Camping is often thought of as roughing it, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right gear, camping can be as comforting as being at home, just with the added benefit of having no signal so your phone shuts up. When we mention the right gear, we aren’t just talking about the basics like tents and sleeping bags, we are talking about the added extras that add a touch of luxury, like a camping blanket.
At A Glance: Our Top 3 Camping Blankets
Too often we get cold staring at the stars and rush to the warmth of our tent. No longer. A camping blanket is similar to a sleeping bag in its materials, but it’s there to be that extra layer of comfort so you can enjoy nature just that little bit more. In this article, we have rounded up some of the best camping blankets out there and taken a look at their durability, warmth, weight, and more.
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The ALPS Mountaineering Wavelength Blanket is a very affordable way to wrap yourself up in some quality warmth while out in the wilderness. It’s soft and feels nice and fluffy once you’re in it.
The outer shell is made from 20D 380T nylon that is kind to your skin while also being quite tough and durable. Nylon is also naturally water and dirt0-resistant and will do a good job of keeping the wind off you and stopping any moisture from getting into the filling.
This outdoor blanket is filled with TechLoft Silver Insulation, which is really going to keep you warm. The blanket does a good job but the fabric is a bit slippy and tends to slide off you while you’re wearing it, which gets quite annoying.
For the size it is quite light, weighing just 2 lbs 4 oz. and it packs down 9.25 x 16 inches, which is pretty small and maybe just small enough for backpacking. The only really annoying thing about this camping blanket is that it’s not machine washable and you’ll have to send it off to be cleaned.
Overall a pretty great camping blanket that is affordable, warm, light, and durable.
The Kelty Bestie Blanket is designed to be that one thing you can’t even go camping without, your bestie. Lame. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good blanket. To start off with it’s one of the most affordable camping blankets in the review while retaining some great quality.
The outer shell is made from 75D Polyester Taffeta, a durable fabric that has some natural water-resistance, wind-resistance, and dirt resistance. It won’t hold off a rainstorm, but a minor spill won’t be an issue. It’s also pretty durable and will do well against any abrasion, rips, or wear and tear.
The inner lining of the Kelty Bestie blanket is made from 190T Poly Pungee and is as soft as a labrador puppy’s coat. This makes the blanket feel at home on your skin and gives you some incredible comfort. But any kind of liquid is going to get straight through it.
The fill used is Cloud loft insulation and it’s about average. This camping blanket is going to do nothing for you on a freezing night, but it will be perfect on a summer evening when the temperature drops.
Overall an affordable, packable, light blanket for casual days out but it’s not for performance on the trail.
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The Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket is one of the warmest in the review but also one of the most expensive. It’s well made for performance standards and does well in about any weather.
This camping blanket is made from a micro ripstop outer shell that has a DWR (durable water-repellent coating). Not only is it durable but also excellent at being water-resistant, odor-resistant, and stain-resistant. It’ll handle dirt, dog hair, and any rain with ease. Plus, if it gets too dirty you can wash it in your machine.
The insulation used is 600 fill responsibly sourced duck down. You most likely know that duck down is one of the best insulators and its use in this camping blanket makes it incredibly warm.
Duck down also compresses very well, allowing this camping blanket to weigh a mere 1.2 lbs and pack down to 5 x 10 inches. That is incredibly small and easy to slip into your backpack. The blanket also has extra features like being able to clip into a poncho so you can wear it while doing jobs around camp.
It comes with loops so you can stake it down for a picnic or hang it up to dry after you have washed it. There are of course some drawbacks, one. being the large price tag and the others being that it loud, slippery and could be bigger, although there is a two-person option now.
Overall an exceptionally light, durable, compact, and warm camping blanket that is fit for every adventure.
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The Snugpak Jungle Blanket is breaking all the rules in regards to quality versus affordability. We’d expect a budget camp blanket like this one to be a little less warm, a little smaller, and a little bulkier but this is the complete opposite.
The outer shell is made from a micro-diamond and does a good job in terms of durability and weather resistance. You can easily spill something or get caught in the rain for a bit without any moisture penetrating.
The high loft fiber insulation used is top class and is designed not to lose function even after being compressed. It is also 100% windproof and blocks any breeze coming in your direction and really helps keep you warm.
The camping blanket compresses down easily to a small packed size of 6 x 6 inches and weighs just 1.6 lbs. When compared to the others in the review it’s also pretty large when opened up, being one of the biggest 1 person blankets around.
The only major negative is that there is no cross-stitching from the inside to the outside, meaning you could easily pull the blanket apart. This doesn’t bode well for its long-lasting durability.
Overall an awesome blank for anyone on a budget who wants some top backpacking quality without having to pay a high price for it.
The NEMO Puffin Blanket is a bit of a luxurious camping blanket when you take into account all the added design features that make it just that little bit more comfortable. It’s an ideal camping blanket for car camping or hanging out in the garden but a little too bulky for backpacking.
The outer shell is made from micro ripstop making it both durable and excellent at resisting any weather, wind, or rain. The inner lining is where it’s really at. It’s super soft on your skin and isn’t slippery or noisy like others can be.
It comes with synthetic fill and when you wrap yourself up you get the sense of warmth straight away, and it stays. The blanket also has loads of useful add-ons like a pocket for your keys and a button-up enclosed foot box to keep your feet toasty like in a sleeping bag. It also has tapered edges that let you wrap yourself up in it with ease.
It’s quite light at 2lbs but it doesn’t pack down very small, it’s definitely a car or back garden kind of blanket. The construction is excellent though, and it’ll last years, plus it’s covered by a lifetime warranty.
Overall it’s an amazing camping blanket and worth every penny, ideal for stargazing nights at home or from your car. It’s just a little bulky for your backpack.
The Zefabak Down Blanket is made for those cold nights around the campfire. It’s soft, will keep you warm, and is downright comfy. Once you’re wrapped up in it, you won’t want to get out.
The outer shell is made from 20D ripstop nylon, making it water-repellent and pretty good at handling the wind too. You can be caught in a light shower or spill your drink without and worry that any moisture will get into the insulation.
This camping blanket is filled with 90% duck down and 10% feathers providing excellent insulation for those frosty nights. It’s not mentioned as to whether the down is responsibly sourced. The benefit of using down, over synthetic insulation, apart from the added warmth and cozy feeling, is that it compresses easily.
When packed in the included stuff sack the Zefabak weighs just 1.76 lbs and stuffs down to just 11 x 6.3 inches. A little like a down sleeping bag. This makes it ideal for camping trips, as it’ll slot into your backpack without any worries.
It’s quite a big blanket with generous dimensions, and you can use the clips to turn it into a poncho, so you can still do any chores around camp while keeping snuggly and warm.
Overall this is a great camping blanket that’s suitable for every occasion. It’s warm, durable, large, light, and versatile.
The Horizon Hound Down Camping Blanket is very similar to the Zefabak above. It’s made with pretty much the same materials except this one definitely uses responsibly sourced down and it is a little bit smaller than the Zefabak.
The Horizon Hound Down Camping Blanket uses a 20D ripstop nylon outer shell for durability and water-resistance. The inner lining is incredibly soft to touch and it isn’t slippy, therefore, does not slip off you all the time.
The filling is 100% down that has been responsibly sourced, so you know that the animals that created that cozy insulation had a great life. Much better than not knowing in my book.
The camping blanket is very warm and cozy, it’s great for any situation. Weighing just 1lb 6 oz. it’s incredibly light and easy to add to your load, and it stuffs down to 11 x 5.5 inches for slotting into your backpack.
The camping blanket is also easy to manage and is quite versatile. You can clip it into a poncho when you’re moving around and want to stay warm, the outer shell resists odors, and once it’s dirty you can machine wash it.
While doing all this, it’s also quite affordable. It’s not often you find a piece of gear that hits every nail on the head and isn’t priced too high, making this one of the top camping blankets in the review.
The Woolly Mammoth Camping Blanket is the one camping blanket in the review that isn’t full of any kind of performance materials. It’s just pretty wholesome and happy being a 100% merino wool blanket.
Merino wool is soft and a great insulator and it makes the camp blanket exceptionally warm and cozy in the right environment. They have also weaved in some acrylic to mix with the wool to give it an extra boost to the insulation.
The camping blanket is incredibly soft to touch and it feels lovely to be wrapped up and keep you warm in. Being made from merino wool does mean it has a large pack size and is quite heavy. It’s certainly not made for backpacking but would do well for camping trip in your car or as a backup, you leave in the car for those chilly days.
The lack of an outer shell also means that water and wind will penetrate the blanket, making it less of a proper outdoor option. Merino wool is self-cleaning though, so at least you’ll never have to wash it.
Overall a snuggly wool blanket that’s best for car camping or for clear nights around the campfire in your back yard.
The Matador Pocket Blanket is about packability and less about warmth or comfort. That is not to say it is neither, but packability and size were their focus when designing this camping blanket. It might just be the only camping blanket you can fit in your pocket.
A folds up into a little stuff sack measuring around the size of a deck of cards. It weighs in at a measly 3.8oz, which is probably lighter than any other camping blanket around. Save for a tarpaulin! And even then.
It fits 2 people comfortably, but you could squeeze four in if you are not lounging around. You could even use it as a groundsheet for your sleeping pad and sleeping bags, if you want to camp outside one night. The Matador Pocket Blanket is worth carrying in your go-to camping gear.
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Depending on whether you want a camping blanket for yourself or want to be wrapped up with your partner, make sure you get a camping blanket that will cover you from your head to your toes. The sizes do vary and be sure to check the dimensions beneath each one to ensure you get the size you’re after.
Your camping blanket needs to be weather-resistant to keep you both dry and block out chilly winds. It should have an outer shell that’s made from a water-resistant material like nylon or polyester with a fill of solid insulation. Most of the camping blankets in the review are made like this and what differs is the insulation.
Warmth is the entire reason for owning a camping blanket, and it’s always better to be too warm than too cold. Think about the weather you plan to camp in and go from there. If you’re just summer camping you can opt for a thinner, more affordable blanket. If you’re camping in winter, early spring, or late fall, you’ll need a camping blanket that’s a bit thicker with down insulation.
You’ll want your camping blanket to come along on all your journeys. If you’re a car camper, then you can have your pick, as the size and weight aren’t going to make much difference to space in your trunk. But if you’re backpacking, weight and packed size make a big difference.
Quite a few of the camping blankets in the review weigh less than 2lbs and pack down really small. You’ll be able to find one that slots into your backpack without any worries.
The ideal budget camping blanket is the Snugpak Jungle Blanket. These camping blankets break all the rules. It’s warm, light, packs down small, weather-resistant, and costs under $40. You’re getting all the benefits of a top-quality camping blanket for around half the price. Sure it might not last as long as the others but with some care, it’ll get close.
This is one of the best camping blankets in this review. The Horizon Hound Down Camping Blanket. Made with a quality weather-resistant outer shell and filled with responsibly sourced down, this camping blanket adds luxury to every situation. It’s toasty, warm, and cozy, light, back-packable, and turns into a poncho. All this and it’s still very reasonably priced. If you’re looking for the camping blanket that does it all, this is it.
The best camping blanket for car camping is the NEMO Puffin Blanket. Just a little too big for backpacking, the Puffin blanket wins if you have a car to get it to your campsite. It’s very warm, great in weather, and has handy features like a pocket and enclosed foot box for when it gets extra chilly. The inner lining is deliciously soft on your skin and being wrapped up in this will make you feel at home where ever you are.