As I’ve noted before, upcountry hotels in this part of the world can be a bit basic. However, these accomodations are much easier to deal with if you pack appropriately (bring EVERYTHING) and know a few simple tricks. One of those is how to take a bucket shower:
- Gather supplies. You will need: a large bucket, a scoop/cup, a washcloth, soap, shampoo, flip-flops, a towel, and a flashlight. Forget the conditioner. You’re not going to look like you just stepped out of a hair product commercial anyway, so save yourself the trouble.
- Fill your bucket with water. This may be accomplished by ladling it in from the larger water reservoir in your room or, failing that, at the pump outside. The water will probably be on the cooler side of lukewarm but that’s okay – you’re sweaty from your night in a hot humid unairconditioned hotel room.
- Turn on your flashlight and find a strategic place to position it. The hotel turned its generator off half an hour ago and your bathroom is pretty dark.
- Strip down except for your flip-flops. These are all that stand between you and god-only-knows-what on the floor. Treasure them.
- Use the cup/scoop to ladle enough water over your head to get wet all over. Dip the washcloth in the bucket and fill in any spots you missed.
- Ignore the writhing death throes of the cockroach on your bathroom floor. He’s too far gone and is no threat to you. Keep calm and carry on.
- Lather your hair up with shampoo and your body with soap. Ladle more water over yourself until clean. I hope you put enough water in your bucket at the beginning or you’ll be a little sudsy at the end.
- Congrats! You’re clean! Towel off and get ready for your day!