What do camping and Netflix have in common? A cozy blanket. Whether you’re pitching your tent off trail after a day of hiking or posting with some popcorn to end the new season of Emilie in Paris, a warm and cozy camping blanket is *the chef’s kiss*.
The problem is, you can’t really drag your quilt out into the backcountry. And when you’re dropping popcorn kernels and spilling coffee on the couch amid the Hulu frenzy, designer throws and handcrafted duvets won’t cut it. That’s the advantage of investing in a sturdy camping blanket: they’re durable, packable, and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
On the trail or in the car, camping blankets are the dark horse of gear. Most are light enough to roll up and squeeze around, taking up little to no room in your precious bag. Rolled out, you can snuggle under them like a sleeping bag, lay them down like a picnic blanket, throw them over your shoulders like a sweater, fold them up and use them as a pillow – the list goes on. Inside, they’re just as versatile, often spill-proof, crumb-proof, and pet-hair-proof for lazy lounging around the house.
Ready to snuggle up? Scroll down to find the best camping blankets money can buy, meant to keep you totally comfortable wherever you go.
The best camping blankets to use outdoors or in
Pendleton, Yakima camp blanket — $234.00
The warmest material you can sleep under is wool. While it’s harder to pack, it’ll do its best to keep you cozy like a bug under the stars (or watching Hulu on the couch).
Pendleton is known for its heirloom quality textiles, like this blanket made from soft, non-irritating virgin wool. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty, so even though it’s priced high, it’s worth every penny and will stand the test of time.
What the reviews say: “I was looking for the best adventure blanket, especially something durable and extra warm. The Yakima camping blanket kept getting closer to the top or every review list and I checked it out and it’s legit an amazing blanket…I’m very happy to take it outside often and to have it in the house as well” – Outback Customer
Kelty, Galactic Down Blanket – $130.00
If wool isn’t your thing, I highly recommend Kelty’s Galactic Down Blanket, which lives up to its standout name. It’s filled with perfectly compressible and lightweight 550 down, making it easy to pack on hikes, rides and more. The space print doesn’t hurt either and looks as good in a tent as it does draped over your favorite recliner.
What critics say:I was so happy with this blanket. I took it out for winter hiking and love how light it is and how small it is in your backpack…Perfect addition to my gear list” – Kelty customer
Rumpl, Original Puffy Blanket — $99.00
By now, you’ve probably seen these colorful puffy covers somewhere on your Instagram feed. Yes they really are this Well. For $99, Rumpl’s Original Puffy is lightweight yet comfortable, filled with durable, water-resistant recycled synthetic insulation. It’s also washable, so if you drop your S’mores or spill your morning coffee, don’t worry about how you’re going to clean it. And it’s made from recycled materials, making it a more sustainable option than traditional down.
What the reviews say: “Camping gear should be as beautiful as nature. Bringing this blanket home is like having a piece of the sunrise to keep me warm! – Customer Rumpl
Therm-A-Rest, Argo Blanket — $110.00
Hot sleeper? Opt for the Argo blanket from Therm-A-Rest. Like the rest of the brand’s signature sleep sets, this is a premium product you can count on for a chilly night under the stars. The best part is definitely the drawstring at the bottom of the cover, which can be pulled around your feet for a localized grilled roast.
What the reviews say: “We got this to use the campsite. I’ve used it as a wrap outside in cold weather and over the sleeping bag for extra warmth. However, we also used it on our bed. It looks great and is functional” – Therm-A-Rest customer
Nemo gear, Puffin insulation blanket — $100.00
Another foot-friendly favorite is the Nemo Equipment Puffin, which has ranked at the top of many camping gear roundups. Between the comfy footbed, fillable stuff sack that turns into a pillow, and rounded corners to keep the heat in, this is another budget-friendly blanket that won’t disappoint.
What the reviews say: “This cover is amazing. The foot box is great, especially in a hammock, so you don’t have to adjust it while you sleep. Just as good around a campfire as covering your legs or wrapping around your shoulders in the chair” – Amazon customer
Poler, reversible camping poncho — $99.00
We’ve all been there – you’re cozy and warm, but you have to get up to pee or get a drink – and you don’t want to be cold. Enter: Poler’s nifty blanket poncho, which gives you comfort on the go without sacrificing your body heat. Lounge? Detach the arms to enjoy cover mode. Should you get up? Raise your arms and go. If Snuggie had a wow cool older cousin, that would be it.
What the reviews say: “Amazing. Cute. Funny. Comfortable. I love it so much and I’m super hot” – Poler customer
Sea to Summit, Ember Ultralight Down Duvet — $300.00
Hardcore campers, check out this bad boy from Sea to Summit. This is a 650 dry down comforter that comes in three temperature ratings (50°F, 35°F, and 25°F) so you can focus on getting the warmth you need. Paired with its matching floor mat, you’ll sleep in luxury.
What the reviews say“I’ve been using my Sea to Summit Ascent sleeping bag as a duvet (unzip one side and drape it over me) for a while, so I finally decided to try a real duvet. Excellent experience!” – Sea to Summit customer.
Yeti, Lowlands Waterproof Outdoor Blanket – $200.00
Much like their ridiculously tough coolers, this outdoor blanket is one of the most durable things you can own. While the lining is super soft and comfortable, the exterior is completely waterproof meaning you can spill, drip and dive without worry. Plus, it’s fur-proof. So if Fido or Fluffy comes over for camping, pet hair bounces around easily.
What critics say:I use it all the time. Concerts, picnics, going to the beach, even using it for extra insulation (and dog claw protection) in my tent. It holds up every time” – Yeti customer.
Smartwool, Merino 250 striped blanket — $175.00
Smartwool offers another wool option that will allow you to have a restful sleep, whether you are outdoors or indoors. It’s made from 100% merino wool, which means it’s temperature-regulating and anti-microbial (something you definitely want in a good camping blanket). It is also machine washable, no dry cleaner needed.
What the reviews say: “I sleep with this blanket every night! He hasn’t left my bed since I got him. A great product and so breathable, yet warm. Super soft and comfortable!” – Smartwool customer.
Stoic, Basecamp Bivy Double Quilt – $43.00
Car camps, summer getaways, trips to the beach – bring this insulated comforter wherever you go. It’s big enough for two people to snuggle up in comfort, without anyone having to fight for more blankets. It’s user-friendly too, with a waterproof exterior and ties in case you want to fit it to your sleeping pad.
What the reviews say: “It’s light, warm and comfortable. I use it instead of a sleeping bag. I also use it at home because my house can get cold” – backcountry customer.
LL Bean Classic Mountain Camp Blanket — $79.00
Puffy, compact and comfortable, the LLBean Camping Blanket is a classic. While the ripstop exterior keeps water out, the polyfill keeps the heat in, so you can relax worry-free. For less than $100, it’s worth keeping one in your backpack, car, living room, wherever you go.
What the reviews say: “Very warm, very light, comfortable against the skin and packs easily into its own bag. Great to have outside on cool, cold nights!” – LLBean client.
Get Out Gear, down blanket — $70.00
Another affordable option comes from Get Out Gear. Each blanket has everything you want in an outdoor (or indoor) base: 650 compact paddings, a light weight of just 0.5 kg and water resistance for worry-free relaxation. Fun fact: it also snaps in the middle, turning it into a wearable accessory for you to walk around and stay warm.
What the reviews say: “I was so impressed with the quality, ultralight weight and warmth of this down blanket that I use it instead of my sleeping bag for camping. It is perfectly suited on its own for longer nights. warm, but with a few simple tweaks it keeps me warm and comfortable even when the air is 45 degrees F” – Amazon customer.
Kammock, Bobcat 45°F — $199.00
Before planning that spring camping trip, add this trail quilt to your cart. Rated to 45°F, it will keep you warm when daytime temperatures are hot but nighttime temperatures drop. You can also use it in many ways: as a poncho, sleeping bag or as a Kammock hammock liner.
What critics say:I purchased a Bobcat duvet to use primarily as a poncho liner and very happy with the size, weight, quality and warmth. Whether it’s car camping or hiking in the backcountry, staying warm and getting a good night’s sleep is priceless” – Kammock customer.
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