The Chawel (chow·wel / chowel) concept began in 2002 as a solution to changing in public. Created after his first season as a beach lifeguard in Vancouver, BC. Dan often witnessed the awkwardness and sometimes embarrassment of tourists deck changing in/out of swimwear, and even at the beach. Wrapping a towel around your waist can be slow and tricky, and changing rooms aren’t always near by or clean. Using a Chawel is faster, easier and still provides you with complete privacy. Used by moms, athletes and beach go-ers everywhere, we hope you too will appreciate what the Chawel can do in many situations.

Chawels features and functions are all inspired from experiences from an active lifestyle and travel. For example, a hidden pocket built in so you can keep your valuables out of sight while you go for a dip in the water, or if you fall asleep laying on your Chawel was an idea based on experiences in Brazil.
For those traveling in hot countries, you probably never think to pack a sweater. Just think how cold you will be on that air conditioned train after being in 40 degree heat or your flight has been delayed overnight, the Chawel provides you with the extra warmth and comfort, based on experiences in Egypt, India, and S.E. Asia.

1 Chawel. Multiple uses.

In addition to being a towel and changing room, the versatile Chawel can be used as the following:

  • Neck / travel pillow – see folding directions below.
  • Sleeping bag/liner
  • Blanket
  • Lumbar support – see storage directions below.
  • Seat cushion
  • Laundry bag
  • Therm-a-Rest cover – protect or insulate.
  • Roadside bathroom – when you gotta go you gotta go!
  • and more!

How to fold your Chawel in to neck pillow:

Neck Pillow

  1. Fold in half along longest edge
  2. Fold in half towards elastic
  3. Roll along longest edge
  4. Bend around neck
  5. Loop elastic around free end to fasten

How to fold your Chawel for storage or to use as a lumbar support pillow.


  1. Fold in half along longest edge
  2. Fold 3/4 towards elastic
  3. Roll towards elastic
  4. Fasten elastic around rolled Chawel