DIY Outdoor Shower
- You take an umbrella (without a sharp point), two shower curtains and some rope.
- Open the umbrella and turn it upside down.
- Tie one end of the rope to the umbrella handle.
- Throw the other end over a tree limb and loosely tie it to the tree trunk so that the umbrella is at eye level.
- Hook the holes in the curtains onto the prongs of the umbrella.
- Raise the umbrella so that when a camper is standing under it, the bottom of the shower curtain is off the ground. Now tie the rope securely to the tree.
For water for your shower, purchase a new insecticide sprayer and mark the outside to read "CAMPING ONLY." Never use anything that once contained chemicals. If possible, put a black can or paint it black.
Another option is a "Sun Shower." You can buy them in outdoors stores like Academy ( www.academy.com), Sports Authority, or REI ( www.REI.com). It's just a flat plastic bag with a handle, a sprinkler head, and cut-off valve.
Plan ahead. Leave your water in the sun during the day for a heated afternoon shower. Water Spout
- You need to wash out a large, plastic bleach bottle that has an airtight lid and poke a small nail hole in the front near the bottom to make a spout.
- Fill the bottle with water. When you are ready to wash your hands, loosen the lid and the pressure from the top will force a small stream of water from the spout.
- To create a larger stream of water from the jug, poke the hole with a golf tee. Then, tie the upper part of the tee to the jug handle to use as a stopper.
- Attach a rope to the handle and tie the jug to a tree limb. Place a bar of biodegradable soap in a nylon stocking and hang it from the handle of the jug.
- Fold up the lower edge of a bath towel about five inches and sew pockets to hold items such as toothpaste, soap, razor, comb, mirror, and washcloth.
- Sew a casing about 2 inches above the pockets and thread a drawstring through it, making it long enough to tie around your waist.
- The excess material at the top of the towel becomes a flap to keep the items from falling out of their pockets.
- It can also serve as a towel for drying your hands and face.
Weatherproof Toilet Paper
- To weatherproof a roll of toilet paper, you'll need a lightweight wire clothes hanger, a medium-sized coffee can with a plastic lid, and some tape.
- With tin snips, cut and remove a ½-inch wide strip that runs from the top to the bottom of the can. Use tape to cover the raw edges of the slit.
- On the bottom of the hanger in the middle, insert the ends through the holes. Tape the wires together so that they overlap nearly the length of the can.
- Lift the plastic lid to insert a roll of toilet tissue and feed the paper through the slit.
- The coat hanger serves as a handle for carrying the tissue holder as well as a hook for hanging it on the branch of a tree.
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