Mar 052015

Peshtamal Towels For RVing via // RVing Lifestyle Airstream Style

Over the last few years blogging here on J5MM I have gratefully received emails from fellow readers asking my opinion of what I think would work best in an RV from kitchen essentials to outdoor living essentials and everything in between.

A couple of weeks ago I received the sweetest email from Holly C.  She was curious as to what towels I have onboard and after I told her, she encouraged me to share it on J5MM.  So I am and thank you Holly ❤ The timing of her email to me was uncanny as I had literally just placed an order for three Turkish Peshtamal towels.  It was this article (and the comments) that convinced me they would be the perfect replacement for my big, fluffy terry cloth towels.  Because big fluffy towels are oh so comfy and luxurious but when your on the road and every square inch matters, you end up looking for an alternate solution.

I immediately started searching Etsy for a Peshtamal seller and low and behold I found him.  His name is Demet and lives in Turkey and ships to the USA ( here is his shop if you’re interested ).

If you have never heard of a Peshtamal before, they are super light weight, thin and extremely absorbent. They are big in size (typically 70 by 40 inches), but are very compact.  Unlike a thick terrycloth towel, Peshtamals are flat-woven with a smooth, soft texture of 100% Turkish cotton.  They also dry more quickly after use, so they don’t take on a musty smell.

Peshtamal Towels For RVing via // RVing Lifestyle Airstream Style

Also, as you know, multi purpose items are so beneficial when RVing and that’s where I really think these towels shine.  They are perfect for everyday use out of the shower and I can totally see them being used as a sarong on the beach, a picnic blanket or a picnic table cloth. The possibilities are endless!  They also take up a tiny amount of space in the RV closet and you can roll one up easily and tuck it into your day pack for your outdoor adventures.

One question I had upon receiving my towels was how to care for them.  I learned that gentle laundering is best. Machine wash in warm or cold water with like colors and tumble dry on low (or line dry).  Say no to bleach, harsh detergents, dryer sheets or high heat. I also learned from Demet that Pestemals get better with use and some need to be “broken in” by washing and drying them in a dryer on medium heat a few times. This make them softer and more absorbent.  Mine you see below have been washed and tumbled dried once to break them in and they are very lovely.

Peshtamal Towels For RVing via // RVing Lifestyle Airstream Style

I am quite pleased with my towels and if you’re looking for the perfect towels to take along on your RVing adventures, you may also like the Peshtamal as well.

Thank you for being here,
~ Monica xoxo

  9 Responses to “Pretty Peshtamals”

  1. Just reading Vogue March 2015 and thought of you when I saw the Airstream photo layout shot in Malibu. The owner took a can opener to the side of the trailer and dropped in glass doors. Pretty awesome, but apparently not planning to take it down the road! I like this photo shoot because it keeps the Airstream tradition alive to a wide audience. Don’t miss it!

    • I just saw it and thank you so very much for letting me know. That Airstream is a beauty and I see that she is a rather newer model (vs Vintage) which is neat to see. I’m inspired now to find a view property and do the same thing! (in my dreams) I also loved the article was covering one of my favorite artists Taylor Swift. Thank you for sharing with me and I agree, this definitely will keep the Airstream tradition alive :) !

  2. Waiting for my new bath towels. I will have to get that magazine so I can tell my family I know someone famous:))

    Oh – I tried to leave a post on the RV website and for some reason they don’t like me…..maybe they think I’m your mother.

    The Idaho post was so spectacular.

    • I just read your sweet comment to me on GoRVing’s blog — thank you Linda, you are just to sweet and kind. I appreciate you more than you will ever know! Thank you for being here my friend xoxo

  3. I’ve really been enjoying your posts (just found you this morning) ….what a BEAUTIFUL blog! Hubs and I are making plans to RV full time..just getting the details sorted. I think I saw that article too- and purchased two of these towels right away thinking of future applications. My husband was a skeptic at first now he is a convert they are pretty much the only towels we use in the house now. They really are great and save so much space- they even came with us on our (backpack only) trip to Mexico. It excelled at every challenge: Multi purpose?.. yes! Sarong/beach towel.. yep. High humidity and quick drying?… heck yes! compact..uh-huh! Anywho- that’s my two cents. Thanks for your blog- it’s keeping me dreaming towards my goal today at …sigh…work.

    • jj — you have totally brightened up my day, thank you so much for your feedback on the towels. I too was a skeptic but I love them, especially for drying my hair. What an exciting journey you have ahead for full timing. I wish so much I could do that, and am always plotting on how to — it really is a dream of mine to full time it and really explore. So congrats to you! You will have to keep me posted especially if you come to the Seattle area. Wishing you happy and safe travels to you xoxo ~ Monica

  4. Thanks for this post! I love finding items that Multi-task and are practical! I’ve been reading your blogs voraciously! I love your photos, the amazing food you make, and especially how you are raising your awesome son – as a parent you’ve inspired me! So just wanted to take the time to THANK YOU for what you do! You have an incredible family, and one day I know I will realize my own Airstream Dream! Happy Trails!

    • Heidi, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your incredibly sweet comment. It means SO much to me. Honestly. Thank you for brightening up my day! I look forward to hearing about your Airstream dream come true — please keep me posted and again, thank you xoxo ~ Monica

  5. After reading your article I was anxious to try these towels, but could not afford the Etsy-shop high shipping price. I found some on Amazon ( and they were everything you described. Light, very absorbent, and I can see them getting softer and more comfortable over time.. Thanks for a great referral!

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