As paddlers we find ourselves along roadsides, in parking lots and in other remote or urban places to launch our kayaks, sups or other water craft.

Check out this paddler’s guide to changing in public…

  • Get a changing cloak. Here’s one from Seattle based Urban Surf. And another which I use from Surf Fur which is fleece lined  and wind proof. 
  • A friend, Holly, uses this one – clip a towel to your open door for an instant changing room.
  • Practice with a big beach towel around waist.
  • Get a van
  • Wear your wetsuit to the location (my winter solution).
  • Cut up an old camping pad and stand on it while changing to stay warm and feet free of sand and gravel.
  • Wear a warm hat while changing to stay warm.
  • Bring a gallon of water, pest spray pump container or a Rinse Kit to clean your feet and gear.


Rob Casey is owner of Seattle based Salmon Bay Paddle. www.salmonbaypaddle.com

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