Too often your typical beach towel becomes a soggy, heavy, sand-infested, textile pile after a few hours or less at the beach. You know the drill—go for a swim; come back and sit on towel; try unsuccessfully to clean wet, sandy hand on wet, sandy towel to remove wet sand from face to no avail. 

I saw “sand free” when I ordered one of these Aussie-inspired beach towels that come in many different unique and beautiful designs, and cynically thought to myself, yeah right. But an early summer beach outing that included throwing down said towel on a mix of grass, sand, and goose poop for a wet, sandy child to picnic on, changed my tune.

These towels are light and compact for packing to your favorite beach, look super cool, dry fast, and, best of all, magically seem to repel sand. 

MSRP: $59-99. Tesalate.com

Tesalate Sand-Free Beach Towel