Terrific towels for travelling light

Dock & Bay adds chic holiday appeal to a practical gym-bag favourite

Set of six striped Cabana towels, £79
Set of six striped Cabana towels, £79

When editing my suitcase before a holiday, it’s almost always the cumbersome beach towel that’s first to face the cull – something I later regret when I realise how much more useful it would have been than that third pair of espadrilles. But last month I happily discovered Dock & Bay, a company specialising in vibrant and satisfyingly compact towels. 

Quick-drying blue and white striped beach towel with soft cotton pouch, £15
Quick-drying blue and white striped beach towel with soft cotton pouch, £15
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“Microfibre towels have long been regarded as small, unattractive items that languish at the bottom of gym bags. We wanted to change that,” says Andy Jefferies, a former digital product manager for a London bank who started Dock & Bay with his friend and colleague Ben Muller (an Australian who now co-runs the business out of Bondi Beach). The towels (from £15) are cut from a velvety and soft 220gsm suede-like microfibre that is quick-drying and approximately half the weight of a normal beach towel. They also come in a pleasing palette of colours and stripes.

Round beach towels with 190cm diameter, £40
Round beach towels with 190cm diameter, £40
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I opted for the set of six striped Cabana towels (£79) in extra large (200cm x 90cm), which adequately covered the length and breadth of a sun lounger. Neatly packaged in individual aerated drawstring bags, they were the perfect welcome present for those family members brave enough to join us, and our two young children, on holiday. The large round towels (190cm diameter) in attractive geometric prints (£40) are also a great idea for beach and poolside lounging en masse.

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