Showering alternative: 1. Get an ez pop-up privacy tent (base about 4x4).
2. Get a black 5-gallon bucket with a lid.
3. Get some organic soap/detergent (like some sold
at Trader Joe's--ask clerks).
4. Fill the bucket at least halfway in the AM and set it in the sun. By late afternoon the water will be nice and warm.
5. Set up your privacy shelter and take the bucket inside. Use a cup, small bucket, or ladle and drizzle yourself with the warm water. Use the organic soap sparingly. Now rinse.
6. Hope you remembered a towel or robe! Dry and cover self.
7. If your campground is picky about water, get a "barrell liner" or small wading pool to stand in while "showering." That way all water is caught, and you can then drag the pool over to a proper drain when you're all finished.
8. Re-dress, go out and pick up, clean up, put away your washing equipment.
9. If you want, they sell battery-operated "shower heads' where you set the bottom down in the bucket of sun-warmed water and the top sprays you with a shower-like spray. We nearly bought one but decided the fewer gadgets to feed and repair and replace, the better.
Our system is very lo-tech, and is miserable on a cold or windy day. Then there are "Elvis baths" inside the rig using a basin and a cup and a washcloth, etc. Not very satisfactory, but it does the job. After all, we're camping! Gotta be a little smudgy. The dirty badge of courage, so to speak.
There are as many solutions as there are campers, just about. I don't like showering while sitting on a toilet, myself, either. And I need lots of elbow room, and not with hard things around me to get bumped on. And I'm not thrilled with public showers, either. So we developed this low-tech solar
system--surprise, it works pretty well.
And our doggies sleep in the wading pool under my bed at night in the trailer, so it's not even extra equipment to haul along. We just have to dry it before letting them back into it. (And showering in it really cleans it out, too!)