Staying clean on camping trips is always a major concern for me. People always are wondering how to bathe while camping. Taking an outdoor cold bath or shower is never thrilling unless it's super hot outside. I built a simple weed sprayer shower for less than $25 that does the job.
3 Things Are Required To Bathe While Camping
- Water. I prefer hot water!
- Biodegradable Soap That Gets You Clean
- A Quick Drying Towel
Bathing is not difficult on camping trips. While car camping, I seek out campgrounds with hot showers.
If no showers are available, I will use large plastic wash basin and fill it with warm water that you heat on your camp stove. You can get very clean with this method and it does not consume a lot of water. If you are looking how to wash your hair while camping, all I do is heat up a small pot of water and use it to wet and rinse my hair. If it's not too cold outside, I stick my head under the water spigot and wash my hair right there.
How To Take A Shower While Camping
As I mentioned before, the easiest way to take a shower while camping is to find a campground that provides shower or will let you pay for a shower when you do not plan on spending the night. I have a portable sun shower for years and they work well as long as you do not plan on leaving the same day as they take all day to heat up the water. I have never bothered with a portable shower as I have found that I can fill up my solar shower with hot water and get a shower whenever I need one. For privacy, I have hung the rain fly from our tent on the tail gate of our Subaru. I like to improvise so I don't have to pack so much junk. Clutter makes camping a pain in the rear. You can buy solar showers from Amazon, Walmart, or REI.
Dr. Bronner's Liquid Peppermint Camping
My kids and like to dip a synthetic chamois into the water and squirt a few drops of Dr. Bronner's Magic Peppermint All In One liquid Peppermint Soap on the chamois and sponge bathe our bodies with it. You feel amazingly refreshed. Dr. Bronner's soap is so concentrated that you also sprinkle a few drops into the water to wash yourself. As long as you don't make it too strong, you don't need to rinse as this soap leaves little if any residue. You can buy a quart bottle of Dr. Bronner's Peppermint at Amazon for about $15 delivered to your door.
I tried packing bar soap on our camping trips and the kids and myself always seem to loose the bar, drop it in the dirt or leave it in a wet bag. I started packing Dr. Bronners liquid soap because we can use it as a shampoo, body wash, and dish soap. It's organic and biodegradable too. The guy that writes all the things that this soap does is kind of looney. He suggests that you can brush your teeth with it. Yes, you can, but it still tastes like soap. It comes in peppermint, eucalyptus, almond, citrus, tea tree, and a few others. We never use deodorant because it attracts bugs, bears, and who know what else. Dr. Bronners Tea Tree and eucalyptis soap will actually repel insects!
"Unlike any you’ve ever used. A combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils, creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety-lather that leaves the skin silky-smooth and refreshed."
I use Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap daily. It's the best all around travel soap on the planet.
The Best Camping Bath Towels Are Quick Drying & Light Weight
Years ago, I never packed a towel on camping trips because quick drying light weight towels never performed good enough for me to buy or take one along. Today, there are so many options like common synthetic automotive chamois or micro fiber camp towels that are not only inexpensive, but they work. On car camping trips, I pack 2 synthetic Absorber synthetic chamois and 2 light weight quick drying micro fiber camping towels.
The most practical towel that I could ever dream up is the synthetic Absorber chamois that you buy at Walmart or Amazon. Wetting the towels prior to bathing is recommended. After the towel is wet, you simply twist it to get all the water out of the towel. The towels have the ability to hold up to 10 times their weight in water. Speedo sells markets the same towel and will charge you more for it.
A synthetic car chamois works great because it's much lighter than a cotton towel or synthetic micro fiber camping towel. It never needs drying as you store it while it's slightly weight for ease of use.
My wife on the other hand will not use a chamois because she needs something soft and dry against her skin. I bought her a micro fiber camping towel at REI she absolutely loves it. REI has really dropped price of their branded camp towels in the past few years. REI sells the large Multi Towel (36"x16.5") for around $17. You can buy the MSR Pack Towel From Back Country Edge for around $15.
I pack a few extra and use them to dry the dishes. We wash them every days. Sometimes I will hand wash our car because it gets so dirty and use the Absorber to dry it.