I realized that one of the essential road trip gear items that we carry, was not mentioned anywhere on this site yet....
So, let me introduce: PCT:
Personal cabana towels (PCTs). I can’t believe these things aren’t commercially available, because a PCT is, hands down, the single most useful item I’ve ever taken on a road trip. Fortunately, it’s easy to make one.
Take two beach towels, the thinner the better (if you use thick ones, your PCT will be too heavy). Stitch them together along the edges, leaving an opening big enough for your head at one end and for your arms on the two sides. That’s it! You now have a pull-on terry-cloth garment that can serve as a bathrobe, a beach coverup and, yes, a “personal cabana.” Pull your arms in and you’ve got a private changing room. This is remarkably handy if you come upon a natural hot spring or decide to take a swim at a beach where there’s no place to change. Of course, your PCT is still a perfectly good towel, picnic blanket, tablecloth, horse blanket, superhero cape — well, you get the idea. Megan is modeling one here.