Campground Shower Survival Tips

Let’s have a show of hands. Who has taken a shower in a campground bath house? You? If you’ve ever been in some campground bath house showers, you’d surely understand why I’m writing this. I’ll say it here; some campground bath house showers are just plain narsty (yeah, that’s spelled like I say it out loud!).

Now, you’re probably asking, ‘why would we need to take a shower in a bath house when we have a 5th wheel with a spacious shower?’ Well, there’s simple answer to that. If there are no sewer hookups at the campground, that means we have to diligently monitor every drop of water that goes down the drain. Then, my Grunt Man will have to begrudgingly haul our Thetford Portable Sewage Tote out to empty the gray tank…and often.

Well, we can’t have that. So,I guess  instead of burdening my Grunt Man with the task when he would much rather be lounging in his zero gravity chair, I could just go take a hotel shower, right? Well…no…that’s really not how it works. Actually, it’s Dan who goes to the bath house to shower while I take a quick sea shower instead. Its okay. He doesn’t really mind because he’s the one who gets to enjoy the long hot hotel shower.

Another reason many don’t shower in their RVs is it creates moisture inside the coach. While some may have small dehumidifiers to combat interior moisture, others just don’t want to be bothered with it and just shower at the bath house.

I want to bring up a personal safety issue that I personally have an extreme disdain towards; bath houses that don’t have lockable shower stalls. I absolutely WILL NOT USE THEM. So, it is my recommendation, especially for the ladies and those with children and teens, that you may want to scope out the bath house before you load up your arms with your shower gear and strip down to your birthday suit. If they don’t have lockable shower stall doors, you’ll probably want to take a buddy (not a shower buddy but a lookout buddy) or just skip it. Your personal and family’s safety should be your first priority.

Also, it’s a good idea to take a whistle. Oh, and never go alone at night or allow your children, even teens, to go unattended.

So, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get on with our list of power to make the best of your shower!

Shower shoes

Let’s say it here, there’s a million little gross things living on shower floors like narsty (that word again!) Athlete’s Foot, Nail Fungus, Plantar’s Warts, and whatever else that will rot your feet off. Simple slip-on shower sandals that offer protection between you and the narsties that lie beneath them. You’ll want slip resistant shower shoes with deep traction so you don’t slip and end up in some really embarrassing position when they call the ambulance.

Shower Tote

In my opinion, mesh shower totes are the best because the bottles and other contents will dry faster if you just let it hang outside or in your own shower when you get back to your own RV. Oh, and get one like the one above with lots of pockets to hold your hair brush, comb, shave gel and razor, face scrub, lotion, and other shower foo-foos.

Shower Stall Hooks

We have a few stainless steel shower hooks stashed in our shower bag to hang on the shower stall door to hang our clean clothes, bath towel, face cloth and loofa. We’ve tried the plastic cheap ones from the dollar store only to have them break and our clean crap fell on the narsty floor. So, these were the answer!

Spray Disinfectant

Maybe this is over-kill but that’s what we want!! Seriously, having been a former short-lived Camp Host (yeah, I will never do THAT again!), you’d understand why I’m suggesting this. If I ever shower in a bath house, I’m spraying down damn near EVERYTHING. Laugh all you want but I ‘ain’t getting that’…whatever ‘that’ is. I’ll spray down the shower floor (yes, even though I’m wearing my shower shoes), shower walls, the bench, etc.

Hanging Bottles for Bath Gel, Shampoo and Conditioner

If you don’t want to carry a shower tote, you can find these cool bottles that hang on from a lanyard. These leak-proof, BPA-free bottles are perfect for your bath gel, shampoo, conditioner and shaving lotion.

Puppy Pee Pads

This is a genius idea I’ve read somewhere! A woman took a clean puppy pee pad and laid on the floor right outside the shower (plastic side down) in the dressing part of the shower so she didn’t have to worry about dropping her clean undies or stepping onto the narsty floor while putting them on. Then when she was finished, she would just pick it up and toss it in the trash. The puppy pads are also great to cover the bench in the shower room so you can actually sit on them without catching cooties.

So, that’s what we recommend to help combat your fears of showering where things smell weird and grow. Joking aside, not all bath house showers are as gross as I proclaimed but it never hurts to be prepared.

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16 Replies to “Campground Shower Survival Tips”

  1. Great article, some thought provoking things I hadn’t thought of! Can you share where you got the cool shower tote bag?

    1. Hi Sherri, Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. You can click on the photo of the bag or the hyperlink to buy it! -Dan & Lisa Brown

    2. I totally agree that this was a very informative article with great tips. I’d love to read what you would write about being a Camp Host. You referred to that in this article. Thanks for the information.

  2. Well now I’m a little scared. I never thought about personal safety, just the sanity of anyone unfortunate enough to open the shower door while I’m naked.

    1. Sue, thank you for reading!! We didn’t mean to REALLY scare you, Sue, but to be concerned about your surroundings and potentials. Please be safe! We care about you! -Dan & Lisa

      1. I always take my walkie-talkie to the showers also with my husband in the RV if I need him in an emergency he will know it! Walkie-talkies are cheap and well worth tossing in your shower bag just in case.

  3. Hi!! Im retired Navy and having lived the active duty shipboard life and seen just how “narsty” womens showers and heads can be; I appreciate your tips. I will definitely use some of the ones I haven’t thought of doing. Thank You!!!
    Do you spray your flip flops when you get back to camp?

    1. Hi Sue, so glad you found our tips helpful. Do we spray our flip flops when we get back to camp? Well no, because whatever was on the bottoms of them will have worn off by the time we get to our RV. We don’t wear them inside our RV anyways. Good question though. -Lisa

  4. Very smart tips that I haven’t thought of, especially the puppy pee pads! Genius!! And hate showering when there isn’t a lockable door. Great article!

    1. Karla, thank you for taking the time to read our blog piece. Those puppy pee pads have saved us a few times! Also, we take lots of those hooks to hang our towels, clothes, loofa and shower bag. Never can have too many of them. I’m glad this submission was informative and you enjoyed it. We hope you stick around. -Dan & Lisa

  5. And, ladies if you are going to shave your legs or do other time consuming maintenance, please don’t do it in the morning when folks are trying to get ready for the day’s adventures! The shower lines are a lot shorter (and more patient) later in the day!

    1. Diane, thank you for taking the time to read our blog. We appreciate your input and suggestions. While yes, that would be ideal, please remember, not everyone is on the same schedule. We all should be respectful to each other no matter which schedule we’re on. -Lisa

  6. I use a roll up mat to step on. It has wooden slats attached to mesh. It is quick drying and doesn’t take up much room i n the rig.

    1. Thank you for your suggestion however, a ‘roll up mat’; you’re rolling the germ side into the side that will contacts your feet. – Lisa

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