When you were a kid, choosing the best beach towel was probably about just grabbing whatever was handed to you and running out onto the sand. However, if you think back, you might remember a few things that weren’t so great about those random towels, mostly that they were so soggy and sandy all the time. Towels have come a long way, and the new lightweight and compact models are easy to pack so they fit into your carry-on luggage. They also absorb far more water than regular towels and dry quickly. With the selection of towels below, you can put aside your worries about beach towels that seem to be perpetually damp and smell of mildew. Customers love these affordable towels that offer such qualities as sand-resistant and antibacterial while still being comfortable. Read on for ten of the best beach towels for your summer vacation.
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1. Dock & Bay Microfiber Towel
This towel is not just lightweight, compact and quick to dry, but it is also sand-resistant. Sand brushes right off the microfiber fabric, and the towel can be stored in a handy travel pouch. In addition to the regular rectangular towels you’re used to, it’s also available in a round shape that’s big enough to share. Affordable and sturdy, these towels are great options if you spend a lot of time on the beach.
2. Cotton Craft – Oversized Woven Velour Beach Towel
This enormous towel is big enough for two or for one person to use with a luxurious amount of space. The special yarn-dye technique used in its coloring keeps it looking new and vibrant, and the velour feels soft against your skin. It absorbs water well to dry you off quickly after a dip in the water. Quick-drying after a wash, this is cheap enough that you can buy several.
3. FAFANCY Microfiber Beach Towel
Thin and lightweight, this is a great travel beach towel. It’s soft and light enough for even babies and toddlers to use, and the microfiber means it’s absorbent and quick-drying. Sand shakes off easily, and you can clean it with just water instead of using detergent. You can also use it as a wrap. Customers love its compact size when folded up and its low cost.
4. YOURSELF Microfiber Travel Beach Bath Towel Surf Poncho
This affordable and versatile beach towel with a hood can be used as a cover-up after swimming or to keep you warm while camping and sitting around a fire. Super absorbent and quick drying, it also has antibacterial properties. One unusual but valuable feature is its center pocket, which can hold your belongings or keep your hands warm. You can use it as a regular towel, too, for lying on the beach or drying off after a swim.
5. Bondi Safari Microfiber Beach Towel for Travel
This stylish, lightweight boho beach towel is great for the beach, the cruise ship, the pool, camping or even for workouts. Although it’s large, it can be easily folded to fit into your luggage. It has a smooth texture, and it is antibacterial, sand-resistant and quick-drying. Whether you’re taking it around the world or just to the local beach, you’ll appreciate the convenience of the pouch bag that comes with it and its low cost.
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6. Bonsai Tree Mandala Round Beach Towel
The mandala beach towel is a great choice for anyone who misses the 1960s, whether you were actually there or not. It’s beautiful and versatile enough to function as a beach towel, a yoga mat, a wall hanging and a wrap as needed. With a diameter of 60 inches, this round beach towel can fit two people. This affordable soft terry towel has a fringe around the edge, so it should be washed by hand.
7. Uideazone Microfiber Pool Beach Travel Towel
This large and thin but soft microfiber towel is another that travels well from the water’s edge to the park or the campsite. It can even function as a travel pillow in a pinch. It folds up to a conveniently compact size and is machine washable. This towel has its own storage bag and dries very quickly. It also has an affordable price tag, which puts it in reach of budget travelers.
8. Livordo Turkish Beach Towel
This luxurious but low-cost beach towel is 100% cotton and eco-friendly. Despite its plush feel and large size, it is quick-drying and folds up compactly into its own pocket. It becomes softer with each wash cycle, and it can double as a travel pillow. It can also be worn as a throw or a sarong. The pattern is woven into the fabric, and customers love its lightness and softness.
9. CAREWORX Poncho Changing Towel
It’s a towel, a poncho, a cover-up and more all in one. Suitable for both men and women, this roomy one-size-fits-all towel is hooded, quick-drying and very light. This may be the towel for you if you’re a surfer or involved in any other sport that requires a wetsuit because you can use it to change on the beach in comfort. This affordable towel is also machine-washable.
10. Rainleaf Microfiber Towel
Compact, attractive and soft to the touch, this towel is very absorbent and quick drying. It’s a cheap but quality alternative to some costlier products, and it comes with a handy loop for hanging and a waterproof carry bag. Lightweight and great for campers and travelers, the microfiber construction and the fact that it is antibacterial helps discourage the growth of mildew. Although these towels come in large sizes, they fold up small. If you are looking for the best beach towel for travelers, this is an excellent choice.
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By BCR Staff