Waaaaayyyyy back in the beginning of my blog, I reviewed a few different travel towels. It’s since then gone way way up on my list of top blog posts and hopefully provided some insight to you too. Of course there are a bunch more travel towels out there that I didn’t review. I even received an email from ultralighttowels.com founder George, sharing how I had forgotten to review one of “the most unique and absorbent travel towel on the market; the Lightload towels.” So after some back and forth via email, I received my Lightload Towel for review and packed it up with me on my trip to Myanmar.
Without a doubt, this was the smallest travel towel I’ve brought on a trip. EVER. The full size travel towel comes condensed in a small circle, the size of a hockey pick and smaller than a paperback. If you’re thinking of bringing one with you, I do recommend that you don’t open it up at home but instead bring it with you still vacuum sealed and only open it up when you’re at your destination. The tiny packing of course meant that I could bring a bunch of extra things with me (but I don’t! because I’m supposed to be all about efficient packing too!). But if you did feel the urge to bring that extra top, this travel towel will definitely help.
Once at destination, they’re really easy to use. You can of course just open it up and flap it in the air a few times to open it up. Or alternatively if you don’t feel like peeling it open, just soak it in some water to help it absorb and loosen up. Set it to dry and then you can use it as per normal.
What I really liked about the lightload towels are the different things you could use it for. They have all of it written up on their website, but I still found it funny to see their survival video on how you could use it. That’s right folks, apart from a travel towel, you could use it as a beach towel, a wind scarf, for first aid, or best of all as kindling in case you need to build a fire. “But what are you going to use to wipe yourself if you burnt your towel?” you may ask? Well, actually that’s also why its so cool the lightload towels come in so many different sizes. Bring it with you for a month or two, finish up in the forest and build yourself a fire using one of your towels. Then poof! Open up another pack of towel that you easily tucked into your pocket and you’re all set to continue on your journey.
Of course being a travel towel, one of the things you think about is, will this feel like a towel? Would it work like a towel? It may seem fragile in your hand, but you can easily use this to rub-a-dub-dub your back easily. It absorbs as well as a normal towel, but of course as it’s a travel towel you won’t get the homey fluffy feeling a normal towel would give you. As a basic though, it does its job well in terms of absorbing moisture.
Another important element of a travel towel is how fast would it dry? I found that if you were to use it for a night shower you will wake up the next day to find it nice and dry. I can’t tell you for sure how many hours it takes to dry up from being fully wet (I’m not THAT scientific about my road testing), but I can assure you if you used the towel and then dried it out in the sun, I’m pretty sure it’ll be dry within an hour or so (depending as well on how strong your sunshine is)
This is a single product review, so to be fair, I should share my areas of concern with this as well. I really didn’t see a lot of problems with the towel. The only thing that people may worry about is how fragile the towel can be.
It is quite thin, and unlikely that you’re going to be able to re-use this again and again and again. That being said though, if you take care of it, it’ll probably last you throughout your 2 months backpacking trip through Europe. I tried to rip it apart myself and it actually didn’t rip which made me feel its durable enough for multiple uses. I even chucked it into the washing machine and dryer to see how it would hold up and it was fine.
Overall I do think it is a good travel towel and handy for you to have and pack given its extremely small size and lightness. It absorbs just as well as a regular towel but its thin material also makes sure it dries up quickly. It’s main purpose is to be a towel and it does well in serving that, but don’t expect to use it for other things you would typically want towels to do, like act as a thick insulating blanket, or a comfy padded pillow. Also, don’t expect this to be a towel you keep on for a year or so, but take care of it enough and you can easily bring it with you for a few weeks or months on the road. And when all said and done? Well, why not go camping and use it up as kindling!
Lightload Towels can be found at Ultralighttowels.com in hand towel and beach towel sizes. They’re also sold in packs of two, threes, twelves and fifties for those who want to keep one at hand always.
*** I received a few lightload towels to be used for review and giveaway.
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