“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Never forget your travel towel.If you are always going to stay in 5 star hotels, eating room service in your plush monogrammed robe, this is something you don’t have to worry about. However, if you want to find adventure and come home with stories of exploring new countries and making amazing friends, you want to be more prepared. Like Douglas Adams said, it’s amazingly useful in all kinds of situations. The only real issue is how ridiculously big a towel is. Thankfully, technology has found a way to make a travel towel that is much more than the one you have in your bathroom.

Travel towels are now made out of high-tech fabrics that are more absorbent, dry extremely fast, and are amazingly soft. They come in lots of sizes, so get one that’s big enough to wrap around your body for privacy after a shower, but any more is just wasting space. Once it’s done drying ridiculously quickly, it rolls up into the size of a fist or two so you can forget about it until you need it again. That honestly won’t be long, however, as it is useful in so many situations.

Drying off after swimming

Pillow for sleeping on long trips

Extra blanket for cold rooms

And honestly, you will constantly find other uses for it in addition to never stepping out of a shower to find out there’s no towel. There’s a reason Douglas Adams called it out as an essential item for all travelers, and you should heed his advice.

Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy and still know where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Douglas Adams

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