Engaging in multi-day camping often involves spending time in cold conditions. While most campers prefer opting for different types of sleeping bags for the nights, people tend to carry camping blankets for additional protection and emergencies, be it to get extra warmth around the fire, or to sit outside in open or just to have an additional layer of warmth while sleeping. So which are the best camping blankets? Read on to find out.
Picking the best camping blankets for your trip can often be a challenging task. Depending upon the weather, preference and weight of the blanket, you may opt for a woollen, fleece, polyester or nylon fabric blanket. In this guide we look at some of the best woollen and fabric blankets available online. We will also look at some of the options for ultralight survival blankets. In addition, we will look at some of the factors to consider while picking the best camping blanket for yourself or somebody else.
Best camping blankets comparison listOur pick of the best camping blankets out in the market and how they stack against each other.
L x W
|Pendleton Twin Camp Blanket with Carrier||86% Wool +14%Cotton||84 x 66||around 3.3 pounds|
|Genuine US Military All Weather Poncho Liner Blanket||Double layered Nylon with polyester liner||82 x 62||1.3 pounds|
|TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blankets||Aluminized Mylar||82 x 52||Five blankets, each 0.10 pound|
|Tahoe Tribe Outfitters Virgin Merino Wool Camping Blanket||80% Wool + 20% Nylon Polyester blend||90 x 66||around 3 pounds|
|Utopia Bedding Polar-Fleece Thermal Blanket||100% Polyester brushed Polar Fleece||King : 90 x 102|
Queen : 90 x 90
Twin : 90 x 66
|Dreamie Fleece Camping Blanket||100% Microfiber Fleece||80 x 40||2 pounds|
|Mambe Essential Outdoor Blanket||Genuine Polartec Classic 200 Fleece||84 x 58||2.8 pounds|
|Grabber All Weather Blanket||Double Sided, Waterproof Polyethylene + Reflective Aluminum||84 x 60||0.79 pounds|
|Therm-a-Rest Proton Blanket||20D ripstop polyester with Thermacapture coating inside||75 x 57||1.15 pounds|
|Montem Premium Pocket Blanket||100% woven ripstop polyester with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish||60 x 55||0.37 pounds|
|Kosmos Outfitters Best Pocket Blanket||High grade polyester||63 x 44||0.43 pounds|
|Kanga Pocket Blanket||100% woven rip stop polyester with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish||55 x 44||0.19 pounds|
How to pick from the best camping blankets for yourself?
Picking from the best camping blankets can often be a challenging task. Depending upon the weather, purpose and preference, you can opt for woollen, fabric or ultralight blanket. In addition to these considerations there are a few factors that are worth considering before picking the best camping blanket. These major factors are listed below:
- Building material of the blanket
- Size and weight of the blanket
- Weather support provided by the blanket
- Accessories and miscellaneous considerations
Building material of the blanket
The building material of the camping blanket is an important criteria to consider. Typically, for woolen and fleece blankets, the percentage of wool/fleece in the blanket can indicate how warm the blanket would be. However, higher percentage of wool means that the blanket would wick moisture and can get damp quickly. To avoid this, blankets such as Pendleton Twin Camp Blanket contain a layer of waxed cotton on them. This layer helps in making the blanket weatherproof.
The nylon and polyester fabric blankets have distinctive advantage of being reasonably lightweight and still provide protection against inclement weather conditions be it extreme cold or extreme heat. These blankets are also waterproof and dry very quickly.
The ultralight blankets are generally made up of high grade ripstop polyester making them very lightweight and collapsible to fit in a pocket. The exception to this is TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blankets which is made from proprietary Aluminized Mylar.
Size and weight of the blanket
The size and weight of the blanket is often one of the most important consideration while choosing the most suitable camping blanket. Most people prefer to go for large sized blankets which are around 6 feet in length. Blankets such as Utopia Bedding Polar-Fleece Thermal Blanket and Pendleton Camp Blankets offer multiple sizes. Fabric blankets are generally twin sized and can provide cover to two people. Lightweight pocket blankets are generally smaller in size and can suitably provide cover to one person only.
The weight of the blanket is also important, but largely dependent upon the purpose for which the blanket is being purchased. Woolen blankets are considerably heavier with the weight going up to 3.5 pounds. Fabric and polyester all weather blankets such as Genuine US Military All Weather Poncho Liner Blanket weigh no more than 1.5 pounds. Pocket blankets are the lightest of all, with the weight as low as 1.6 ounces for one TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blanket.
Weather support provided by the blanket
The woollen/fleece blankets are primarily cold weather blankets, because of the content of wool and fleece. These blankets are also generally not totally waterproof as wool/fleece tends to absorb moisture. Smart design improvements have however made such blankets considerably weather proof by providing external coating on the surface of the blanket. All weather blankets can typically be used in all weathers, including rain as they are waterproof and summer where they act to protect the user against heat. The ultralight pocket blankets are also generally waterproof and weatherproof as they too tend to work by preserving body heat.
Accessories and miscellaneous considerations
Some camping blankets come with useful accessories which make them comfortable to store and use for all outdoor activities such as camping, beach, sport watching etc. Most pocket blankets come with carrying pouch and contain corner pockets and loops (and hinges) for windy conditions.
In addition, some blankets offer usages beyond using them as camping blankets. For example Genuine US Military All Weather Poncho Liner Blanket can be used as a jacket liner, shelter or even a hammock. Similarly, TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blankets can be used for ground cover, rescue or distress beacons, ponchos, tarps, and shade.
Which are the best camping blankets and what our picks are?
Pendleton Twin Camp Blanket with Carrier – Editor’s choice pick for the best woollen camping blanket
Pendleton Twin Camp Blanket comes with more than 150 years of tradition of manufacturing woollen blankets. The Camp blanket is made with 86% wool, mixed with 14 % cotton to provide maximum heat with comfort of cotton.
The twin sized blanket is 84 inch x 66 inch in size making it comfortable for 2 persons to fit in. The blanket is around 0.25 inches thick, so can function as a replacement for sleeping bag in cold weather conditions.
The waxed cotton layering on the blanket allows weatherproof usage of the blanket. You can even place the blanket on lightly damp ground. In addition, the leather carrier available with the blanket is made with soft genuine leather with a very nice touch and feel.
For all these reasons, Pendleton Twin Camp Blanket with carrier is Editor’s pick for best woollen blanket.
Genuine US Military All Weather Poncho Liner Blanket – Editor’s choice pick for best all weather camping blanket
Genuine US Military All Weather Poncho Liner Blanket, properly known as the “Woobie”, is an official US Military all weather gear available to general public. The blanket is made with two layers of high grade nylon with Genuine U.S Military Issued poncho liner made with polyester. The blanket is stitched along the sides and crosswise to make it extremely durable.
The blanket is 82 inch x 62 inch in size, making it suitable for two persons. The blanket is pretty light and weighs only 1.3 pounds.
The blanket offers multiple uses like using it as a jacket liner, tarp, shelter or even a hammock. The blanket offers protection against extreme heat as well as extreme cold and dries quickly when wet, making it the best choice for all weather conditions, including rain.
For all these reasons, genuine US Military All Weather Poncho Liner Blanket is Editor’s pick for best all weather camping blanket
TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blankets – Editor’s choice pick for best ultralight survival camping blanket
TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blanket set comes with 5 survival blankets, each weighing as little as 0.10 pound (1.6 ounces). Each blanket is individually packed in its own zip-lock bag inside a larger zip-lock package. Each emergency survival blanket is double sided and made with aluminized Mylar.
Each blanket measures 82 inch x 52 inch and is 12u thick. The blanket is both weather and waterproof. Its unique manufacturing makes it tear resistant as well.
Originally designed by NASA for space exploration, these blankets can be used for ground cover, rescue or distress beacons, ponchos, tarps, and shade and can retain up to 90% of user’s body heat. The blanket is perfect for emergency situations in which immediate warmth or protection from inclement weather conditions is required.
For all these reasons, TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blanket set is Editor’s pick for best ultralight survival camping blanket.
Helpful Tip: It is worthwhile to carry a survival pocket blanket during cold season, even if you are not going to use it. Such a blanket can provide immediate protection from cold in inclement weather conditions.
Final thoughts on best camping blankets
In this post, we looked at some of the best woollen and fabric camping blankets available in the market. We also listed out some of the best pocket survival blankets for emergency uses. While the choice best blanket depend on personal preferences, material and weather conditions, we looked at some of the major factors to consider while picking the best suited camping blanket for yourself or as a gift for somebody else. Do let us know how you found this article and if you would want us to consider anything else. Best wishes for your next multi-day camping with your favourite camping blanket!