Jeepers, let me save you the trouble
As you probably already know, there are plenty of stupid posts and articles written by hikers and camping enthusiasts that will recommend you things ranging from swimming in creeks to using a bath sponge, cleaning yourself with unscented/biodegradable baby wipes, shampoing yourself with dry shampoo, or dealing with solar / inflatable shower bags. I went that route and I'll tell you what : it's a miserable life on the trail. Why?
- Swimming in creeks, rivers, pounds, hydroelectric reservoirs, or whatever that contains water : You gonna freeze most of the time (and maybe die from cold water shock like a lonesome idiot), hurt yourself badly trying to reach unreachable water sources or encounter dangerous wildlife. I was once myself charged by a distraught moose while bathing like a Greek goddess. If you start diving alone into various "easy to reach" water sources on a daily basis, I guarantee you will eventually face crazy encounters (I mean in the extreme remote wilderness). So, unless your are a professional game tracker who knows his business, I warmly advise you to not go that route. Safe and easy to access swimming spots are scarce and remote regions are fraught with danger with untamed and unpredictable animals. Even a wolverine might attack you if you're not careful (read Man survives wolverine attack in Alaska).
- Bath sponge : Whatever it's antifungal, antibacterial, bamboo, charcoal... It never dries and starts to smell awful after 3-5 days.
- Baby wipes : Unless you are a hobbit, wiping yourself requires a lot of sheets (get ready to use 100 sheets per week). Won't make you feel clean. And even if they are biodegradable, you'll be fined (and maybe have your vehicle towed as well) if a conservation officer catches you littering those baby wipes in the bush. The fact is that an animal will eat them and die because those damn wipes stay in its stomach and make it die of starvation. Burning them? Not always possible to build a fire.
- Dry shampoo : Expensive, smelly, greasy, ridiculous. I hate it.
- Shower bags : Even if you have a great storage setup like mine (see storage for a long term expedition), there's no room in a Jeep to store a shower bag full of water. So, you will have to find water sources to fill it. Once again, hazardous walks and dangerous wildlife encounters. And it takes time. Time is a limited commodity in the bush. You better spend your time working on your Jeep, reading the map (carefully), scanning the area with your binoculars, or enjoying the landscape.
Why carrying a shower is important?
1) To maintain personal hygiene 2) To wash your muddy boots 3) To clean your tools and recovery gear after use 4) To carry a sealed container of water on dry terrain
It's a hassle-free shower that only requires to be mounted to any standard trailer hitch receiver (universal mount).
*They are NOT paying me to promote it. I just like their product and couldn't live without my Waterport. And it's Made in USA.
Contains 3.8 gallons of water (11.4L). Enough water for 2 showers (45 seconds per shower) + to clean some dishes after cooking.