Beach day and a (relatively) clean car: 3 tricks

I’m recovering from rotator cuff surgery. I’d much rather think and write about going back to the beach than about my surgery though. It sucked, I can’t drive, and my hair’s a mess, but I’m finally put back together again after many years. I’m just glad it’s over. So let’s talk about how to have both a beach day and a (relatively) clean car. I picked up 3 tricks from Kalon Surf Camp last week that I want to share with you. 

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I really don’t mind some sand in my car, but I know for others  (Randy that means you)  it’s a deal breaker, especially if you are carting kids to the beach.

Why don’t kids know how to get all the sand off of their feet and back by actually rubbing it off – with their hands – using a back and forth motion? And why do they they rinse their feet and flip-flops off at the shower just to tromp right through the sand again before they step into the car? 

On our surf camp vacation last week at Kalon, I saw they used three tricks to carts 10 guests and 4-5 instructor daily to and from the beach to keep their suv’s in great shape and relatively free of sand and salt water by using three crafty tricks.

TRICK 1: NO TOWELS AT THE BEACH

Think about it. Is lugging a towel to the beach worth the effort of dragging back into the car (wet, heavy, and sandy) and then having to wash it? At Kalon we never brought towels to the beach. We surfed, and then drip-dried ourselves on the beach. If you really need something to wipe your face with or lie on at the beach bring a small lightweight fouta towel like the Europeans do, not some huge heavy beach towel.

When we got to the SUV’s our legs and feet were sandy and our bodies damp, and they employed two solutions for this.

TRICK #2: USE A PORTABLE WATER SHOWER

The SUV’s had a roof-rack mounted water tank on each SUV with a flexible hand held shower heads. They filled the tanks before we headed out and parked in the shade so the water wouldn’t get too hot while we surfed. When we were ready to get in the truck, we sat our butts on the seat and showered off our legs, feet, and shoes with the nozzle head before climbing in the car. Not that you might need to go through all of that trouble for a few trips to beach, but if you spend your summers at the beach it could save you a lot of trouble and vacuuming. It would also be great for mountain bikers, and mud-runners. This similar roof rack mounted pressurized model is similar to what Kalon used, or for a simpler option try filling a portable 5 gallon camping shower and keep it in a cooler so it doesn’t get too hot in the car while you’re at the beach. Whatever your level of need, I think we can all agree that the ride home in the car is way-better sand-free.

TRICK #3: LINE YOUR SEATS WITH MICROFIBER TOWELS

The resort didn’t use towels at the beach, but they did cover their car seats with these lightweight colorful, microfiber towels from YogaRat. Simply tucked under the headrests, and into the spaces between our seats, these microfiber towels dried us on the ride home, felt soft to sit on and saved the seats from getting wet. They don’t absorb sand, and take up almost no space when folded compared to a typical beach towel. This is how the resort stayed eco-friendly by not having to wash a bunch of wet sandy towels every day, and how they keep their SUV’s looking good.

That’s the trick to beaching it in luxury: don’t use beach towels, bring a water container to rinse off your feet and legs, and line your car seats with microfiber towels before heading to beach. It will save you so much of the headache of beaching it, especially with the kids, that you just might go more often. Yes, that’s my kid riding a beautiful green wave in Costa Rica. I have a feeling I’ll be beaching it myself way more often this summer. ;) 

image © Kalon Surf Camp 2015 

 

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