The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a fabulously nerdy and entertaining book, but we also love it because it contains some surprisingly good life advice.
As he rescues Arthur Dent from the Earth moments before its destruction, alien hitchhiker Ford asks Arthur if he has a towel.
Why a towel?
“A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” It can keep you warm on foreign moons, be used wet for hand-to-hand-combat, and even be waved as a distress signals in emergencies. “[What] the non-hitchhiker will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with. Hence the phrase… ‘There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.’ “
I am 99% sure he was thinking of a Turkish towel when he wrote that. Since discovering them, I literally do not leave home without one – and I am constantly discovering new self care uses for them.
Turkish towels are what happens when you combine the best parts of a pashmina, a blanket, and towel. They’re like a textile multi-tool. Whether you’re throwing it a bag or wearing it as a scarf, it’s easy to take everywhere this fall and winter.
Tresa and I have used our Yeliz Turkish Towels as wraps on chilly evenings, scarves, picnic blankets, table cloths, a buffer between our butts and sun-baked car seats, and even emergency blankets for feverish kids during loooooong waits at Urgent Care. When I spilled ketchup down my blouse before a meeting, I wrapped myself in a scarf to cover the stain. When my back hurts as I sat in a traffic jam, I roll it up and use it as lumbar support. It’s even wiped up baby spit for friends and dried off my dog after an impromptu pond bath.
So much of self care is both feeling prepared and being prepared to respond to your physical and emotional needs. The Yeliz Turkish Towel helps us do that – and we hope it helps you, too.
If a Turkish towel doesn’t fit your life, you can always use a favorite scarf or lightweight blanket the same one. Just carry it with you and keep your eyes open for ways it can make your life easier.
-Meredith Hutchison Hartley
FACTS ABOUT TURKISH TOWELS
Turkish cotton is different from other cottons because the cotton fibers are longer. That means fabric made from Turkish cotton has some unique properties:
*There are fewer joins when the cotton is spun into thread -- so it's stronger and smoother than other cottons. It feels more like a cotton-silk blend than other cottons.
*Turkish towels have cotton threads woven flat -- not looped. They are more absorbent AND dry faster than other towels.
*They are really stain resistant and easy to wash. They don't fade easily, and even get softer and fluffier the more you wash them.
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