2.5 gallon shower bag. That may leave you in a campsite with a nice looking combo of a brand-new 5 gallon shower bag and a closed top tent that unfortunately just won’t work. The solution is to pair a strong tent with a suitably sized shower bag, such as the “Extreme Luxury” Solar Kit. Alternatively, solutions like the “Ultra Lightweight” Kits, fitted with the open-top Stearns Sunshower enclosure can be used with any size shower bag since the bag is hung from a sturdy tree branch, not the top of the enclosure. Some propane water heaters can be placed inside an enclosure (so long as they’re not “hot water on demand” water heaters such as the Zodi Hot Tap Series because it then becomes a fire hazard) with sufficient space and enough overhead clearance for the nozzle – the “Superior Comfort” Kit #1 and “Superior Comfort” Kit #2 kits are good solutions for both.
Finally, when choosing your kit, calculate what the average number of your camping group is likely to be. A comfortable shower for the average guy will require around 2 gallons – experienced campers can make do with 1 gal each. A solution for a larger group would be to add a few extra shower bags, which can easily be interchanged in most tents, or a larger bag to be hung from the tree branch. Propane heaters obviously increase the amount of available hot water, so a propane shower kit may be a better solution for a larger family group. What is the ideal kit for your unique needs? We’d like to hear your tips and experiences in setting up camp and keeping everyone happy, so all comments and questions are welcome. Best contributions will be up for a prize of a solar shower bag or propane shower as part of our “Win A Portable Camping Shower” contest.