Space saving is part and parcel of caravan life, whether you have a permanent pitch or take your tourer or motorhome to sites on a regular basis. Caravan designers make great use of available space inside and out, and users come up with some innovative ideas too.
But, it’s the designers of products for use in caravans and camping that get our applause, especially those that come up with innovative, practical and very clever items such as the collapsible watering can! In fact, so clever are these items that they would make a great item around the house, too.
If you have a permanent pitch with a small garden you will really appreciate one of these. We also know of many people who keep one handy for rinsing the dog before it is allowed back in the van! Once it’s done its job, you simply collapse it into a very compact package, and put it away without wasting too much space.
So, to help you in your search, we have sought out the best collapsible watering cans available right now, and some of these are surprisingly useful products!
This very clever example is a great item to have around the caravan, or to take with your tent and gear when camping. It’s not just a watering can, but also one of the most essential of all camping and caravanning items – a water carrier. Not only does this one collapse down into a flat pack, it comes with a full lid and tap for when you use it to bring water back to your pitch. It’s also equipped with a detachable spout for when you need it to be a watering can, and can be used without the lid as a simple bucket.
Made from food grade material that is both UV-proof and frost-proof, this 8-litre container has a clear line on the side so you can measure the water in it at all times, and when collapsed, all the various fitments sit neatly in spaces on the lid. At more than £30 you might think this to be quite a pricey item, but in fact we think it surprisingly usable. In general, we found customers to be very much in favour, although a few complain it is flimsy and not large enough.
- 3-in-1 design
- Collapses and accessories stored neatly
- Can be used as water carrier
When we think of collapsible water containers, this is probably the sort of item you envisage. It’s s simple design that does the job it is intended for, and is a 1-piece container with a spigot and tap. There is no removable roof on this one, and strictly it’s not a watering can, but we see no reason it couldn’t be used as one. This one collapses into a flat pack that is easy to store away, and can be collapsed very quickly indeed, and is made from food-grade, BPA-free and non-toxic plastic.
You can buy this model in three sizes, which will be appreciated by many caravanners. A 5-litre one is perhaps great for carrying for emergencies, while the 10-litre and 20-litre examples will be used readily on site and even at home. There are many uses for items such as this, and at the price – the smallest is under £10, the largest under £20 – you really can’t go wrong. We found a large number of customers who like this very much, and not one valid complaint, so it comes recommended.
- Fully collapsible
- Tap and spigot
- Non-toxic plastic
- Light weight
- 5, 10 or 20 litre sizes
- Great customer satisfaction
While this is a very nice device, it’s not really a collapsible model. We include it here because it is very clever, and may well be what some caravanners are looking for. What is clever about it? Well, it’s a pressurised system, but one that does the pressurising without the need for pumps or a power source. It’s very simple: you switch it on and it automatically becomes pressurised to the level of your home system, so that you can have a constant spray for as long as 4 minutes.
You get a six-foot hose that attaches to the container with a spray head – you can use this for cold showers, to wash items, to rinse the dog or water the plants – which has seven different settings. Unlike others that collapse, this one needs a place to store it away that will take its 36x41x36cm size, but if you want a sophisticated unit such as this, it can be very useful. There are no real complaints from customers, although bear in mind it will cost you around £70.
- Pressurised container
- 4 minutes spray time
- 6-foot hose
- Seven spray settings
- Not collapsible
Sometimes we come across a product where the price is simply astounding: this is one such, and we don’t mean it’s expensive! This 10-litre folding water carrier – it folds in the conventional way and is the standard ‘bag’ design with a handle and a simple cap with a wide mouth for filling and pouring – is made from food-grade material, and the handle is reinforced for carrying. There’s nothing outstanding about it, bar the price, which we will come to in a moment.
If you’re after a watering can, it’s possible that there’s a head you can buy that could fit on this carrying device, but there is not one supplied. But really, that pales into insignificance, for if you want a simple, 10-litre water carrier, you can have this one for under £3. Yes, you did read that correctly – it’s less than £3! There’s not really much more to say about this, so we’ll just leave it there.
- 10 litre capacity
- Folds flat like a bag
- Wide mouth for filling and pouring
- Food-grade plastic
- Amazing price
So, we found four examples of water carriers for caravanning and camping, but is there one here for you? Let’s see if we can reach a verdict!
If you want a dedicated watering can, and not simply a water carrier, the only option for you is the first one, which is a great item but not cheap at more than £30. If, however, you want a simple water carrier, then we can’t see past the HshDuti 10L Large Folding Water Carrier. For the price, you could buy two or three and have a couple in reserve for when needed. It’s a great item at a great price, so have fun on your next trip!