During these soon to be colder months of the year, nothing beats remaining warm during time away at the campsite. In fact, it’s transition seasons such as fall that can surprise with unexpected cold snaps, where, left unprepared, can easily turn a relaxing weekend into a shivering session of miserables. Needless to say, something as simple as a proper camping blanket can make all the difference.
Fortunately, this is a diverse market that’s full of options. Which is interesting because at first glance you’d think a blanket is a something that’s fairly basic and straightforward right? Well, at least for camping, there are several characteristics that should be considered prior to purchasing. First, finding a blanket made with waterproof materials is ideal considering the intended use. Also, quality insulation materials – be it synthetic fill materials or regular down – are imperative to keep warm on cold nights. Finally, styling is something to consider too because, well, if you plan on investing in the right camping blanket why get something that excels in both form and function? Naturally, there are other factors to consider here, but with these basic premises in mind we’ll go ahead and introduce our picks for the best camping blankets around today.
Matador Pocket Blanket
About as convenient as they come, Matador’s pocket blanket is the perfect option to keep handy during impromptu trips to the outdoors. It’s made from Hyprlyte Nylon that’s only 90 microns thick but remains water repellant and puncture resistant. Also, once unfolded, the pocket blanket can fit up to 4 adults and literally fits in your pocket when folded back up utilizing the blankets easy-to-follow pack pattern.
Nemo Victory Blanket
As more of a casual option, the Nemo Victory Blanket functions not only as a go-to camping blanket but also as an ideal option for days at the beach or outdoor concerts. It boasts a waterproof bottom that resists water, dirt and sand, can fit perfectly in both 2-person and 4-person tents, and even comes equipped with storage pockets for phones, keys, and other small personal items that tend to get misplaced in the outdoors.
Wooly Mammoth Explorer
Ideal for just about any sort of exploration, each Wooly Mammoth camping blanket is woven with 80% premium virgin Merino wool and boasts a milled finish to help create a denser blanket. Clearly, a denser blanket means greater heat retention. It’s also double-stitched with a thick polyester thread for years of use, and can even function as a utility blanket for emergency preparedness in times of need. An outdoor gear essential that’s for sure.
Eddie Bauer Adult Throw
Whether at home or at the campsite, keeping warm this fall and winter season certainly won’t be an issue thanks to this throw’s 600 fill Premium Down insulation. In addition, a polyester shell also offers enhanced softness and comfort while double-needle stitching around the perimeter ensures you’ll enjoy many years of continued use from this handy throw. Plus it’s Eddie Bauer – can’t go wrong there.
Coalatree Kachula Adventure Blanket
Originally a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Kachula has established a reputation as not only an ideal camping blanket, but an option that’s ideal for anything from music festivals, to baseball games, or days at the beach. It’s both anti microbial and water resistant and hosts a stuff pocket that serves as an ideal stash spot for keys, valuables or other goodies you want to keep out of eye site. Best of all, it comes with an attachable hood that immediately transforms the piece into a rain poncho at a moment’s notice.
Therm A Rest Proton Blanket
Stay warm and keep protected no matter what with a little help from the Therm-A-Rest Proton blanket purposed for any adventure into the wilderness. Here, we find a camping blanket featuring all-condition protection – meaning each piece hosts a waterproof and breathable shell fabric that sheds moisture along with hollow microfiber polyester era loft insulation to keep you warm. The Proton also hosts the added ability to pack down into its own pocket for easy transport when not in use.
REI Co-Op Houndstooth Camp Throw
Purposed to be used indoors at the weekend cabin as well as outdoors, the Houndstooth Camp Throw is made from recycled materials – keeping in line with REI’s dedication to sustainable design and production. Also, with a soft touch Pertex houndstooth-print shell, it’s water repellant and windproof to 50 mph for enhanced warmth and comfort on the mountaintop campsite. It also comes with a stuff sack for easy transport without taking up too much space in your pack.
Rumpl Puffy Blanket
Featuring the same materials found in high-quality sleeping bags and insulted jackets, the Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket is the ideal weather resistant option for keeping warm all winter long. It’s made from 20D ripstop nylon, features 3D hollow fiber synthetic insulation, comes equipped with stuff sack for easy transportation, and is available as a throw, single or double person option. Finally, with a DWR coating, it’s resistant to dirt, odor, and pet hair, as well as other debris to boot.
Kammock Firebelly Trail Quilt
Outfitted as the ultimate means to keep warm this winter season by the campfire. The Firebelly functions simultaneously as the ideal top layer to your sleeping bag or all on its own. The camping blanket also boasts a series of snaps and elastic that allow you to wrap up burrito style as well, and it’s made from Kammock’s very own proprietary Atmos ripstop nylon fabric featuring high tenacity yarns to amplify body heat retention and is available in either a down or synthetic option.
Pendleton Rocky Mountain National Park Blanket
Made from 100% pure virgin wool, this iteration of the Pendleton America’s National Parks collection is woven right here in the USA at their Pacific Northwest mill in Portland and serves to honor our nation’s historic national parks. It’s been a time-honored tradition of Pendleton Woolen Mills for over 100 years, and each Pendleton blanket boasts a special woven label indicating the Rocky Mountain park name and an image of an iconic natural feature found in the region.
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