by Alec Farmer

It’s so easy to fall for the marketing surrounding synthetic travel towels. We’re constantly being told how “absorbent”, and “packable” they are. But if you’ve ever bought a travel towel, you’ll share our confusion at receiving a small square of material that just doesn’t live up to the hype.

Here are five reasons to ditch your synthetic travel towel, and opt for something better.


Synthetic travel towels aren't as packable as they claim to be.

It’s easy to say a towel is packable, when in fact it’s just small. Synthetic travel towels the size of a tea towel claim they can do the same job as a full sized towel, which simply isn’t true. Ever tried using one as a beach towel?

Synthetic travel towels are made from hazardous microplastics.

The most hazardous kinds of plastics are the spun microplastics used to create items like fleeces and travel towels. The fibres detach easily, avoid filtration, and make their way out into the ocean, harming the environment.

They smell bad.

For something that is supposed to be used while travelling, when washing machines aren’t always in frequent supply, synthetic travel towels have a knack for smelling terrible pretty quickly. That damp mildew smell isn’t something we want to be rubbing on our bodies after only a day or two of use.

Synthetic fabrics feel terrible.

Almost all synthetic travel towels claim that it’s a good idea to wash them before first use, to “soften them up”. Washing something to make it usable isn’t very reassuring. And when they do get wet, they’re clingy and uncomfortable.

Synthetic travel towels are engineered, not crafted.

A product that’s used on the body’s most sensitive organ - the skin - should be made from spun and woven natural fibres, not the result of a petrochemical engineering process. You skin knows the difference, which is why synthetic travel towels just feel weird.


The solution? A travel towel made from natural fibres.

It’s not a case of avoiding travel towels, it’s simply a case of picking the right one. For that, we only need to look at the material it’s made from.

linen vs synthetic travel towel

The best material for making a travel towel isn’t a new development - it’s thousands of years old. Linen has long been famed for its lightness, it’s softness, it’s moisture absorption, and it’s quick drying abilities - all things that make it the perfect candidate for packing light, without losing out. Add onto that its antibacterial qualities, and you’ve got a travel towel that will feel luxurious against the skin, while smelling clean and fresh over multiple uses.

Best of all, linen travel towels are plastic free, so they are much better for the environment.

linen travel towel

We love packing light, and having everything we need for a journey in a simple carry on backpack. After being disappointed with every synthetic towel we’ve ever owned, we finally decided to do something about it The result? Our linen travel towel. Absorbent, packable, soft, and natural.

Trust us.

It’s time to switch out your synthetic travel towel for a natural alternative.

You won’t look back.

Alec Farmer
Alec Farmer

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