Here's something you can make out of items you can carry in an umbrella cover that will make you the hero of the camping trip and make everyone think what a genius you are. All you need is some twine, garbage bags, a sheet of opaque plastic, some duct tape, a pocket knife and a hatchet. The branches for the frame can be obtained locally.
This rig is basically a garbage bag sitting in a stick frame suspended from a handy tree. The genius part is using a black trash bag filled with water. If you leave it out in the sun at your campsite all day, when you come back to camp for supper, you can take a hot shower with the water in the bag.
The directions in the link use a double bag arrangement for strength, but here's a new trick I learned.
- Take along a net mesh laundry bag
- Put the garbage bag in the laundry bag
- Fill it with water
- Hang them in the hot summer sun all day.
Follow this link to see the assembly instructions with pictures: http://twayneking.hubpages.com/hub/Build-a-Makeshift-Camp-Shower-With-Hot-Running-Water
If you have to get your shower water from the river or brook, drop a chlorine tablet or 3-5 tablespoons of bleach in the water 3-5 gallons before you warm it in the sun.
Much better than soaping up the river and making the fish sick.
This little trick is so much fun, I recommend teaching the kids how to do this even if there is a shower close by.