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Lightload Towels Review & A Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I always keep small and handy towels and napkins with me while traveling. I was in search of some light and water absorbent towels for a long time and recently I came to know about Lightload Towels- the world’s only towels that are survival tools. Today I am going to discuss my experience with Lightload Towels.

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Lightload Towels Review & A Giveaway
Price: $6.25 Buy HERE

Lightload Towels says-
-The Only Towels That Are Survival Tools!
-Wickable Fabric so keeps you from freezing in Cold Activities!
-More Absorbent than Cotton and Microfiber!
-Waterproof Packaging so Always have a Clean Dry Cloth in the Outdoors!
-Ultralight-weight and superior for packing into small spaces!
 The world renowned Lightload Towels are the only towels that are survival tools. Use them as a towel, wash cloth fire starter, first aid supplement, diaper, insulator, static electricity insulator, mask and more. Each piece packs down to 1.5″ in diameter and 5.75″ in girth and .25″ in. width..They’re great for storing in tight spaces like suitcases and small pouches.
They weigh a mere .6oz so you’ll find them helpful where weight is a concern like in travel or backpacking.
Waterproof packaging covers each piece. Because of this  you’ll always have a clean dry cloth  for good hygiene, personal care and first aid.
The material is 100 percent viscose and made from cellulose(not oil, like microfiber) acts as a sponge and absorbs up to nine times it’s weight in water. They are also very energy efficient needing little energy to carry, wash and dispose of. Add water to the towel or start wiping water off of you to soften and open easier. They’re very comfortable against the skin and are also great for indoor gyms and spas. In caring for the Lightloads hand washing is best.You can reuse them. They last until they don’t.
This three pack is a great gift and is easily mailed. Colors of the towels are assorted.You golfers can freeze to make a cold towel.
MBT says-
Lightload Towels comes packed in clear plastic case with all the information written over the cardboard. These are available in three sizes– Beach towels 36×60 inch assorted colors three pack 12 x24 inch assorted colors two packs 12 x12 inch assorted colors. I chose three pack 12×24 inch packs. It consists of three towels packed in a plastic wrapper. It has waterproof packaging and is quite light. It can be easily carried around in a bag or pocket.
As soon as you unwrap the packaging, you will find a small disc shaped cloth which feels really hard and rough to the touch. You simply need to throw it in a bowl of water and it would open up revealing its full size. I used it as a washcloth to remove face mask or when I do the oil cleansing method. It feels soft and gentle on the skin and removes all oil and mask off the skin without leaving a residue behind. Few days back, I spilled hair oil all over my hands and legs and I simply soaked the towel in a bowl of warm water. I then used it to wipe off the oil and within a minute there was no oil on my skin. It absorbs water quickly and it is a great tool when you travel. I carry it with me everywhere and wipe off my face with it and all I get is fresh and clean skin.
The material of the towel is 100 percent viscose and made from cellulose (not oil, like microfiber) acts as a sponge and absorbs up to nine times its weight in water. They are also very energy efficient needing little energy to carry, wash and dispose of. Add water to the towel or start wiping water off of you to soften and open easier. They’re very comfortable against the skin and are also great for indoor gyms and spas. In caring for the Lightloads hand washing is best. Itdries up pretty quickly. It acts as a multipurpose tool and can be used as towel, washcloth, mask, fire starter for camping, scarf, first aid insulator etc.
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Lightload Towels Review & A Giveaway
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It has not been soaked in water! It gets soft after soaking!
PROS:
• Super light.
• Travel friendly.
• Waterproof packaging.
• Water absorbent.
• Versatile.
• Lovely colors.
• Easy to wash.
• Feels soft and gentle on the skin.
• Reasonably priced.
• Worldwide shipping.
• A must have if you workout.
• Easy to carry.
• Reusable.
CONS:
• None!
Rating: 5/5
Giveaway
Yay now coming to the best part- a giveaway! Lightload Towels founder was generous enough to organize a giveaway for my readers. One of my lovely and lucky readers would be getting a pack of Lightload Towels. These are must haves if you travel a lot, do workouts or love doing oil cleansing treatment to your skin. It is open to everyone- yes it is OPEN WORLDWIDE.

Lightload Towels Review & A Giveaway
Now the rules:
• There are 4 mandatory entries and you need to complete them to be considered.
• There are many other optional entries to increase the chances of your winnings.
• The product shown in the picture is mine. The winner would get brand new product.
• Open internationally
• Must be 18 years or older to enter. If you are under 18 years of age, please get your parental permission as I will need your postal address if you are chosen as a winner.
• Enter the correct details in the raffle copter form below!
• I will not be held accountable if the items get lost or broken in the mail. The prize would be sent by the brand.
• Giveaway ends on 28th April 2014. A winner will be chosen randomly on 29th April and would be notified via email. The winner must reply back within 12 hours of winning or a new winner would be chosen.
• Enter only once via Rafflecopter. No cheating please.
Good Luck!
Stay Pretty!
Megha

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Lightload Towels Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I recently had the opportunity to review Lightload towels. 

I have a toddler, so my purse and her baby backpack is always full to capacity with “just in case” items.  It was very appealing to have something that could absorb toddler messes and not have to carry something heavy to make it happen.

We decided to open this one on a day when we were stuck in a waiting room. I needed a diversion and fast. The toddler was successfully diverted.
She enjoyed opening the package and kept exclaiming it was a puck until I got it unwrapped, and she saw it became a towel. I am afraid of what she might do the next time she gets a hold of a hockey puck.
Here is the towel in stages of unfolding.
As you can see, it has a logo printed on it, and it really was crammed into that little piece of plastic.
The company sent me the following info:
“World renowned Lightload Towels are the only beach towels that fit in your pocket. All our towels are survival tools. Use them for so much including a firestarter, face mask, insulation,diaper and more. The towels are soft against the skin and washable. Great for packing in small places and excellent for shedding weight.”
True to advertising, it was absorbent. Had the toddler made some mess, I would have been able to clean it up with this and be pretty content. I don’t know that I would use it on her skin. It is very scratchy, and I am certain she would be angry with me. It does soften up with water added, but it has to touch you for that to happen right?
For adults though, I think it could be very useful as a sports towel or for hunting or other active sports. I did not wash it in the washing machine, but it did hand wash fine. It is no longer puck shaped though, so the toddler is not as interested in it.. 😉
My new use for it will be in my hockey bag. It is imperative to dry your skates after each use, and this towel is going to be fantastic for that purpose. It takes up no space in my bag.
The others that I received will go back in the toddler bag for wet emergencies!
Thanks so much to Lightload for letting me test these out! Now here is your chance!

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Product Review: Lightload Towels

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

World Renowned Lightload Towels are the only beach towels that fit in your pocket! All our towels are survival tools. Use them for so much including a firestarter, face mas, insulation, diaper and more. The towels are soft against the skin and washable. Great for packing in small places and excellent for shedding weight.

While these towels have all sorts of fun uses, I opted to go for the boring one – using it for a towel when I got out of the shower. (In my defense, my next vacation where I would have loved to pack it isn’t until mid-May and I wanted to be able to offer a giveaway which has to be done before the end of April!)  While the instructions do say that getting the towel a little bit wet would help in puling it apart, I opted to not use any water as I didn’t want a wet towel when I got out of the water. Seemed counter productive to be using something wet when I was trying to dry myself off!

The towel is super light weight which made me wonder if it would really work, but it does! I dried me off just as well, if not better, than other beach towels I usually use.  I wasn’t sure that it would survive the washer / dryer, but it did! It came out even more soft than it already was and wasn’t ripped at all which was what I was expecting because it is so light!

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Lightload Towels Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Information about the Lightload Towels Company.
For years the founder George “Wideload” (trail moniker) Wheeler has been an avid long distance hiker.  In 1999 he completed the 2160-mile Appalachian Trail (A.T.).  The year after, he hiked the 540 miles of Virginia to West Virginia on the A.T all over again.  It was an incredible experience repeated. It was in on his ’99 Thru hike that he got the idea for Lightload Towels
Finally just this past year “Wideload”  hiked the 270-mile Long Trail in Vermont from the Canadian border to the Mass-Vermont border. It’s the oldest long distance hiking trail and was conceived on Stratton Mountain, Vermont the same place that the Appalachian Trail was given birth to some years later. This also was very magical and he hopes one day to redo the adventure.
He also spent about eight years living in Asia. There he had the opportunity to lead hikes in Taiwan and do hikes in Nepal, Pakistan and China. During this time he learned how to speak Chinese.
Another fondness he has is camping.  He has spent time in many of America’s national forests including the Ochoco (Oregon), Davy Crockett (Texas), San Francisco (New Mexico), Willamette (Oregon), Piedmont (Alabama), Desoto (Mississippi), Allegheny (Pennsylvania) Green Mountain (Vermont) and many others.
I had the chance to check out the Lightload Towel. I thought this is an interesting towel when it came in the mail. I had to open it to see what it was all about. Okay, so this towel can fit in your back pocket. You open the package and it is in a little round like hockey ball. I pull it open into a full-sized towel. Then I see you can use this towel for many purposes. If you are on a trip or camping, you can use it to wipe off sweat from your face or clean up a mess. You can use it in the garage to clean your hands or most anything. The towel is inexpensive and it is pretty tough. I started gardening and this towel would be great to put on the ground, so I keep my knees from getting bruised or cut on the ground. I am impressed by this towel. This is so compact,but you could use it for anything you need a towel for. I can even see myself using it to clean off my hands while fishing. This is a cool idea.I might even use it as a pillow on our long trip from Florida to the Kentucky Derby later this week.
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LightLoad Towels Are Perfect For Camping and Beach Time! Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

World renowned Lightload Towels are the only beach towels that fit in your pocket. All our towels are survival tools. Use them for so much including a firestarter, face mask, insulation,diaper and more. The towels are soft against the skin and washable. Great for packing in small places and excellent for shedding weight.

Keep one in your glove compartment, your camping gear, swimming gear, first aid kit etc… Never be left without one – they will come in so handy.

I wanted to review this compact beach towel for when we begin camping.  I haven’t expanded it yet but the size is about the size of a mint tin but thicker.  It is 4.5 ounces and when we are ready to use it – we will simply add water to expand it.  I will have a towel for emergency situations, a beach need, survival help and more.  I can’t tell you how many times we have been in situations where we have needed a towel, tablecloth, blanket or something and been without one.

The towel is 36 x 60 inches ($59.99 for a 12 pack) but they also have 12 x 12 inch towel packs ($25.99 for 50) and  12 x 24 towels ($49.95 for 50).

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30 Hiking Trails Around the Globe

I don’t think that anyone doubts that those of us working at Ultra Lightload Towels are pretty enamored with hiking, so yet another blog post on amazing hiking trails won’t come as much of a surprise.

No matter if you’re a skilled backpacker or an average Joe who wants to really see what Mother Nature has to offer, there’s a gorgeous trail out there just waiting to offer you the experience of a lifetime. These 30 hiking trails are among the most beautiful in the world and certain to get your blood pumping!

One ofUltra Lightload Towels employees favorites hiking trails here in the US is the Florida National Scenic Trail. However we did not include that one here as we have several blog post for that one. If you are interested about the Florida National Scenic Trail here is the link http://www.fs.usda.gov/fnst.

Colorado Trail – United States: Spanning 486 miles, the Colorado Trail runs from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver, to Durango, through historic mining towns and along ancient Indian trails. For the “short version,” stick to the most beautiful 68 miles between San Luis Pass and Molas Pass, and expect to see a lot of wildlife and plenty of gorgeous wildflowers.

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Photo Credit: Travel Spirit

Buckskin Gulch – United States: Prepare yourself for some absolutely incredible rock formations. The Bucksin Gulch is one of the most popular destinations for slot canyon hikers, clocking in at 13 miles. In some places — like the 2-foot-wide Wire Pass — you’ll need to remove your backpack just to squeeze through. Plan about three to four days for this one.

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Photo Credit: Jason J. Corneveaux, Wikipedia

Kungsleden – Sweden: Also known as “The King’s Trail,” this 275-mile trek will give you a tour of some of Sweden’s most beautiful landscapes, running through four national parks and a nature reserve. Unless you want to spend a month hiking, stick to the northernmost 65 miles.

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The Snowman Trek – Bhutan: A challenging but rewarding high-altitude hike, the Snowman Trek passes beneath six mountains and crosses nine passes. Highlights include Buddhist monasteries, small villages like Laya, and unique wildlife like the Himalayan blue sheep.

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Photo Credit: Himalayan Expeditions

Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania: Reaching 19,340 feet into the sky, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak. Believe it or not, this trek is possible for even the most inexperienced of climbers and requires no special equipment, (which is one of the reasons why 35,000 people climb it every year). Backpacker magazine describes it as a “volcanic hulk [that’s] so massive that it supports five distinct eco-zones, from the banana trees growing at its base to the glaciers draping its upper slopes. … After 27 miles of climbing, you’ll watch Kili’s pyramidal shadow disappear as dawn spreads across an auburn sea of savanna that’s home to lions, elephants and more.”

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Photo Credit: Mount Kilimanjaro Porters

Paine Circuit Trek – Chile: If you want the view of a lifetime, look no further than Chile’s Torres del Paine Circuit. One of the most popular ways to experience Patagonia, the 75-mile hike offers surreal panoramas of icy lakes, blue glaciers, mountains and forests. Most people opt for the three or four day “W” route rather than the full five to eight day circuit.

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Photo Credit: Wanderlust

Roan Highlands – United States: Ranked No. 23 in National Geographic’s “50 Best American Adventures,” Roan Highlands consists of a 48-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail between the Nolichucky River and U.S. Highway 19E. This area is known for its breathtaking views and rhododendrons, and contains the largest expanse of “bales” (openings in the forest along ridges and mountaintops), in the Appalachian range.

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Photo Credi: Fine Art America

Superior Hiking Trail – United States: Named one of the five best hikes in America by Readers Digest in May 2005, the 275-mile Superior Hiking Trail overlooks Lake Superior and passes through forests of birch, aspen, pine, fir and cedar. Highlights include rushing waterfalls and a plethora of wildlife.

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Photo Credit: Black Coffee at Sunrise

Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal: Face the world’s highest mountain without actually climbing the whole thing. The Everest Base Camp Trek takes hikers to the easily reached high point of 18,513-foot Kala Pattar, through terraced villages, by rushing rivers, over suspension bridges and to the famous Khumba icefall.

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Santa Cruz Trek – Peru: The most popular hike in the White Mountains of Peru, the Santa Cruz Trek is a four day, 31-mile hike for people of all experience levels. Hot springs can be found near the start of the trek, and hikers can enjoy beautiful views of snow-capped peaks, meadows, turquoise lakes and red quenua trees.

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Photo Credit: Reyes Expeditions

Tongariro Northern Circuit – New Zealand: This round-trip hike encircles Mount Ngauruhoe, New Zealand’s most active volcano, with 61 eruptions since 1839. About 25 miles, the Northern Circuit takes approximately three to four days and is suitable for those without much experience. Between the lava flows, explosion pits, Emerald Lakes and glacial valleys, this circuit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Photo Credit: Experienza.com

Yellowstone’s Wild Southwest – United States: The southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park offers a 27-mile trail through Bechler Meadows, picturesque mountains and lush forests. The trek is known for its big waterfalls and trailside hot springs, like the famous Mr. Bubbles, in which hikers can enjoy a good soak after a long walk. Another highlight: the Lone Star Geyser, which erupts every three hours.

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Photo Credit: Martin Blean

Gospel Hump Loop Trail – United States: This 68-mile trail is not for the inexperienced. The terrain is rugged, with steep ups and downs and few hikers. But those who take on the challenge will be rewarded with spectacular views as they hike through sandy beaches along the Salmon River and wildflower-covered meadows, pass by shimmering high-mountain lakes and camp out next to Salmon River tributaries. Wildlife are more common than people  on this trail, and is inhabited by black bears, elk, moose and bighorn sheep.

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Photo Credit: Wilderness.net

Inca Trail – Peru: The ultimate way to visit Machu Picchu, this 27-mile trek combines Andes Mountains scenery with the subtropical Amazon jungle, ending at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu mountain. Only 200 trekkers are allowed on the trail each day in order to prevent erosion, so plan ahead and expect a four to five day journey through cloud forests, alpine tundra, settlements, tunnels and Incan ruins.

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Photo Credit: Travel to Cusco

Tour du Mont Blanc – France, Italy and Switzerland: This three-country, 105-mile hike circles the 15,770-foot Mont Blanc Massif, the highest peak in Western Europe. One of the most popular long-distance walking trails, the Tour du Mont Blanc takes hikers through mountain passes, snowfields, lush forests, glacial valleys and secluded Alpine villages over a span of about 10 days.

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Photo Credit: Eurotrek

Presidential Traverse – United States: Only the most adventurous backpackers attempt the Presidential Traverse, an extremely difficult and sometimes dangerous climb through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It’s so named for the summits of peaks named after U.S. presidents that must be crossed to complete the journey: Mount Madison, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, Mount Monroe, Mount Eisenhower and Mount Pierce. About 23 miles long, most people need two to three days to climb the whole thing. The area is known for unpredictable rain, snow and whiteouts, and the winds exceed 100 miles per hour every four days in the winter.

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Photo Credit: Summit Post

Israel National Trail – Israel: One of National Geographic’s “20 Most Epic Trails,” the Israel National Trail crosses the entire country of Israel, clocking in at about 580 to 620 miles. Experienced backpackers generally spend about 45 to 60 days trekking from Israel’s northern border, through major cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as the Israeli desert. Hikers will pass through mountains, valleys, forests, craters and orchards, varying from very easy to vary difficult, and crossing biblical sites and historic places like Nazareth, as well as archeological sites.

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Photo Credit: Israel Trail

Zion Narrows – United States: The Zion Narrows, part of Zion National Park, is a gorge carved out by the Virgin River, stretching 16 miles long, reaching about 2,000 feet deep and spanning only about 20 to 30 feet wide in some areas. Ranked No. 5 in National Geographic’s “America’s Best 100 Adventures,” the Zion Narrows is no easy feat. The river marks the route, so there really isn’t a maintained trail, and at least 60% of the hike involves wading, and sometimes swimming, in the river. Highlights include natural springs, hanging gardens and ponderosa pines.

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Photo Credit: World for Travel

Tiger Leaping Gorge – China: Legend has it that a South China tiger once leapt 25 meters across the Yangtze River to escape a hunter, giving this gorge its name. One of the deepest gorges in the world, it clocks in at about 9.3 miles long and 18,360 feet deep in between the snow-covered peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Snow Mountain. Backpackers can spend anywhere from three days to a week trekking the narrow winding trails beneath waterfalls and through pine and bamboo forests, visiting quiet rural villages along the way.

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path – Wales: The National Trails website for England and Wales describes this breathtaking coastal trek well: “From St. Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape, from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.” The 186-mile path is an estimated 35,000 feet of ascents and descents, but some 130 shorter, circular walks exist for the not-so-hardcore hikers. The Pembrokshire Coast Path passes through 58 beaches and 14 harbors, giving backpackers views of volcanic headlands, red sandstone coves, flooded glacial valleys, and a plethora of coastal flora and bird life along the way.

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Photo Credit: National Trail

Sentiero Azzurro – Italy: Pass through picturesque fishing villages, vineyards and terraced hills on this 7.5-mile path that follows the Italian Riviera coastline and connects five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. Far from a challenging hike, the Sentiero Azzurro is almost completely flat and usually requires only about five hours, although you might want to allow for extra time to stop in each village and enjoy the local cuisine and wine.

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