Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Portable Outdoor Shower

A portable shower can keep campers clean or rinse sand from feet and gear after leaving the beach.

Man showering off his surfboard on the beach
If you don’t have propane or power where you want to use a portable shower, consider a solar-heated design.Giantex

There’s nothing quite like a shower while you’re camping or hanging out on the beach. Some solar showers are small enough to fit into a daypack, while others are better suited for a car trunk, but they all deliver a cleansing, invigorating hot water flow. Here are three things to consider when you’re thinking about a portable shower.

RuiMeer Camping Shower Bag 5 gallons/20L Portable Shower Bag for Outdoor Traveling Hiking Solar Shower Bag
This unit is small enough to fit into a beach tote.RuiMeer

Since you’re not hooked up to a municipal water source when you’re on the go, you probably shouldn’t expect a rousing level of water pressure from an outdoor shower. Still, even a gravity-fed shower has enough pressure for a refreshing rinse. If you step up to a propane- or electric-powered shower, you’ll get hotter water and a stronger flow.

GAME Hot and Cold Adjustment, Holds 5.5 Gallons of Water Outdoor/Outside Solar Shower, Freestanding or Mounts, 85-inch Tall x 4-inch Diameter
This product has a swivel-mounted spraying head.GAME

Solar showers do not produce steaming hot water. If you can’t abide by anything but the hottest water you can stand, you’ll want to opt for a propane shower. Propane-powered units produce water hot enough to wash camp dishes.

Giantex 7.2Ft 9.3 Gallon 2-Section Solar Heated Shower W/Shower Head Outdoor Backyard Poolside Beach Pool Spa for Easy Installation, Black
This product has a large water capacity.Giantex

Many portable showers have a five-gallon capacity. The greater a portable shower’s water capacity, the longer someone can stand under the showerhead.