Tesalate Sand Free Beach Towel Review

Tesalate Sand Free Beach Towel Review

I need to get this off my chest. It’s been bugging me for a while now. When Rob goes off on his photography rambles, especially those sea shore ones, it’s moi that’s left having to clean up the sandy, wet towel aftermath.

By the time he gets back to camp, the boot smells like a humid wet dog and I know I’m going to be cleaning sand out of the washing machine for days.

That’s why I was pretty stoked when Tesalate asked me to review one of their sand free beach towels. I must admit, I was a little skeptical at their statement of “Leave the beach at the beach” but I wasn’t going to miss this chance to prove them right or wrong!

So we put it to the test.

Tesalate Beach Towel Review


I’ll say upfront right now – this is the best travel towel we have ever used! Teselate offered us one for free to review but I’m not getting paid to write this and I don’t get any commission if you buy one. We honestly just love it!

Teselate invited me to choose a pattern from their wide catalogue selection and immediately, their “Awakening” design drew my attention. It goes so well with the colours of our More Rambling theme 😊

The reverse pattern on the towel is the Teselate black and white triangle design which is also striking. The one we tried measures 160cm by 80cm, so it is as long as our regular beach towels. The edges of the towel are bound in a thick protective stitch to prevent fraying and the Teselate logo sits proudly in the bottom corner. A logo anyone would be proud to show off.

The Tesalate Sand Free Beach Towel also comes with a lifetime guarantee


First impressions of Teselate Sand Free Beach Towel


The Tesalate team posted out the towel on the same day I ordered it and it arrived the next business day. The package was compact and light and I really couldn’t believe there was a full size towel inside.

On opening the package, I was delighted to find a drawstring carry bag containing the towel carefully wrapped in tissue paper and care instructions. It’s lovely little touches like this that tell you that a product is a cut above the rest.


Is the Teselate Towel Really Sand Free?


I could tell right away that the Tesalate Beach Towel would be very repellent to both sand and dirt because it doesn’t have the knitted fibre properties of your average beach towel to trap anything. Instead, it’s more like soft, flexible, one-piece waffle fabric.

It’s definitely not like other travel towels we’ve used. You know the ones, they have a creepy chamois feel that drag on the skin and make you feel icky. I’m very precious about how I feel after a shower!

What About When Wet?

I wasn’t so sure about what would happen when it got wet – so we put it to the test.

We were impressed by the result on four levels.

  • I dumped a pile of wet sand on the towel for a few minutes. It shook off right away
  • I doused it in around a litre of water, it repelled some and absorbed the rest
  • It was completely dry in around an hour in the sun
  • After a wash, it softened up even more and felt wonderful on the skin

‘Sand Free and Absorbent’ Claim Passed with flying colours!

Can the Teselate be Used as a Regular Household Towel?


Absolutely! As mentioned previously, after the first machine wash in cold water, the towel becomes really soft and pliable. It’s microfibre properties and lightness makes it the perfect towel to dry your hair or put it up in a turban. I used to hate washing my hair because of the length of time it took to deal with to get it dry.

My hair is naturally grey and very long, so rubbing with a normal towel means I end up in a huge tangle. With the Teselate towel, I wrap my hair for 5 minutes and it combs through after without a fight.

Teselate Towel on a Road Trip


The Teselate Towel is perfect for a road trip – useful in many circumstances. Because it dries so quickly, I’ve got no concerns about giving it a rinse through after a trip to the beach, knowing that it won’t take hours and hours before I can pack it away or use it again.

The beautiful designs mean that you can choose a pattern that works in your caravan as a protective throw. And if you are on a long drive in the heat, it’s great for wicking away moisture from your car seat and back.

Then it becomes the perfect towel to sit and have a picnic on, knowing you’re not going to have to bring the earth back with you.

After a shower, you can wrap it around your waist and use it as a sarong.

And because it is so small, it doesn’t take up the room like other towels. Saving you precious cabin space.

I’m not sure how we managed before!

The Verdict?


We are converts!

I highly recommend the Teselate Sand Free Beach Towel – but I’m sure you’ve guessed that already! Rob and I won’t be using anything else for our travels and day trips to the beach from now on. It saves so much time and hassle and is real value for money.

It’s the perfect gift for any outdoor lover in your life. There is a perfect size and design for everyone.


Where to Buy a Teselate Beach Towel


If this review has helped you make the decision to buy one for yourself (or a friend), head over to the Tesalate website to order your own.

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Any questions or comments? Please add them to the comments box below.

Essential Packing List For Hiking in Australia

Essential Packing List For Hiking in Australia

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I have a confession to make….. I’m a lists person. Whether that’s my every day ‘to-do’ list that I take great pleasure in highlighting through in yellow marker, or the checklist I go through each time I write a post such as this essential packing list for hiking, so I don’t miss any important steps. I’ve no idea why it took me so long to write out a list that can be used each time we decide on a last minute ramble to satisfy one of Rob’s itchy photography trigger finger moments!

Our trip to West Head Lookout at Ku-ring-gai National Park is one such trip where we really should have been more prepared. It wasn’t until we starting to pull out the camera gear that Rob realised there was a crucial piece missing that connected his camera to the tripod and held it steady. I completely forgot to grab a hat and sunglasses (though luckily Rob had a spare pair of glasses in the car) and we really struggled to find somewhere to park and eat nearby which left us ravenous by the time we headed home.

Thankfully we were only on what is a local day trip for us so we coped just fine but, as we’ve decided to head out somewhere on a whim again this weekend (decision to be made today), I think it’s time I put this essential packing list for hiking together so we don’t forget anything on our next ramble. Most of these items can be kept ready in a backpack so you can just check all is in order the night before and then you just need to prep the other stuff ready to go in the morning.

Some of the items on the list may seem a bit excessive for a day away but in Australia, you can never be too complacent when it comes to rambling through National Parks or driving off the main roads; it can be all too easy to find yourself disorientated without phone reception or stranded if your car breaks down.


Dress Appropriately (and be prepared for all kinds of weather)

Boots or Shoes:

It can often come down to personal preference whether to go with hiking boots or lighter hiking shoes but either way, comfort must come first. Don’t choose a long ramble if you’ve got brand new shoes on; you could be asking for blisters galore. A good pair of sports/running shoes would be adequate if the terrain you are planning to walk in is reasonably gentle.


Great hiking socks are a blend of merino, polyester and stretch nylon. They remain breathable and comfortable no matter how much you sweat in them and the snug fit helps to protect your feet. Ordinary cotton socks are not advised as they hold onto moisture and can cause your feet to rub inside your shoes.

Shorts/Long Pants:

Durable, breathable and light fabrics work best. Jeans are not the best option because they make you sweat quickly and then they hold onto that moisture for far too long. If you do wear shorts, try and wear those that are fairly long and come to your knees to try and protect yourself from bushes. If you’re out on a ramble in winter, you may still want to bring some shorts with you – zip off hiking pants are a great invention! Personally, I love wearing activewear leggings any time of year.

Long Sleeved Shirt:

Choose a long-sleeved shirt with collar to give you good protection from the sun without the need to keep re-applying sunscreen or, if you really want something lighter, then opt for an active wear style t-shirt rather than a cotton one so that any sweat is wicked away from the body but remember to keep your skin protected with insect repellent and sunscreen.

Warmth Layer:

It could be a hot and sunny day when you head off on your ramble, but Australian weather can be a bit unpredictable and, if you get caught in an evening chill after walking all day, you can get surprisingly cold very quickly. For occasions like this, have a light thermal base layer packed into your backpack that you can quickly pull out and put on. Merino is our fabric of choice.

If you are going out in winter, it’s also wise to have a fleece, beanie and gloves hand or, if you are heading inland, you may even want something warmer than a fleece depending on how much you feel the cold.

Wet Weather Gear:

A light spray jacket is ideal both as a windbreaker (use as a thermal layer) and wet weather outings. It’s also wise to have a couple of disposable ponchos in your bag in case you’re caught out.

Hat & Sunglasses:

Always wear a hat when you are out in the Australian sun – preferably it has a wide enough brim to shade your entire face and even better if it shades the back of your neck too. A soccer/baseball style cap is not the best option but better than nothing and visors are really a no-no; the Australian sun will burn your scalp quickly, even in winter.

Sunglasses with polarised lenses are best but anything that protects your eyes from UV rays and glare off water is good to protect your eyes.

Emergency Items:

A basic, light weight medical grade first aid kit is pretty much essential. At the very least, make sure you have a compression bandage, triangle bandage and emergency blanket. Also pack in Panadol, antihistamines, antiseptic and any medication you need (enough for overnight in case you get stuck).

Not strictly emergency items but wise to bring is lip balm, baby or body wipes, insect repellent, sunscreen, moisturiser, headtorch, pocketknife, personal locator beacon, matches, map of the area and compass.

Other Gadgets & Gizmos:

We personally don’t go anywhere without a decent camera but, if you don’t have a photography mad person on your ramble, then a good smartphone is perfect for taking memories of your day (of course, you want to carry the phone for safety anyhow). If you’re bringing a camera with you, it’s also wise to bring extra SD cards and batteries (and USB charger for your phone for use in the car).

Food & Snacks:

You’ll need food for the day and also keep an emergency stash of energy bars, nuts and dried fruit just in case you find yourself inadvertently having to wait for a rescue or until morning light to carry on. Reusable ziplock bags are perfect for the job as they seal food really well and keeps it fresh for a really long time, and we also love the fact we can wash them and use them again and again.


Always have at least two litres of water with you. Ideally in a reusable BPA free silicone, stainless steel or aluminium bottle. To save room, you can now get foldable water bottles that are surprisingly leakproof and have the added advantage that they won’t get bent if dropped. It’s also a good idea to take some water purification tablets with you if you need to top up your water from a fresh creek or stream.


For a day ramble, a 20-25 litre capacity hiking daypack is perfectly adequate to carry everything that you need. We love the Australian owned Bigfoot Venture Waterproof Backpack as it keeps all our gear dry, is super lightweight and the straps can be adjusted so that you can turn it into a shoulder bag. It also comes with an extremely handy waterproof smartphone case in case of accidents with muddy puddles or a dunny disaster!

Rubbish Bag:

Don’t leave home or camp without it! Australia is a beautiful country, please don’t spoil it by leaving rubbish behind. Also take food scraps with you as our native animals can become very sick and malnourished from eating human food and encourages them to be less fearful of humans. This can lead to a dangerous situation for both you and them.

This seems like a lot of stuff to take with you on a simple day out but pack the items well and you’ll find you’ll have more than enough room in your backpack and it won’t be too heavy to carry throughout the day. The last thing you want to be is unprepared in case the day doesn’t go to plan.

If you know of any other items that should be included on this essential packing list for hiking, please let us know in the comments below.

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