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The damp squib
Riviera Antibacterial Travel Towel
Author Name: superness11
Riviera Antibacterial Travel Towel
Disadvantages: not very abosbent
One of the biggest things that takes up room in your backpack can be your towel. Alas it is probably one of the most important things you will take with you on your trip. Therefore it is imperative that you find a towel that is good quality and will last you for the whole trip and one that also packs down small. There are a large number of travelling towels on the market and when I went travelling there was quite a lot to choose from. The Riviera anti-bacterial towel was and still is one of the cheapest out there. My whole travelling plan was based around how much money I had; I was only going to come back home when my money ran out, therefore I wanted to spend as little as possible on the travelling essentials. I paid £3.99 for this towel from Springfield Camping supplies, which I thought was quite cheap. In Thailand though, the same amount of money got me a bed for the night and a noodle supper!
*Let's take a closer look at the towel...*
The towel I bought came in a "mint" green colour; which looks more like a washed out mushy pea colour! As it was only a travelling towel, colour did not really matter that much, however. The material of the towel is micro fibre. Now this is definitely the material of choice for travel towels and it is favoured because of its ability to i) dry quicker than normal materials, ii) soak up more water than other materials and iii) because of its ability to compress the fibres into small compact spaces.
The towel is thin compared with other travelling towels I have and the fibres do not feel as soft against my skin. On opening the towel for the first time, the towel felt a little stiff and so I before I took it travelling, I washed it and used a good quality fabric softener. The fabric softener refreshed the towel and made it softer and smell nice. I never got chance to wash it with fabric softener while I was away, so this was a good move.
This towel has specially treated fibre technology making it anti-bacterial. It is supposed to prevent mould, fungi and odours. I still experienced my towel smelling foisty at times so do not think that this is a cure to never washing the towel again! I did not particularly notice this treatment at all. The towel can be stored and comes in a little mesh zippable pouch. This pouch keeps the towel small in your bag and also the mesh lets it breath.
The one I bought was 'large' and measures 40cm by 90cm, it is quite short but to be honest I mainly used this towel for my hair as I had another larger travel towel with me. It is a little too short to be running round communal showers in! The pack size is 20cm by 24 cm by 1 cm thick and weighs 115g! A perfect size for my back pack as I could squeeze it into a side pocket for easy access. It is a bit of a squeeze getting the towel in the bag but this is the case for all travel towels.
The towel does soak up quite a lot of moisture for its size but it is not as successful as the packaging claims. It does dry body parts but the towel does get really damp afterwards rendering it quite useless. It is soft on the skin but if you are in a cold climate, do not expect this towel to keep you warm by any means. Once it is damp it sticks to the skin and feels quite uncomfortable.
I have had other travelling towels that have really impressed me and being just as good as my luxurious bath towels at home. This one was a bit disappointing, however it is quick to dry out again afterwards. There is no hook on it though, which is useful to have, so I sewed one on before travel, this made is easier to hang on to things to aid the drying out process.
I did not manage to bring my towel home with me, travelling took its toll and by the end of my trip it looked disgusting, smelt terrible and started to fall apart. This was a little disappointing as I did expect it to last longer, micro fibre fibres are supposed to be quite long lasting. The other towel I took with me lasted much longer, albeit it was slightly better quality and cost more money.
If you want a cheap, "throw away" towel that is small for travelling, then this ticks the boxes. Just do not expect it to keep you warm and cosy.
Summary: A cheap towel but not the best
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