Showers / Hygiene Options for Dry Camper Vans
- Planet Fitness - $20 per month to use any gym and access massage machines. About half are open 24/7. Partly communal shower (typical setup: About five small stalls with plastic curtain, one small hook on the outside and two dressing rooms you have to walk out in the open to get to and from). You will be given a small check-in card that fits on your key-chain. Judgement free environment that discourages loud noises.
- Campgrounds - vary... if not a camper there, you will either have to pay $2 to $5 or they may allow for free. Many campgrounds have showers and many don't. Showers are typically unremarkable and not very clean. Some may be very cold if also cold outside.
- 24 Hour Fitness allows you to sign in with your fingerprint and phone number. Compared to Anytime, 24 Hour is more crowded, far less private (bathroom / shower) but has more features (some have basketball courts, swimming pools, saunas, etc.). Generally popular on the West coast range.
- YMCAs offer discounts to those in a hardship (scholarship). Ask for "AWAY" program admission for other location use. You have to fill out a waiver form for every new gym you visit as a guest. YMCA culture is of old men and kids, not much in between!
- Community centers are low cost plus recreation facility use
- Anytime Fitness - Not recommended. $35 per month. Owners often stalk members via in person and via many cameras. Owners are highly judgemental and may find a way to terminate your membership without notice for no legit reason. For the first 30 days, you can only use the gym you signed up with. If they cancel you, you may be obligated to a $50 cancellation and other fees (their convoluted contract allows them to). AFs often have obnoxious members "lunks" who make loud noises and drop weights when working out.
- Truck Stops usually charge around $8 for every shower.
- Spray the shower with at least a little bit of bleach or disinfectant before entering.
- Wear shower shoes and disinfect them after use.
- Never lay anything of yours on any wet surface as that likely is highly rich in bacteria. By doing that and being very careful what you touch and wash hands frequently, it's possible to come in dirty and leave clean. Bring extra underwear and towel in case you drop any on the nasty floor.
- Use their disinfectant wipes on shower hooks, seat, shower handle, door handle, etc.
- Use baby wipes liberally to clean yourself when a shower is not available.
- Ask for a veteran discount everywhere you go if you are one.