Several years ago, I had a good friend read me the Riot Act because she had asked me to lunch after surfing, and I couldn’t go because I didn’t have a change of clothes in my car. I missed out on a free lunch, but I remembered her words: ALWAYS keep a change of clothes in my car just in case you need to go somewhere after surfing.
She had a great point.
So, with that sage advice, I now keep a roll of clothes packed in my car at all times. Synthetics are your friend in this case, since even a good rinsing after surfing will still leave you damp and a little crusty. Synthetics like Lycra can be useful to hide any lingering ocean on your skin as well.
Most of the time I keep in reserve:
- A bikini– You never know if you may want to surf again later, and I can use them as underwear ya know….
- Capilene Knit T-Shirt- I got this from Patagonia, and it’s great if I’m a little damp still, since the material is similar to Lycra,
- Billabong Submersible Boardshorts– They look polished and respectable, but again, they dry quickly (and can be used in a later sesh),
- OR, A Lycra Cover -Up Dress– these are handy to have for surfer gals in a pinch since they’re a quick way to look nice with some nice sandals. I bought mine for $15 at an outlet store. They have tons.
- Back-up Flip Flops- Either a nice pair of sandals to go with my change of clothes, or a water pair. I’ve had my flip flops stolen a few times. Once by a large crow. No lie.
For my current pack, I used a microfiber hair drying towel (very useful for drying hair without a blow dryer) and roll my clothes into a tight jelly roll for packing. Keeps the clothes relatively wrinkle free, and takes up less space.
I keep my summertime changing towel, my clothes roll, some deodorant wipes (see the pic), and some
Boom! My kit’s done!