How do you dry your bath towels while touring?

Submitted: Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:09
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Doing a 3 week trip to Cape York next month. 2 adults & 2 kids.
We have everything pretty much ready, but the thing that always catches us out, is drying of towels. We shower each night, hang the towels up but the next morning they are still damp. We pack up to travel but what do you guys suggest we do with our damp towels? Where do you carry them, so they dry out though the day.
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Reply By: Wherehegon - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:16

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:16
When we had the camper we use to hang them over the awning poles. Depending on the weather they were usually dry, had that cool feeling from the cold nights but seemed to be dry. On a couple of occasions we have wedged them under the head rests with the longer part hanging down behind the seats but at that time there was only two of us no children, that has changed now lol....WHG
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Reply By: Member - Roundie (N.S.W.) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:31

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:31
What sort of towels are you using? We use the microfibre towels and find they dry quickly, dry you better than the normal cotton towels and take up less space.
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Follow Up By: itsdave - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:30

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:30
I fully agree with the micro fibre towels, we used them last year for four months up the Top end/WA. take up very little space and dry very quickly.

Cheers Dave
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:16

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:16
Alsp use microfiber towels. The bee's knee's

Vince
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:36

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:36
Laughing boy

While it would be nice to shower each night and have a dry fluffy towel, most of us get by with abbreviated ablution procedures.

A pack of Huggies (baby wipes) are all that you need to remain sweet smelling while on the road.

For those occasions when you lash out, a litre of water will suffice for a luxuriant shampoo/wash. The little water left on the body is barely enough to register on a towel.

Unless you manage to find shower blocks every night, a three week trip four four with a 10 L shower every night is going top use 800L of water at a minimum. Not much space for food or fuel with that little lot on board.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:38

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:38
Bob

how about the ol' shower in a can eh?

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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:54

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 22:54
What sort of camper/tent?

Regardless of whether we wash in a litre of water or have a full shower somewhere, the towel gets just as wet (unless you run around in the breeze until dry OOH!!)

When tenting, an ocky strap inside the car held towels and bathers. One vehcile had a cargo barrier, and that could hold a lot of washing.

When camping on the back of the ute, we had a canvas cover over a weldmesh frame, so pegged the towels on the weldmesh. Dust poured in, but unless anything was extremely wet when we left, the dust seemed to keep out of the towels and clothes (or fall out as fast as it fell in).

When we set up to camp under a fibreglass canopy on the ute, we made anchor points for ocky straps to hang the towels.

We now have a caravan and hang the towels under the four seasons vent, and even though the caravan is closed when travelling, they still get quite dry.

When camping away from the caravan, i use paper towels instead of tea towels so that is something we don't need to get dry.


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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 23:15

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 23:15
God help us. Is this post serious?

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 23:18

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 23:18
Just coz you don't wash Kim LOL
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 00:11

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 00:11
What are you talking about? The dog an I had wash last year...I clearly remember it.

The wet towel was attached to her tail, and given a run in the paddock to dry out.

Trouble was, I had to shoot fifty rabbits just to get the gate open!

LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 07:40

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 07:40
Geez I thought everybody just stands around the Camp Fire Naked and dries off that way, it does two things, you get a nice Rosy Glow, and it's better than drying towels, lol lol.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 07:53

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 07:53
Could be an interesting national gathering in Sept if Kim&dog turn up, and planning to have their annual wash after the gathering, and daza gives us an example of his routine.

Us, we cut the standard bath towels in half, hemmed them and hang them in the car. One smaller one each. Some of us like a bit of luxury and are not afraid to admit it :o) No we don't cut cut our tooth brushes in half to save weight.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 16:01

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 16:01
OMG, what are we coming to?

23 answers to date, on how to dry towels?
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 17:24

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 17:24
Hahahaha....I thought you would have an electric cloths drier?

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Follow Up By: tim_c - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 12:15

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 12:15
It's a good thing DAZA has a pic of his rig in his posts - I'll know to keep driving if I ever see it stopped in a camping area! :)
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Reply By: oldfart1953 - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 07:57

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 07:57
Pack your vehicle in the usual way, then leave damp towels etc laid out on top of your gear in the back of your truck so they can air & dry....works well
I have been known to hang socks & undies under the bonnet (on brake lines, vacuum hoses etc) WELL away from exhaust manifold & any moving parts. When you stop for morning tea lift the bonnent & remove your dried washing.
If your towels havent dried fully through the day when you arrive at your destination pop the bonnet & lay your towel over the engine AGAIN being careful of the exhaust & close the bonnet down to the safety catch after ten minutes pull out a nice warm dry towel (work a lot better if you have a clean engine bay)

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 09:59

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 09:59
I second this approach! We travelled this way and never had stale towels, dirty yes but not stale. It also helps if you move away from those bright colours, we use only grey and brown towels.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 08:34

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 08:34
+1 to microfibre towels, or synthetic chamois.

After the chamois polish with Polyglaze.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 09:13

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 09:13
I know that this is probably a troll, but when we travel we have had no real problems with drying towels.

1 when you have your shower, run your hands over your body to get the majority of water off. This reduces the water load on the towel.
2 We usually have our showers in the morning, and then hang the towel on the awning post in the sun if we are staying 2 nights, or over the backs of iour chairs in the sun.

3 if still wet when we start off, we place the towels over the fridge etc in the back of our car just inside the rear door. The air flow from teh aircon or through flow ventilation will then dry them during the day.
DITTO underwear.

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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:35

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:35
Giant Chux. Dry in a flash.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:27

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:27
I second that, quick run over the remove 90% of the water and then ring out. Then use a small towel for final dry.

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Reply By: Dan - Yal - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:40

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:40
Go to the fishing/camping store and buy a bag made out of netting. Ours has a drawstring on the top. Anything wet or smelly goes in here and is tied to the roof rack when you are driving. Here it will get full sun and 60km/h of wind. Smells will quickly dissappear and everything will soon be dry.
Just put a bit of thought into how you tie the bag down, obviously you dont want it flapping about.
We've done this quite a bit and it works well. Might be a bit dusty to on the Cape York tracks though.

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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:52

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:52
We use Tek Towels and they dry in no time at all. If we wet them in the morning we hang them over our crates in the back of the vehicle and they are well dry by morning tea time. Because we use and would recommend these towels we now stock them in the shop.

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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:33

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:33
Good question however the answer is only too obvious - do as you would at home. We have a small line that we put up inside our van particularly at night. Hang the towels on that. They always dry.
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Reply By: tim_c - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 12:26

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 12:26
We use the thinnest oldest towels that will still dry us. They are compact, dry quickly, and you won't be too upset if you lose one. We dry them by hanging them over the cargo barrier or putting them over the stuff in the back of the car - the sun shines in the windows (most days) and dries them quickly, as well as keeping your food, water, fridge, etc. out of direct sun. If we go for a hike and leave the car, we put damp towels etc. across the dashboard and over the seats etc. - in a hot car they dry in no time.

If you hang your towels out over night, make sure they are under cover - they can get very damp just from the dew.
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Reply By: Travelling Pixie - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 13:27

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 13:27
towels and clothes rack are last into the vehicle when packing up, draped over whatever is in the rear of the vehicle and they're first out into a sunny spot when unpacking

combination of warm or dry air in vehicle and sunlight seems to be enough
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Reply By: Member - Clare S (NSW) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 15:47

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 15:47
I spread mine over the table in the campervan while I'm traveling during the day and they are dry when I stop for the night
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