Aug 062011
 

Beach Towel

I think you’ll agree that no one has come up with a satisfactory replacement for the traditional and comforting fluffy beach towel. Even with the ever-increasing popularity of beach lounge chairs and beach tents with canvas, plastic or rubberized flooring, beach towels in various sizes and colors are still in demand. For, they are still lightweight and easy to transport, even by bike or scooter. And if you live or are visiting at a location nearby a beach area, it’s easy enough to walk to the beach carrying a rolled-up towel under your arm or draped over your shoulder.

Or, just wear your favorite designer towel around your neck like an athlete, and you’re sure to be right in style. Then, of course, once you reach the warm, inviting expanses of white sand, you can spread out your towel and take a snooze under your beach umbrella. Later on, when the gang is ready for lunch, you can relax on your soft, comfy beach towels while you picnic and party. And if you’re at a seaside resort with the family on vacation, the kids always love having their own distinctive beach towel designs—from cartoon characters to turtles, sea dragons and giant starfish. And since attractive, durable beach towels come in a variety of sizes, you can easily find towels suitable for each and every member of the family, from babies to teens to young adults and grandparents.

Even with the added comfort of today’s lightweight, well-designed beach chairs with soft cushions and reclining backs, beach towels prevail. Somehow, there is nothing more relaxing and refreshing than stretching out on a luxurious, thick expanse of soft terry cloth. From the luxury of your treasured beach lounging spot, you can enjoy the warm coastal breezes as you take in the sunlit seascape around you. The design and colors of your beach towel—bright and bold, or subdued and subtle, depending on your taste—will complement and enhance the overall cheerful beach décor. And, after that last refreshing dip in the ocean, you can drift off to dreamland on your soft, comfy cotton towel for a few more minutes of bliss before heading back to home, hotel or seashore guest house.

Apr 152011
 

towels

According to Douglas Adams, author of the incredibly successful “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series of sci-fi/fantasy books, a towel is the most important item that a galactic traveler could ever carry around with him.

In his books, Adams lists the many and varied uses to which towels can be put, and, although most of us don’t have to battle Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts of Traal on a daily basis, we can surely think of at least ten practical situations that could instantly be improved should towels be introduced into the equation. Although towels – along with fine bathrobes and bath mats – are usually found in bathrooms, there’s no rule saying that they have to stay there, and the congenial towel is also known for its appearance in the kitchen (the oven towel), next to the pool (the awesomely absorbent chamois sports towel) and on the beach (the common-or-garden beach towel).

Towels are popping up in all sorts of strange places these days, and, while Japan gives us the exotic oshibori wet towel – used to wet one’s hands before eating – England offers the traditional tea towel, which dries cooking implements in the kitchen. Specific types of towels have also been developed for specific parts of the body, and foot towels and hand towels are common examples of these types of towels.

Monogrammed towels – where the towel-owner has made his or her ownership of a particular rectangular piece of absorbent fabric obvious by embroidering his or her initials on it – are no longer the domain of only the rich and famous, and, these days, anyone who buys a towel can choose to have it so personalized. Bath robes can also be monogrammed, but, as towels generally run a larger risk of getting lost among general bathroom laundry, monogramming seems to work better for towels than bathrobes.

Those who worship towels should mark every May 25th on their calendars: this is when Adams’ Towel Day is celebrated and also when every wannabe galactic hitchhiker carries their favorite – and oh so useful! – towel around with them.