Besides using tortilla warmers to pack dishes and thick winter socks to pack wine, my favorite tip is the swim-parka trick.

With a swim parka there is no need schlep towels, clothes and toilet kit to campground showers.

The swim parka is a specialized garment. It has a liner that functions like a towel and the outside is water repellant. It also has deep generous side pockets for carrying razor and soap and travel-sized shampoo bottles and a flashlight.

Swim parkas keep a wet body protected in all climates.

I go to the shower commando – and after I’ve showered I go home the same way. No one has a clue I’m rockin’ my Lady Godiva under there.

Fast, easy solution to  the messy shower schlep.

The one I bought 20 years ago is no longer available, but this is the closest one I can find that matches mine.



  • Polyester
  • Imported
  • Zipper closure
  • Water resistant, fleece lined parka with adjustable hood and toggle drawcord
  • Front and back ventilation for air circulation
  • Exterior cell phone/PDA sleeve pocket with velcro closure, zipper pocket with headphone slit for MP3 players, and “hidden” chest pocket
  • Double zipper front
  • UPF 50+ sun protection fabric