As I’m sure you’ve read in many of my previous posts, our boys adore camping. We go on our big annual trip each August and they look forward to it all year long.
However, when the topic of showers comes up, I get THE FACE. You know the one. The “OMG do I HAVE to?” with a not-so-slight look of disgust.
And it’s not even the act of showering. Nope. My teen would shower three times a day if we’d let him. And Caleb, well… he’s almost 12, and could really do without showering as it really bites into his gaming time. Moms, you hear me, I know you do. But after a day on the beach, even he knows it’s unavoidable.
Nope, my kids hate showering because the showers are public. There are usually 5-6 showers and this is how my boys learned that not everyone is neat and clean in their daily habits. And after it rains, they LOATHE it because everyone tracks dirt and pine needles into the showers, making it nearly impossible to stay clean after your own shower. I remember Caleb once slipped trying to get his socks and shoes on without getting his feet dirty. Boy, was he ever cranky (can’t say I blame him because he got his clothes dirty in the fall).
Don’t get me wrong, the camp showers get cleaned! However, with so many people coming and going, it’s difficult for them to stay clean. And let’s be honest, some people are just slobs and don’t care about the next person.
I’m pleased to say that my boys are used to living in a clean environment! Go ME!
That doesn’t stop the shower protests when we camp, unfortunately. So, I’ve pulled together some of my best shower hacks to make showering while camping as mess-free as possible.
Flip-flops are my shoe of choice from May-October, so it’s only common sense that I’d wear them in the shower too. I encourage the kids to bring a pair with them so that can walk around and even stand in the shower with them on, and keep their feet clean.
When getting dressed, it’s a balancing act no matter what you do, but standing on your flip-flops while drying your feet and putting socks on is helpful.
You don’t even really need to change your footwear at the shower. Often, I carefully walk back from the shower and change into socks and shoes at the campsite.
Bring hanging organizers
I can’t say enough about my hanging organizers. Before I get into the shower, I unroll them, hang them up on the shower hooks, and take out whatever I need. Since I don’t wash my hair every day, I don’t have to worry about bringing hair stuff every time.
We also have fine plastic mesh baskets that have pockets all around the outside. These are great for toting supplies while the mesh feature allows airflow and wet items to drip dry.
The point is to avoid putting as much on any surface as possible.
Organize your clothes before leaving the tent
I find it helps cut down on time to get all of our stuff together for the NEXT shower after we come back from one. I’ll help pick out a rolled outfit for Caleb, and make sure he has everything he needs in one place. It’s not foolproof, there has been a time or two we’ve missed socks or underwear and he’s come back upset. I guess he has quite valid reasons for hating the shower after all.
Get shower products that do double duty
A 3-in-1 shower product (shampoo, conditioner, body wash) helps save space and means there are two bottles you don’t have to bring with you to the shower.
A clean beach towel can be used for the beach and showers (thank goodness for laundry facilities though).
You get the idea here.
Have a way to communicate with your family
In case you’ve missed something extremely important, it’s a great idea to bring walkie-talkies or a smartphone to text someone. Sometimes, all the preparation in the world won’t help you if you’re still trying to find your bearings. I find we’re a lot more on the ball after we’ve been camping for a day, and we’ve gotten used to things again.
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you don’t shower, I’m really not sure why so many people assume that. It’s a matter of choosing campgrounds that offer the right facilities for your needs and packing accordingly.
What would you add to this list?