How to Build a Shower & Toilet for a Tent Camper

How to Build a Shower & Toilet for a Tent Camper
Modern campers can have all the luxuries of home that might normally be reserved for the RV crowd. Thanks to plug-in devices such as coffee makers and microwave ovens, one does not need to "rough it" when spending quality time in the outdoors. Building a shelter that houses a shower and toilet is as easy as putting up your tent. The shelter itself keeps out the bugs while offering privacy and a warm shower after a long day of hiking.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shower shelter
  • Outdoor shower system
  • Portable Toilet
Step 1
Place the shower shelter in a covered area to keep rain and debris out of the shower and build the shelter in the same manner as putting together a tent. Some shower shelters on the market include towel racks, toilet paper holders, bug screens and roofs.
Step 2
Place the shower in the shelter so the water can flow freely as most tent showers are placed overhead. Be sure the shower is placed securely in the shelter so it does not fall down when in use. Shower options include solar-powered units and gas-heated models. Solar-powered showers are less expensive but they take almost a full day in direct sun to heat up, while gas-powered showers provide hot water almost instantly.
Step 3
Place the toilet in the shelter when ready for use. The toilet should be near one of the walls in easy reach of the toilet tissue. Also, it should be on a flat surface so it does not wobble when in use. Toilet options range from a portable flushing toilet to a simple toilet seat that mounted on a 5-gallon bucket.
Step 4
Cover the shower shelter with a tarp when not in use. This will keep the inner contents dry and help keep out unwanted forest creatures.
Step 5
Place a fly catcher outside of the shower shelter to keep bugs at bay. If you are camping for an extended period, change this after several days to minimize the bug intrusion.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure the shower shelter is securely fastened to the ground or nearby tree so it does not blow over on a windy day.
Do not leave food or drink items in the shower shelter as this will attract unwanted visitors like raccoons.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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