SpaTap – Camping Shower & Camp Tap
The No. #1 Camping Product of 2016
Uses & Benefits
Camping in the great outdoors can sometimes make you a little grubby,
and yet to stay healthy and enjoy the camping experience it is essential to maintain personal hygiene and keep all cooking utensils clean and well ordered. These basic necessities are what makes a camping trip that more comfortable and even luxurious. Having a hot shower is the icing on the cake, especially if there has been a cold night. Alongside these basics, every camper knows that the greatest gift when waking up in the early morning is to put the kettle on, clean the teeth and freshen up to relax into a day of relaxing in the countryside.
My personal order of getting things done is: Wake up, brush teeth, make coffee and wash.
Now the great thing about making my hot water in the morning with a gas stove or fire is that it gives me my hot water for a wash, but sometimes I want to have a shower. So after I have made myself a coffee, I usually take an instant coffee with me, I am left with surplus boiled hot water in my kettle. How you may wonder with only 600ml of hot water is it possible to have a shower. Well, of course, you certainly wouldn’t want to shower with just boiled water as you would get burnt! Not a great start to the day, but if you dilute that water with some cold water, say another 400 ml of water, then you have a nice hot temperature to shower with. (I like a hot shower)
“But that’s impossible,” I hear you shout, you can’t shower with 1 litre of water.
Here lies the rub! We have been so conditioned for so long to actually turn on the tap at home and have massive drenching showers with many litres of water that we forget how little water is needed to make us totally wet. Let me explain, the average shower use the Australia is, “62 litres of hot water and some power showers can use up to 136 litres” Obviously, it’s impossible to carry that much water whilst going on a camping trip, and for those of us, that like to go to more remote places where we have to carry all of our water in, the conservation of limited supplies of water and rationed use is of paramount importance.
But you can have your cake and eat it.
The Hand Washer
During the day, I just leave the SpaTap in situ and whenever I need to wash my hands, some plates or food, I just give it a squeeze or open the bung and let the water flow. It really is amazing how far just 1 litre of water can go with this device using the correct bottle and managing water usage in an efficient way. It really is a 5 Star camping experience.
As I said, first thing in the morning I like to brush my teeth and make my mouth feel normal.
My favourite bottle is a US Army Military Canteen, I like this because it’s compact, it comes with a billy can, it is strong and of course it is camouflaged! My Clear SpaTap fits it perfectly and allows me to use the SpaTaps’, minimal water mode, the free flow mode and the pump mode.
The inverted bottle hangs with the SpaTap strap from a suitable spot, I normally chose a small tree or shrub when I camp as this gives me some privacy when I’m showering and doing my ablutions, but when I am brushing my teeth all I need to do is take my toothbrush and toothpaste out of the SpaTap straps, which I use to store them in a convenient place, give the brush a little squirt to make it and the toothpaste wet and then brush away. To rinse I either suck and squirt the SpaTap at the same time or if I need a little more water I will open the bung and suck the water from there. This normal gives me enough water to rinse the foaming toothpaste out of my mouth and prepares my mouth for my coffee.
The other neat thing about that SpaTap is that I now can now fill different types of plastic bottle up with the remaining hot water that has been mixed with the cold. Hard plastic is good for using the tap mode, a soft plastic bottle is perfect for a power shower, the height of luxury is showering outside in Nature with a hot water, It doesn’t get better than that. I know it sounds amazing but, try it. In fact, take the SpaTap challenge, I personally challenge you to stand under 10 minutes of constantly flowing water and not be totally soaked. For good measure, I will allow you to either be fully clothed or naked. It doesn’t matter to me because I know you will be drenched from head to toe. Furthermore, I guarantee that if after 1.5 litres of water is dispensed all over you via a SpaTap power shower bottle in the free flow mode, that if you are not satisfactorily wet, then I will eat a SpaTap and give you your money back. Hows that for being a good sport! Watch how Juliette and have a power shower with a soft plastic bottle.
Another fantastic benefit is the easy way the base of an inverted bottle can instantly turn into a soap caddy. It really is the perfect place to store Soap and a 1.5-litre bottle really suits this purpose well. Just have a quick look at the “Soap Caddy” video to see how this works and if you’re running a bigger camp with children and you need a communal hand washing place, SpaTap is the most efficient and fun way to wash your hands that you can imagine. When I say fun I mean if you’re a parent like me and you never, ever, ever want to ask your children to wash their hands again the I say install a SpaTap in your camp. It is a fact that children absolutely love washing their hands with a SpaTap and there have been occasions when I have just stood on a campsite and hollered just before dinner time,”Right kids who would like to wash their hands!” the effect is that children from neighbouring campsites come as well, form an orderly queue, believe it or not! and literally wait until it’s their turn to wash their tiny little, mucky hands.
Children truly love SpaTap and that’s beyond doubt.
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