10 Best Beach Towels | March 2017
- modern artwork pattern
- 100 percent indian carded cotton
- quality yarn is dyed not printed
- smooth-faced cotton material
- comes in 11 colors
- not very plush or soft
- made of organic cotton
- three patterns to choose from
- can only use one side to dry off
- made from extra thick cotton
- generous 36" by 72" size
- heavy to carry long distances
- can be washed and dried in a machine
- comes in fade finished blue or green
- subtle and elegant nautical stripes
- highly absorbent weave
- 550 grams overall weight
- fetching cobalt color
- gray with blue, orange, or green border
- extremely soft on both sides
- imported from portugal
- corner pockets for storage
- built-in straps for easy roll-up
- rejects odors even when damp
Planning A Successful Trip To The Beach
The five words "a day at the beach" call to mind the ultimate escape to pure, care-free relaxation and pleasure. When we think of the beach, we think of warm sunshine, cool surf, and hours to be spent at leisure. But in fact the amount of pleasure you derive from your time at the beach is directly proportional to how carefully you plan your visit. It might seem counter-intuitive, but unless you have a home mere steps from the shore, careful, even meticulous pre-planning is the best way to enjoy a true care-free beach visit.
There are myriad factors to consider. For example, without adequate sun protection in the form of sunblock and, ideally, an umbrella or sun shading structure, the sunshine can lead to burns, dehydration, and fatigue, none of which add to the fun. Always prepared to protect yourself and your family against prolonged sun exposure.
If food and drink is allowed on the beach to which you'll be going, bring plenty of snacks and, more importantly, beverages. It's of critical importance you stay well hydrated while enjoying the sun and surf, and who wants to walk all the way back to the boardwalk or drive to a shop for a beverage when thirsty?
And then there is the terrain itself to consider. So ask yourself, will your day take you to a sandy beach that's likely to be pleasantly smooth and level? But might the sand be quite warm (AKA too hot to touch with bare skin) in the sun? Or damp due to the tide? Or are you headed to a rocky beach likely covered in many sharp, pointy stones and shells? Or like so many beaches, will this one feature varied terrain?
When it comes to comfort on the beach itself, your beach towel is an all-important catch-all tool; a good beach towel provides a place to sit or lie down in comfort, lets you store your stuff off the sand or stones when you're off swimming or playing volleyball, and of course it dries you off when you're wet with sweat or water.
Choosing The Right Beach Towel
If you use the term "beach towel" rather loosely and in fact are headed to the pool or cabana, then by all means choose a towel that is soft and luxuriant, made from pure cotton woven or spun into a thick terry cloth. These plush towels make a soft, welcoming spot for reclining on a lounge chair and can quickly dry you off after a dip in the pool.
But a soft, thick, 100% cotton towel -- or at least one spun for softness as opposed to one tightly woven for durability -- won't provide you much protection against a rough and rocky beach. These plush towels also tend to hold moisture for longer than other types of beach towel, meaning they're not great for a long day involving many dips in the water.
For getting the most enjoyment out of your trip to the beach, consider a beach towel designed for the very elements you'll encounter there. Many beach towels feature "anti sand" backing on one side, which usually consists of a tightly woven nylon that resists the cling of sand (wet sand included) meaning more comfort when you need to dry off and less sand shaken onto your beach site and its occupants.
This type of specialty towel offers another benefit, too: anti sand towels mean more sand stays at the beach where it belongs instead of finding its way into your car or back home, where it seems nearly impossible to clean every last grain up.
Also consider a beach towel (note that they often referred to as a "beach blanket" when they are oversized) with pockets in the corners that can be filled with sand, stones, or sundry items to weight them down, preventing a breeze from blowing your towel over. These weighted pockets are convenient for preventing your stuff from getting sandy or, on quite a gusty day, from losing your towel entirely.
And while you shouldn't machine wash a towel that's merely wet (unless it's soon be stored away), you should by all means deep clean a towel that's been soiled by spills, dirt, or heavy use.
Beach Towel Care And Maintenance
It might seem obvious, but it bears stating anyway: the more you use a beach towel, the faster the towel will be worn down. How you use a towel has everything to do with its lifespan, though, and in fact matters more than how often it is used.
For example, consider using a tightly woven, anti-sand backed beach blanket to sit on while drying off with a separate terrycloth cotton towel. The plush cotton towel can't stand up to repeated use as a seat on the sand or rocks like the beach blanket can, but it will go through the washing machine many times without losing its softness or absorptive qualities. The beach blanket might need nothing but a good shaking after a long day of use, especially if it stayed relatively dry thanks to your other towels, which means minimal cleaning and a long lifespan.
Caring for your towels means, above all else, keeping them dry whenever possible. This is ideally accomplished by hanging them out in the breeze and in indirect sunlight. That combination prevents the wear-and-tear of the dryer and minimizes damage and fading from direct UV light.