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8 Ways to Find a Shower When Traveling Cheap

How to keep yourself clean and fresh on your travels

While on adventure trips, it is so common that you might end up in a situation where you run out of shower choices. It is a different thing if you have an RV that is fully equipped with a portable shower or you are planning to spend every night of your adventure trip in a hotel suite. On the opposite side of the table, if you cannot afford a hotel for so many nights or do not have an RV, then you should know some ways that can help you replicate a shower.

Taking shower on beach
Taking at least one daily shower is essential for keeping clean and healthy,
especially while traveling.

We are going to discuss these easy ways in the upcoming section of the article. But before that, let’s discuss some things that you should never do while on an adventure trip.

Never sneak into hotel pools and avoid washing yourself in the sink of a hotel. These deeds not only result in bringing you disrespect but it too represents a bad portrait of campers and climbers, which consequently make business owners to crack down these people.

It is advisable to plan trips that are short so that you can go home to take a shower.

Now let’s discuss the easy ways to find a shower that is almost feasible everywhere.

Option 1: Staying at a campground with showers

Most campgrounds that are free or inexpensive do not have running water and do not feature flush toilets. It is necessary for you to reserve a campground, which has a shower facility. Staying at such campgrounds will offer a shower relief to you during your long adventure trips.

Option 2: Pay for a truck-stop shower

Truck stops are one of the best options available for having a shower while you are on a trip. Lately, these truck stops had emerged as travel plazas that focus on being more family friendly. Offerings made by these truck stops include laundry rooms, shower, and churches. It is easy to get services of these truck stops as you have to pay for a shower and they will provide a number to you. You have to wait until the truck attendant calls your name or number. This option of taking a shower is affordable and convenient too.

Showering under a waterfall
If you are fortunate to find yourself near a waterfall when traveling,
it's a great opportunity to have a free shower and enjoy it thoroughly.

Option 3: Test out local health clubs and recreation centers

You can find gyms, health clubs, and recreational centers at many places during your trip. For potential new members, these health clubs and recreation centers offer a day pass to the visitors at low prices. The day pass will enable you to check the facilities provided by a nearby health club or a recreational center. Some clubs and centers let new customers check out their services without imposing any fee. Customers are only required to give just their email addresses to test their services. You can be fresh yourself, squeeze a workout and even swim in a pool, if available.

Option 4: Invest in a solar shower (or a big jug of water)

A solar shower is one of the best options for taking a shower at any place. Known by various names like “sun showers”, “pocket showers”, “bag showers”, etc. Best camping shower is inexpensive and easy way to take a shower outdoors. For enjoying a warm shower, you have to fill the waterproof bag with water and then have to place it in the sunlight so that water gets warm. Once the water inside the bag is warm, you are ready to take a shower at any place and at any time. Apart from solar showers, there is a cheaper option available that you can utilize to take a shower. For adopting this option, you have to use a plastic gallon-sized jug that can act as a waterproof bag and the further procedure is same as that of solar shower’s concept.

Option 5: Find a mountain bike wash or public shower

While on an adventure trip, you should remember that a water source could effectively act as a shower solution for you. There are mountain biking parks and trails that provide bike washes to the riders. While cleaning your bike you can take a shower to clean up yourself, just keep in mind that the water may be extremely cold. So it is up to you that whether you want a bone-chilling shower or not. In the same manner, many public beaches offer showers to people without imposing any charges. These beaches are a good opportunity for you to take a shower.

Public showers on beach
Many public beaches now have free or paid public showers located on the beach,
to wash your sand and salt off the body and your swimming attire.

Option 6: Find a quarter shower stand

In many outdoor recreation areas, businesspersons have set up quarter shower stands. Mostly, these quarter shower stands are pay-by-minute quarter showers. If you want a shower, then pay 4 quarters and wash off yourself in the allotted time. Quarter shower stands are cost effective, and you need to fasten up your shower time to minimize the cost.

Option 7: Call up a friend or make some new ones

Now this option works when you have a friend who lives nearby the place you are visiting. Contact your friend and ask him that you want to take a shower. You can also interact with local people and make them friends and ask for a shower too. Always remember that while taking a shower in someone else’ home, you should be quick and appreciative.

Option 8: Use environmentally safe soap with river water

This option is the last resort (according to this list), and you should follow it if every other option fails. You can use a river or lake water for your shower. However, you should always use a biodegradable soap that is eco-friendly. Various camping soaps are available in the market that are made from 100 percent environmental friendly ingredients. It is advisable to avoid taking a shower in a downstream where the possibility of people swimming or filtering water is fairly high. For such times, you need to use a bucket and bathe at some distance away from the stream.

Hope this list helped you, and you got a new idea for your next trip.

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