Ultimate camp shower by Coleman
If you’re like me, you enjoy going camping, and you don’t mind getting a bit dirty because it goes hand in hand with spending time in the outdoors. At the end of the day, though, there’s nothing better than a nice, refreshing shower. At some campsites, this may well be a possibility as they are equipped with free camping showers, although these are usually not the most sanitary of places.
But sometimes your camping trip may take you to a place where there aren’t such conveniences. If you’re going camping at a campground where all that’s included is a spot to put up your tent, then the only amenities available are the ones you brought along for the trip. Similarly, other outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, or hunting usually mean getting dirty and not having access to a shower.
This Coleman outdoor item I’m reviewing in this article solves this problem in a big way: it’s the “Coleman 5-Gallon PVC Camp Shower“. This item can be a camper’s best friend, along with the Swiss Army knife and the camping stove.
The Coleman 5-Gallon PVC Camp Shower Bag is a 5 gallon PVC pouch that has a fill valve at the top to let the water in and a hose with a spout to let the water out as you’re showering. Like most camping shower bags, it uses solar power to heat the water inside. Leave it under full sun for about 3 hours, and you will get a warm shower at the end of the day. If it were a 3-gallon shower bag, 2 to 3 hours under the sun would suffice to get the water warm enough for a comfortable shower but since this is the bigger sized model it does take longer to get more acceptable results. A good tip is to place the camping shower bag horizontally on the ground from noon to 3 pm and in the morning and afternoon after 3 pm, hang it vertically. This way it will get the maximum amount of sun at all times and will be ready to go at the end of the day. At the full capacity of 5 gallons, you have enough water for an 8-minute shower. At 4 minutes each, two people can enjoy a quick, comfortable shower
You can purchase the shower bag by itself if you need to pack light, as when you’re going hiking for example. It will do the job to get you clean, but you will not have the privacy that a real shower provides. For full privacy, it’s best to combine the camping shower bag with a camping shower tent. This way, you’ll be equipped with a fully portable camping shower solution that provides the benefit of privacy on top of getting clean.
The Coleman 5-Gallon PVC Camp Shower bag does an excellent job of providing water anytime, anywhere for a price tag of around 15$. However, some people have complained that it can sometimes rip at the seams. This seems to be due to the large quantity of water it holds because it mostly happens when it is filled all the way to the 5-gallon mark. If you keep it filled not too far past the 4-gallon mark, chances are you won’t run into this problem. There you have it. For 15$, the Coleman 5-Gallon PVC Camp Shower Bag is a decent product and gets the job done. Overall, the materials used in the making of this product are slightly cheap, but at this price, there’s not much to complain about. For more sturdy and quality camping shower bags, I suggest looking at models in 20$ – 30$ range.