Camping is a beautiful and memorable experience for many people. There are always those who like to rough it and others that prefer the comfort of home.
There is an easy solution for those who love camping but want to enjoy some modern conveniences (aka Glamping); so we’re diving into the best portable hot water shower for camping.
These showers come in all shapes and sizes with different features, but most offer convenience, portability, and affordability.
Whether you are an avid camper or a weekend warrior, you can benefit from a portable hot water shower for your next glamping trip.
What Makes a Good Portable Shower?
When we review these showers, we look at functionality, convenience, portability, and features.
First off, it’s a shower. You need to have decent pressure and hot water. With these showers, you might not get piping hot water as you would at home, but we think you’ll be surprised at how hot they can get. Some portable showers get upwards of 125°F!
You’re taking this shower with you when you’re camping, so convenience and portability are things to consider. Is it heavy? Does it have a carrying handle? Things like that.
We take a look at the characteristics of this shower, particularly since you want to provide hot water in an area where you otherwise wouldn’t. We are glampers, after all.
Although we didn’t specifically address prices in this overview, it’s something to consider as some of these shower systems can get quite pricey.
Basecamp Battery Operated Shower System
This portable shower by Basecamp is a glamper’s dream, and for a good reason. Not only is it lightweight and completely portable, but it also provides a decent flow of hot water.
When you’re out glamping, you want to know that you always have a hot shower ready for you. At 12,000 BTU, you’re sure to have a toasty shower. It can raise the input water temperature by a whopping 35°F! Don’t worry about getting burned; it also has scald-protection built-in.
Built for extreme convenience, 4 D-cell batteries and a small portable propane tank power this shower, and it includes a flow-driven ignition. This shower is always ready when you are, wherever you are.
Basecamp makes a couple of other models for those who enjoy a piping hot shower. They have a 17,000 and 18,000 BTU model, which raises the water temperature by 42°F and 45°F, respectively. Expect to pay a little bit more for those variants.
VivoHome Portable Propane Tankless Water Heater
VivoHome has developed the most comprehensive portable, on-demand hot water shower designed for all glampers. They’ve integrated the best and the most features of all of the showers.
Powered by 2 D-cell batteries, it is super easy to install and get going. Hook up a gas source and water supply of at least 3 PSI of pressure, and you’re ready to go. You’ll get a 145 PSA stream of hot water in about 3 seconds.
You don’t even need power for a hot shower as the ignition is battery-powered.
The showerhead is one of the best features of this kit. It has a stop/start switch with three gentle modes for the perfect shower. The wand has a stainless steel hose just under 6 feet long, providing you ample space to clean off after taking a dip in the lake.
Unlike the Basecamp above, the VivoHome only has one variant and that is the 1.6 GPM (6L).
Ridgeyard Portable Propane Instant Hot Shower
The Ridgeyard Portable Propane Hot Shower is perfect for campers who want to enjoy some modern conveniences.
This shower provides convenience and portability with affordability. It is compact and lightweight with a carry handle and stands designed for easy portability, making it easy to transport from campsite to campsite.
In addition, the unit includes auto cut-off, anti-dry combustion, overpressure, overheating, and flame-out protection features which provide peace of mind when showering in areas with high water pressure or when power has been lost in campgrounds.
Best of all, this shower heats up in just a few minutes, which saves you the time you would otherwise have spent in a cold bath or lake.
Coleman H2Oasis on Demand Shower
The Coleman H2Oasis Portable Water Heater is one of the best and most durable water heaters on the market.
Whether you’re heating water for a hot shower, hot drink, or doing the dishes, the Coleman will get your water to a piping 125°F in no time.
Unlike the other heaters, this one uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you don’t have to worry about bringing extra batteries. Plug it into a 12V outlet (i.e., your car), and soon you’ll be taking a steaming shower. Keep in mind it can take up to 6 hours to charge the batteries, so make sure it’s charged up before you hit the road.
One of the things I love the most about this one is its compact design. It includes a couple of handles which make it great for transport, and this also makes it super easy to set it up on a picnic table or the tailgate of your pickup truck.
Risepro Portable Solar Shower Bag
This list wouldn’t be complete without the most portable of options – the Risepro Portable Shower Bag.
It’s okay; sometimes, you just want to rough it. We get it.
Capable of holding 5 gallons of water, you fill the bag up, hang it in the sun, and its dark PVC shell will absorb the sun’s rays.
While it’s not nearly as quick as the 3 seconds it takes to get the Foruee going; if you hang this in direct sunlight for around 3 hours, you should have water that is upwards of 110°F. Not too bad, considering power and propane are not required.
This small and mighty portable shower is surprisingly rich with features as well. It includes both a showerhead switch and an outlet switch, giving you complete control over water output. It also has an analog thermometer to tell you exactly how warm of a shower you’re about to enjoy.
As you can see, there are many options when it comes to portable hot water showers. If we had to pick one, the best portable hot water shower for camping would be the VivoHome. In our opinion, it provides the best combination of convenience and portability with affordability.
Have you ever used a portable hot water shower while camping? We’d want to hear what you think in the comments below.