Alternatively, today’s vendors and small business owners may have a unique need to provide a portable changing room for their customers. Whether you own a boutique or have pop-up stores, a high-quality changing room is what your customers deserve. We found a great portable option that business owners love among our picks.
Buying Guide for Portable Changing Rooms
Why should you buy a portable changing room?
While portable changing rooms are often used for camping and beach days, they can be used in a wide variety of scenarios:
- Bathroom (portable toilet sold separately)
- Outdoor shower
- Changing room
- Sun shelter at the beach
- Work station for jobs on the road (i.e., photographers on location)
- Temporary or portable changing room for merchants and vendors
What should you consider when shopping for a portable changing room?
- Size: There are a variety of sizes available for portable changing rooms. For those typically used for camping purposes, they will range from 5.5 to 7 feet in height. Depending on how tall you are and whether or not you’ll need it for a variety of uses, you’ll want to choose an option that provides more height. Other portable changing rooms that are meant for vendors or merchants will have a similar height range.
- Material: Portable changing rooms that are mostly intended to be outdoors will have a high-quality waterproof nylon material that folds up easily and is lightweight for transportation. Some of the outdoor privacy tents will also have UV protection, which is what prevents a private shower from becoming one that shows off your shadow during use. Portable dressing rooms for a business must also have a thick curtain so that your customers’ silhouettes cannot be seen even when light is shining on them.
- Purpose: The main factor in choosing the right portable changing room will be its intended use. In addition to changing your clothes, if you are using a pop-up tent for things like showering or going to the bathroom, you’ll want to pay attention to its breathability. For those needing a portable changing room for a business, you’ll be looking for an entirely different set of criteria. High-quality material and durability are of utmost importance so that your investment has longevity.
How easy are portable changing rooms to assemble or take down?
When it comes to the camping variety, easy setup and take-down are part of every option we’ve shared. It might take a few practice rounds to get the take-down just right, but after some practice, it should only take a few minutes.
Changing rooms meant for shops or boutiques are a bit more of a permanent feature than ones for outdoor excursions. These will take more time and tools to assemble.
Our Picks for the Best Portable Changing Rooms
WolfWise 6.6FT Portable Pop Up Privacy Tent
This pop-up privacy tent is easy to carry, set up, and use for several scenarios.
Pros: For a pop-up privacy tent that is so easy to carry around, it doesn’t lack quality. This versatile pop-up is made of high-quality waterproof taffeta. This nylon material also provides UV protection to prevent your silhouette from being visible to anyone outside. It’s constructed with flexible steel for durability, even with frequent use. This portable pop-up privacy tent comes with four steel stakes for additional security against the elements. Whether you want to use it as a changing room, a shower, or a place to use your camping toilet, this tent folds up and is lightweight to carry to your next destination. The T-style door features three zippers for easy entries/exits and has an optional window for airflow. Inside the changing room or tent, there is a built-in clothesline for hanging towels and clothes during a shower. The corner of the pop-up tent has a netted drain for showers.
Cons: While it can fold into a convenient carrying bag, it is worth practicing a few times before you need to know how to do it during your excursion. It also needs to be well secured in windy weather.
Bottom Line: While this pop-up tent is mainly intended to be a private changing room, bathroom, or shower during a camping trip, it can be a great sun shelter at the beach or a useful station for photographers on location. This versatile changing room includes convenient features like a T-style door, built-in clothesline, a netted drain in the corner, an optional window for airflow, a storage bag, and a side pocket for shoes.
WolfWise 6.6FT Portable Pop Up Privacy Tent
This portable changing room has everything you need times two.
Pros: While other larger units may not truly be a double, this one is exactly that. The double unit is made of high-quality, waterproof taffeta. The nylon material also provides UV protection which also prevents a “shadow shower.” It’s constructed with flexible steel for durability, even with repeated and frequent use. This double unit comes with extra rope and stakes to keep it sturdy and secure in the outdoor elements. The center wall can be zipped up for privacy or opened to make one larger unit. It has a lot of the same nice features as our Top Choice since they come from the same company. These include the T-style doors, airflow, a clothesline, and a corner drain.
Cons: While it can fold into a convenient carrying bag, it is worth practicing a few times before you need to know how to do it during your excursion. It can take a while to get right.
Bottom Line: If you camp with your family, you might need more than one private space. This double unit is great! It’s like putting two of the top-performing single units together. All the same high-performance features of the WolfWise single are here, plus the ability to either open the wall between the two rooms or zip it closed for separation and extra privacy.
GigaTent Pop Up Privacy Pod
This personal pod has versatile uses that won't break your bank.
Pros: For an extremely affordable price, you can add an element of privacy wherever you need it. Whether you’re tailgating, camping, hanging at the beach, or taking part in a photo shoot, this option is convenient to pop up and fold away quickly. It has a flexible steel frame and waterproof taffeta nylon. There are sand bag pockets sewn in on the bottom of the privacy pod to help weigh it down, which is especially helpful if you’re using it on a surface that would not work with the four stakes that are included. A toggle and loop system help keep the door open if you want to use it as a shade.
Cons: The material is very thin and may show silhouettes. This pod is missing some of the features available in other options, and it is under 6 feet high, so tall people might have to bend a little to use it.
Bottom Line: This versatile portable changing room can solve a variety of problems. Its affordable price makes it an easy purchase to try if you need portable privacy for a bathroom, dressing room, or shade on the beach, to name just a few options.
Alvantor Portable Outdoor Privacy Shelter
You won't feel cramped in this portable privacy tent that can meet a wide variety of needs.
Pros: Standing at 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide, this portable changing room provides head space and elbow room for getting dressed or taking a shower without feeling cramped. It’s even wide enough to comfortably accommodate handicap access. This portable privacy tent is perfect for showers, using a portable toilet, changing clothes, or getting shade from the sun, among other things. The high-quality, durable Teflon fabric also has a vinyl coating to offer UV protection. This high-performance combination prevents silhouettes from being viewed, allowing you the ultimate privacy. User-friendly features like interior pockets for small storage and a rope for hanging clothes or towels add even more convenience to this pop-up privacy tent. The tent easily pops up and collapses just as quickly. The tent comes with four sandbags, four guylines, and eight stakes for stability on windy days.
Cons: While it can fold quickly and easily, it is worth practicing a few times before you need to know how to do it during your excursion.
Bottom Line: Once you get a few practice tries opening and folding down this portable tent, you’ll be ready to take it just about anywhere that requires a little extra privacy. The high-quality and durable UV-protected Teflon fabric is great. It’s one of the most user-friendly and practical portable changing rooms out there.
Madamera Clothing Store Fitting Room with Shading Curtain
This changing room is sturdy enough to stay put but can break down easily for pop-up shops or vendor events.
Pros: This portable dressing room is a perfect solution for a boutique or a seller with pop-up shops to provide adequate privacy for shoppers. The thick high-quality curtain makes shoppers feel secure and confident when trying on clothes. The strong iron bars give the room its shape and stay in place during use but can pack away without too much trouble if you need to close up your shop or relocate the changing room. The curtain comes in three color choices.
Cons: To keep the curtain looking elegant, you’ll have to spot clean and iron out wrinkles. While the changing room is easy to set up and take down, it does take some time. It’s not for camping or beach trips.
Bottom Line: If you own a small shop or boutique or do pop-up events for your products, this portable changing room is an excellent option for you and your customers. Its high-quality build and sophisticated look add a professional touch to your business that allows your customers to feel confident. The portable changing room is easy to set up and take down; however, it will require some time.
A portable changing room can be used in a variety of ways and places. Whether you’re looking for one to use on a camping trip, for a sports event, or for a business, you can find the right one to meet your particular needs.