Showering when Camping

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I'm currently at a gathering (huge) where there are some thousands of people and a portable shower block that offers just ten showers (5 for blokes, 5 for sheilas).

I got down very early the first morning and cleansed myself. This morning (after many more had arrived) there was a queue. Bugger that I thought.

Fortunately I had taken the pop up shower tent and Porta Dunny. So this arvo I boiled the kettle, added it to about 4 litres of cold water in a bucket, and took the bucket into the shower tent with a cup.

Wet myself, soaped up and then ladled cups of warm water over myself.

Seriously good shower/wash with about 5 litres of water.

I'm really starting to question why I bought the Coleman Hot Water Unit

Jim.



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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:59

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:59
G'day Jim

When we shower in the bush we shower 2 people with 5 litres of water. So you have it good!!!!...lol


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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:18

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:18
I reckon you're right Willie.

I found about 4 to 5 litres to be luxurious. I sat on the porta dunny (except to stand to wash the nether regions) and had a really good cleanse.

I remember reading a post of your's years ago when you stated that you allolwed 2 litres a day for personal washing. At the time I thought the Old Bastard is mad.

Well, experience does tell.

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Jim.

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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:36

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:36
Jim
Your at a gathering with thousands of other people????
Geez mate what did you do wrong to deserve that ;-))

Cheers Pop
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 20:45

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 20:45
Business Pop,

I'm at the Ulysses AGM flogging Motor Bike Campers.

I'd rather be home cuddling the GLW but I have to make a quid.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Reply By: Member - Paul W- Esq (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:12

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:12
Jim,

i have a coleman unit also, if you do as you did with the coleman you can use about the same without the stuffing around of boiling the kettle and the like?? the hugs and kisses and i can both have a shower from 1 fill of the collapsable container.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul W- Esq (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:14

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:14
forgot to add thats also enough to sponge my 2 year old daughter down as well
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:14

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:14
Hi Jim, Maybe there was room on the other side for TWO!!!


hahahahaha.!


Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:41

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 21:41
Hi Jim,
Our record between showers while in the bush was 16 days. Not something to be proud of, but it was the way it turned out. It was during my Simpson Geo trip, Geosurvey Hill, Geographical Centre of the Simpson and out to Birdsville. Pure cross country travel with daily travelled distances between 22 and 33 kilometres. Each vehicle had to carry a minimum of 300 litres in total of diesel and 120 litres of water.

Because of the time frame and the nature of the country, water had to be treated very carefully. We still managed to wash our hair every day, give ourselves a flannel down with beautiful hot water, all in under 4 litres of water for Fiona and I. We would give ourselves a good wipe down with baby wipes first - they are a life saver, then use the hot water and flannel for that very enjoyable wash down. After you are dry, good old Johnson and Johnson baby powder and you feel like million dollars.

When we hit those showers at Birdsville, it felt like heaven.

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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:02

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:02
I kettle of boiled water,2 of cold water in your solar shower and you have a perfect shower -----about 4.5 litres.No I don't bother leaving it out in the sun.
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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:22

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:22
***I found about 4 to 5 litres to be luxurious***

You dont ask for much Jim,When i have the Coleman setup i use about 15litres and the girlfriend get's 5l lol ..
I mostly camp near rivers so its not an issue.

At home though i try keep it to about 5 minutes max...

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:25

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:25
When the chips are down you can last quite a while using Huggies (baby bum wipes) for the pits and the nether regions every day.

You can shower using a 500 ml squeeze bottle of water.

The secret is roll on deodorant/anti perspirant and fresh undies and T shirts after each 'shower'.

I don't know why but it reminds me of the guy, going to the fancy dress party, who arrived at the girls house and she opens the door wearing nothing but black gloves and black socks. He says 'You can't go out like that, and anyway, what are you going as?'

This is a visual joke so you have to imagine her doing a star jump and saying: ' Five of spades'

Bob

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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:14

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:14
RBTFLMAO!!!!!
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:00
good 1 - ))))
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:27

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:27
When bush camping we 'bathe'. Warm water in a bowl or bucket, flannel and soap. One to two litres is enough to get fresh and clean.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:05

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:05
Thats what I call a Top 'n Tail.......LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Ros C (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:26

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:26
Just so Motherhen. We call it a Tub with tarp for bathroom floor so you can drop things and not have a coating of dirt, and a couple of litres of warm water. It's a great luxury, and will do the trick for many days.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 19:11

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 19:11
Hi Willem

We used to call it a 'top and tail' or 'bird bath' and we did this when touring Europe and bush camping. Just selective area cleaning. The climate was different there.

Here we can have a full bath in the litre or two.

I had a colleague at the shop where i worked year before last who was going gold fossicking somewhere 'along the rabbit proof fence' out in the desert in November/December. Her hubby insisted that 80 litres of water per week was all they'd take for the four weeks. We were trying to explain to her that this was needed for drinking water, with any for cooking washing up or bathing. So she told hubby she'd go first with the bath water and wash F, F & F. I'll let you fill in the order.

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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:48

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:48
In the desert last year I had a very good wash/shower using just 600mm of water in an old dishwashing liquid bottle. Reason being that the water only went where I directed it.

Also being such a small amount of water the sun during the day was ample heating.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:08

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:08
Now thats a good idea, Dunc.

I have recently aded a 2 lt garden spray bottle to the equipment list and can use that for a wash.


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Reply By: wendys - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 00:18

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 00:18
Don't have hot water system in van - have never wished for it. In bush, we put black solar bag out in sun. If we are stopped somewhere for a while, might rig up tarp to make a "shower" and hang bag from tree. Otherwise, put the warmed water in big dish I use for washing clothes, or in a bucket, and use a face washer - in van or tent. Works for us. If water supply limited, as when we did Simpson Desert (without van!) just use babywipes. They are great.
2007, in Bungles, He Who Drives rigged up shower tarp. It only enclosed 3 sides, but he faced the open side out into the bush behind the camp area. Friend travelling with us was first to use the amenity. Part way through her naked ablutions she realized that what HWD thought was bush was, in fact, the group camping area - and she was providing their afternoon entertainment.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 19:14

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 19:14
Hi Wendys

We don't have a shower tent, so when camping out, wash just before bed time in the dark if there are others around us. There's usually there's a freezing cold wind by then.

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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:45

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:45
When we are in the bush, I just leave a teaspoon of water out in the sun. When we return at night,the entire family gets a seriously good wash.
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Follow Up By: ajd - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:08

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:08
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:48

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:48
Remind me not to camp too close to any of the respondents here at the next gathering.

Seems I am the only one to use water for what I call necessities....showering!! Judy and I have got our water saving showers down to about 20lts LOL!!

I will smell you guys in the bush one day. Sorry I meant "see you guys" hehehe.

Cheers, Trevor.
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 14:35

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 14:35
How do you do a Yorkshire accent in type?
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 18:51

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 18:51
Im with you Trev!! My Off Road trailer is full of water and fuel and not much else.. Go the big showers!!! Michael
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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:55

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:55
LOL ... looksherry!

When bushwalking overnight you don't want to carry waste out so wipes are a no no. If you find a bit of water you can soak a chamois cut in half and wipe yourself down with the wet half and dry off with the other half.
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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 09:18

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 09:18
Stopped at Banka Banka a couple of years ago and at o'dark o'clock went to the shower block to have a tub. No hot water whatsoever.

What had happened was a couple of those FWD eco camping mobs had pulled in late the evening before unbeknown to us, and as they get away at sparrow fart, all of these European kids treated themselves to 'Hollywood' showers. Real Eco Tourism eh?

I've got one of these el-cheepo black plastic solar shower things ,that is rarely used, but I went and filled it with warm water from the gas, took it into the shower block, hung it over the shower pipe and managed an A.B.C. wash without any difficulty. Better than cold water!

I continue to carry it for similar occasions.

A bucket of water tub is not bad either if you are dusty & feel horrible.

Dick
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:27

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:27
Jim
I know what you mean about the coleman
used it on one trip. took twice as long to set up and fiddle with and used 5 timeas as much water.

So I sold it and went back to the canvas bush shower (genuine brass rose, bought it about 15 years ago)

Low tech is often best
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Follow Up By: guzzi - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:43

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:43
ah,
I see you used it as the shower.
I only did that once as well, now I use it to heat a bucket of water, takes around 3 minutes and use a 12v primus shower to wash with.
I find it invaluable to heat up the washing up water, clean sink, fill sink, drop in pump and heat water until the cut out operates, add detergent and wash all the grease from the plates etc, much faster than waiting 20 mins to heat 3lt of water on the stove.
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Follow Up By: Rolly - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:46

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:46
Ye goddes, guzzi, what kind of stove do you use?
A recycled fondue warmer perhaps?
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Follow Up By: guzzi - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 18:27

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 18:27
Close,
a SMEV 2 burner that came with the camper.
It cooks OK, it just seems to take forever to boil 3 lts of water.
The upside is a 4.5 kg bottle of gas lasts about a month of continual use.
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:40

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:40
Hey Jim

We do the same thing. We do have 2 x 90ltr tanks in our van and gas/electric hot water, however we are travelling oz on a budget and free camp a lot (there are 4 of us) we have discovered a whole new appreciation for water!!!!!

Cheers
Caroline
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Reply By: Smudger - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:54

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:54
Try big car sponges. A great wash down and great rinse off. Enough water to feel like you've had a serious shower, but in fact using very little precious water indeed. We take a kids blow up pool about 1 metre dia to stand in, then the nearest tree gets a drink afterwards.
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 15:21

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 15:21
WE have devised this system:- 1 ten litre gal bucket, 1 12 volt shower pump kit (throw away the pump and get a decent bilge pump from your local boating shop) 1 12 volt jump starting battery kit (optional, great if you do not want to park the vehicle near shower tent) Place the gal bucket on a fire, portable stove or what ever you have, heat water to your desired temp and away you go. the gal bucket can also be used to cook yabbies, heat lots of water for a big wash up etc.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 18:43

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 18:43
Jim !! I always thought you were a smart guy!!! You have to pair up with the girls, save water........................ Michael
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Reply By: Pezza (Bris) - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 15:49

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 15:49
I do a lot of my travells on a bike, ie. rig pic.

What's a shower?

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 16:15

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 16:15
It's called rain LOL
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