- Public swimming pools (usually 5$ per person) are a good place to go take a shower. In the United States, though, not every city has a public swimming pool… In Ashland, Oregon, we RENTED a bathroom for half an hour for 16$, crazy!
- Hot Springs are also a nice alternative, but more expensive (except Hot Springs National Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming, where you can stay 20 minutes for free).
- Big National Parks (or towns nearby) often have showers for tourists. It usually costs 5$ per person (but there is a time limit, usually 5 or 10 minutes).
- We were told that truck stops also have showers. We haven’t actually tried this one out, as we don’t take the interstates that much.
- If you can’t manage to find a shower and feel really dirty, you can always boil some water, wash yourself with a washcloth and wash your hair in the sink of the van. We did this sometimes, and it’s easier than you would imagine.
- We also always have baby-wipes in our van, for our daily hygiene. Be shure though to buy the ones that are not full of chemicals.
- Summertime is the best : you can shower on the beach, wash yourself in lakes and rivers, or use a solar shower. If you do this, please buy ecological soap and shampoo!
- Buy a water hose, you will need it.
- You can fill up the tank of your van at gas stations. Courtesy wants you to fill up on gas also. It is not indicated if you can drink the water or not, but we have always drinked it, and never became sick.
- A sani-dump station (usually in National Park and State Park campgrounds) is also a good place to get water. Usually, there is potable and non-potable water. The problem is that sometimes there is a fee: on the Californian coast, for example, you have to pay 15$, very expensive when you only have greywater.
- You can get drinking water at all the Visitor Centers of the National Parks.
We all need it, no matter how simple our lifestyle is! You can find it for free here :
- Visitor and Information Centers
- Parking lots of big stores or chains (Walmart, Home Depot, Starbucks, McDonalds…)
- Public Libraries
- City Parks (sometimes)