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(covers information from several alternate timelines)
A towel was a type a cloth generally used for drying oneself. Sometimes a towel could also be used as a bodily covering to preserve modesty. It was also commonly used in paper form for hygiene reasons.
In 2258 in the alternate reality, a transwarp beaming to the USS Enterprise caused Montgomery Scott to materialize inside the starship's water pipes. After he was finally rescued and escorted to the ship's bridge, he requested a towel. He later poked a wadded-up end of it in his ear. (Star Trek)
Later that year, Dr. Helen Noel wiped at Captain James T. Kirk's forehead with a small, blue towel as he regained consciousness in his own quarters at the Tantalus colony, shortly after having been tortured by a neural neutralizer at the colony. (TOS: "Dagger of the Mind")
In 2370, when the Trill initiate Arjin arrived early at the quarters of Lieutenant commander Jadzia Dax, he was rather surprised to find her in the company of an alien man named Trajok and wearing only a towel. (DS9: "Playing God")
In 2371, after Neelix enjoyed a bath for the first time on-board USS Voyager. After the bath, he requested a towel from Lieutenant Tuvok, who reluctantly handed him one. He then used it to cover himself. (VOY: "Caretaker")
That same year, when Captain Kathryn Janeway and Commander Chakotay were stranded on New Earth, Janeway grabbed a towel after soaking in the bath tub that Chakotay had made for her when they heard the rustling of a primate. A bit later, Janeway was a bit embarrassed when the primate ran away and she realized that she was standing there wearing only the towel. (VOY: "Resolutions")
In 2374, The Doctor was giving Captain Kathryn Janeway an intense osteopathic massage when she was called away to Voyager's bridge. As she left, The Doctor stopped her and suggested a change of outfit, as she was wearing only a towel. (VOY: "Scientific Method")
In 2375, when The Doctor's mobile emitter was damaged and needed repairs from Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres, The Doctor contacted her at six o'clock in the morning asking about its status, interrupting her in her sonic shower. Torres, irritated, threw her towel over the display to cover him up. (VOY: "Drone")
In 2377, Harry Kim walked into Voyager's sickbay holding a towel to his cheek. This aroused the curiosity of The Doctor and Kim initially excused it as an injury caused by shaving, before finally admitting that he had been bitten by a Klingon female. (VOY: "Prophecy")
|Products: Aftershave • Cologne • Conditioning agent • Epidellic lotion • Lipstick • Make-up • Mars Toothpaste • Nail polish • Neptune Bath Salts • Perfume • Shampoo • Sunscreen|
|Tools: Bath • Comb • Hairbrush • Hair clip • Hairpin • Hot tub • Nail file • Radioseptic • Razor • Scissors • Sink • Steampool • Tooth sharpener • Toothbrush • Towel • Waste disposal unit|
|Practices and treatments: Alture VII relaxation program (Protein bath) • Grooming ritual • Haircut • Massage (Lauriento massage holoprogram 101A); • Personal hygiene • Sand scrub • Shower (Sonic shower)|
|Related conditions: Bad breath • Body odor|