When I went on my first backpacking trip to Europe I made a big mistake – I took my ordinary bath towel that I used everyday at home to dry off after having a shower. My bath towel took up lots of space, got heavy when wet and dried slowly so was really annoying.
Now when I go backpacking I take a specialist Travel Towel, designed to be Light, Small and Quick Drying
The main difference is that a Travel Towel is made of fast drying synthetic materials like nylon/polyester/polyamide/viscose and a bath towel is made of heavier, slow drying cotton. Don’t make the mistake of carrying around a bathtowel in your backpack that becomes a smelly haven for bacteria because it never dries properly.
Whether you are an avid traveler, backpacker or outdoors enthusiastic taking a travel towel with you will help you:
- Dry quickly after a shower because its highly absorbent
- Spend less time drying the towel itself (a good one usually has an attached loop for quick air drying)
- By lowering the total weight of travel gear in your backpack
- Because its compact and takes up less space in your backpack
An XL (Extra large size) travel towel cost me $27.97 – smaller towels should of course cost less. Ask a sales person at your local travel gear store to open a Travel Towel packet to make sure the one you buy is big enough for you and also that you find its fabric texture comfortable on your skin.