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Towels are immensly useful while hitchhiking the galaxy, or doing anything, really. They are made of absorbant fabrics. (Believe it or not, drying things happens to be the original purpose of the towel!)

Types of Towels <towel>

Bath Towels: Bath towels are rectangular towels used to dry oneself off with after bathing or showering, and are the most useful as utility towels.

Beach Towels: Beach towels are usually a tad bigger than bath towels, and are often used for lying on the beach or covering up swimsuits.

Paper Towels: Paper towels are disposable towels made of paper (wow, I didn't know!). They aren't very useful as utility towels.

Moist Towelettes: Moist towelettes are little wipes, often warmed up and passed out on airplanes.

Show Towels: These are towels that are there just to look pretty, and not for use. They often have embroidery on them.

Tea Towels: These are towels used for drying dishes.

Hand Towels: Hand towels are used to dry your hands after washing them.

Foot Towels: Not a towel to dry your feet with, but a towel to put on the floor in abscence of a rug.

Sweat Towel: A towel used in gyms to wipe sweat (eew)

Washcloth: A little towel often used to wash you face.

Sports Towel: A super absorbant towel used by swimmers and divers.

Oshibori: An oshibori is a wet towel used to wash hands before meals in Japan.

Utility Towel: A towel used by fans of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to do just about anything. These towels often have pockets or writing of some sort, but not always

42 Things To Do With A Towel

1) Wear as a fashionable cape
2) Slap those who make you mad
3) Muffle annoying sounds
4) Cover nose if a nasty stench is wafting
5) Use as a flag
6) Let people know how much of a hoopy frood you are
7) Lie on
8) Wet and put around neck or on head to cool off
9) Wipe drool off face
10)Cover hand when touching hot/prickly/just plain unpleasant surfaces
11)Use to protect fragile items
12)Use to carry items in
13)Warm self with
14)Cover eyes from unpleasant sites (aka people wearing Speedos who really shouldn't be)
15)Use to protect self from rain
16)Use as a pillow
17)Use as a temporary bandage or sling
18)Use as makeshift clothing if none is around
19)Wear as a headdress
20)Wipe up spilled things
21)Sit on to avoid uncomfortable surfaces
22)Use as a rug
23)Use as a temporary curtain
24)Show your Towel Day spirit
25)Sheild yourself from stuff flung at you
26)Wear as a scarf
27)Use to fling stuff long distances
28)Wet and put over the gap in the door or over your face to protect from smoke or noxious gases
29)Use as a bib while eating messy food
30)Help hold on to something (add grippiness)
31)Use as a signal
32)Use as a sail if you ever need to build a raft
33)Make "towel animals" if bored
34)Use to filter water
35)If you are a parent of small children, give your kid a towel instead of a baby blanket
36)Use for shade
37)Reserve seats by placing towel on seat
38)Use as hankercheif
39)Cover people's eyes with it to blind them for a second
40)Flap about to amuse yourself
41)Use as a net to catch small animals
42)Dry yourself off (duh)

Towels In The Hitchhiker's Guide

The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels.
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to- hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag 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.-The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

So, remember to ALWAYS have your towel, as you have probaly seen they are quite useful! <towel>

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