Drying yourself with a wet smelly cotton towel used to be classed as character building amongst campers and backpackers. Apart from being unpleasant to use, moist cotton towels are an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Modern day travel towels overcome these issues due to advances in material technology and antibacterial treatments. MicroFibre and SoftFibre synthetic fabrics have taken over from cotton. They are lighter, absorb up to nine times more water and dry up to eight times faster.Broad spectrum antibacterial treatments, such as Polygiene, are applied to the travel towels fibres to prevent the build up of odour causing bacteria. These travel towels are not just suited to camping and backpacking. Due to their compact size and weight, they can easily be taken on holiday for poolside and beach use.