It's a towel. No, it's a sarong. No, it's a blanket. Actually, it's all three in the form of Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Towel. But here's a pressing question: Is it necessary for travel, especially if you'll be staying in hotels, where towels are plentiful and not the great outdoors?
The manufacturer makes its case by pointing out that this lightweight towel is quick-drying, so you can wear it as a swimsuit cover at the poolside bar, and it takes up little space in a bag. Oh, and "Thanks to high-tech silver treatment, this towel discourages the bacteria that cause odors."
Prices range from $12.95 to $34.95 and sizes range from extra small to large. The towels are available in an assortment of colors. For more information or to make a purchase, go to www.discoverytrekking.com/ultra-fast-dry-towel.
-- The Sacramento Bee