Camping blankets used to be treated like an optional extra, but there are seriously so many scenarios where they come in handy that camping blankets are now a must-have. Use it to define your space at a concert in the park, to keep sand out of your snacks at the beach, to layer-up while roasting marshmallows by the campfire, or to add some extra warmth to your tent setup when your sleeping bag falls short.
Camping blankets come in a variety of sizes, they’re constructed of simple wool or filled with lightweight insulation (synthetic or down), and are built to endure outdoor use. Whatever your intended use, keep one in your car at all times, because a camping blanket may just become a staple in your packing list for all future outdoor endeavors.
Rumpl — The Down Puffy Blanket
If you’re a firm believer that life is better outdoors (like we do), but you’re also the coldest one in your friend group no matter the scenario, a Rumpl is a lifesaver.
It’s filled with down feathers, so it packs a ton of warmth on chilly evenings by the fire, or when you need to add an extra layer to your sleeping bag. Meanwhile, it packs down small enough to fit in the hidden compartment of your trunk, and weighs in just under 1.5 pounds total.
Arcturus Heavy Military Wool Blanket
All-purpose to the core, this heavy-duty wool option is your go-anywhere, do-anything blanket. And that’s why it’s used by military and emergency personnel for survival scenarios. This 80% wool blanket weighs 4 pounds and stretches to more than 8 feet by 6 feet wide, so it’s built for frequent use in harsh environments — like covering a bed of pine cones and rocks in the woods. And at the end of a long weekend, throw this blanket into the washing machine — it will come out clean and even softer than before.
Kelty Bestie Camping Blanket
Once again, Kelty has delivered with a budget-friendly camping blanket. It’s just the right size for one person to drape around their shoulders or lay over their lap when the sun goes down and the temperatures do, too. The Bestie is filled with “Cloudloft” — a synthetic fiber that is warm and plush, like down, but at a fraction of the price. The outside liner is silky soft to the touch, but strong enough to resist tears when used outdoors. Just like your dearest amigo, the Bestie is always down for whatever.
Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket
Pendleton is known for making high-quality blankets and selling them at a premium. They’ve also developed a reputation as a sort of fashion accessory, making statements at concerts, beaches, and everywhere else you go to be seen (or to disappear). The Yakima is a heavy-duty wool that will do everything you need for a camping trip: It minimizes dog mess in the backseat, keeps you and a loved one warm by the fire, and guarantees you’ll be nice and toasty in the tent.
El Paso Designs Mexican Yoga Blanket
No matter how many blankets we have, the Mexican yoga blanket is by far the most used blanket in our collection. We have a handful of these, and use them just as much in the house as we do in the outdoors. They get softer with every wash, and the price means you’ll never worry about damage. This simple yoga blanket has so many uses on a camping trip. Lay it on the back seat to keep dog hair at bay. Use it as an entryway mat to your tent to keep dirt outside. Flip it over and use it as a picnic table cover before meal time. Lay it out in a field for stargazing. Cover up by the fire and roast some ’mallows. You get the idea, right?