The One Travel Essential I Never Leave Without

After traveling to 82 countries and 40+ years later there’s one essential I pack on every trip: a travel towel.  Whether I’m flying or driving to my destination, it’s always a staple in my bag.  It might sound funny to call a towel an ‘essential’ but it’s not just any towel, it’s microfiber, and it has so many uses.

Why Microfiber?

But first – what’s so special about microfiber? In general, microfiber towels are small, thin, and light because they are designed specifically for travel.  It’s an extremely fast drying fabric with simple wringing removing 90% of the water – allowing it to dry much faster than standard towels.  It also packs down to the size of a water bottle – so it doesn’t take up valuable space in my bag.  FYI-  microfiber towels wipe the water off your skin instead of absorbing it, which is why they are so quick-drying.

My favorite brand is Gear Aid™ as it resists odors with a powerful antimicrobial treatment and it’s easy to clean. When traveling, I wash it out in the shower and hang to dry with its handy snap loop and when back home I toss it in the washing machine for a good wash.  It also comes with a mesh pouch to help keep my bag organized.

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Gear Aid ™ Microfiber Travel Towel
AAA Member price $26.99
Available in Moss, Navy, Mocha
Size:  35” x 62” (almost 3’x5’)

So Many Uses           

I’ve used my travel towel for a variety of reasons on so many different occasions: a river cruise bike excursion for a picnic, beach towel on a sailing adventure in the Agean Sea and many years ago as a bath towel trekking in Nepal (btw – it’s the perfect gift for any adventure traveler or camper you know).  It’s especially perfect for beach trips – for wiping sand off wet feet – with the plus being the sand shakes right off the towel, unlike cotton which stays wet and sand sticks to forever!   My favorite use?  As a blanket on the plane.    And, when I am not flying, I keep it in my car to use when someone likes the a/c set to ‘freezing’.

Top ten reasons to pack a microfiber travel towel on every trip:

  1. Beach Towel – save valuable vacation money on a beach towel
  2. Sarong / Cover up – use as a quick pool or beach cover up
  3. Shoulder Wrap – the XL size makes the perfect should wrap on
  4. Blanket on the plane – think freezing a/c from the person sitting next to you
  5. Blanket in the car – think freezing a/c in the summer
  6. Full-size bath towel – smaller hotels often only offer one towel
  7. Drop cloth for a picnic – perfect to sit on damp grass or as a tablecloth
  8. Traveling with pets – wipe off puppy feet before getting back in the car
  9. Sporting events – stay warm in the stands or on the side lines
  10. Outdoor concerts/Farmers markets – sit on or use as a blanket when cold in the evening

In addition to the Gear Aid ™ Microfiber Travel Towel, I like to travel with a small microfiber towel (12” x 12”) in my handbag or backpack.  It’s the perfect size for day tours, quick clean ups, picnics and for use in small European hotels where washcloths are sometimes not provided.

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Microfiber Washcloth
AAA Member price $10.25
Available in Red, Blue and Green
Size:  12” x 12”

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