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!
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.
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!
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.