Bathtime on the Trail: The One Gram Platypus Shower:

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An ordinary water bottle cap will fit any Platypus bottle https://www.platy.com/bottles-storage (by the wonderful Cascade Designs who also make the absolutely best Sleeping Pad: https://www.thermarest.com/mattresses/womens-neoair-xlite). You can make holes with a large needle (doll needle pictured – much safer). With nine holes as pictured one litre lasts 6 ½ minutes. I usually carry one 2 litre Platypus and a one litre one. Della carries the same. Similarly each has a pot of approx one litre capacity. A litre of boiling water added to a litre of cold water makes a pretty good shower temperature. 4 litres of water each gets us pretty clean in the backcountry where there is plenty of wood to provide the heat, eg with this: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-egg-ring-ultralight-wood-burner-stove/

A couple of grommets in the base of the Platypus bottle (both on one side) will allow you to hang it up from a carabiner on a piece of string. A loop tied with an overhand knot in the string a little higher up will allow you to catch the neck of the bottle to turn the shower off. I am working on converting one of those water bottle on/off bite valves which some water bottles come with to a shower for the same purpose. Looking for a cap which can be glued on which is just the right size, but really it works just fine as above.

Like this (7 grams):

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See Also:

http://www.theultralighthiker.com/?s=hygiene

There are a variety of purchasable models of this device (some very dear) and all of which weigh more than a gram! Make your own and convert your Platypus bottles for hanging (2 minutes max)

Also see:

http://www.amazon.com/Platypus-7594-Shower-Kit/dp/B000J2H8ZE

http://www.instructables.com/id/Water-bottle-sprinkler-cap/

http://www.theseedbomblaboratory.com/bottle-top-sprinklers.html http://www.ebay.com/itm/WATERING-CAP-ATTACH-SOFT-DRINK-BOTTLE-PLANT-MINI-SPRINKLER-SHOWER-PLASTIC-x6-PC-/161933729804?hash=item25b400a00c:g:znkAAOSwK7FWhMc2 http://www.bottleshower.com/about/

http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/pocket-sized-gadget-repurposes-plastic-water-bottles-portable-shower-or-wash-station.html

http://spatap.com/ Video with times (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzV7ZyYXFvA)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Handheld-Camping-Shower/?ALLSTEPS

http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Camping-Shower-Simple/dp/B00DVXXIQQ

http://vandogtraveller.com/the-bottle-cap-camping-shower-by-matt/

3 Responses

  1. Thank you for your comment. I had a very bad day yesterday and you haven’t helped. I’m sorry not everything I write interests you. Topics are just whatever occurs to me/happens to me. I notice that the previous two comments (below) have exactly the opposite view to yours however, so perhaps it is just that some topics don’t interest you as much as others. I will try to do better. However, I have over 700 posts here – and lots more stuff here: http://www.finnsheep.com/HIKING.htm and here: http://www.finnsheep.com/THE%20UPPER%20YARRA%20WALKING%20TRACK.htm Surely there is plenty to keep you interested?

  2. Thanks for your comment which I don’t quite understand. Try making one yourself. It will work pretty much as I have explained in the article. Cheers.

  3. Thank you fore your feedback. I’m sure if you go to the home page and scroll down or try a search you will find many more of interest. There are nearly 700 posts so far! Cheers, Steve. PS: Why do you refer to me as ‘my family member’?

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