There’s nothing like being at one with nature and the best way to do that is camping. However, the biggest thing that puts people off is the idea of not having their own toilet and shower. Luckily, someone invented privacy tents! They provide cover when you’re at the beach, on the road, and camping.
You can use privacy tents to shower, change and even as a bathroom area. Here’s what you need to look for when choosing a privacy tent.
All privacy tents pop up, which means you don’t have to spend ages putting them up. However, it’s folding them that’s the real problem. The reality is you pay for ease of use, and the more expensive tents fold into their bags easily. If cost is your biggest priority, then prepare to spend a lot of time folding your privacy tent.
Being on the road, or camping means you want a lightweight privacy tent. Luckily, most come with bags but remember there are a lot of accessories. You should look for tents that weight between 4 and 6 pounds.
Most pop up tents come with a steel frame which has its pros and cons. Steel is durable, but it can add extra weight. An alternative option is pop-up tents with aluminum frames, which is lighter but also more fragile.
When you’re purchasing a privacy tent, you want to know which features it includes. Think about the quality of the features instead of the quantity. These are the features you should look for.
- Mesh Windows
- Integrated Sandbags
- Wide zip door
- Removable flooring
- Storage bag
Some tents will include these features, while cheaper versions might lack them. However, you can find accessories for your pop-up tent including shower bags, and extra clips to secure your flooring.
Our picks of the best privacy tents
If you’re looking for a long-lasting tent, then Green Elephant won’t disappoint. Constructed from water-resistant polyester, you’re protected from weather damage and potential rips. The tent comes with a lot of accessories, including a shower opening, clothes hangers, towel hangers, toilet paper holders and somewhere to hang your flashlight.
Traveling with kids is difficult, but the Green Elephant tent is perfect for privacy and adding some home-comforts to your camping trip. The tent measures 6’10.7” X 3’11” X 3’11” and weighs just over 5lbs. With a range of extra features, Green Elephant has created a tent for a range of uses.
- Range of accessories
- Useful for showering
- Durable material
- Takes time to fold
- Toilet paper holder attracts damp
KingCamp Oversize Outdoor Camping Dressing Changing Room Shower
If space is what you’re looking for, then privacy tents don’t come much bigger than the King Camp. The tent is perfect for multiple users and is ideal to use as a dressing room. Other uses include a shower facility and a toilet, meaning you can enjoy camping while keeping your privacy. One of the best features of this privacy tent is the pockets, which hold towels, toilet paper, and your clothes.
Vents in the flooring drain water and the mesh sides mean the tent won’t become damp. Hanging a shower bag can be tricky, depending on the weight but overall this tent offers convenience and comfort.
- Large size, ideal for families
- Easy to Fold
- Pockets to protect your items
- Questionable Durability
- Cannot hold heavy shower bags
GigaTent Pop Up Pod Changing Room Privacy Tent
If you’re looking for a cost-effective privacy tent, they don’t get much cheaper than the GigaTent. However, does the low cost compromise the quality? It seems not. The material is high-quality polyester, and the tent comes with a steel frame. Use it for taking showers, changing, having your own campsite toilet or just for some privacy.
However, the tent struggles to withstand severe winds, so it’s best used in warm places. There are pockets at the bottom which allow you to place sandbags to keep the tent steady, so it’s not a huge issue if you take precautions. Overall this is a great little privacy tent, but you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for something that will last you a long time, it’s best to spend extra.
- Fold easily
- Poor durability
- Limited height
WolfWise 6.6FT Portable Pop Up Privacy Shower Tent Spacious Changing Room
Tall people will love the WolfWise Pop-Up Tent. Measuring 6.6 ft in height, it’s ideal if you need extra changing space. A bonus of this tent is the UV protective material, which will shield you from the suns rays. The frame comprises galvanized material, which offers extra durability.
The tent has holes to drain water and there’s plenty of space to enjoy a relaxing shower. There are two negative aspects of the WolfWise tent. If you only speak English then you’ll have a hard time following the instructions! It also doesn’t fold easily, but these two negatives don’t outweigh the positives.
- Great For Tall People
- Easy to hang shower bags
- UV protection
- No English Instructions
- Difficult to fold
VIVOHOME Portable Easy Pop up Double Room Privacy Shelter
What’s better than one privacy tent? Two! This innovative design means you can have a shower room and toilet separate from each other. With waterproof and UV protection, this tent is ideal for families who want a convenient way to wash, dress or shield themselves from the sun.
Features that come with the tent include a clothesline and facilities to hang a shower bag. Measuring at 6ft 9” in height, the tent won’t disappoint, but are there any negative features? It seems not! If you’re looking for a convenient pop-up tent with multiple capabilities, VivoHome is the answer.
- UV Protection
- Two rooms for multiple uses
- Ideal for larger people
Texsport Instant Portable Outdoor Camping Shower Privacy Shelter
Texsports privacy shelter has a real outdoors feel about it, which is exactly what it’s designed for. It holds a 5-gallon shower bag, but don’t try a larger model. The material is flame-retardant and with a steel frame and strong clips, the tent is durable. Mesh windows offer shelter from the outside world and overall this tent does what it’s meant to do.
The biggest issue is the shower bag that comes with the tent. It’s meant to heat when left in the sun but doesn’t quite reach a comfortable temperature. Another let-down is that while the tent is constructed well, the shower bag breaks easily and leaks.
- Flame-Retardant material
- Durable Frame
- Poor shower facilities
CORE Instant Camping Utility Shower Tent with Changing Room
The second of our two-room offerings on this list is the CORE Instant Privacy tent. It’s smaller than the VivoHome tent, which could be more convenient for families. The mesh roof enables air to circulate, which prevents dampness from the shower. Perhaps the biggest bonus of this tent is it comes with a one-year warranty, which suggests the manufacturers are confident their tent will last.
Overall this is a great tent, but it can leak in severe weather. If you’re looking for a cost-effective place to shower and toilet, then this is a great option for you. It’s not the best on the list, but the positives outweigh the negatives.
- Mesh roof improves circulation
- Two rooms
- One-year warranty
- Leaks in severe weather