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Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket review: a lightweight summer blanket with an ingenious pocket

Affordable and functional, the quilted blanket Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket doubles up as a handy pillow

Best camping blanket: Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket
(Image: © Mountain Warehouse)

Our Verdict

A simple, affordable camping blanket that works well in the summer months, and with a handy pillow mode as an added bonus.

For

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

Against

  • Limited warmth

Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket: first impressions 

Premium camping blankets can be surprisingly expensive – not so the Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket, which is a decent, casual ,no-bells-or-whistles option for summer camping holidays, festivals or just for hanging out in the garden on a dry day. That’s why it claims a place in our best camping blanket buying guide.

At the top of the blanket there’s a handy built-in pocket you can use in two different ways: you can stuff a blanket into it, making a decent camping pillow for when bedtime comes (this is also a compact way to carry and store the blanket); or, when the blanket’s rolled out, you can slip a small separate camping pillow into the pocket so that you can lie on it and have somewhere comfy to put your head.

Specifications

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

Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket: in the field

Mountain Warehouse Compact Camping Blanket

(Image credit: Mountain Warehouse)

I’d have liked this design to be larger, to work for two people, but at this price I can’t really complain. It’s 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 catching some sleep when you’re long-haul travelling too.

The light quilting offers comfy warmth in balmier spring, summer and fall conditions, but we’d pick something more heavyweight for cold weather.

The light blue / aqua-green colorway is lovely but could look dirty quickly, and this blanket isn’t water-resistant, so it’s best used in dry, warm weather.

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.