Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air,” to which he probably would have added “and take outdoor showers” if 19th-century plumbing had been more progressive.
There is no faster way to connect with nature than to bathe en plein air. An outdoor shower is one of life’s great pleasures as well as the most useful method of dealing with muddy dogs and sandy children.
If you’re designing or installing an outdoor shower, our editors have tested them all: freestanding models, hose-powered portable showers, wall-mount fixtures, and DIY outdoor showers built from $20 of plumbing parts from the hardware store. Read our outdoor shower design guides for picks and tips.