The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Towel


42 Utility Towel

Comic Con Towel

Don't Panic Towel (ZZ9)

Don't Panic Towel (Think Geek)

Movie Promo Towel

Movie Towels

Pan Towel

Quotation Towel

Rainbow Towel

Rod Lord designs


Towels in HHGTTG books

Towel Day 25th May


The Movie Towels

Arthur holding his towel Arthur holding his towel Ford and his towel Ford and his towel


The towels used in the film counted as a prop and not as part of the costume. The towels were possibly purchased from a store (still investigating which one) because they wanted them to look pedestrian and ordinary, but also possibly hand-made.

Arthur's towel was white/green with a hearts pattern on it. If you have the double-DVD boxset of the film, there are some very good close-up shots of the towel in the behind-the-scenes programme on the second DVD. I haven't managed to find a similar towel in a shop yet, still looking.

Ford's towel looks like a normal purple/lilac towel. Looks very similar to the Lilac Supima Towels available from Marks and Spencer.

Very big thank you to Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon and Jamie Freeman (brother of Martin Freeman, and website guru for

Production run

Estimates that there were 6 copies of Arthur's costume


The towelling robes were (allegedly) specially made from towelling imported from Turkey.