Collapsible Hot Tub or DIY Hot Tub on Your Next Camping?

Written by 
Peter Smith
Peter is an inflatable hot tub enthusiast, reviewing and testing hot tubs since 2014.
Updated: 
November 16, 2019

The usual camping gear and accessories normally include basic necessities, such as food, water, shelter, and clothing. But have you ever thought of amping up your outdoor fun by bringing a collapsible hot tub? I say, why not?

Camping normally involves sitting by the campfire. However, sometimes, it’s too rough out there that you just want a little pampering. What better way to do so than enjoying a warm bath. Fortunately, there are available collapsible hot tubs that are available and easy to set up.

Don't forget to check out hot tub hammocks.

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What is a Collapsible Hot Tub?

Bringing a collapsible hot tub can add another fun activity to your camping. A collapsible hot tub can hold around 220 gallons of water. It measures 60 inches by 56 inches by 24 inches. Its size can accommodate a couple of individuals. Collapsible hot tubs can be folded into a square or cube. It can weigh around 20 kilograms, including the heater and frame, which makes it easy to carry and store.

You should bring a water pump to fill it up easier and quicker. It also comes with a heater coil, which can be heated using propane, natural gas or firewood. A 20 pounds propane tank can last for 4 to 8 hours depending on the season. Collapsible spas normally cost around $500 without the heater coil. It cost around $1000 with the heater coil. It can be quite expensive but the fun and enjoyment it brings can be priceless.

Can I Make a Do-it-yourself Camping Hot Tub?

If you cannot afford a collapsible hot tub, there are other ways that you can try to experience camping with a hot tub. You will need a few power tools, some logs, a tarp, good friends and lots of creativity.
First of all, you should pick a nice spot where you can place the hot tub. You should choose a spot near the water source so that it will be easier to get water to fill it up. You should also make sure that the ground is flat and stable.
Next, collect logs for the frame, and firewood for heating the water. The logs should be neatly and evenly cut to make a square frame. You can get firewood from the trimmings of the logs.
Then, prepare logs to build the frame of the hot tub. Use smaller logs to easily roll larger logs. Make sure that the frame is stable and about 3 feet tall.

Now, lay the tarpaulin liner inside the frame and secure it before filling the tub with water. Use rocks to secure the tarp in place. Then, fill up the tub with water using buckets, or water pump and hose.
Lastly, warm the water using hot stones placed in a metal basket. Make sure that the basket won't touch the tarp to prevent it from melting. You can use a block of wood to support the basket while heating the water.

This method may need a lot of effort but it can save you lots of bucks. But if you prefer to use a hot tub more frequently, you should invest in a collapsible hot tub. It can save time and effort in the long run.

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