Being dirty is not where it's at. That's why showers were invented. Unfortunately, unless you're into freezing your bits off, showers require power. And that means you can't have a nice hot shower when you're stuck in the middle of the wilderness. Or does it?
Step forward the ingenious Super Solar Shower. This incredibly useful, eco-friendly shower system has been specifically designed for those moments when you want a shower but you're miles from power. And that's because it is heated by everyone's favourite bright orangey thing. No, not Firebox.com, the sun!
Ideal for festival-goers, hikers, campers and trans-globe explorers, the fully-portable Super Solar Shower is essentially a big vinyl bag that heats water using the sun's rays, so you can enjoy a warm shower anytime, anyplace. No plumbing or power required.
Simply fill the bag with water, place it flat with the black side up and leave it out to soak up some rays. The heat time varies depending on the temperature, but on a sunny day at a temperature of 21°C (70°F) the water temperature will rise to around 40.5°C (105°F) in around 3 hours. Be warned though - the temperature can rise as high as 48°C (150°F). Ouch!
Once the water is heated simply hang the bag from a branch or some other overhanging thingamabob and get your kit off. You can even slip into your bikini and re-enact that Myleene-in-the-shower moment off 'I'm a Celeb '. (Assuming you're a woman). And with a 20 litre capacity you'll have more than enough water to wash those bugs right out of your hair.
The Super Solar Shower comes with everything you need for an al fresco shower, including shower head, flow control and hanging cord. Pack a decent bar of soap and you'll feel fresh as a daisy, wherever you may roam. Pass the loofah!
I took my shower to Bug Jam and it saved my boyfriend and several members of my family from that dirty feeling... It never got to 21 degrees outside but the shower still managed to heat up nicely. There wasn't really anywhere to hang the shower (no trees in the field), however we popped it on top of the car and it did a good enough job. Not sure tis quite powerful enough to wash long or thick hair and the tube did tend to fall off if you moved it a bit too quickly. However, tis a bargain at less than 5squid and I know we'll definitely be using it again. I was laughed at when I told everyone I'd bought it but when they all got to wash their hair they were v. V. Grateful and thought it was money well spent! Samantha, Carnforth - 13th August 2008
Just received mine today ready for V festival in a couple of weeks! I didn't realise how big it would be!!! Excellent value for money! And such a great idea! Amy, Norwich - 3rd August 2007
BOUGHT 3 OF THESE WORK BRILLIANTLY, 4 OF US SHOWERED FROM ONE BAG, WATER WARM, HUNG FROM A TREE WHILE CAMPING IN A FIELD WITH NO FACILITIES, WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE, EVEN FOR COOLING OFF IN THE GARDEN DURING THE SUMMER. COLIN SEAR, HEREFORD - 6th May 2007