Why the Best Travel Towel is a Turkish Towel

Known as peshtemals, Turkish towels were originally designed for use in public bath houses. In recent years, they’ve grown in popularity as beach/pool towels, travel towels, and even as gym towels thanks to their large size, high absorbency level, and quick-drying nature.

They’re thin. Even though they are cotton (which is not typically on our quick-dry clothing and travel gear list), they dry fairly quickly.

Benefits for Travel

They actually cover you up. The size is not even comparable to pack towels, but since the material is thin, they still pack up small.

They’re soft on your skin. Unlike the sticky feeling of other pack towels, like my old faithful from Kathmandu, Turkish towels pat down more like a normal towel given the fluffy thread of Turkish cotton.

Bath Towel – And they can actually wrap around you for optimal post-shower cover-up. – Travel Beach Towel – Because they’re big and absorbent.

Many Uses of Turkish Towels While Traveling

Sarong – A sarong also serves many of these travel purposes, but the typical sarong lacks the absorbency of Turkish cotton. – Blanket – For planes, trains and other situations where you might need a nap.

Tie into a beach bag – No need to pack an extra bag. You can tie a couple of knots and the towel is now a bag. – Privacy screen in hostels – Hang it from the upper bunk, or create a changing area in a part of the room. Or, use a privacy screen when needing to use the toilet outdoors. – Scarf – Yep, you can wear it when you’re chilly.

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