The awkwardness of using those public or shared shower rooms while out on our camping trip, if only there was an easier way..
Camping shower tents are sorely overlooked, and are one of the most, if not the most practical utility tents out there. With the new pop up tent designs, portable shower enclosures take up significantly less space as traditional outdoor tents.
Nowadays they fold up to the thickness of a pizza, weigh a few pounds and can be stored easily along with your other gear. Showering while camping is no longer a hassle and staying clean has never been easier.
With a 60 second pitch on, you’re ready for a refreshing wash in minutes. However, there are a few rules and regs we should follow to maintain hygiene while out in the wild.
Forget all those sticky nights and smelly clothes, having a good scrub at the end of a long day will help you rest easy, and sleep deeply. Waking up invigorated after a good rest, ready for the next day of activities. We’re going to review fully the best camping shower tents available on today’s market, including a buyers guide and answer all your burning questions in our FAQ.
11 Best Camping Shower Tents for Portable Showers
1. CORE Instant Shower Tent
A premium and our personal favorite. A well designed 2 room shower tent that matches all competition and more. Quality rainfly, large interior, water-resistant fabric and a host of other features, compatible also as a toilet tent, let’s find out more as to why why this is a great choice.
There are 2 large rooms with dimensions of 3.5 x 3.5 foot with a tall center height of 7 foot. Allowing space for everyone to stand up freely inside both rooms. They are separated by a large D Shaped door that has a durable zipper integrated, providing privacy between compartments. There is also a lock for the zipper so you can store things inside securely.
Well ventilated by way of mesh. The roof has a mesh vent that allows the hot air and steam to escape. This greatly aids in circulation and clears the tent of condensation quickly. Additionally, it helps you to air it out and dry quickly before packing away.
There are features for storage, including a clothesline that has been attached already to the framework and enables you to hang wet towels or clothes etc. Storage pockets hang from the interior, you can use this to store shower amenities or other small possessions. You could also attach a camping shower caddy inside for extra space.
CORE tents have integrated their H20 Block technology into the shower tent, just like with their Instant Tents. This means it will be protected from not only the sun with a 50+ UV protection, but also will be waterproof with the seams being taped.
- Tall Center Height
- Multiple Storage Features
- UV and Rain Resistant
2. Ozark Trail 2 Room Shower Tent
An excellent 2 room utility tent that has an abundance of cool features and comes with a free 5-gallon solar shower. It’s designed to be used as a shower and changing room, with its 2 room feature. Let’s check out why this is a best seller.
Every door and entry panel is completely sealed. The zippers are durable and waterproof and stops wet or condensation seeping into the other compartments. Any hot air is able to escape easily through the rooftop and the water drains off through the meshed floor area. The 2nd room can be used as a porta-potty room if camping with children.
Solar Shower Bag
It includes a 5-gallon portable solar shower, which is easily attached to the loop integrated inside the shower tent. This means you can also attach your own portable shower accordingly. The solar bag is a nice gesture, but a powered or pressured shower is more ideal for camping with bigger groups.
There are multiple storage pockets, which provide convenience when washing and room to store all your toiletries and shower paraphernalia. It also has a towel rod feature, so you can hang your towels or wet clothes up while enjoying a nice hot shower.
A pre-attached frame that assembles by simply extending outwards and staking to the ground, provides an instant set up. The walls also have been coated with a silver aluminum coating, this serves as an excellent reflective style cover, leaving nothing transparent. The shower tent also has 2 windows, which can open fully by unzipping and rolling them down. This allows you to completely ventilate the rooms after showering.
- Free 5 Gallon Solar Shower Bag
- Well Ventilated with Meshed Windows
- Drain Off Feature
3. Quictent 2-Room Shower Tent
Next up is a pop up shower tent from Quictent. It features double rooms, a few color choices and a full warranty. With a thick fabric canvas, lightweight aluminum poles and efficient design for easy assembly, it has become one of the best quality options.
The pitch is incredibly easy and this is mostly down to the design of this model. Utilizing an automatic rod bracket which allows you to spring the frame into place and click to secure within a minuter or 2. In-fact you can set up and take it back down again in around 5 minutes tops, without the need for any tools or equipment.
Using a thick canvas for the tent’s material in the form of a silver-coated Oxford fabric. Widely used and is proven to be waterproof and with the silver coating, it can ensure full UV protection. Also known to be more environmentally friendly, using fewer chemicals in the production and coating process.
The poles in the frame have been strengthened since previous models. This time around they have been designed with a 9.5mm thickness. Only the leg poles are aluminum, the frame itself is fiberglass.
There is ventilation in the form of a central hole, allowing hot air to escape. This stops condensation forming, speeding up the packing away process. A self-draining system is present at the bottom with water outlets on each sidewall, this will help to keep the floor dry after showers, alleviating slippage and mildew buildup.
- Self Draining System
- Easy Pop Up Pitch
- Sturdy Aluminum Frame
4. Lightspeed Outdoors Fast Pitch Tent
A popular lightweight, fast pitch shower tent, which also can serve as a privacy tent or portable changing room. Single roomed design, but with a spacious interior, plenty of room for anyone to move around. Simple assembly method, combined with a cool hiking style design makes this model from Lightspeed a great choice for all campers and lightweight enthusiasts.
With pre-attached frame and pre-threaded poles, this is an absolute breeze to set up. It’s very light also, weighing only 16 pounds. This is the lightest shower tent we’ve seen on the market. Making it an excellent choice for hiking and camping trips. Its dimensions are around 5x5x7 in width, diameter and height.
A few nice features such as the large D Shaped door and 800mm PU coated fabric making it wet weather worthy. Internally it has some practical features such as the towel strap to hang your towel, storage pockets and a shelf to store your shower bag. It also has meshed rooftop windows, 2 to be exact, which allows the steam to rise and escape.
It doesn’t come with a solar shower bag like some other models and more importantly, it cannot hold a 5-gallon shower bag. This is too much weight for the lightweight frame to handle, it will bend with this weight. For best use, use a lighter bag, such as a 1, 2 or 3 gallon.
- Includes Stakes, Guylines and Carry Bag
- Lightweight at Just 16lbs
5. Kingcamp Oversized Changing Room
Robust and spacious are the main features of this heavy-duty, camping shower tent. A sturdy frame that supports a 5-gallon shower bag or shower unit. Ventilated, multi-functional with many practical features, let’s look closer at this great shower tent.
On the outside it has a large pocket which is split into 2 sections. Also, a rope that you can hang your towels on to let them dry. Internally, it has another large pocket, but this time it’s separated into 4 compartments, for smaller condiments.
The windows are double layered and they have integrated 2 of them onto the tents side panels. Fitted with fine mesh, it keeps the creepy crawlies out. The windows can also be closed fully, blocking any visibility, serving as privacy panels.
A shower bag can be attached internally. You just loop the showers handle through the integrated hook, and connect the two hooks together. Its sturdy frame holds a 5-gallon bag easily. A great choice for a family shower tent during a camping trip.
- 20kg Weight Limit
- Lightweight Fiberglass Framework
- Plenty of Storage Inside and Outside
6. Texsport Instant Shower Tent Review
A heavy-duty and durable option with a reasonable price of around $75. Which is great value when you consider it comes with a free 5-gallon shower bag and showerhead.
The frame is steel, rust-resistant and has clips to help strengthen the joints and weak areas. Another unique feature here is that the material is flame retardant with CPAI-84 rating.
A large zippered door, utilizing Polyurethane, creates access to the tent and a removable rip-stop panel that has 4 drain-off points in each corner, creates the floor.
Well ventilated with 2 ‘no see um’ windows, which basically means they provide full privacy while behind them, which are made with a meshed material.
Storage pockets and racks provide the space needed to store your shower things and shower unit.
- Polyethylene Floor
- ‘No See Um’ Privacy Windows
- Rust Resistant Steel Frame
7. Vidalido Outdoor Shower Tent
Note this model does not come with a shower, but it is compatible with shower units and bags like. It is sturdy enough to hold a 5 gallon. A nice feature of this model is the removable floor, so it can double as a changing room when needed.
The material is fairly durable and non-transparent, providing ample privacy when changing or showering inside. A very versatile tent given the simple set up, allowing you to pitch on sand, soft ground or concrete alike.
Dimensions are 55 x 55 x 86.5, so its head height is higher than the Wolfwise and Ridge models. It’s also very light to carry, weighing in around 13 pounds which can be carried within its storage bag.
- Tall Head Height
- Easy and Fast Set Up
- Compatible with Heavy Camping Showers
8. Stansport Cabana Privacy Shelter
One of the largest 1 room shower tents on the market, standing at 66 x 66 x 86, the Cabana range from Stansport are top quality and provide very generous space inside.
The fabric is Polyester and Nylon made with 190D, which protects the tent from rainfall and water penetration. Given the huge interior, it is versatile and can be used for a porta-potty, changing room or attaching a portable shower unit. Due to the large frame, a 5-gallon bag is easily attached.
The lightweight framework is due to the fiberglass poles used, easily carried, but as we know fiberglass isn’t the strongest in comparison to aluminum and steel. But it is the lightest, which is great when you are on the move.
Additionally, it has storage pockets, a stuff bag and is ventilated well with 2 U shaped windows that give easy access to the external storage pockets.
- Lightweight Fiberglass Frame
- 190D Nylon Fabric
- External Storage Pockets
9. Nemo Heliopolis
A premium choice from Nemo, this is a fantastic option that is compatible with camping shower units. Nemo has their own range of units, such as the Nemo Helio, which can be used with this due to the roof attachment and the tall 84-inch head height. Among many other similar camping showers.
A robust steel frame provides more endurance compared to the fiberglass and aluminum models, additionally, it has been hub welded. A door lock mechanism has been employed to create a better feel for privacy when showering.
Some features include an overhead storage dispenser. Our favorite feature is the floor, made of durable HDPE material, it also has a drain-off feature so water is unable to form pools/puddles on the floor.
- Welded Steel Frame
- Compatible with Robust Shower Units
- Durable HDPE Floor
10. Ridge Outdoor Gear Shower Tent
Another pop up shower tent, this time from Ridge Outdoor Gear. As you can see from the picture this is a very well priced and equally good valued choice.
At around $50 its positioned well in the middle of the market, however, the tent comes with a host of goodies and features, which really adds value.
Its center height is a valid benefit, standing at 6.5 ft tall and it is also compatible with portable shower units, due to the attachment for showerheads. Ventilated well by way of a large window and mesh roof area, that allows the tent to breathe.
A host of other cool features such as storage pockets, paper holder, lamp or shower head hook. Additionally, it comes with free sandbag weights, which can help to secure it. However, remember it is a pop up model, so it will not fare well in strong weather conditions.
It is a few inches taller than the Wolfwise, around 3-4 inches. A rain-fly and groundsheet also are thrown in, which will help to protect against rainfall if being used as a changing room, shelter, etc.
As a pop up it is comparable to Wolfwise, but for the extra price, you can enjoy more features and a free bundle to match.
- 190T Nylon Material
- Free Weights, Stakes and Rainfly
- Storage Pockets
11. WolfWise Pop-up Shower Tent
A cheap and cheerful pop up model that sets up within 60 seconds, is lightweight and collapses very easily at the end of its use. It makes for a great quick pitch enclosure to get changed or have a quick wash with your shower bag.
However, all you will be able to mount is a light shower bag, between 1-3 gallons for example. The heavier 5-gallon bags would require a sturdier frame and build.
The fabric consists of taffeta polyester which has been waterproofed and the floor is an open bottom. In this case, a bamboo shower mat would be an excellent accessory, to prevent a muddy build up beneath.
There is a large access door that is zippered, so you can secure for privacy during a wash. The tent stands at 75 x 47 x 47 in inches, comes free with 4 stakes for mounting and can be folded down and carried in its nylon carry bag.
All in all a good choice for a makeshift or temporary use.
- Waterproof Taffeta Polyester
- Cheap and Cheerful (Ideal for Festivals or Day Trips)
- 3 Color Choices
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Shower Tent?
Generally, they resemble a quick pitch tent or portable enclosure, however, they are more narrow and taller than traditional tents, consider a shower room but outdoors. They come in 1 room or 2 roomed options, depending on how big your group is and if you need a privacy room beside your shower room. If you require the latter, a 2 roomed is for you.
Internally it will have some attachments to secure a portable shower, additionally, it will have waterproof material. With these features combined, it’s possible to enjoy private showers while out on your camping trip.
Shower tents generally hold up to 10-25kg depending on the size and model, making it possible to attach 3-5 gallon shower bags, but also propane or battery-powered shower units.
How to Pitch a Shower Tent?
With pre-attached frameworks, you just pull the center hub upwards to expand the frame. When the frame has expanded far enough the locking system will click into place, the framework will now be fixed. You can then proceed to secure tent stakes and guy-lines where necessary. Pop up shower tents are even easier, you just throw them into the air after unpacking, they will explode or ‘pop’ into shape automatically, again and stake and secure guy-lines accordingly.
All in all, a very simple process that is fast and efficient in both set up and folding, let’s look into the folding method.
How to Fold a Shower Tent?
To fold the shower tent first you must detach all stakes and lines and lay it flat. Then once it’s flat you can grasp it on both sides, towards the base of the tent. After, you pull it upwards towards the sky. At the same time as your hands are coming together, dip your left hand under your right hand, this will create a coil effect.
You then grab the top end which is coiled underneath and bring it up to meet the base, this will fold the coil and create a flat disc shape. Once you have the disc shape firmly in your hand, you can proceed to store it in its carry bag or sleeve, depending on the model.
How to Maintain my Shower Tent?
After your camping trip is finished. Start with the rinse off, you can use your portable shower or RinseKit to clean all the dirt and grime from the interior and exterior. Leave it out to dry if you have time, if not just towel it down. Make sure it’s dry before folding to stop any build-up of moss and mildew while stored in its carry bag.
All in all, shower tents are the new trend in camping for a reason. They are insanely easy to set up, can hold a solar shower bag and also be compatible with portable shower units. Lightweight and a breeze to carry, they can fit in with your camping gear easily.
Customizable also with a variety of additions and improvements, they should become a part of your foundation camping set up. Battling against hygiene and cleanliness is a thing of the past, thanks to these modern creations. We hope you enjoyed this article, please feel free to share the article if you found it interesting. Likewise, drop a comment below if you have any questions.
Until next time, happy camping!