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Best Overall: Cocoon Coolmax Blanket at Amazon
"Breathable, dries extremely fast, and packs down to a compact size."
"You get a lot of features for such a small price tag."
Best Ultralight: Matador Pocket Blanket at Amazon
"An ultralight clean, dry place to sit."
Best for Privacy: Tucker Travel Cover at Amazon
"Plenty warm and boasts panels of four-way Lycra."
Best Print: Forestfish Fleece Throw Blanket at Amazon
"Has four different patterns to choose from."
"Made from high-quality French microfiber that'll keep you warm."
Best for Car Campers: Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket at Amazon
"Durable enough for extensive outside use."
Most Versatile: Travelrest 4-in-1 Travel Blanket at Amazon
"Doubles as lumbar support or as a neck pillow."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Cocoon Coolmax Blanket
Constructed of 100 percent mid-weight CoolMax fabric, Cocoon’s Travel Blanket is soft and warm, breathable, dries extremely fast, and packs down to a compact size that’ll fit inside the stingiest of carry-on luggage. Unfurled it measures 180 x 140 cm, with a packed size of only 15 x 9 cm when folded and stashed in the included stuff sack. It comes in a variety of solid colors and is machine-wash-friendly, another bonus for the frequent traveler. Most importantly, the CoolMax fabric employs four-channel fiber construction to wick moisture away from your skin, so you stay comfortable even if things start to heat up while sleeping, a welcome feature while flying, camping, and surviving a long layover.
Best Budget: World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket
The brand name may lean a bit heavily on superlatives, but the World’s Best Cozy Soft Microfleece Blanket does rank as one of Amazon’s Choice products, with a legion of positive reviews. The price certainly helps that rating, but you get a lot of features for such a small price tag. The 50 x 60-inch blanket is constructed of plush polyester fleece knit, which is soft and comfortable against your skin.
It’s not the most compressible travel blanket out there, but at only 14.2 ounces, it should be easy to haul around. It’s also machine wash-friendly and comes in a host of color options, from traditional solids to funky, cool patterns such as polka dots, aqua-blue zig-zags, pink checkerboards, and a cheetah or zebra print — so if you’re en route to an African safari, you’ve got options.
Best Ultralight: Matador Pocket Blanket
Marketed as an ultralight clean, dry place to sit, the Matador Pocket Blanket can also double as an airplane blanket in a pinch. You’ll certainly want something warmer in colder climates, but the HyperLyte Nylon fabric will add a bit of warmth, with a satin fabric finish to prevent sticking to the skin. And it’s also water and puncture resistant.
Folded out, it covers 63 x 44 inches, enough space for two to four adults, and comes with built-in rust-proof metal corner stakes that also serve as weights. Those stakes, paired with the sand pockets, help tie things down on windy days. The pattern on the unfolded blanket is designed to help you re-fold the blanket and stash it in the integrated carrying pouch.
Admittedly, it’s not going to deliver the cozy refuge you may desire to fight off aggressive air conditioning, but for outdoor travel activities — music festivals, picnics, camping and backpacking, the beach — it’s perfect. It won’t swallow up much space in your pack (or cargo pocket) and weighs only 3.8 ounces.
Best for Privacy: Tucker Travel Cover
The Tucker Travel Cover has a “wearable” 100 percent cotton flannel cover that is plenty warm and boasts panels of four-way Lycra, which allows it to stretch and meet your needs without resistance. It also boasts an ergonomic design; the deep hood provides privacy, an elastic internal pouch cradles your arms, flaps at the legs let you tuck the fabric under you to keep it secure, and stretchy shoulders help secure the blanket under your back — basically, it hugs you, sealing off the outside world and providing ample, cozy insulation.
It also comes with a removable neck pillow for added comfort. Two pockets positioned onto the chest keep phones and other essentials within reach. What you don’t get? A traditional blanket that you can use when you’re not in a seated position (say on a bed or as a picnic blanket). As such, sizing aligns to body height rather than square inches: either small (for people from 4’9” to 5'9" under 170 pounds) and large (for folks over 5’9” and over 170 pounds. It’s machine-washable and includes a carrying case to secure to your luggage.
Best Print: Forestfish Fleece Throw Blanket
With four different patterns to choose from, including floral, plaid, and geometric prints, this fleece throw blanket from Forestfish is a stylish, no-frills option. The 60 x 40-inch blanket is extremely lightweight at 0.68 pounds, making it the perfect companion for the office, your car, or anywhere you might travel to. Made of 100 percent polyester, it's soft and machine washable. Plus, with an included drawstring bag (that's anti-dust and waterproof), this airplane blanket also makes for a great gift.
Most Soft: Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket
Most of those provided airline blankets can get scratchy and irritating on the skin. Opt for this super plush, Cabeau Fold 'n Go Travel and Throw Blanket for the most comfortable flying experience yet. To get that luxurious feel, this blanket is made from high-quality French microfiber that'll keep you warm in the cold airplane. It measures 60 x 36 inches for full coverage and folds down to a compact, 12 x 6-inch travel case (included) with a handle that can attach to your luggage. Better yet, the case can be used as a pillow, seat cushion, or back support. Both the case and the airplane blanket are machine washable.
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Best for Car Campers: Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket
When Rumpl brought the puffy coat craze to blankets, it set off a new gear-centric arms race in outdoor-friendly blankets. And Rumpl still rules the roost. Take the Original Puffy Blanket, which uses the tech materials typically found in sleeping bags and puffies to make a blanket that’s durable enough for extensive outside use, and stylish, (and comfortable) enough to be used at home.
The exterior is made of weather-resistant 20D ripstop nylon with DWR treatment to shrug off water, dirt, odor, pet hair, and other debris, while the internal baffles utilize synthetic down insulation for warmth and a bit of welcome padding from the hard surfaces of the Earth.
Better still (at least from an aesthetic perspective), the baffle stitching follows a very design-forward approach that takes its inspiration from the graphics of a topographical map. It comes with a stuff sack, and its smallest version (30 by 40 inches) weighs only 2.1 pounds. Sizes vary from a 30 x 40-inch Junior all the way up to a two-person blanket that measures out at a whopping 88 x 84 inches.
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Most Versatile: Travelrest 4-in-1 Travel Blanket
Why settle for just a travel blanket when you can get one that doubles as lumbar support or as a neck pillow? The aptly-named Wrap 4-in-1 can be used to provide additional support for your back, neck, or head, or simply work as a blanket, offering copious coverage and warmth. It measures out to 36 by 60 inches and compresses to a relatively modest 10 x 13-inch package when folded into the integrated pouch, which also operates as a zippered kangaroo-style pocket that sits on your chest, where you can stash your eye mask, smartphone, headphones, and other travel essentials.
The machine wash-friendly microfleece blanket utilizes a poncho-style architecture so your shoulders stay covered, which also means the blanket won’t slip while in use. The carrying pouch also includes a strap, so you can clip it onto your backpack or rolling suitcase.
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