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Best camping blanket: get comfy on your next camping holiday with a warm and versatile camping blanket

Best camping blankets
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What exactly makes a best camping blanket the best? Good question. In many respects, the regular woolly blankets you have at home will work just fine as a warming layer for more casual overnight sleepouts, but camping-specific blankets are definitely worth looking into if you love sleeping outdoors, whether you prefer lightweight backpacking or stylish glamping. 

The best camping blankets are always warm, often quilted, usually stuffed with insulation or made from cosy fleece and they should pack down relatively small for easy portability. They’re surprisingly handy for a range of scenarios: as a cushion sit on; a cover to wrap up in for an evening of stargazing; or an extra layer to pop over your best sleeping bag for additional warmth in the shivery wee hours on cold nights. Blankets in stuff sacks can also double up as pillows, and, of course, they also work nicely as throws at home or on picnics , especially as they often come in fun, eye-catching designs. 

Best camping blanket

Camping blankets can be the ultimate comfort blankets (Image credit: Getty Images)

Note that camping blankets are slightly different to camping quilts, which are designed specifically for use as open-plan sleeping bags that tuck around your sleeping pad – these are typically more expensive and far warmer than traditional camping blankets (for more on this subject see Camping quilt vs sleeping bag: which is best for overnight adventures?)

In this guide to the best camping blankets, we have concentrated on affordable, simple models designed for keeping cosy in and around camp. Below we explain exactly what key features to look for.

How we tested the best camping blankets

The camping blankets featured in this guide have been put to the test in outdoor scenarios ranging from camping trips to al fresco evenings spent stargazing, in a variety of temperatures and conditions. 

The best camping blankets for versatility

Best camping blanket: Voited Recycled Ripstop Outdoor Camping Blanket

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Eye-catching and versatile recycled blanket that triples up as a pillow or sleeping bag

Specifications

RRP: $115 (US) / £85 (UK)
Insulation: Synthetic featherlight fiber
Weight: 1,100g / 38.8oz
Blanket size: 137cm x 203cm / 54in x 80in
Pillow size: 38cm x 38cm x 10cm / 15in x 15in x 4in
Packed size: 36cm x 16cm x 16cm / 13.2in x 5in x 5in
Colors: Multiple patterns and colors
Compatibility: Versatile multi-use blanket for summer camping and glamping

Reasons to buy

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Doubles up as a pillow and sleeping bag
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Great designs available
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Recycled

Reasons to avoid

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The sleeping bag is summer-weight only

If you want a quiver-of-one camping blanket that you’ll get lots of use out of, I’d recommend Voited’s popular and versatile Ripstop blanket. It’s one of the more expensive models on the market, but you get what you pay for – the Ripstop doubles up as a comfortable pillow and even as a lightweight sleeping bag. 

This blanket packs down easily into a stuff sack that’s as comfortable as many dedicated camping pillows I’ve rested my head on. Or you can use poppers along the sides to create a simple but functional sleeping bag that might not be technical enough for more hardcore camping adventures, but is plenty warm enough for summer camping, and makes it a nice choice for festivals. According to Voited, it provides warmth up to around 13°C / 55°F. 

Brilliantly, Voited’s versatile blanket is made with fully recycled materials, using repurposed plastic bottles, and comes in no less than 17 vibrant designs and retro prints (in the US, at least – there are considerably fewer available on the brand’s UK site). It’s also machine washable. 

The best down camping blankets

Best camping blanket: Kelty Galactic Down Blanket

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Kelty Galactic Down Blanket

This cosmos-inspired blanket boasts the warming properties of down

Specifications

RRP: $129.95 (US) / Not currently available in the UK
Insulation: 550 fill power down
Weight: 810g / 28.5oz
Blanket size: 183cm x 140cm / 72in x 15.7in
Packed size: 18cm x 31cm / 7in x 12in
Colors: Cranberry / Grisaille / Cathay Spice
Compatibility: A packable, lightweight option for summer weekend camping

Reasons to buy

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Lovely design
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Warm and lightweight down filling
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Long

Reasons to avoid

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Not all the colorways are attractive
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Doesn’t double up as a sleeping bag

Kelty’s Galactic down blanket stands out among the best camping blankets for its fun, futuristic tie-dye design. This oversized quilt approaches a double duvet in length, so it’s good for two people to share, and can be popped on top of a double air bed if you’re off glamping

I also like it as an extra layer over a sleeping bag on chillier nights, as it’s easy to tuck in and adds welcome warmth and weight on shoulder season camps. 

Inside the silky-soft but durable outer fabric are pockets of down, which do a great job of trapping warmth in quickly while still feeling pleasingly light and airy. 

Kelty call this blanket “super compressive” – it’s not tiny but does stuff easily into a stuff sack for storage. 

I love the bright, bohemian design in purple (Grisaille) and red (Cranberry), but would avoid the cream-and-brown (Cathay Spice) version, which just looks a bit muddy. It’s also a pity this blanket doesn’t pop or zip up into a makeshift sleeping bag.

Best camping blanket: 4Monster Lightweight Down Puffy Blanket

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Down filling provides delightful warmth without the weight in this water-resistant blanket

Specifications

RRP: $80 (US) / £65 (UK)
Insulation: Down
Weight: 460g / 1lb
Blanket size: 127cm x 178cm / 50in x 70in
Packed size: 11cm x 30cm / 4in x 12in
Colors: Green / Black / Blue / Purple
Compatibility: Three-season warmth, and light and portable enough to suit wild campers

Reasons to buy

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Warm down filling
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Water-resistant 
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Doubles up as a poncho

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to wash

Once you try a down camping blanket it’s hard to go back to anything else – animal down offers a brilliant combination of warmth and weight that instantly traps your body heat around you. 

4Monsters’ design can be worn as a poncho as well as used as a blanket, and on hot summer nights would also work as a lightweight sleeping bag. And unlike some other down blankets on the market, this design is water-resistant enough that light rain will bead right off it, so if it does get wet or there’s a spillage, you won’t be left with a sodden mess. 

However, while this blanket can be washed, I’d avoid doing so if possible, as a large down blanket like this is a hassle to dry, and you may need to re-treat it with a waterproofing agent after a wash. 

When the time comes to break camp, the blanket stuffs into a stuff sack that straps easily to the side of a backpack, and also features its own carry strap so that you can sling it on your back for shorter walks. 

I tested the small version, but there’s a medium and a large version available too, in a range of neutral and smart colors.

The best camping blankets for toughness

Best camping blanket: Yeti Lowlands Blanket

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Yeti Lowlands Blanket

This warm, waterproof and tough-as-nails blanket feels bombproof

Specifications

RRP: $200 (US) / £200 (UK)
Insulation: Synthetic (polyester)
Weight: 2.2kg / 4lb 13.6oz
Blanket size: 138cm x 198cm / 54in x 78in
Packed size: 114cm x 22cm / 57in x 9in
Colors: Alpine Yellow / Smoke Blue / Fireside Red
Compatibility: Car camping adventures with kids and pets

Reasons to buy

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Waterproof
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Great quality
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Washable 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Heavy
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No recycled material

Two hundred bucks is, we’d agree, a lot of cash to splash on a simple camping blanket. If you do want to invest in the best of the best, though, that might just be the Yeti Lowlands. 

This blanket is large, heavy-duty and ready to take on the elements, with a fully waterproofed bottom layer and a soft-to-touch outer material that’s designed specifically to repel dirt and pet hair. Squished in the middle is a layer of insulation that provides great warmth. 

This blanket is a lot heavier than many quilted designs, but if you like to sleep under a weightier blanket, it’s a comfy choice. 

Where it excels is for sitting on wet ground – no water will seep through, and you can just brush moisture off the waterproof bottom when you’re done. 

Ideal for rough-and-tumble outdoor adventures such as fishing or car camping, especially if you’re bringing mucky pups and messy kids along. 

The best camping blankets for the environment

Best camping blanket: Slowtide Valen Blanket

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Slowtide Valen Blanket

A recycled and well-priced fleece blanket that’s good-looking enough to grace your sofa

Specifications

RRP: $59 (US) / £45 (UK)
Insulation: Polar fleece
Weight: 450g / 15.9oz
Blanket size: 127cm x 167cm / 50in x 66in
Packed size: 18cm x 9cm / 7in x 3.5in
Colors: Smoke, with pattern
Compatibility: Ideal for glampers on a budget

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
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100% recycled
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Soft and cosy

Reasons to avoid

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Limited warmth
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Two people sharing may want to size up

If “pretty” is top of your wish list when shopping for an outdoorsy blanket, get a load of Slowtide’s gorgeous Valen, which features a reversible fleece design in bright primary colors that will look as smart folded up on your sofa as it will gracing a tent, a tipi or a camper van. 

The Valen is at the more affordable end of the best camping blanket spectrum, too. It is a soft, fleecy blanket that’s just big enough for two to share, but best as a roomy choice for one person. 

This design is also fully recycled – all Slowtide polyester products are made from 100 per cent recycled post-consumer waste, primarily plastic bottles. 

I like this simple and affordable fleece for dry-weather camping, festivals and camper van weekends, but a larger version, the camp blanket, which is also water-repellent, is available for £50, and will be able to tackle tougher camping trips. 

The best budget camping blankets

Best camping blanket: Trespass Fleece Blanket

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Trespass Fleece Blanket

Low-priced, good-sized, functional-but-cosy fleece blanket

Specifications

RRP: £7 (UK)
Insulation: Fleece
Weight: 350g / 12.3oz
Blanket size: 120cm x 180cm / 47in x 71in
packed size: 20cm x 10cm / 8in x 4in
Colors: Cobalt / Denim / Fig / Heather-Cloaked / Red / TOS
Compatibility: A brilliant budget-friendly pick for any outdoor excursions

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Soft and cosy
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Decent size

Reasons to avoid

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Limited warmth

Can you score a decent camping blanket for under a tenner? You can with Trespass’s fleece-y little number. 

This simple fleece blanket is soft, cosy and roomy enough for one or two people to share. It’s easy to machine wash, and rolls up small enough to pop in a backpack when you’re on the go. 

This fleece is admittedly on the thin side, and only offers limited warmth compared to heftier, down-stuffed camping blankets I tested out, but at this price, I can’t really knock it – it’s a functional fleece that makes for a nice lightweight layer on spring and fall forays. 

The affordability of this fleece makes it handy just to have around the house – other reviewers report using these blankets for everything from caravan holidays to Scouts camp-outs. And at this price, you can afford to buy a few to stick in your car, van, tent and garden ready for your next chilled-out evening around a fire. 

Best camping blanket: Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket

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Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket

An affordable and functional quilted blanket that doubles up as a handy pillow

Specifications

RRP: £20 (UK)/$15 (US)
Insulation: Synthetic
Weight: 400g / 14oz
Blanket size: 150cm x 100cm / 59in x 39in
Packed size: 30cm x 11cm / 12in x 4in
Colors: Light Blue
Compatibility: This lightweight quilt is a good pillow/blanket hybrid if you’re travelling light

Reasons to buy

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Integrated stuff sack holds a pillow
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Doubles up as a camping pillow
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Lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Limited warmth

Many of the best camping blankets can be surprisingly expensive – not so Mountain Warehouse’s Compact Camping Blanket. 

Light quilting offers comfy warmth in balmier spring-fall conditions (but I’d pick something more heavyweight for cold weather), and there’s a handy built-in pocket you can stuff the blanket into, making a decent camping pillow when bedtime comes. Or, when the blanket’s rolled out, you can put a camping pillow in there for a very comfy nap setup. 

I’d have liked this design to be larger, to work for two people, but at this price I won’t complain. A great option to have handy in your car, camper van or camping kit bag for summer adventures, and the blanket’s pillow alter ego makes it a good choice for long-haul travelling, too. The light blue colorway is lovely but could look dirty quickly. 

Best camping blankets for keeping insects away

Best camping blanket: Keela Insect Shield Blanket

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Keela Insect Shield Blanket

Keep insects at bay at camp by kipping under this bug-repelling blanket

Specifications

RRP: £50 (UK) / Not currently available in the US
Insulation: None
Weight: 750g / 26oz
Blanket size: 142cm x 187cm / 56in x 74in
Packed size: 50cm x 12cm / 20in x 5in
Colors: Red / Lime / Blue
Compatibility: Take this insect-fighting blanket on tropical camping trips

Reasons to buy

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Effective insect protection
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Soft and comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Not everyone will like the bright primary colors

If you love camping and hiking in tropical climates or regularly brave the Scottish Highlands in summer, you’ll know that biting insects such as mosquitoes and midges can really ruin the fun of outdoor adventures. 

A good tent with a mesh inner lining and the best insect repellents are your first defence, but adding insect-proof clothing and an insect-repelling camping blanket to your arsenal can also really help. 

Keela’s clever blanket uses Insect Shield Technology, which does what it says on the tin – it’s a built-in insect repellent that offers long-lasting protection from mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs that can carry dangerous diseases. 

Two sizes are available, but I’d recommend picking the larger one for more protection. Besides this handy bug-be-gone tech, the blanket is cosy and soft to touch, although the three primary colors available are a bit on the bright side. 

What to look for when buying the best camping blankets

For a seemingly simple product, there are many varieties of camping blankets. Before you make a final decision on the best camping blanket for you, consider the following factors…

Weight and size

Have a think about where and how you plan to use your new camping blanket before you invest. If you’re going wild camping or usually only camp for a weekend at a time, then small, lightweight models that compress into a stuff sack so that they can fit into or strap onto your backpack are your best bet. Look for lighter designs weighing under 500g. 

If your idea of a good camping holiday is full bells and whistles for two weeks, staying in a posh glamping tent, car camping or camper vanning, you can afford to pick a larger but heavier blanket at over a kilo in weight. It’ll be more comfortable but bulkier to store. 

Most brands list the weight and dimensions of their blankets, so if you want something smaller for one person or larger to fit on a double air mattress, figure out what size works for your before you shop. 

Best camping blanket

If you want to sit on your blanket look for one with a waterproof bottom (Image credit: Getty Images)

Materials

We usually recommend picking a quilted and insulated camping blanket, ideally one that uses ripstop material to protect the insulation. These are usually the lightest and warmest blankets you’ll find, and are also easy to pack down into a stuff sack for transportation. If you’re on a budget, simple but soft fleece blankets offer less warmth than insulation but still work well in warmer weather, are easy to stick in the wash and are often fully recycled. If you need something hardy you can sit on as well as wrap up in, look for a design featuring a waterproofed bottom.

Best camping blanket: Kelty Galactic Down Blanket

Make sure your dog approves (Image credit: Kelty)

Design

A lot of camping kit is admittedly pretty boring to look at, but the best camping blankets seem to buck this trend, and often come in a range of bright and beautiful colors and patterns. These colorful options look good when adorning the fanciest of glamping tents, or just thrown on your sofa at home, so you’re likely to get more bang for your buck by picking a good-looking design. Of course, there are more simple, subtle designs in our round-up 

Features and other uses

Some blankets are just that – a square of warm material. Others are designed to double up for other uses. Some can transform into camping pillows by stuffing the blanket in a stuff sack. Other can multitask as sleeping bags by zipping up the sides, or as a poncho, by using some kind of neck attachment. Some blankets are water-resistant or have waterproof bottoms, which will help deal with the thrills and spills of camping trips. The more bells and whistles, the more expensive the camping blanket usually is, but many of them are worth the extra spend if you’re planning on using your new blanket regularly. 

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.