An occasional look at products the travel industry insists we need.
WHAT: Magnetized towel with pockets.
AIMED AT: Wash-and-go travelers who want to streamline their bathing rituals.
HOW MUCH: $12.95, plus tax and shipping.
BUT DOES IT WORK? For travelers who stay in lodging with shared baths, or want to clean up in transit, carrying a towel and toiletries requires an extra set of arms, or a small shopping cart. If it's not the towel left in the room, then it's the dental floss dropped in the hallway. Taking its cue from the hanging toiletry bag, MagneTowel is a plush white towel (slightly larger than a face towel) with two deep pockets that Velcro shut and an embedded magnet that lets you hang the towel (plus bathroom items) on a metal object. The towel stuck solidly on our mirror, and stayed put when its pockets were filled with soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste. But when we added a bottle of conditioner, the towel started to creep down. Once clean, we simply folded the towel and our grooming products into a compact square and departed the bathroom, making it all the way back to the room without losing a single thing.
-- Andrea Sachs
MagneTowel is available through the company at 866-562-5487, www.magnetowel.com.