Did you know that airplane blankets don’t always get washed between flights?
But even if you’re not flying, having your own travel blanket can be the difference between being comfortable and not…
I’ve compiled a list of the best travel blankets to make your search easier so you can be sure you’ll have the best travel blanket for you needs on your next trip.
- TOP 12 Best Travel Blankets Reviewed 2020
- Cocoon Coolmax Travel Blanket
- Kelty Bestie Blanket
- BlueHills Premium Soft Travel Blanket
- Travelrest Travel Blanket 4-in-1
- Zefabak Down Blanket
- Rumpl The Original Puffy Blanket
- Bosa Cozy-Soft Travel Blanket
- World’s Best Microfleece Travel Blanket
- Forestfish Fleece Throw Blanket
- Zideli Travel Blanket 4-in-1 Travel Set
- Kingole Fleece Microfiber Throw Blanket
- Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket
- How to Choose the Best Travel Blanket
TOP 12 Best Travel Blankets Reviewed 2020
Cocoon Coolmax Travel Blanket
Review: Cocoon’s Coolmax travel blanket could just be the best travel blanket for long flights. It’s warm and cozy, with a moisture-wicking mid-weight polyester knit that keeps you comfortable.
But the whole thing is also really lightweight as well so it won’t take up too much weight in your carry-on.
It’s the ideal size (70” x 55”) for mid-weight travelers, covering your body but packing into a reasonably compact package.
- Good quality and durable – can be washed repeatedly and won’t fall apart.
- Easy to pack away into a drawstring bag.
- Lightweight and compact.
- It may feel a little thin so not for people who want to really snuggle with a regular thickness blanket.
Kelty Bestie Blanket
Review: This travel blanket is what you’ll want to have on hand for camping trips when the temperature drops at night.
It’s perfect for wrapping over your legs while you sit around the campfire and then putting over the top of your sleeping bag for a cozy second layer.
But its compact size also makes it an excellent option for plane travel.
It won’t replace your sleeping bag, but it’s perfect for road trips and wrapping around your shoulders.
It weighs about a pound and packs into a stuff sack about the size of a drink bottle making it one of the most compact travel blankets for its warmth.
- Comes in a range of double sided colors.
- Microfiber on one side and silky nylon on the other.
- Insulated with Kelty’s Cloudloft synthetic insulation.
- Don’t let it get too close to the campfire – sparks making contact will not end well.
BlueHills Premium Soft Travel Blanket
Review: This small to medium-sized plush travel blanket doubles as a pillow by tucking inside its equally soft travel case.
It’s also suitably warm, soft and comfortable to snuggle up with while being lightweight and easy to pack away.
It measures 60” x 42” which is a little small for some people if you want to cover your entire body, but perfectly adequate if you’re shorter than 5’6” or happy without being completely covered.
- Doubles as a pillow once packed inside its case.
- Soft, plush material.
- Carabiner included makes for easy attachment to your backpack.
- You have to fold it before putting in the bag unless you want a lumpy pillow.
Travelrest Travel Blanket 4-in-1
Review: This travel blanket is actually designed to be worn like a poncho while you sleep in your plane seat.
It has a slit partway down from the top that you put your head through, allowing a small flap to fold down your back.
Your shoulders stay covered and you can tuck your arms underneath without dislodging the blanket.
The whole things packs up into a zippered case that can double as a cushion for your head or lumbar support.
- Has a zippered pocket in the front to keep your valuables close to you while you sleep.
- Poncho design means the blanket will stay in place while you sleep.
- Soft, plush polar fleece is cozy and warm.
- Only comes in one size so might be a bit short on taller people.
Zefabak Down Blanket
Review: With 90% down and 10% feathers, this is probably the warmest travel blanket out there. It could safely double as a sleeping bag provided you have a good sleeping mat underneath you.
But it’s also a cozy addition to a road trip or plane journey if you’re one to feel the cold.
It is lightweight (1.2 lbs. for the smallest size) and reasonably compact when packed away (11” x 6”).
- Good value for money.
- Comes in three sizes.
- Down insulation will be much warmer than most of the travel blankets on this list.
- Not as compact as it could be when packed down.
Rumpl The Original Puffy Blanket
Review: This down blanket isn’t quite as affordable as the Zefabak above, but it’s very warm and breathable to keep to you comfortable.
This blanket definitely doubles as a quilt so it’s all you’d need for sleeping but packs down into a pretty compact, lightweight package too. It’s also machine washable which is a huge bonus!
- Comes in single and double size.
- Durable ripstop nylon outer is water-resistant.
- Breathable and warm.
- A little pricey.
- Slippery material may slide off you in the night unless you tuck it in.
Bosa Cozy-Soft Travel Blanket
Review: This blanket is a nice natural alternative to the synthetic fleece blankets on the list. It is made of 70% natural bamboo fiber and 30% cotton so you don’t have to worry about contributing to the world’s plastic microfiber problem.
It’s also antimicrobial which is a huge bonus for the airplane environment while being soft and warm.
Its 67” x 43” dimensions are slightly larger than the standard microfleece blankets, and it comes with a good quality zippered carry bag.
- YKK zipper on the carry bag.
- Antimicrobial natural materials.
- Breathable and anti-static.
- Machine washable.
- A little heavier than fleece (1.7 lbs).
World’s Best Microfleece Travel Blanket
Review: This is a simple no-frills travel blanket, that delivers exactly what it says it will. It is a lightweight, compact, microfleece blanket that is very soft, warm for its weight, and very affordable.
If you’re on a budget and you want to be prepared with an extra layer for your plan journey and once you arrive at your hostel, this 50”x 60” blanket is perfect.
- Very affordable.
- Soft microfleece polyester.
- Lightweight and pretty compact.
- Machine washable.
- Possibly too thin for some people’s requirements.
Forestfish Fleece Throw Blanket
Review: This is another simple fleece blanket that fits the bill provided you’re not expecting too much.
It will keep you warm on a plane or double as an extra layer if you get stuck in an airport or your Airbnb doesn’t have enough blankets.
It also comes with a convenient stuff sack and is easy to wash with cold water.
- Comes with drawstring bag.
- Different patterns available.
- Weighs 0.68 lbs. and measures 60” x 40”.
- Not quite large enough to cover your whole body.
Zideli Travel Blanket 4-in-1 Travel Set
Review: The Zideli travel blanket set prepares you perfectly for an overnight plane journey, including a good quality neck cushion, eye mask and earplugs.
It comes with a good quality zippered bag that has an additional zip pocket to keep everything together and organized.
The 50” x 60” blanket itself is made of soft fleece and is anti-static and lightweight.
- Blanket is soft and warm.
- Neck cushion is supportive and comfortable.
- The bag includes a buckle to attach to your luggage.
- The earplugs are the weak part of the kit.
Kingole Fleece Microfiber Throw Blanket
Review: This isn’t a travel blanket specifically, but it’s perfect for people who just travel occasionally and would appreciate a blanket that they’ll use just as much at home as on the road.
If that’s the case for you, this is the most luxurious ‘travel’ blanket you could choose.
As a result, it’s not as compact when packed up as some more travel-specific blankets, but that may not be a deal-breaker depending on your travel style.
- Machine washing.
- Anti-pilling fabric.
- Very soft, thick and warm.
- Versatile for use at home and while traveling.
- A little bulky when rolled up.
Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket
Review: This versatile and durable blanket is waterproof on one side and fleecy on the other making it an excellent outdoor option for camping or festivals.
You can lay it out on the ground fleece side up for a warm and dry place to sit or huddle under it with your besty in the drizzle.
It weighs 2.3 lbs. and packs down into a compact 7” x 15” travel bag with a handle.
- Large enough for three adults – 79” x 58”.
- Completely weatherproof.
- Durable and well made.
- This a little too big for carry-on luggage, but if you’re looking for a group-friendly camping blanket, this is it.
How to Choose the Best Travel Blanket
Getting chilly on an overnight flight is no fun at all.
Even if the plane doesn’t feel cool to begin with, the lack of humidity from the air conditioning system can make you feel cold pretty quickly once you try and sleep.
So what should you look for when choosing the best travel blanket?
The best travel blankets are lightweight, compact and warm.
It’s undeniable that those are the most important criteria.
Including a packing case is also a convenient addition as it will be much easier to travel with a blanket that can be packed away rather than staying lose in your bag.
Alternatively, you can overhaul the organization of all of your stuff and purchase some packing cubes.
One of them can be used for your travel blanket and the rest will help you to neatly pack and organize your other things. And trust me, knowing where everything is in your luggage can be a game-changer!
Aside from that, you’ll also want to consider the kind of material (down and microfleece are the most common materials), durability and how easy it is to wash.
Duck or goose down are extremely warm but not so practical if there’s a chance they could get wet. Fleece is not quite as warm but it’s much more affordable!
Both materials are very lightweight, but down compresses into a smaller package.
As far as washing is concerned, down shouldn’t be washed too often.
But then again… fleece shouldn’t either but for different reasons. (You won’t notice it, but every time you wash something made of fleece, plastic microfibers wash down the drain and eventually enter the sea).
Natural alternatives like cotton or wool can be washed as often as you like!
Plane Specific Features
There are some blankets that are actually designed specifically with sleeping on a plane in mind.
Poncho design is a good example.
With a slot for your head, you can wear the blanket like a poncho and know that it will stay in place while you’re asleep and not end up in your lap or on the floor.
For a similar reason, blankets made out of slippery materials could be annoying to try and keep in place while you sleep.
Know Your Travel Style
After that, it’s worth considering where you’re traveling to and whether you want your blanket to have additional use throughout your travels.
For example, backpacking in the summer in youth hostels can mean needing a sleeping bag. But if you choose one of the warm down blankets above, you won’t need to carry a sleeping bag with you.
The down blanket will double as a quilt that you’ll be able to use throughout your travels.
In places where it stays warm through the night, like South East Asia, you could even travel with one of the thinner fleece blankets and that would more than likely be enough to sleep with.
As you can see, even for the most minimalist travelers, a travel blanket can be a worthy addition to your luggage.
But it does make things easier if the rest of your luggage is well thought out.
Traveling with a bag that is designed with traveling in mind, particularly if you’re traveling only with a carry-on, can make a big difference.
For example, bags designed for carry-on often have strategically placed grab handles that make them really easy to grab hold of when you’re taking them in and out of the overhead lockers.
There are also really well-designed carry-on bags for women which have proven really popular, including thoughtfully added features like technology pockets that make traveling with your stuff low-stress and hassle-free.
Can I Bring a Blanket in My Carry-On?
And for hygiene and comfort purposes, it’s recommended that you do!
Do You Get a Blanket on International Flights?
Yes, international flights that will be flying during the night of the time zone in the country you departed from will provide you with a blanket, but it will be thin and likely not very clean.
Is a Blanket Considered Carry-On?
Most airlines consider a blanket to be in the realm of a pillow or jacket, meaning it’s not counted as part of your carry-on luggage provided it’s not packed up in a bag and is obviously a blanket.
Do Airlines Wash Blankets and Pillows?
Yes… but not very often.
Depending on the airline, pillows and blankets may be washed anywhere from every 5 to 30 days. So, if you’re lucky, your blanket may have only been used by 5 people before you.
That about sums up all you need to know about choosing the best travel blankets for your needs.
It really comes down to expectations and knowing what you want it for.
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