The 11 Best Travel Blankets of 2021

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Cocoon Coolmax Blanket at Amazon

"Breathable, dries extremely fast, and packs down to a compact size."

Best Budget: World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket at Amazon

"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 Camping: Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket at Amazon

"Durable enough for extensive outside use."

Best for the Beach: Kammok Field Blanket at REI

"Modular snaps let you attach multiple blankets together for a wide carpet of protection from the sand."

Best for Air Travel: BlueHills Premium Soft Travel Blanket at Amazon

"Its included soft carrying case also functions as a pillow."

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."

Best Cashmere: Sofia Cashmere Sleepy Aero Travel Set at Saks Fifth Avenue

"A plush Jersey zippered carrying bag and cute eye mask in this set will brighten your next flight."

Best Compact: Rumpl NanoLoft Travel Blanket at Rumpl

"The NanoLoft Travel Blanket from Rumpl provides a lot of warmth and comfort in a small package."

Despite what airlines and those little air-condition ports positioned far above your seat might suggest, an airplane’s temperature lies pretty much beyond the passengers’ control—and it often fluctuates in 30-minute intervals. A travel blanket lets you take back control, offering an easy, comforting extra layer of warmth when you’re cold. And we’re not talking about those horrible, sometimes-gratis airline blankets awkwardly shoved in the overhead. The best travel blankets offer plush comfort, tech-forward fabrics to keep you at the optimal temperature and provide a bit of much-needed privacy from your encroaching seatmates. And naturally, the best travel blankets also provide utility beyond flying, from waiting out long layovers to avoiding scratchy hotel comforters to being a much-needed additional layer of warmth when camping.

In evaluating travel blankets, consider your typical travel experience. Frequent fliers who stay in nice hotels should gravitate to those that are compact so they’re easy to pack or those that are specific to the seated position, while backpackers may want something with more square inches, so they can use them on trains, at a hostel, or at a bus station. Car-campers can go bigger, exploring blankets made of heavier, more durable fabrics and products that deliver more square footage, so they can also be used while picnicking.

Read on to see our picks of the best travel blankets on market right now.

Our Top Picks

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Best for Camping: 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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Best for the Beach: Kammok Field Blanket

Kammok Field Blanket

Courtesy of REI

The Field Blanket from Kammok manages to pull off the seemingly impossible: it combines the water-resistant protection you need in a beach-ready travel blanket with the plush comfort and warmth of microfleece by backing one side of the banket with a ripstop shell. The insulated main layer is also DWR-treated to help repel moisture while also warming the weary swimmer—but it’s not too much microfleece, and is plenty comfortable on hot days. Modular snaps also let you wear the blanket as a poncho or attach one to another Field Blanket to create a wide carpet of protection from the sand. You can even flip the microlined-fleece stuff sack inside out, push in the blanket, and use it as a pillow. It unfolds into a generous 84 x 50-inch footprint and weighs 2 pounds and 13 ounces.

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Best for Air Travel: BlueHills Premium Soft Travel Blanket

Although most travel blankets are suited for flying, the BlueHills Premium Soft Travel Blanket takes things further with its included soft carrying case, which also functions as a pillow. Even more, when the blanket is stored in the 11.5 x 10-inch case, its hand luggage belt can attach to a suitcase handle for easy transportation throughout the airport. Its included carabiner backpack clip also allows you to attach it to a backpack, handbag, or any bag. Besides convenience, the travel blanket is made of soft, micro plush fabric to keep you comfy on long flights. It measures 60 x 43 inches when folded, also making it perfect as a throw blanket at home.

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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.

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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.

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Best Cashmere: Sofia Cashmere Sleepy Aero Travel Set

Sofia Cashmere Sleepy Aero Travel Set

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Travelers uninitiated with cashmere may suffer sticker shock when they glimpse at the price of the Sleepy Aero Travel Set from Sofia Cashmere. But—as loyalists to that material will tell you—there’s a good reason to pay a high price for a high-quality product. The brand has been making some of the industry’s finest cashmere for more than 60 years, sourcing its materials from the grasslands of Mongolia and China to craft blankets and other wearables with the softest touch and long fiber lengths to resist piling—so it’s both an investment and a splurge. The 36 x 60-inch blanket in this travel kit comes in a plush Jersey knit and includes a zippered carrying bag and a whimsically-designed eye mask, providing plenty of warmth and comfort while flying. But it is cashmere, and thus should be handled with care.

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Best Compact: Rumpl NanoLoft Travel Blanket

Rumpl NanoLoft Travel Blanket

Courtesy of Rumpl

Constructed of a 100 percent post-recycled polyester shell and NanoLoft insulation that mimics the warming qualities of down, the Travel Blanket from Rumpl provides a lot of warmth and comfort in a small package. The shell material has been treated with a DWR finish to block stains and water, and includes a Cape Clip, which lets you wear your blanket hands-free by attaching twin straps after you’ve wrapped the blanket around your shoulders. It measures 38 x 52 inches, plenty for solo use, and collapses into a very travel-friendly 3.5 x 11-inch package that only weighs 0.7 pounds. There might be smaller travel blankets available, but the warmth-to-weight ratio of the NanoLoft Travel Blanket justifies the modestly larger size.

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Most Comfortable: Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket

Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket

Courtesy of Cabeau

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.

Final Verdict

Thanks to the versatility of its fabric, which dries quickly, feels soft, provides warmth, wicks away sweat, and packs down to a travel-friendly size, Cocoon’s Travel Blanket will work in almost all scenarios. But if you’re looking for something more rugged—say, to use at the beach or in the outdoors, go with something with weatherproof technology like the Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket, which mirrors the insulation properties of down to provide serious warmth.

What to Look For in a Travel Blanket

Material: How you plan to use a travel blanket should be your first consideration. If you’re looking for a plush extra layer of warmth while flying, blankets made of microfleece or proprietary materials like Coolmax will suffice. Merino wool or cashmere can make you feel even cozier. But if you’re planning to use the blanket as ground cover, look for travel blankets with waterproof or water-resistant materials, as well as DRW-treated fabrics to help shrug off the elements and resist stains.

Size: Size is also an important consideration. All the blankets in this round-up work for solo adventures, but if you plan on hosting a few fellow travelers at the beach or while picnicking, go for ones with larger footprints. For two people, look for a blanket around 80 inches in length and width.

Extras: Nice add-on features like clips or snaps that let you wear the blanket like a poncho increases the product's applications and avoids sagging corners, while others come with stuff sacks that have straps and handles so you can clip them onto your luggage rather than sacrificing space inside your carry-on or backpack. Some even come with hoods and neck pillows, making them a welcome blanket/jacket hybrid.

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