Article and photos by Kathleen Walls
These towels prove the old saying "good things
come in small packages." They come as a deceptively tiny flat round
package. However, when you wet them, they open up to show their true
character, a full size towel capable of many useful functions.
I tried the hand sized, 12" X 24", and the
washcloth sized, 12" X 12", and was very pleased. They unfolded when wet
and were very absorbent. They are very durable and of course reusable
making them more practical than paper towels which just fall apart even
if space is not a consideration. Another plus is they are soft and feel
very comfortable against the skin. Lightload Towels also make a
full-sized beach towel that fits easily in a pants pocket and weighs
about as much as two bandanas.
For the camper or hiker who needs to plan every
inch of his/her packing space, they are a lifesaver. They are wrapped in
a waterproof package. They are wickable and will pull the water off you
or your tent. The beach towel size one could double as a blanket if you
get trapped in a snowdrift or a stalled car overnight during a storm.
Should you need to start a fire and have no
kindling, these towels also act as a fire starter. Just for everyday
use, they are so helpful. I stuck one in my picnic basket so I will
always have something to wipe down a wet table or to use as a hand towel
after some messy ribs or for clean up after a picnic. Even open they
take so little room in my small basket that I have room for all the
important extras like cookies, candy and other necessities.
Sometimes it really is the little things that make
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