Essentials: Dryrap Surf Towel

dryrap surf towel, in use at Saunton Beach

Whether you’re a surfer, wakeboarder, bodyboarder, swimmer, or you just like to get wet, chances are you’ll be changing your wetsuit or boardshorts in the beach carpark. From the division of ‘why didn’t I think of that’ comes the Dryrap Surf Towel (£22.99 inc UK delivery) – a simple device for keeping your privates, private. A super absorbant towel with an elastic waistband, featuring a tough velcro fastening. Slap it around your body, whip your shorts off and pull your jeans on. Couldn’t be easier.

Dryrap is suitable for dudes and dudettes, a perfect length and generous circumference – good for the tall and the rotund. The velcro also makes it easy to hang the Dryrap to dry. A few velcro tabs stuck on the wall in the van, and the Dryrap could easily double as a privacy curtain too.

Versatile, useful and innovative. The Dryrap is a must-have for anyone in the water. Considering surf brand beach towels can cost up to £30, the Dryrap is great value too.

£22.99   |   Dryrap Surf Towel   |

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Kitchen Unit Prototype

The kitchen unit prototype is almost complete. I’ve built a full-scale replica from cardboard, to make sure all of the elements fit together perfectly – including the sink, tap, fridge, cookers, shower, and all of the wiring and electronics. I’m using two cheapo gas cookers (about a tenner each) rather than an ultra-expensive SMEV, or similar. This way, I have two cookers at the ready when I need them; If one fails, I have a backup; and I save a wad of cash. I’ve cooked on these things a lot, and they are really good. The fridge is an electric coolbox I’ve had for years, and the sink is a 28cm round stainless steel model, sourced on eBay for under £20. The shower is a small hand sprayer, perfect for rinsing wetsuits or blasting mud off of hiking boots. Tap should arrive next week, and once the water tanks are in place, I can try fitting it in the van.