Showering is one of those luxuries that sometimes you forget about when you don’t have access to it. You may have found yourself in this predicament a few times in your life when camping.
Now, sure, those with RVs that have built-in plumbing systems (and showers) or those who only camp in campgrounds that allow campers access to their public showers may not have to ever worry about going without a shower while camping.
However, there’s also another solution and it’s this thing called a camping shower tent. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tent…and you can shower in it. Simple, right? Yet, though simple in concept, the market offers many different options to choose from. And now we’ve finally gone full circle to why you’ve come here today.
We’ve probably rambled long enough, let’s check out some of the best camping shower tents that money can buy.
1. Ozark 2-Room Shower Tent
Don’t let the price tag of this camping shower tent scare you, it truly is arguably the best out there. Yes, it’s number one on our list but we say “arguably” as not everyone out there will agree. However, let’s explain a little about why it landed on top of this list.
For starters, even though it’s kind of large in size, it’s actually not very difficult to assemble. Indeed, this has two rooms, one for taking a shower and the other for changing clothes and such. The shower room, specifically, has a couple of storage pockets and also a hanger strap.
Overall, this is just a well-made tent that should last for quite a long time (if properly cared for that is). For added convenience, it even comes with a rain fly if you want to take a shower during poor weather. Overall, there’s just not a lot to complain about here.
- The quality is really good
- Pretty easy to assemble
- Plenty of storage space
- A little pricey
- Changing room can get wet
- Might be too small for taller people
2. Texsport Camping Shower
Let’s just say that this might be considered overkill for someone looking for a camping shower tent for just one or two people. We say that because this thing could probably fit three or four people comfortably while showering.
Now, it’s not as if showering is a group activity, but it’s worth pointing out regardless for families with small children. Past the space, the steel frame of this shower is arguably its best feature. While this does add some weight to the overall package, the foundation here is strong and sturdy.
Not to say that non-steel framed shower tents are inferior, but this thing is great. Capping it off is excellent ventilation thanks to the mesh windows and panels. Just an excellent, long-term shower tent.
- Lots of storage present
- The steel frame is fantastic
- As spacious as it gets
- Can take a minute to set up
- On the heavier side
- Shower bag is not great
3. Green Elephant Shower Tent
If you were to argue that this should probably cost a third of the price, we probably wouldn’t argue too much. That said, at least it’s a slightly overpriced item that’s high-quality, practical, convenient, and overall well-made.
Starting with the size and ease of use, this thing is plenty big and quite easy to assemble. Then again, the included stakes are less than ideal. It might not be a bad idea to go out and buy some of your own stakes. Also, there are plenty of hangers and holders for all your toiletries.
Any negatives to point out, outside the included stakes, would just be that this can be a bit annoying to fold. When you do finally get it folded, however, you’ll more than likely appreciate its compact size. Just a great choice for a quick camping shower is all we’ve got to say.
- Easy to assemble
- Compact when folded
- Can also act as a bathroom
- The included stakes kind of stinks
- The storage bag’s not the best
- It can be difficult to fold
4. G4Free Camping Shower Tent
Even though this is a solo-room shower tent, it’s one that isn’t exactly optimized for people looking for a quick, easy, and simple shower. We point that out because, in actuality, this is perfect for people who like to camp for days at a time and want to shower every morning and such.
Setting it up is about what you’d expect from a traditional tent. In other words, this will be easier to set up with a few hands. But due to its plethora of built-in storage features, optimal height, and high-quality construction, it’ll be worth it for several days of showering.
The waterproof top cloth also does a good job of keeping the inside dry from the outside rain. Obviously, this is for showering so the inside will get wet but only from the actual shower bag itself. As a whole, this sucker also takes up a decent amount of storage space.
- Very sturdy design
- Great for taller people
- Comes with many storage options
- Hard for one person to assemble
- Takes up a lot of space
- Bag hooks is in a weird spot
5. KingCamp Shower Tent
KingCamp is one of those brands that have earned their rather boastful name. They’ve established themselves as a top player in the camping world, and their oversized shower tent is pretty much what you’d expect from them.
It’s got all the goods that many of you will love including two interior pockets with four compartments along with two additional straps for hanging towels and clothes, mesh windows and a mesh roof for breathability, and plenty of space to shower and change.
Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention a few ways that this tent falls a little bit short. That being the somewhat low-grade fabric (it could be a little better) and the kind of pathetic stakes that are included. We guess we just judge KingCamp a little differently than anyone else because this really is a terrific design overall.
- Quite spacious inside
- Really good ventilation
- Storage features aplenty
- Instructions are not good
- The stakes are kind of pathetic
- Somewhat low-grade fabric
6. Lightspeed Privacy Tent
Alright, so there’s something that needs to be pointed out immediately about this next option. From a sheer technical sense, this isn’t exactly marketed as a camping shower tent. It’s more or less sold as a privacy tent that can be used for many different purposes (including showering).
And while it’s equipped to handle a shower bag, it actually doesn’t come with one directly. Just something to keep in mind is all. Also, something to keep in mind is when using this as a shower, the tie-down cables will pretty much need to be used.
As for how much room is in this sucker, it’s got a decent amount of room. Something to note is anyone over around 5-foot-8 will probably have to duck a little bit when showering. In other words, if you’re “tall” and don’t want to do that, it might be ideal to pass on this one.
- The assembly is a breeze
- Zipper panels allow ventilation
- Floor can be clipped up or down
- Doesn’t come with a shower bag
- Not the best during wind gusts
- Not for tall people
7. Alvantor Shower Tent
Man, is this ever an impressive design here? Outside of the sleek look of the white fabric (which for some reason we really, really like), it’s built to last with poly-oxford Teflon coated fabric and a vinyl coating for sun protection.
For taller people, there’s also plenty of space as this sucker is pretty darn tall. Adding on to this are interior storage features perfect for all your showering needs. Now, you may be asking yourself why this didn’t land higher on this list. Indeed, 7th is nothing to scoff at, but it’s a legit question.
It really comes down to the fact that we can’t understand why it’s so overpriced. Yes, we still consider this money well spent, but it would’ve been nice for the price to be cut down a little. If you can catch this on sale, you’ll get a huge winner.
- Lots of headroom inside
- Lots of elbow room too
- Fairly lightweight overall
- The stakes included are thin
- A bit too high in price
- Included rain cover is not the best
8. GigaTent Privacy Tent
There are some fairly high-priced options on this list, but it’s fair to say that some of you may be on tighter budgets. So, the question is can you get a high-quality camping shower tent at an extremely affordable price?
The answer is yes but let’s be clear about something, we’re not going to pretend like this model is the cream of the crop when it comes to quality and its overall design. What this privacy tent (that can be used for showers) is, though, is simple and effective.
And when we say simple, we mean it. This bad boy can be assembled in mere seconds and while the build quality isn’t amazing, it’s also respectable for the price. Oh, and as for the reviews indicating that this is see-through, it’s not. In well-lit areas, you would see a vague shadowy silhouette, but that’s about it.
- Can’t beat the price
- Setting up takes seconds
- Ultralightweight construction
- Not as private as some will prefer
- Folding it can be tricky
- Not heavy-duty
9. Core Camping Shower Tent
You split the price in half and we’re more than certain that this entry climbs up on this list…like a lot. We can’t help that it’s a bit overpriced, though, but it still managed to make a spot on this list. So, it must be pretty good then, right?
Well, let’s talk about some of the features that we like. For starters, it has multiple rooms, and, yes, they’re separated by a zippered door. Also, for such a big tent, it’s actually fairly simple to assemble. Oh, and the mesh roof is really nice for ventilation.
Of course, let’s not act as if this is flawless. Outside of the higher-than-needed price tag, the included shower bag (when filled completely) struggles to be held up by the tent. Why this is an issue is kind of puzzling. Just be aware of that is all.
- Easy to assemble
- There are two rooms
- Backed by a one-year warranty
- Can’t hold shower bag when filled
- Material could be heavier duty
- Changing room needs drainage
10. WolfWise Shower Tent
If this was a popularity contest, we’d say this would probably win with flying colors. It seems to be one of the most beloved camping shower tent models on the market. While we clearly think several are superior, this still caps off the list very nicely.
It’s about what you’d expect from this point from a shower tent. Then again, what makes this design super convenient is the fact that it can be popped up and folded down very easily. Folding it down requires a bit more time, but the overall process is streamlined.
For the record, it does only have one room, but it has a fairly spacious interior. You might want to go out and buy some of your own stakes, though, as the included one’s kind of stink.
- The carrying case is nice
- Very easy to set up
- Spacious interior
- Only one pouch to hold items
- Included stakes pretty much suck
- Material could be thicker
Frequently asked questions
How well will they hold up in high winds?
Here’s the deal, answering this question requires a couple of additional questions. How sturdy and strong is the camping shower tent? How strong are the stakes and any other additional hardware used for strapping it down? How high are the winds?
Let’s break down each question. A tent with cheaper fabric and a lower quality build probably won’t be able to handle significant winds. Plastic, low-quality stakes and other hardware won’t do much good. Finally, with high enough winds it probably won’t matter. Remember, there are only two things that will ever remain undefeated. Father Time and Mother Nature.
What is a shower bag?
Essentially, a shower bag is what allows you to be able to take a shower in a camping shower tent. It’s a plastic bladder that’s filled with water and it will come with a shower hose attached to it. To heat the water up, you’d just lay the shower bag (with the water inside) in the sun. It’s pretty much as simple as that.
Can you use an outdoor shower at a campsite?
Using a camping shower tent on your own property (if you own a cabin or land and like to camp there or something) is all up to you. When it comes to using one at a campsite, however, that can be a different story. Whatever campground you’re thinking about staying at, check with them to see if they’ll allow the use of one. Chances are, they probably will but will want you to catch the greywater and dispose of it properly.
How does water drain from a shower tent?
Some will have mesh floors so the water just drains into the ground, and some will not come with any type of floor at all. This is why it’s smart to think about where you’re going to place the shower tent. Ideally, you’ll find a slope nearby to allow the water to drain right where you want it to.
Awesome, that’s a wrap! Did you find the shower tent you wanted and needed?
If you at some point experience low water pressure from your shower head, I’ve written another post on the best low pressure shower heads that’ll help you achieve the optimal water pressure.
Other than that, happy shower tent-hunting! 🙂