This minimalist cloth might have the best weight-to-utility ratio of anything in my kit. The PackTowl Nano weighs less than an ounce and scrunches to the size of a large strawberry in its stuff sack, but I’ve used it to, among other things:
– Dry off after a dip in a lake
– Sop up a hot chocolate spill on my sleeping bag (oops)
– Tie a broken pack lid down
– Cover my eyes when a full moon and a gauzy tent fly conspired to keep me awake (I’m a crazy light sleeper)
It dries in 20 minutes when left in the sun, and is extremely absorbent for its unnoticeable bulk. You can bet that I occasionally forget my headlamp or camp shoes, but the Nano always makes it into my pack.