Aussies going wild for $10 Kmart camping shower

As Australia’s van-living revolution continues to spew dust in our faces (and taunt us with bikini-clad “look at me, I’m not at work” posts on our Instagram feeds), the Great Unwashed have finally come to understand one thing: many of Australia’s most beautiful beaches have no showers.

There is a solution, however.

Enter: the solar shower.

Rather than the usual DIY rigmarole of installing a PVC pipe, painting it black, and fiddling with bibs and end caps – rather than going out to a tradesman – there’s another way to ensure you get a nice hot shower after your dive the ocean.

The portable camp shower.

This epic accessory is slowly but surely taking over the roofs of cars and vans across Australia.

It’s also exploding on TikTok.

The way it works is simple. You tie it to the roof of your car (while it’s filled with water), allow the scorching El Niño summer sun to warm it all day, enjoy your secret pool or a glorious swim in the fairy pool, return to your car and enjoy 30 seconds (or however long your conscience allows you to waste water) of bliss.

They’re also great for washing dishes when you’re staying at a campsite without running water.

The Kmart Solar Shower is affordable, easily available for purchase anywhere (if you live near a Kmart), and great value at just $10, it’s hard to beat this option, whether you’re a first-time camper or been doing for years. The only consideration is that if you’re going off-grid for long periods of time, you can probably fit more water into a PVC pipe. It’s also not a camping brand, so it’s not the best quality option on the market (for the price it’s still great).

This article originally appeared on Escape and is republished with permission

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