DIY: Homemade Solar Shower for a Camping Trailer

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DIY: Homemade Solar Shower for a Camping Trailer
A simple slip-on faucet sprayer becomes a shower head. (shower head image by paul mitchell from

Camping is a fun and inexpensive vacation for the frugal family. Sleeping bags, a trailer or tent, and a cooler full of food and drinks are necessities for a camping trip. Yet, after a day or two of dry camping, you might long for a quick shower. It is easy to improvise with a homemade solar shower.

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Things you need

  • 1 2-gallon plastic container with a spigot on the side
  • 1 slip-on faucet sprayer with an on/off button
  • 1 small hose clamp
  • 1 plastic bath mat

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  1. 1

    Fill the container with about 1½ gallons of water. It should have a flip-type spigot, like a large coffeepot. This type of water or beverage container is found in the kitchenware section of most stores. Set it in the sun.

  2. 2

    Wait a few hours. When the water is warm enough, attach the slip-on faucet sprayer to the spigot. If it is too loose, use a small hose clamp (like those in the auto parts store) and attach it securely to the spigot.

  3. 3

    Set the container on top of the trailer or in a tree. It has to be higher than your head for the water to flow out. Put the plastic bath mat on the ground and take a shower.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray-painting the bottom of the water container black makes the water heat up faster.
  • If the weather is cool, set the container in a sheltered sunny spot.
  • If you need privacy, a tarp can be hung to make a shower stall.
  • Water is heavy. If you set the container in a tree, use a strong bungee or rope to attach it so it does not tip and fall on your head.
  • Even solar heated water can be very hot. Check the water temperature before showering.

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