How To Take A Shower In The Woods – Handy Shower Review

Jesse Mathewson

Arizona since 86', lifetime prepper, camper - criminal justice advanced degrees, numerous certifications, 1+ million rounds (shooting for decades), prior contractor, instructor, current volunteer, disabled, honest, father of two husband of one - all budget and prepared. Jesse Mathewson reviews because regular people need someone in their corner as well!

15 Responses

  1. Greg M. says:

    Jesse, Thanks for the review. A hot shower after doing anything that makes you sweat is an almost guaranteed morale booster not to mention healthier for you. Another good tool. I have a couple of older models solar showers that work ok, will keep this model in mind for future purchase.

  2. Derek says:

    Shower no longer available

  3. Ray White says:

    Jesse,

    I went to their site to purchase one and I ditto what Derek says. There is no clickable purchase link on their website. I’ve used Solar Showers for years and am a fan but really wanted to try a Handy Shower.

  4. Ray White says:

    Izzy,

    I tried every link you posted, including looking for the donation link or a contact button and found no links that worked. Sorry but three strikes and you’re out.

  5. Jesse Mathewson says:

    Try this link only,

    And apologies I am talking to them about better links availability

    http://handyshower.org

    • Izzy says:

      “It was designed and is being made in Poland at the moment but they have plans to produce in many other places as demand increases”.

      Yup. After an hour of searching, I discovered they are not being sold on the American market yet. Not even on Amazon.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        The link attached has the ability to buy. I talked to them about that and they are trying to get it listed on Amazon!

  6. Cndnate says:

    Wanting to buy too but can’t get the right link

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      As we know I review, I wish had a company like the ones I review but…I dont, try link above for now, hope soon they get it on amazon

  7. Gold Nugget says:

    To be honest, this shower looks like a fancy version of those basic black bag ones you can buy at any camping store for about $10. I have a couple of those around somewhere but never use them. I have tried 3 different brands of expensive hot-water-on-demand showers as well and returned all of them to the store. All were junk and cumbersome to use. Either the batteries didn’t last long or parts broke. And there’s nothing worse than the battery dying in mid lather! Those are just some issues. I have a much longer list of complaints about those units. To be fair, it’s been several years since I had them so maybe the products have been improved since then.

    My personal method is simple and cheap, and is much more effective than commercial products. I’ve used this system for multiple weeks in the remote Rockies and it works perfectly for me. It’s nothing more than 3 spray bottles, a box of baking soda, a 500ml bottle of rubbing alcohol, and a pack of large wash cloths for drying.

    I mix one spray bottle with 1/3 RA to 2/3 water. The RA helps cut through tougher dirt and has a nice cooling effect on those hot days. Just spray some on a cloth and start wiping.

    The second bottle is a mixture of water and baking soda for more sensitive areas and for quickly cleaning my hair or used for brushing my teeth. Again, just spray onto the cloth or tooth brush. The scent of toothpaste and shampoo can attract animals but baking soda will not. And let’s face it, being out in the bush isn’t a fashion competition. It’s about staying clean and comfortable without attracting animals.

    The third bottle is simply plain water for rinsing.

    You should always keep a pack of unscented baby wipes as well. They can be used for all of the above (except brushing teeth) and are easily carried in a back pack if hiking without the bulk of spray bottles. The bottles are more for a camper situation when you have ample storage.

    Lastly, with the spray bottle system there are no issues with warranties, returning a unit for servicing, shipping costs, or ordering spare parts if you break something. You can find spray bottles anywhere for very cheap.

  8. Ray White says:

    MD,

    Those solar showers you have laying around somewhere are worth using. Back when my wife and I lived in Colorado we were cleaning up years worth of mice and packrat nests from a house and three small cabins on our mountain property. Filthy doesn’t begin to describe us at the end of the day. We were taking showers in ice cold spring water–brrrr–think purple lips. Then I bought a 4 gallon solar shower from a camping supply store.

    Fill it with water and lay it out in the sun–sometimes it got so hot we had to add cold water to it.

    My wife said it was the best $15 I ever spent.