The quickest way to ruin a camping trip is to be freezing. That's why — in addition to the hot dogs and s'mores — it's important that you pack one of the best camping blankets. In your quest to find the perfect choice, you'll want to keep the following qualities in mind:
- Durability: Unlike the one that you keep on your bed, your camping blanket will have to contend with dirt, mud, sharp rocks, and other natural elements. It needs to be tougher than average, with strong materials like ripstop nylon or polyester, and durable stitching that won't tear easily.
- Weatherproofing: When you're indoors, you don't have to worry about wind penetrating the fabric or your blanket getting wet. Not so when you're on the campground. There, your blanket will face all sorts of weather elements, so you need to make sure it's both wind- and water-resistant. DWR coatings or other waterproofing treatments will help protect against both wind and water.
- Portability: The blanket you keep folded on the couch can be thick and bulky because it likely doesn't travel far. Camping blankets, on the other hand, need to be lightweight, compact, and equipped with a stuff sack or other mechanism for easy travel. Most of my picks below weigh less than 3 pounds and pack up nicely.
Once you've considered these main qualities, you can also think about bonus features like pockets, snaps, and other helpful elements. Read on for my list of the best camping blankets below.