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I’ve never been a big believer of purchasing items specifically for travel. One use items are not a smart way to invest your money in my mind. But recently, I’ve acquired travel gear that after a couple months of thorough usage, I can’t live without.
Consider my opinions change and me a convert. There are some items that are made specifically for travel that are definitely worth it. Enter the Chawel.
Multi-use 5-in-1 Travel Towel
Their slogan reads “more than just a towel” which I can fully get behind (hurray for satisfying my multi-use requirements). Used normally, it’s a towel. Rolled up the right way, it becomes a travel pillow. Thrown inside a sleeping bag, it becomes a liner. Out at night and it gets chilly? It’s a blanket. And the coolest one of all? Loop it over your head and it becomes a personal mobile change room. Seriously! How COOL is that?!
It’s this feature where the name comes from: Chawel = CHange toWEL and is my favourite aspect of the towel. No more trying to awkwardly change in hostel rooms or at public beaches.
And these are just the basic uses that they advertise. Other people have converted the Chawel into laundry bags, seat covers, and emergency blankets among other uses.
I’ve taken the Chawel with me swimming at the public pool, to the beach, and on trips to both Kelowna and Seattle. I love how well it dries me off and is really quick to dry itself. It’s also really soft on the skin. It comes with a carrying bag making it easy to keep it all together in your bag or to carry on its own.
There are a variety of Chawels depending on your needs. I have the most basic one without pockets, armholes or a zipper, but you can get versions with that included those options as well. There is also a version that is slightly thicker and warmer, but with it comes a larger size.
If I have one criticism, it’s that may be a little too big when rolled up. Typically I like to travel carry-on only, with everything inside one backpack and the Chawel takes up a lot of real estate inside the bag. Also, don’t expect it to be super warm when used as a blanket. Think of it as an extra layer just in case (however if you do want something warmer and thicker, there’s a Chawel for that).
I never knew I needed a travel towel until I had one and now that I have one, I take it with me everywhere. For awhile it sat in the back of my boyfriend’s car in case of emergencies and I’ve found a number of miscellaneous uses for it when traveling and at home.
Where can you get one?
However, for one lucky Pack Me To reader, I have a Chawel to giveaway. To enter, all you need to do is complete the following entry form.
Note: the giveaway is only open to residents of the United States and Canada. The giveaway is open from September 19, 2015 9:00 PT to Friday October 2, 2015 23:59 PT. A winner will be drawn at random and notified by October 5, 2015.
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This post is written in partnership with Chawel. As always, all awkward photos and opinions are my own.