Q40 We have a camper van that doesn't have the toilet/shower on board, we have a portable toilet and shower with their own tent. The question is what do campers use to stand in to catch the grey water without making a mess when showering? Or isn't there something suitable or large enough.
A. While you will be limited with 'self contained only' campgrounds as they do not allow outdoor showers at all, there are methods for other places that will result in minimum water on the spot. A fold up or blow up child's paddle pool is one option. Depending on how flexible your shower hose it, standing in a large tub such as those sold for keeping drinks on ice, will collect most of the water. They hold 42 litres, but you would not use that much showering, and would need to carry away while light enough to lift. These tubs are flexible for emptying. These are most suited to where you can cart the water into nearby bush. Elsewhere it will have to be poured into canisters, such as 20 – 25 litre jerry cans, for removal to a disposal point. I have seen sets of party tubs in “cheap shops” and advertised by on-line discounters.
When we camp away from the caravan, and often even in the caravan, we have a tub bath sponge over as it is quicker and only takes boiling a kettle, saves water, and the water can be removed usually in the morning as we shower/bathe last thing before bed time. This is an easy solution to do inside your camper when in a self contained only campground, so long as they allow a camper like yours in as many do not.
In reality, there are far more places across Australia where water disposal on or near the site is not a problem, than the self contained sites where water must be taken away to a dump point, and these are usually in towns.
See more about Self Container Campgrounds.
See how to economise on water use if disposal on site is not permitted or water supply is short.