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11 Best Camping Blankets of 2022 – Best Blankets for the Outdoors – Men’s Health

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Some things will always have a spot on your list of camping essentials, like the best tents, first aid kits, camping knives, and best headlamps. But once you’ve got those must-have items out of the way, it’s time to move on to the things that’ll make your trip under the open sky an infinitely better experience. (If you have the room, there’s no reason it shouldn’t come along with you, right?)

One such thing is a camping blanket. Sure, it may not be the first thing to go in the trunk of your car or your hiking backpack, but you’ll be glad you have one in there—especially when you’re gathering ’round the campfire or at the beach and want an extra layer.

Ahead of peak camping season, we tried out a series of options to find the best camping blanket for any occasion in the wilderness—whether you’re backpacking for the weekend or making a day trip. See our top picks below.

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Best Overall Camping Blanket

Original Puffy

  • Lightweight
  • Can be converted to a cape
  • Machine washable
  • Can only be used for one person

Our editors have long been fans of Rumpl’s best-selling packable blanket—and it’s easy to see why. Weighing in just over 2 lbs, the Original Puffy is on the lighter side but packs some serious insulation when you need it. We also love that it’s made with 100% recycled polyester. The size of this one is best for one person, but Rumpl also makes a larger version for two.

  • Material: 100% recycled ripstop polyester fabric
  • Insulation: 100% recycled 3D hollow fiber synthetic insulation
  • Dimensions: 52 x 75″
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs
  • Water-resistant: Yes

Best Wool Camping Blanket

Yakima Camp Blanket – Twin

  • Made with durable virgin wool
  • Comes with lifetime warranty

Whether you’re new to the camping world or not, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Pendleton, which often sets the gold standard for durable, warm wool blankets. This wool blanket is a classic option for anyone—but with the price tag of $169 for a twin size, it’s certainly a splurge (but we say it’s worth it).

  • Material: 86% wool and 14% cotton
  • Dimensions: 84 x 66″
  • Weight: 5 lbs 4.3 oz
  • Water-resistant: No

Most Versatile Camp Blanket

Blanket

  • Can be used for most outdoor activities
  • Machine washable
  • Heavy
  • Pricey

Leave it to Yeti—yes, the brand behind get-through-anything camping coolers and other outdoor gear—to make a camp blanket that’ll do just the same. With a rugged waterproof bottom layer, you can take this blanket anywhere and everywhere—and then toss it in the washing machine when it needs a clean.

  • Material: 65% polyester, 35% rayon (top) and 100% polyester (bottom)
  • Insulation: 100% polyester
  • Dimensions: 55 x 78 x 0.3″
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs
  • Water-resistant: Yes

Best Budget Camping Blanket

Bestie Blanket

  • Affordable
  • Easy to pack with carrying bag
  • Not great for sleeping

Made with the same material used for sleeping bags, Kelty’s soft and lightweight outdoor camping blanket is an excellent option for staying warm—especially since it’s only $29.95. It’s narrow, making it ideal for when you’re sitting in a camping chair. But if you’re looking for an added layer while you sleep, you might not want this one.

  • Material: Polyester pongee (liner), polyester taffeta (shell)
  • Insulation: Cloudloft synthetic fill
  • Dimensions: 75 x 42″
  • Weight: 1.54 oz
  • Water-resistant: Yes

Best Camping Blanket for Backpacking

Jungle Blanket

  • Under $50
  • Packs down to 6 x 6″

At just 1.6 lbs, Snugpak’s Jungle Blanket is one of the lightest options on this list. However, the way it packs down caught our attention—especially when it unfolds to 76 x 64″, making it ideal for anyone planning a backpacking trip in the near future (or is just a little short on space). It’s also suitable for nights as cold as 36-degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all that with the affordable price tag, and you have a no-brainer.

  • Material: 100% polyester
  • Insulation: 100% polyester
  • Dimensions: 76 x 64″
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs
  • Water-resistant: Yes

Best Two-Person Camping Blanket

Argo Insulated Camping and Backpacking Blanket

Therm-a-Rest

Now 27% off

  • Made to accommodate two people
  • Ultra-lightweight

Considering its size, the weight of this blanket for backpacking and camping was a pleasant surprise. It’s big enough to accommodate two people, while the lightweight insulation will keep you warm on a cool summer night. Sure, it’s not the warmest option you’ll get, but for the price, the size, and the weight, it’s a viable option to keep in your duffel.

  • Material: 100% polyester
  • Insulation: 100% polyester
  • Dimensions: 78 x 72″
  • Weight: 1 lb 10 oz
  • Water-resistant: Yes

Best Convertible Camping Blanket

Bobcat 45 Down Trail Quilt

  • Converts to poncho, sleeping bag and hammock quilt
  • Real down insulation

If you’re looking for a lightweight down camping blanket that’ll work for any camping situation—including backpacking, this is it. This option from Kammok will keep you warm for nights as cold as 45 degrees and serves as a sleeping bag, a hammock quilt, and, of course, a blanket. It also features an opening for your head when you want to sport it as a poncho for some hands-free action.

  • Material: Atmos X 20-denier ripstop nylon
  • Insulation: 600-fill-power DownTek duck down
  • Dimensions: 83.5 x 55″
  • Weight: 1 lb 4 oz
  • Water-resistant: Yes

Best Wool Blanket for Car Camping

Military Wool Blanket

Arcturus

Now 20% off

  • Good for two people
  • Machine washable

Those of you who prefer to have a wool camping blanket in your arsenal of gear but don’t want to drop a sizeable amount of money will appreciate what this option has to offer. At $40, you get a warm wool-blend blanket big enough for two people—and the more you use it, the softer it’ll get. Who doesn’t want that?

  • Material: 80% wool, 20% synthetic fibers
  • Dimensions: 88 x 64″
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs
  • Water-resistant: No

Takibi Blanket
Snow Peak x Rumpl
  • Fire-resistant
  • Cape clip for easy wear
  • Machine washable

If you’re familiar with Snow Peak’s Takibi products, you already know the brand doesn’t skimp on its fire-resistant products, and its collaboration with Rumpl is no exception.

  • Material: 100% fire-resistant cotton polyester (top), 100% post-consumer recycled polyester ripstop (bottom)
  • Insulation: 100% post-consumer recycled NanoLoft
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs
  • Waterproof: Yes

Waterproof Outdoor Blanket
  • Comes with carrying bag
  • Machine washable
  • Waterproof bottom is a little noisey

L.L. Bean continues its legacy as a leader in outdoor gear with this warm and waterproof blanket for camping, which is also great for picnics or outdoor movies. The water-resistant bottom allows you to stay dry while enjoying your night under the stars. It comes with a carrying sack, making it easier to throw into the back of your car. We also can’t complain about the accessible price point, either.

  • Material: 100% polyester fleece (top), 100% nylon (bottom)
  • Dimensions: 72 x 58″
  • Water-resistant: Yes

  • Carrying system with buckles and adjustable straps
  • Waterproof
  • Doesn’t pack down super small

If you want a camp blanket that not only gets the job done but looks undeniably cool while doing it, you’ll love having Rains’ water-resistant blanket in your carry. The padded blanket—which has the brand’s signature waterproof fabric on one side and quilted fabric on the other—packs down to a nice roll, making it easy to carry for day trips or keep in your car for weekend excursions.

  • Material: 100% polyester
  • Insulation: 100% polyester
  • Dimensions: 63 x 55 x 0.5″
  • Water-Resistant: Yes

How We Tested

In the world of outdoor gear, there’s an option for every type of camper. From backpackers and car campers to families of four and parties of one, there’s a camp blanket to suit your wants and needs. With weight, insulation, and weather resistance in mind, we researched and tested the most popular types of camp blankets—synthetic fill, wool, fleece, and down—under the stars, next to the fire, and even at home on our couches to find the best for each situation you might encounter this season.

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