Freshen Up On-The-Go: Convenient Shower Alternatives for your Road Trip

To shower or not to shower.. that is not the question!

Although Indie Campers offers various vehicles that come equipped with showers, some of our great campervans do not. But don’t fret, fellow wanderer, for where there’s a will, there’s always a way to freshen up!

As exciting as road trips can be, living in a van or campervan for extended periods can present some hygiene challenges. When you’re out on the open road, shower facilities may not always be available, especially when you’re exploring remote areas. 

The good news is that there are several ways to freshen up while you’re on a road trip, even if your vehicle does not come equipped with a shower. In this article, we’ll explore some of the ways you can maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness while traveling. 


First and foremost, wet wipes are a lifesaver when it comes to freshening up on the go. They’re easy to pack, lightweight, and readily available at most stores. Whether you’re on a hike, exploring a new city, or relaxing at the campsite, a quick wipe down can do wonders to keep you feeling fresh. 

Additionally, dry shampoo is a great option for keeping your hair clean and smelling good without water. It’s easy to use, requires no water, and can be found at most supermarkets or beauty stores. 

If you need to wash more than just your face, a bucket of water or a solar shower can be a great alternative to a traditional shower. Water can be heated using a camp stove or a fire, and then you can use it to wash your body. 


Similarly, a solar shower is a portable bag that can be filled with water and left out in the sun to warm up. Both of these options are affordable and eco-friendly alternatives to a shower. However, if you need a proper shower, don’t worry. There are plenty of options available. 

Public showers can typically be found at beaches, indoor swimming pools, airports, train stations, and campsites. These facilities may require a small fee for usage, but it’s usually worth it to feel refreshed and clean. 

Lastly, if you happen to be near gyms or hostels, you can always try to ask. Sometimes, these places may allow you to use the shower for a small fee or even for free. It never hurts to ask, and you might be surprised at how accommodating some people can be. 


When traveling, it’s essential to consider the environment and the impact of your actions. Remember to use eco-friendly soap if you plan to wash yourself in nature. Additionally, be mindful of water usage and try to conserve water whenever possible. You can always reuse water for cleaning or watering plants. 

In conclusion, traveling doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your hygiene. With some resourcefulness and creativity, you can find ways to stay fresh and clean on your road trip. 

From wet wipes and dry shampoo to public showers and solar showers, there are plenty of options available. So go ahead and explore the world with confidence, knowing that you can always find a way to stay clean and refreshed on the road. Happy travels to you!

About the Autor

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Sean Cronin

Sean Cronin is an Italo-Irish poet who since an early age has enjoyed traveling to discover more about other cultures and about himself. He has a huge passion for cooking and reading. He enjoys the outdoors and improving his surfing.