Portable Showers & Towels
Although a nice hot shower may not be the first thing you think of in a survival situation, basic hygiene, including cleanliness, are actually important factors in maintaining good health and improving your chance of survival in the long term. Like a nice hot meal, a campfire, or some family photos, a warm shower can go a long way in restoring some normalcy and providing a morale booster during a tough situation or adjustment period following a disaster or collapse.
Portable showers are the easiest and most convenient way to ensure cleanliness when the lights go out. Whether you plan to stay put in your home, move to another secure location, or simply bug out into the wilderness, if there is no running water you’ll need to find another way of effectively cleaning yourself. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to fashion a portable shower in a pinch.
Portable showers should be collapsible, and lightweight as well as durable so as not to puncture or tear. The most desirable and convenient portable showers are commonly referred to as solar showers or camp showers. These flexible water containers are easy to fill with any clean water. Once filled, simply placing the container in direct sunlight will allow it to heat up to a comfortable temperature for showering. A heat sink is another effective way of warming your portable shower water even more quickly. Placing the solar shower on a dark, metal or stone surface will help to heat the water faster. Large portable showers such as the Solar Spray sold in our online store can heat to almost 100°F in roughly 2.5 hours.
Once the portable shower has warmed sufficiently it can be hung from any sturdy overhead location (a tree branch if you’re outdoors, or a showerhead if you’re in a building) and gravity will pull a steady stream of water through the attached flexible rubber hose that attaches the bladder to the showerhead. The showerhead is equipped with a handy on/off toggle so that you can conserve the warm water while you’re soaping up.
Privacy is another important factor when it comes to showering. A portable shower can be paired with a PUP (Portable Utility Privacy) Shelter to create an enclosed and private place to have a shower, dry, and dress. The PUP Shelter is easy to transport and sets up in no time. With plenty of space inside, the portable shower privacy tent can also be used for dressing and other grooming like shaving. In addition to providing privacy, the enclosed nature of a PUP tent also helps with heat retention, which can make a huge difference especially when showering children.
Towels & Shower Accessories
Camp towels are one of the most multipurpose items you can carry with you. Usually made from rayon, these specialized towels are compact, lightweight, and quick drying. Aside from drying off after a shower or a swim, camp towels can be used as a washcloth, a potholder, to dry other fabrics like clothing, to clean up a spill or a mess, or even as a bandage in a pinch. Camp