Okay, so getting clean doesn’t sound like a great camping activity – but it can be when you do it Secret Campsite style in our bucket showers.
The bucket showers at our campsites often divide campers who come to stay with us for the first time. Some cannot wait to try them out and others refuse to give it a go, but stepping into the bucket showers often provides the highlight of a stay for the campers and glampers. Those guests who decide to wait until they get home, for endless hot running water in their own bathroom, are missing a trick! For one thing there’s nothing like washing away the smell of last night’s campfire to make you feel fresh and ready for the day ahead and, secondly, when else will you have the opportunity to shower while listening to the sound of birds singing and looking at the tree tops of a beautiful woodland? We strongly recommend that you make use of the bucket showers at the site. If you have kids, they will (probably) love the experience too.
What is a bucket shower?
Our bucket showers were designed to be simple structures so campers could shower (almost) in the open air while helping to conserve water use on our eco camping sites too. They are not connected to the mains, instead, like all things Secret Campsite we keep it simple – for that ‘wild’ element of your camping or glamping trip. These are the type of showers that are used on safari in Africa and by workers in the Australian outback – where water is scarce. The bucket shower uses about 13 litres of water as compared to the 62 litres of an average eight-minute shower, 80 litres of an average bath or 136 litres of a power shower. Take a look at this Guardian article about water usage for more information.
How to have a bucket shower – secret campsite style
You take a bucket and fill it – with your choice of hot or cold water – then enter the bucket shower cubicle. Some people assume that our bucket showers are just going to be pouring a bucket of water over your head – but actually our system is ever-so slightly more sophisticated than that! The buckets or bags (specially designed for showering alfresco) are suspended above head height by a rope and pulley system so you just have to lower the bucket or canvas bag to fill it up. A shower head is attached to the bottom of the bucket or bag with a simple tap to open and close the water flow. So you hoist your bucket up and secure it by knotting on the hook provided and then open the water flow – and enjoy your shower! A good tip for your bucket shower is to turn the water off while you are lathering up or putting the shampoo in your hair to make sure that you have enough water to rinse it out afterwards. We provide biodegradable shower gel in our bucket showers, which is kinder to the environment.
Water sources for your bucket shower
We do have gas-fired hot water at both campsites so you can use this to fill your bucket for the shower. For extra eco points, though, you can heat water over your campfire to save on energy. At Wild Boar Wood we also have a larger wood-burning water heater which campers can use to heat their water. The on-site wardens can explain the system to campers who wish to use it.