Saturday, May 10, 2008

Screaming Children & Fainting Grannies


You know the scene. You're in the parking lot at the put-in changing into your drysuit or whatever, you're trying to be discreet and all of a sudden, you wish you had a better place to change.

Well, if you have a hatch at the rear of your car, then here's my idea for an almost instant, private changing room. Step one is to pick up a light weight tarp. Mine is 5' x 8'. You'll have to measure your hatch door to see what size is best for you. If you're really handy you could custom make the tarp to fit the hatch opening. Next step is to acquire some 'super magnets', the tiny silvery things stacked together in the picture above. Sew them into the tarp's long hem in places where it makes sense to hang the tarp from the opened hatch. I also sewed a couple of magnets into the two short hems so the tarp sides could clip onto the car's sides. This prevents the wind from suddenly opening the door, as it were. Using magnets allows the tarp to be put up and taken down very almost instantly.


By keeping my gear in the rear of my car along with a little piece of carpet to sit on, I now change in peace, in private and in comfort. No children have screamed in horror and no grannies have fainted from fright that I'm aware of... Another bonus is staying dry when changing in the rain!

4 comments:

Silbs said...

I had my mother in law sew two immense towels together leaving gaps for my head and arms. I stay warm, dry off and change all at one time.

Michael said...

Silbs - I forgot to mention the beer cooler's also in the trunk...

Michael said...

... and there's room for two.

kayakbrooklyn said...

Great idea. I usually use one of those monk robes that all the qajaqusa paddlers wear, but your idea is better.