Space saving idea...Tek towels

Submitted: Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 14:37
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Hi All,

Maybe I'm a bit slow to catch on but I've have had a revelation I'd like to share...Tek towels! These are the super absorborant polyester "towels" used by hikers, mountainers etc. Apart from being super absorbant, they are light weight , extremely compact and fast drying. A large towel rolls up into a drawer string pouch about 12cm diametre and 20cm deep.

Anyway, on any trip I find with 4 in our family carrying 4 normal bath towels plus a spare or two takes up a lot of valuable space in the car or camper so I recently got a Tek towel to try out. Fantastic! Now all 4 of us have one (large for us and small size for the kidlets) and together these take up less space than a single bath towel. Also, I reckon if you were say up north somwhere and walking into a swimming hole, you could chuck one of these into your day pack (wouldn't even know it was there) for a quick towel off or drying your feet before putting shoes back on etc. In this instance, I reckon a single large tek towel would do the whole family.

Anyway, just thought I'd share this idea. Whilst we're on the subject, if anyone else has any great space/weight saving tips, I'd love to hear them.

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:06

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:06
I agree those towels are fantastic. We got ours at Katmandu and they have kid size ones that are excellent as they don't drag them (as much) in the cold wet and dirty shower recesses. They are a fantastic space saver.

The other thing that I love now are those LED headlights. Batteries last for about 130 hours or so ( spacesaving lol) and the light can easily be adjusted to where you want it, and they give you free hands. For the kids they are great as they are not always going flat. Only thing I didn't like is that 500 million bugs made a bee line for the top of my head. We had two for the kids and I was always trying to steal them from them. Now I want my own.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Ian Bee - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:36

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:36
I am in TOTAL agreeance with you on the LED's.

I have yet to have the insect problem to speak of, I seem to always camp in windy spots, so it's not always an issue. I have thought about trying out either yellow or red cellophane ( seeing there is no heat generated ) over the lens.

Perhaps someone has already tried this?........ am I wasting my time?.........

Cheers

Ian BEE
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 18:25

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 18:25
Hi Ian and family

LEDS are awesome arent they. They survive dropping and you don't have to tell the kids to save the batteries all the time. Worst place was Diamantina Lakes with millions of flies so we waited until dark to have dinner and then were attacked by billions of bugs. Hahahaha

Had a good laugh about the girls complaining about using your real name. Rhiannan Bee has a ring about it - surely someone will recognise her just for the stir......

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:14

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:14
Hi Melissa towels sound like a good idea, will look into them and where are they available? We sorted some of our excess gear, over a long period of time, by saying if we didnt use is the last several times we were out and it wasnt emergency or recovery gear then we stopped taking it. Its amazing how less we take now.

OK OK Stop naging: Mrs. Pesty wants all the gaf on the beautiful baby please? LOL
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:15

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:15
Got rid of those yabby nets in Birdsville - stuff like that!
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:49

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:49
Hi Steve,

The beautiful baby Mrs Pesty wants to know about is the latest addition to our family. "Shelby Ann" was born 18 Feb. In this pic she is about 24 hours old. Now at 3 months of age she is more gorgeous than ever with big brown eyes and happy, smiley disposition. I could go on but if I did I'd just sound like the totally smitten mum that I am, LOL.

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:59

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 15:59
Thanks Melissa yes Im sure you could only be smitten. We are young grandparents with a beautiful 2 1/2 year old grandson and our daughter is due in October with her first, so dont get us started as we can go on a bit too. LOL
All the best to you all.
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Reply By: Mrs Diamond - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 16:06

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 16:06
gday mellissa.
where do you buy them and how much sound like a good idea specially with our 4 kids.
ps to save plenty of room leave kids with someone else lol
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 16:10

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 16:10
Ray's Outdoors has their own brand at under $20 per towel, they are microfibre, they sound the same as what Mellissa is describing.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 18:34

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 18:34
When you tke one of the roll how big are they ?? They sound good.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 21:34

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 21:34
We got our Tek towels at Ranger camping but I've seen them on sale at other good camping stores. For prices and sizes have a look here:
Tek Towels
Looks like you can buy them on line through this site.

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Cruiser88 - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 22:11

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 22:11
Sorry Mrs Diamond

thought you were asking about the price of the kid for a second. Iwas going to say 15 minutes of fun for a lifetime of anguish but Sharon pulled me up and asked when I had made it 15 minutes worth.
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Reply By: pricetec - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 11:03

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 11:03
Hi Melissa, another brand of the same towel is available at BIGW camping sections.

Graham
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 17:50

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 17:50
I hope you are telling the truth Melissa as I just ordered 2 of them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 11:57

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 11:57
Scouts honour Bob! Not that I was ever a scout, LOL.

:o) Melissa
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