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How to Make a DIY Camping Shower



A girl under a waterfall.

Our daily shower can wake us upright, make us energized, or relax us after a long day. In fact, a study made by the hotel chain Hilton showed that 3 out of 5 of their guests sing in the shower

With showers being so enjoyable that many of us sing in them, why then do so many people sacrifice them when they go on a camping trip? Unless you’re going primitive camping or visiting a campsite with very few amenities, most campsites usually have a shower. But often they’re shared between a lot of people, can become dirty, or maybe have a long queue to use them. So if you quiver at the sight of a shared bathroom, or your camping adventures tend to be a bit more off-piste, a DIY camping shower might just be the right solution for you. 

There are many options for camping showers on the market. For our top recommendations for the best camping showers on the market, check out our buying guide. Portable camping showers can revolutionize your camping experience. Instead of having to plan and book in advance, ensuring your campsites have the appropriate showering amenities, carrying a portable shower can elevate you to a totally spontaneous camper. With the shower in the boot of your car, you can set off without a care in the world, and set up camp wherever you like. Not to mention that showering alfresco can be a liberating and rejuvenating experience! It’s one of our favorite ways to connect with nature. Once you’ve showered outside, looking at the sky while you clean, we think you’ll find it quite hard to go back to the campground showers. 

If you would rather make your own camping shower, than buying an alternative online or in a camping store, there are a couple of different ways to build one. We will walk you through our step by step guides for making 3 types of camping shower. 


A man by a waterfall.

Camping showers can be natural or man-made.


Garden hose camping shower

What’s great about this camping shower, and sets it out from many pre-made options online, is that it’s pressurized. This means that you don’t have to hang your gravity feed bag or container from a tree, or another high place, to let gravity do the work of creating the pressure. You just turn on the shower for instant pressure from the water pump. This makes this a great portable shower solution, both for getting you clean, and for washing off your kit after a long day hiking, or cleaning your board or beach necessities from the sand. 

To make this camping shower, you’ll need a few parts, all of which can easily be purchased at most local hardware stores. Here’s what you will need: 


  • Garden hose barbed adaptor


  • Garden hose nozzle (here’s where you can be a bit more selective with what you buy. Consider buying a nozzle with a large head, to have more water coverage while you clean. Don’t scrimp and save with this part, it’s what could make the difference between a refreshing, pressurized shower, and a disappointing drizzle)


  • Garden sprayer or deck sprayer (this must be new or unused, so that it hasn’t been used to spray chemicals, for your safety). 


  • Small hose clamp


Once you’ve purchased these parts or reclaimed them from your garden shed, here is how you assemble your DIY camping shower: 


  • From the garden sprayer, remove the spraying wand or nozzle. You can always store this somewhere in your house, just in case you want to convert it back to be used as a garden sprayer


  • Screw on the barbed garden hose adaptor onto the garden hose nozzle


  • Put the hose clamp on the hose 


  • Into the hose, fit the barbed end of the garden hose adaptor


  • Tighten the hose clamp as securely as possible, to avoid any leaking or weakening in the attachment


Now you’ve assembled all the parts of your basic DIY shower, you’re ready to go! All you need to do is pump up the garden sprayer, which pressures the system and shower away. As we’ve mentioned, this is a great option for an easy, portable DIY shower, as the pressured system means you can pump up and shower anywhere, with no need to use gravity to create the pressure. However, one drawback of this solution is that the water is cold. This could work perfectly, for example, if you’re going on a camping trip to the beach in the summer. It will refresh you daily and is also an easy way to clean off all your beach gear efficiently. However, we definitely wouldn’t recommend this for mountain or winter camping. Having a cold shower outside when it’s nippy could potentially be bad for your health, and definitely won’t be a pleasant experience. 


A man by a camper.

A study made by the hotel chain Hilton showed that 3 out of 5 of their guests sing in the shower.


Propane-powered camping showers

So, if our first solution is a little too rough and ready for you, let’s take a look at how you can make your own shower. And the secret missing ingredient for a DIY portable hot camping shower is: propane. Propane-powered camping showers have been on the market for some time, and are a simple, cheap alternative to a camping shower. They are also very light and portable. Portable water heaters are designed to run off a standard 1lb. propane canister. 

Portable water heaters are a great option for serious camping enthusiasts to add to their camping gear. Seeing as they can be a bit bulky, you wouldn’t want to take them hiking, but they make an excellent luxury addition to your RV, camper van or car camping experience. One of the benefits of buying a water heater and setting it up as a shower, rather than just purchasing a ready-made portable camp shower, is that with a portable water heater you get a reliable source of hot water throughout your trip, not just for showering needs. You could also connect it to your sink, or use it to wash dirty dishes and kit, in a sanitary way. 

Portable water heaters are fully mobile and powered off a standard 1lb propane canister. You plug in the canister yourself to power the water heater, so if you’re going off the grid for a long camping trip, you could take extra propane canisters, or use a larger one. One of the benefits of a portable camping heater is that it comes with its own pump, so you never need to worry about the pressure not being enough in your shower stream. Before we go more into how to set up your DIY camping shower with a portable water heater, here are some things you need to know about portable water heaters, and some of our recommendations for finding the right one for you: 


  • Because water heaters are using propane to power themselves, they need fresh oxygen to function properly and safely. Make sure the water heater has the proper ventilation around it, and never use a propane water heater unless you’re outside. 


  • When your water heater is idle, it shouldn’t be exposed to the elements. Make sure to leave it in the boot of your car, or stored somewhere in your RV, to keep it safe.


  • Don’t use soap near a freshwater source! Soap can really damage water ecosystems, so make sure that if you lather up, you shower in a wood or forest, where it can be filtered through the soil. After all, you never want to harm the environment while you are immersing yourself in it. 


  • Water heaters are not designed to use stream or lake water – they need a clean water source. This is mainly because the pumps in water heaters only have a basic filter, so they’re not ready for the debris or particles found in freshwater sources. They also don’t heat the water enough to kill harmful bacteria you might find in freshwater from lakes or rivers. So to keep your water heater, and yourself, safe and clean, make sure you only use clean water. Keep backup supplies in the trunk of your car or your RV.


  • Make sure the water heater you choose has a high flow rate, measured in GMP (Gallons Per Minute). If your water heater has a high flow rate then you’ll have a nicely pressured shower, rather than standing under a luke-warm drizzle. We’d recommend getting a pump with an adjustable flow rate. This is because if you use a lower flow rate, the water is hotter, and vice versa. So if you have an adjustable flow rate, you can decide based on the weather if you’d rather have a weaker, hotter shower, or a strong, cooler one. 


  • Choose a water heater with a high BTU (British Thermal Unit). This is a measure of how much heat is released over a certain period of time. Buying a water heater with a high BTU ensures you’ll have hot showers all through your trip.


  • Think about where your power source will be coming from. If you’re car camping, you can plug some water heaters into the cigarette plug for a direct 12V source. Some other water heaters have an internal rechargeable battery, which might be the best option for the more eco-conscious among you. You can also get water heaters that are powered by D-Cell batteries: if you’re going for this option, make sure you have a couple of spares in your trunk. You should also consider the run time of the water heater you’re investing in. Go for a water heater with a long run time if you’re opting for a battery-powered unit, to make sure you’re not having to constantly change or recharge the batteries. This is especially important if you’re wanting to provide showers for the whole family or a larger group. 


  • You also need to consider the temperature rise in your water heater. This is the amount that the heater will increase the temperature of your water. We’d recommend getting a water heater with a high-temperature rise, to ensure all your showers are satisfactory. If you’re using particularly cold water, try heating up on your campfire, or putting it once through the water heater first, to ensure you get a nice warm shower. 


  • Make sure your water heater has the right max temperature so that it can’t burn you. We’d recommend 110 degrees at the most. 


To make this hot camping shower, you’ll need a few parts, all of which can easily be purchased at most local hardware stores. Here’s what you will need: 


  • A fresh water tank (we’d recommend keeping a few extra in the trunk of your car as backup)


  • A portable water heater 


  • A propane canister 


  • A shower-head attachment (often this comes already attached to the portable water heater. If you’d like a slightly different model, they can easily be changed and reattached to most portable water heaters)


  • A 12V plug attachment to use in the cigarette plug of your car (or, for other models of water heaters, fully charge the battery of the water heater or bring extra D-Cell batteries)


Once you’ve purchased these parts, here is how you assemble your hot water heater camping shower:



  • Connect your portable water heater to your propane canister. When you’re preparing your shower, the more you turn on your propane canister, the hotter your shower will be. If you’re trying to preserve your propane, don’t turn it up too much, or take short showers. 


  • Plug your portable water heater into your power source. You can insert the battery, or charge your battery if you’re using a battery-powered water heater. However, if you’re car camping, we would recommend buying a water heater that has an attached 12V plug that you can put straight into your car’s cigarette plug. 


  • Attach your shower head attachment. Many portable water heaters come with their own, so you might be able to skip this step, or you can replace the showerhead with one which you prefer. 


Once you’ve set up all the parts in this way, all you need to do is switch on your water heater, and turn on your propane. Pull the trigger on the shower head attachment, and enjoy your warm alfresco showering experience!


Water bag showers

If you like the DIY approach of the first camping shower, but want the warm shower provided by the second model, then we might just have the perfect solution for you. For a nice warm shower, that you can build entirely on your own, you can buy a solar shower bag. This is a black water bag, which absorbs the sun’s energy, and gives you a lovely warm shower through solar heating. All you need to do is fit the bag with a hose and nozzle, leave it in the sun to warm, put it up high and then shower away: letting gravity do all the hard work for you. This solution is handy: the bag can store away nice and easily, and is light, so this is a great option for you if you’re hiking a long distance before you set up camp or backpacking. However, it does have some drawbacks. This solution relies on the sun to provide you with warm water. This will not work effectively on cool days, or if there is a lot of cloud coverage. You also need to be in a wooded area or have a pole nearby, where you can hang the shower bag. Alternately you can hold the bag above your head while you shower, but that does get a little bit annoying. 

One great solution is to repeat all the steps from a camp shower one. This doesn’t rely on the sun’s heat, and you don’t need to hang it from a height, the pressure pump will give you all the pressure you need for a strong shower. Then if you’re camping in cool weather, or winter or mountain camping, you can heat the water for your shower on your campfire before putting it in the garden sprayer. This is also a great option if you don’t want to carry around lots of extra clean water: you could opt for boiling water from a lake or river, to kill the bacteria, let it cool for a while and then put it in your garden sprayer. This will give you an easily replaceable water source, and you don’t have to use any energy from your car or batteries to power the shower. An easy, cheap, portable solution for a DIY camp shower!


A woman at a campsite.

With all the varieties of DIY camping showers out there, it’s easy to stay clean and refreshed while out on the trail.


Final Verdict:


There are a lot of options on the market for portable camping showers, some that include gadgets like a shower tent. However they can sometimes be expensive, often don’t heat up the water effectively, or don’t have a strong stream of water coming from the showerhead. Opting to make a DIY camping shower is a great solution. If you are camping with your car or going on a road trip, we would recommend going for the second DIY camping shower option, as then you can use the portable water heater for other purposes such as doing the washing up. Especially if you purchase a water heater that plugs into your car, you’re guaranteed to always get nice, hot water, and a steady stream. Think about bringing a tarp to stand on, so your feet don’t get muddy. With this option, you can have an almost luxury outdoor shower, that will make you want to sing just like your shower at home!



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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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