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Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

The time to hit the beach is nigh, and I am indecisive as to which beach towel to buy!

I have always had cotton towels, but they also take so much space in the suitcase. But as it's time to upgrade, I am looking at something which is absorbent, occupies a small volume, and will dry quickly; my friends at Google give turkish towels and velour towels as alternative.

Do you have turkish or velours towels? How do you like them? Would you go back to cotton?
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Old 25.06.2015, 13:58
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

We have velour beach towels - good to lie on, but completely useless for drying yourself! Thus we tend to stick to the cotton ones.

I've never seen the Turkish ones - looks ideal, like a big woven dish towel rather than a pile cotton one. The only thing is they won't give much padding, so OK on a lounger or sand beach but not on a hard or rough surface.
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Old 25.06.2015, 14:02
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

Agree with this^^^^

Not tried Turkish towels but velour towels are absolutely useless for drying yourself with so we just stick to the cotton ones.
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Old 25.06.2015, 14:24
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

Micro-fibre towels are lightweight and good suckers,

http://www.pearl.ch/ch-a-NX7105-5043.shtml

http://www.pearl.ch/ch-a-NC8924-5043.shtml

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Old 25.06.2015, 14:28
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

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These are the same stuff as travel pack towels - in my experience, OK for drying but no good on sand, it tends to get into them and not come out easily even with washing.

And what's with the really bad photoshop beach pics???
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

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I've never seen the Turkish ones - looks ideal, like a big woven dish towel rather than a pile cotton one. The only thing is they won't give much padding, so OK on a lounger or sand beach but not on a hard or rough surface.
I have two of them, they're rough on skin and useless for drying yourself. (picture very rough cotton)
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Old 25.06.2015, 14:34
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

Another vote for cotton, with a tight weave. They're not squishy soft but the tight weave means you track less sand back home. To dry yourself quickly, take along a shammy cloth or two (chamois if you want to get technical).

For space-saving, nothing beats space bags imo. There are roll-up ones that don't require a vacuum for smaller items, and several other sizes that do require a vacuum. Even when we've traveled by air and stayed in a hotel, the cleaning staff was always friendly and let us use their vacuum for 15 seconds.
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

Towels from hotel are usualy ok for this sort of activity
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

I always use bamboo mats, they keep the towels cleaner.
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Old 25.06.2015, 14:38
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

not sure about the beach, but i have one of those microfiber or whatnot towels for my hair. usually my hair takes a loooong time to dry- but when i use the microfiber towel it dry really fast- i also have one for the gym, so not as big as a beach towel but workable

personally, i spend every minute of my summer that i can on the beach at my parents and i just bring an old sheet to lay on and dry in the sun... highly recommended for a true summer beach experience

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Old 25.06.2015, 15:55
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

I have the Turkish ones, very nice to dry yourself but get wet easily and can use it once and wait until it dries out. We use them for sauna mostly.
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

We just take some old towels, which are a bit worn out, and then abandon them there, or offer them to the hotel staff, who are often happy for some free towels.
makes more room on the way home for all the holiday purchases.
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Old 25.06.2015, 18:07
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

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I have two of them, they're rough on skin and useless for drying yourself. (picture very rough cotton)
Are they organic or unbleached? I get the impression these can be quite rough.

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For space-saving, nothing beats space bags imo.
Problem with those is that you then need an iron on the other side to get the clothes looking crisp again. Now, I don't know about you, but I'd hate having to do a bit of ironing on my vacation

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Towels from hotel are usualy ok for this sort of activity
Usually they are, but I still prefer to have my own.

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personally, i spend every minute of my summer that i can on the beach at my parents and i just bring an old sheet to lay on and dry in the sun... highly recommended for a true summer beach experience
That's what we do when we are at my mum's. But then we have a car to dump things in, and a washing machine to clean and dry everything.

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We use them for sauna mostly.
What a lovely idea! Must get some for my in-laws ;o)
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

My preference is cotton, velour feels nice but doesn't dry you
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Re: Beach towel - turkish, cotton or velour?

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...Problem with those [space bags] is that you then need an iron on the other side to get the clothes looking crisp again. Now, I don't know about you, but I'd hate having to do a bit of ironing on my vacation
Actually if you only vacuum-shrink the towels, there's no ironing needed because the rest of your clothes can stay properly folded. Sure - you have wrinkled towels for a short time, but no one can tell when it's laying on the beach with you sunning on top of it.

We also took sheets with us for a camping trip last year so we didn't have to pay the linen fee at the campground. Totally worth it, and I don't give a flying leap about wrinkled sheets.
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Actually if you only vacuum-shrink the towels, there's no ironing needed because the rest of your clothes can stay properly folded. Sure - you have wrinkled towels for a short time, but no one can tell when it's laying on the beach with you sunning on top of it.

We also took sheets with us for a camping trip last year so we didn't have to pay the linen fee at the campground. Totally worth it, and I don't give a flying leap about wrinkled sheets.
Ah! Gotcha! Yes, that does make more sense.
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