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Good hair towel for traveling?

Hi! I'm new here, and I hope I've posted this question in the right area.

I have thick 2c-3a hair, and it goes to my lower back. For about 2 years I've been using a Curl Ease towel to wrap my hair up after showers.

My question is, what would be a good hair towel to use while traveling? Something that will pack up really small, dry quickly, or even something that's really inexpensive and could be considered "disposable" in this case? What about something that is not normally used as a hair towel, like this: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fcascadedesigns.com%2FMSR%2FCamp-Towels%2FExpedition-CT%2FPacktowl-Original%2Fproduct" class="Popup

I'm going to be taking a 10-ish day trip soon and won't be spending more than 2 nights at any one hotel, so lots of moving around and I need a towel that will dry out quickly. Since my hair is so long and big, it's just a pain in the butt if I don't put it in a towel after washing it, so not bringing a hair towel is not an option, lol. My last big vacation I had more than a backpack as a suitcase and wasn't moving around as much, so I just brought a really old hair towel and threw it away at the end of the trip.

Any thoughts? Thanks everyone! :)

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  • EllyEllyOxenFreeEllyEllyOxenFree Posts: 6,446Registered Users
    I don't use a hair towel...just a regular cotton tshirt...you could pack a few and just throw them away as needed.
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  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    I use a flour sack at home and it's perfect for travelling too. Very thin so it dries quickly but sops up a lot of excess water.

    ETA: I just saw the packtowel you linked. I use them for doing my dishes in the backcountry. They're great for soaking up water - like a sham-wow - but the fabric is very catchy. It would almost be like putting velcro on your hair.
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  • KaijahKaijah Posts: 69Registered Users
    That camping towel looks awesome, actually. Other than that, I'd say look around for a pack of hand towels you can find in a material you like - I know I can usually find 3 or 5 packs of flour sack and microfiber towels at Target/Wally World/etc for pretty cheap.

    I don't know how well they'd work for tying your hair up exactly... but you might be able to tie two or three separately down the length, and they'd probably dry quicker than a big, thick towel.
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  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    Kaijah wrote: »
    That camping towel looks awesome, actually. Other than that, I'd say look around for a pack of hand towels you can find in a material you like - I know I can usually find 3 or 5 packs of flour sack and microfiber towels at Target/Wally World/etc for pretty cheap.

    I don't know how well they'd work for tying your hair up exactly... but you might be able to tie two or three separately down the length, and they'd probably dry quicker than a big, thick towel.

    If you're wondering how to plop in a flour sack, there's a video on here somewhere I saw last week.

    I'm to lazy to do a search so it's basically fold into a triangle, put your head straight down with your forehead on the long edge, and tie it up do-rag fashion.
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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    I'm traveling tomorrow and packing flour sack towels--I bought some over sized ones online. I've had hotel cleaning staff take my curl towels, so don't bring the "good" stuff.
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  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    kathymack wrote: »
    I'm traveling tomorrow and packing flour sack towels--I bought some over sized ones online. I've had hotel cleaning staff take my curl towels, so don't bring the "good" stuff.

    OMG! I'd kill them! :boxing:
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  • MeyerGirlMeyerGirl Posts: 170Registered Users
    I use this towel for traveling to dry my hair and body. The towel is small, lightweight and absorbent and doesn't mildew if stuffed in my pack wet for a day.

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  • LisaFayeLisaFaye Posts: 2Registered Users
    Wow, lots of replies... Thanks to all of you for your input!

    @ Whatsercurl: Thanks for letting me know that the style of camping towel would be kinda like velcro on hair. Yikes!

    @ kathymack: I am always so paranoid that hotel maids will scoop up my hair towel along with the other towels.

    @ MeyerGirl: Thanks for giving the thumbs up on that other type of towel!

    Thanks for the flour sack suggestions as well, however I'm not too sure it will be as compact and lightweight as it needs to be. I think the Curl-Ease towels and flour sacks are very similar, if not the same type of fabric... I laundered and folded up my CE towel today and it's waaaay too big to justify taking it along with me. :(

    The good news is my trip isn't until the end of March, so I have a lot of time to look around and find something suitable. :)
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I recently got back from vacation and with airline regulations I tried to be as compact as I can so I took my lightweight microfiber turban.

    This is not the same one I got but close to it: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2FeBayISAPI.dll%3FViewItem%26amp%3Bitem%3D390071531976%26amp%3Brvr_id%3D%26amp%3Bcrlp%3D1_263602_263622%26amp%3BUA%3DWVI7%26amp%3BGUID%3D7f6c47af1260a0aad2f46174ff4f8b45%26amp%3Bitemid%3D390071531976%26amp%3Bff4%3D263602_263622" class="Popup

    It's cheap (TJMaxx-3.99) and folds up to the size of a pair of rolled up socks plus it dries quickly. I hang it on the hook behind the bathroom door so the maid doesn't pick it up with the rest of the towels.

    kathymack & whatsercurl: I been looking for the flour sack's to try but haven't come across them on-ground. Online I found they come in packs are pricey - where do you buy yours from?
  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    curlsalot wrote: »
    I recently got back from vacation and with airline regulations I tried to be as compact as I can so I took my lightweight microfiber turban.

    This is not the same one I got but close to it: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2FeBayISAPI.dll%3FViewItem%26amp%3Bitem%3D390071531976%26amp%3Brvr_id%3D%26amp%3Bcrlp%3D1_263602_263622%26amp%3BUA%3DWVI7%26amp%3BGUID%3D7f6c47af1260a0aad2f46174ff4f8b45%26amp%3Bitemid%3D390071531976%26amp%3Bff4%3D263602_263622" class="Popup

    It's cheap (TJMaxx-3.99) and folds up to the size of a pair of rolled up socks plus it dries quickly. I hang it on the hook behind the bathroom door so the maid doesn't pick it up with the rest of the towels.

    kathymack & whatsercurl: I been looking for the flour sack's to try but haven't come across them on-ground. Online I found they come in packs are pricey - where do you buy yours from?

    I'm in Canada and the only place I've been able to get them here is in Bed Bath and Beyond. Stateside, I've seen them in Target and I think Walmart.

    OP - I think we might be talking about two different types of towels. While the flour sacks I use are big when spread out, the material is so thin they take up virtually no room. Rolled up would be smaller than a pair of socks.
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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    curlsalot wrote: »

    kathymack & whatsercurl: I been looking for the flour sack's to try but haven't come across them on-ground. Online I found they come in packs are pricey - where do you buy yours from?

    I bought regular flour sack towels in the kitchen section of Target. Ordered the oversized ones online.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Thanks kathymack & whatsercurl - I'm now going on a hunt for them!
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    kathymack wrote: »
    I'm traveling tomorrow and packing flour sack towels--I bought some over sized ones online. I've had hotel cleaning staff take my curl towels, so don't bring the "good" stuff.

    OMG! I'd kill them! :boxing:

    I'm paranoid about this. If I bring my Curlease with me, instead of just drying with a t-shirt, I always hang it up in the closet when I'm done with it.
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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    kathymack wrote: »
    I'm traveling tomorrow and packing flour sack towels--I bought some over sized ones online. I've had hotel cleaning staff take my curl towels, so don't bring the "good" stuff.

    OMG! I'd kill them! :boxing:

    I know it was unintentional. It actually happened in Canada!!
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  • lindykatlindykat Posts: 90Registered Users
    Since you have a lot of hair but want just a little towel, one thing you could do is use a smaller towel of t-shirt material or whatever and then use a stretchy headband to hold it on instead of having to tie it. That's what I do with mine. I have one of the "curls like us" cloths and I plop in to it, pull the ends around the back of my head while I'm still upsidedown, pull the towel up over the back of my head, stand up and throw the head band on. Stays nicely and is very light weight. You could see if something like that works on your length of hair.
  • CurlyHairedFarmerCurlyHairedFarmer Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    Flour sack towels are definitely the way to go. You can find them at places like Target in packs of 6. They are thin, yet absorb really well. They also dry quickly.
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  • CurlyHairedFarmerCurlyHairedFarmer Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    curlsalot wrote: »
    Flour sack towels are definitely the way to go. You can find them at places like Target in packs of 6. They are thin, yet absorb really well. They also dry quickly.

    Are they actually labeled as "flour saks"? Are they found next to the kitchen dish towel's or the bath towels at Targets?

    Thanks for the tips - plopping is ok for when I have time by lately I been scrunching my hair with my turban micro towel instead - I been wanting to try the flour saks. Thanks again everyone.

    They are with the dish towels.
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  • MirCurlsMirCurls Posts: 2,660Registered Users
    I would just pack a roll of Viva Paper Towels. I use them to dry after supersoaking and before the Hand Dry Glove. I scrunch with them, and they're strong enough not to break or leave lint. And then I just wipe down the floor with them and toss them. No one's gonna steal a roll of paper towels. :D
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