The Survival Towel (Super Easy)

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The Hitchhikers Guide has this to say about Towels: A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost." What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."
(Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)[3]
—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 

As you can tell by my name I'm a hitchhikers guide fan, so i decided to make a more Earth orientated Survival towel. The original Idea was a Swiss army knife towel (however I'm sure thats some sort of copyright infringement so it's just the survival towel). I am also in no way a sower (this was my first attempt), so feel free to do way more than I did (please comment a pic if you do). 

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Step 1: Things You Need

First you need a towel, If you want the perfect towel for this it can be found Here
Various survival items (your choice) :
Ducktape (strip not roll)

Sowing machine 
Needle and Thread
Ironable no sew tape (if you can get it) 

Step 2: Rough Placement of Items

Start by planning were the items that you are going to take are going to go on the towel. Make sure that the towel can still cover you'r head and fold up nicely into a pillow.  

Step 3: Make Pockets

Start by cutting a piece of fabric that is about an inch wider and longer than the object that is going to be kept in the pocket. Next fold the extra inch under neath and pin all the folds to keep them folded. Next sow the top of the pocket , just by itself to hold the fold in place. The pocket is not attached to the towel at this point. Make sure that the pins are not sown into the pocket. 

Step 4: Attach Pockets to Towel

Next take the pocket and pin it to the towel, make sure it is orientated in a way so that the stuff won't fall out when the towel is held or folded. Then sow the pocket to the towel. 

Step 5: All Done Ready to Hitchhike

So now you have a vary practical item to take camping or backpacking, or it could be a ready made survival pack. And on the of chance you end up Hitchhiking the universe you'll be prepared (and please post a pic). I am in no way a sower so please feel free to post any helpfull comment, or if you make you'r own feel free to post that too.  
Please vote for me if you liked this. 

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    for those with less than perfect sEwing skills, they sell an iron-on sticky tape that works amazingly well ( I'm not sure how well it works on terrycloth). A large beach towel would be preferable, it can be used as anything from shelter to a hammock to drying off.. Nicely done "ible". It's been a while since I've read THHGTTU, I'm glad to see the younger gen reading it

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    That ironable tape sound like a great idea. The large beach towel is preferable, however when you have no money like me, whatever is old and free is great. I really enjoyed THHGTTG and the whole trilogy of five. Thank you for your comment, it's nice to know people actually look at these.


    6 years ago

    Be aware iron on tape won't last as long ... Also just an idea what if you sewed the pockets with folds sort of like a decorative pillow case (with the entrance at the center) where one side fits just under the other? Clever idea btw :)

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    Zaphod Beetlebroxjmaxwell5

    Reply 6 years ago

    Thanks, I'm not a great sewer, not even a good one. So I just picked the most basic layout I could. But if you have the know how go for it I think it'll work better. Thanks

    Idk but I know that it only has an edge on one side, it's designed for a left handed person. Unfortunetly I'm right handed and have to cut towards myself while using it.