Discovery Trekking offered to send me one of their Ultralight towels to test for tiny house use. I asked for the biggest, almost 5 feet by 3 feet when stretched out. My first question—what size would such a large towel compress to?—was answered the moment I opened the package. They take up almost no space folded and could be compressed smaller with a rubber band. Once I unfolded the towel, I had a new question: Could a towel this light and thin actually dry me? After a test shower I had my answer: Yes.
So, the towel requires little room to store. (Now, I keep an extra bath towel on the side of a shelf in my medicine cabinet.) It can dry me completely, straight from the shower. And, best of all, it dries in a fraction of the time my traditional, fluffy bath towel dries.
Maybe, I'll become a total convert and go ultralight with all our towels, but I still like the feel of a plush towel. Our "camp" towels, however, have earned permanent placement in the tiny house. Taking up almost no space, they're handy when the bath towel is wet or in the wash and when we have guests.
Now, I find myself wondering what other items in that camping bin might find their way into the tiny house. And I started thinking that the camp towel could do extra duty as a tablecloth, dish towel or beach coverup. Thanks, Discovery Trekking, for nudging me to think outside the camping box.