Do you need to wrap yourself in a bath towel?
If not, I'd suggest saving a lot of weight and pack size by taking a flannel instead; truly a 'micro towel'... I've been drying myself in the shower with a flannel since I was a student*; wipe water off, wring out flannel, repeat. Flannel also used for washing...
* I'll get in with the joke before the wise-crackers do: "If you used a proper towel, you might be finished drying yourself by now..."
Towel??? Save weight and forget the towel.
Just use the power of evaporation or a pair of dirty socks / shirt etc
Maybe I'm being skanky...
Pricey but the Packtowl Ultralites are very effective and far thinner and more compact than the standard Packtowls or Lifeventure equivalents. They do one that's not far off bath towel size but still packs down to almost nothing - you can get dry with far less but if modesty demands.....
(dries better than the Paramo towel too imo.... )
Fully agree wih Cap'n P. I have two pack towels - not used in yonks. And a flannel is great for wiping condensation off the tent, any dampness that might come in with you if wet outside etc. Make sure you have one in a dark colour as these dry much quicker than paler ones.
Also great for drying feet after river crossings. In Iceland, we just hung the flannels on the top of our sacs and they dried very quickly.
Even if car camping now, I only use a flannel. What does one do with a wet towel, after all!
J-cloth or nothing...
no idea if it's any good but Lightwave have just launched a travel towel product...
ed h wrote (see)
Prove it J-cloth or nothing...
nobby wrote (see)
Cheers CP I'm a cycle camper so the slight extra weight of the bath towel isn't a bother (so long as I don't say that about too many bits of kit) and I use a lot of public campsites where the size is useful. I compensate a bit by using a mini Japanese flannel :0)
In summer if 'bulk' isn't an issue (or if coast/beach) walking, I use a very thin cotton sarong - approx 200x75cm - packs to grapefruit size - (can use as a sarong/scarf/turban! etc.too)
Very absorbant, dries fairly quickly as it's so thin - in minutes in sunny/windy weather
I still think life venture towels are the best out there for not too much money, they are fab at absorbing and dry pretty quick.
I'd just get another one of them
An intriguing thought along the same lines as that lightwave towel using a silver treated based layer fabric - rohan are doing a headscarf in the ultra fabric.
Well they're selling it as a head scarf at least but its 150 x 50, 45g and silver treated. Being a base layer fabric there is no obvious reason it shouldn't work at least plausibly well as a towel. (perhaps a risk the fabric would saturate too easily?)
I guess its not superlight weight in and of itself but for the size....
after a long run ending up at the gym I have sometimes discovered that I've forgotten my towel and used the sweaty t-shirt without isue. But wouldn't care to get clean in the shower then dry myself dry using the sweaty socks!! The idea is to be and smell clean, innit?
I find anyway that I dry within 5 minutes if I just walk around naked.
If I go for a run that finishes where I can't have a shower, before changing I find a flannel wash in the washbasin in the gents toilet does pretty well, retiring to a cubicle to clean the contentious bits in case anyone comes in.
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