Whether you are traveling in winter or in summer, by airplane or by bus, there will be a time when you will feel a little cold. Perhaps it will be freezing outside and the heating in your hotel room will be too weak, or it will be burning hot outside, yet the air conditioning in the bus or the plane will be set too high.
For situations like this, besides packing an extra layer of clothes, you might find it beneficial to get yourself a travel blanket such as the Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket.
Keep on reading to find out what some of the best travel blankets that you can get are, what are their advantages and disadvantages, and how you should go about choosing the right travel blanket for you.
8 Best Travel Blankets for All Situations
So, let’s start by looking at some of the travel blankets that I recommend you to start your search with if you are looking to buy one. Rather than them being in any particular order, I picked the best travel blanket for a variety of different uses and from a variety of different styles.
1. Tucker Travel Cover 4-in-1 Travel Blanket and Pillow
To begin the list with, here’s a fairly unique travel blanket (and more) – the Tucker Travel Cover 4-in-1 Travel Blanket and Pillow.
While, honestly, I have no idea what exactly the “four features” of the product are supposed to be, one thing is certain – the product’s design stands out. Rather than being just a simple rectangular blanket, it is designed in a way that let’s you easily tuck in and wrap the blanket around you.
For added comfort, the blanket also comes with a pair of pockets that you can use to store your cellphone or other smaller items in, a hood that you might find useful to get some extra privacy while on a plane or a bus, and a built-in neck pillow. Even though the pillow is small, some of the blanket users reported it to be fairly comfortable. If it’s too small for you, make sure to check my article about the best travel pillows.
The blanket is made out of flannel and 4-way lycra, and it comes with a storage bag that you can pack it into.
The biggest downside of the blanket is, especially if you prefer traveling light, its size. Even when packed into the bag it comes with, it takes up quite a fair amount of space, and so you might have to carry it separately or hang it from your suitcases luggage handle.
Other than that, though, its the right product to consider if you are looking for something more than a simple blanket – something that you might even end up using while watching TV at home rather than just on the road.
2.Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket
If you are looking for a simple blanket to take on an airplane with you to keep you warm, I recommend starting your search with the Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket. In addition to the pictured black, it’s also available in blue color.
The Cabeau blanket is made out of French microfiber and comes with a compact storage case which also doubles as a pillow case that you can use either in combination with the blanket or a separate pillow such as this one.
The blanket is 60 x 36 inches, and it can be folded down to 12 x 7 x 4 inches for storage in its case. On a side note, the case can – besides being put in your bag – be attached to your suitcase.
Overall, this blanket – which is machine washable, and so you can clean it easily both between and during trips – is a good buy if you are looking for an affordable and comfortable replacement for economy class blankets provided by airlines.
3. Cocoon CoolMax Blanket
If you like the idea of taking your own blanket with you, but don’t like the idea of having to lug it around, then consider the Cocoon CoolMax Blanket. The blanket is made out of moisture wicking and breathable CoolMax knit material and so, it’s not only warm but also comfortable to use.
The biggest draw of it, though, is its size. At 70 x 55 inches when unfolded, it is one of the largest travel blankets on this list. Yet, at around 6 x 4 inches when rolled and stored in the pouch that comes with it – barely larger than a can of soda – it also happens to be the smallest travel blanket on this list.
Overall, while some people found the blanket to be a bit too thin, the Cocoon CoolMax Blanket is perfect if you are trying to keep your luggage to a minimum. If you don’t like the pictured blue version of it, it also comes in a variety of other colors including charcoal, chocolate, raspberry, ocean, and red.
4. Cashmere Travel Throw Set
As one might guess, the Cashmere Travel Throw Set is made out of 100% cashmere. Besides including a blanket that is roughly 4 x 5 feet, is also comes with an eye mask lined with satin on the inside and a storage pouch. The set is available in seven different colors in addition to the pictured black including burgundy, sage green, and camel.
In situations where you don’t need the blanket, the cashmere pouch with the blanket inside it can be also used as a pillow. However, to fully take advantage of the set, I also recommend getting an inflatable pillow such as this one – which you can put in the pouch.
Given that the material used to make the blanket is as good as it gets, the product comes with a fairly hefty price tag. Other than that, though, it will make for a great companion on your travels.
5. ATEPA Ultralight Compact Duck Down Blanket
Unlike the other travel blankets in this list that are “single layer,” the ATEPA Ultralight Compact Duck Down Blanket is – as its name suggests – filled with duck down. As such, technically, rather than a blanket, it’s a comforter.
It’s 68.8 x 53.1 inches, and its outer layer is made out of water-repellent 20D ripstop nylon. Depending on your preferences, you might find it more comfortable to use than a standard blanket.
One thing that you should keep in mind before considering the ATEPA Ultralight Compact Duck Down Blanket, though, is its size since it’s bulkier than a standard blanket of the same size. It weights about 1 pound, and when folded, it fits into a storage pouch that measures roughly 11 x 8 x 3 inches.
6. Vera Bradley Fleece Travel Blanket
The sixth blanket on this list, the Vera Bradley Fleece Travel Blanket, is – in functionality, not too different from the Cabeau blanket featured earlier. However, there is one important distinction – the design.
Rather than being just a single color, the Vera Bradley blankets feature unique and colorful designs. There are six other designs besides the pictured “scattered superbloom,” and so make sure to check the product on Amazon.
As far as the blanket itself, it’s 60 x 40 inches and it’s made out of machine-washable 100% polyester micro-fleece. Instead of coming with a separate pouch, it has a built in pocket into which you can fold the blanket to either store it or use it as a pillow. It’s also equipped with a sleeve you can use to slide it over your suitcase handle.
Overall, if you are looking for something that is not only functional, but also is more “trendy” that a single-color blanket, then this Vera Bradley series is worth considering.
7. ‘Tux’ Armrest Buddy Kids’ Travel Blanket and Pillow Set
While all of the blankets above can, of course, be used by adults as well as children, here’s one made specifically for your little ones – the ‘Tux’ Armrest Buddy Kids’ Travel Blanket and Pillow Set.
The “penguin” design of this set is not only cute, but also smart. The reason “armrest buddy” is included in the product name is because the penguin which serves as a storage for the blanket when not in use is padded and doubles as a travel pillow for your kid that slides onto the aircraft’s armrest.
Given that this travel blanket is aimed at kids, it’s – at 33.5 x 23.5 inches – smaller than the other ones in this list. You don’t have to worry about the blanket getting dirty as the whole set is machine washable.
Overall, it makes for a great and practical travel companion for your little ones. It can also double as a travel toy, although if you are looking for travel toys for your toddlers, I also recommend you to check this article where five mom bloggers shared their favorites with me.
8. Odoland Compact Waterproof Lightweight Blanket
While not designed to keep you warm, I decided to include the Odoland Compact Waterproof Lightweight Blanket in this list as blankets can also be used as mats – which is exactly the purpose this one is designed for.
Because it doesn’t have to be thick to warm you up, it only weighs 4.2 ounces. Further adding to its compactness is the fact that it can be folded down to about the size of your palm. Because the storage pouch is attached to the blanket itself, you can be sure you will never lose it.
As such, if you don’t feel like you need a blanket that can warm you up – or if you are content with the ones airlines provide – but want something to sit on while waiting at cramped airports for example, this one is a good solution.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Travel Blankets
If you read through the list above, but are still not sure whether or not you need a travel blanket, keep on reading as I will next discuss the pros and cons of getting a travel blanket to help you figure it out.
There are quite a few instances in which you might find having a travel blanket useful. While full service airlines generally provide blankets to their economy class passengers, oftentimes they are thin and scratchy. And so, if you have a sensitive skin (or prefer a blanket that you yourself wash and you yourself know is clean) it might be worth getting a travel blanket.
Similarly, if you often fly on longer flights with low-cost airlines like AirAsia X or take long bus rides – neither of which generally provide a blanket – you might find it useful to have your own.
As far as the downsides of getting travel blankets are concerned, there are not many. In fact, the only one that I can think of is that they take up a fair amount of space (unless you opt for a super compact one like the Cocoon CoolMax Blanket).
Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Travel Blanket for You
Finally, let’s take a look at what some of the important things to consider when choosing the best travel blanket for you are. Just in case you decided you want one, but didn’t find one you like in the list above…
Type: Before you even considering getting a travel blanket, you need to decide whether you want a blanket – a single-layer sheet of fabric – or whether you want a comforter that is filled with down. Or, maybe you want a mat that you can sit on, but you don’t necessarily to be able to warm you up.
Material: Travel blankets come in a variety of different materials that differ not only in their quality but also in their price. You will have to choose whether you want one made out of synthetic materials such as polyester micro-fleece or CoolMax knit, or natural (and in many cases more expensive) materials such as cashmere.
Size: When it comes to considering the size of the blanket, you have to consider two things – size when in use and size when in storage. While the size of the unfolded blankets is generally around 60 x 40 inches, the compacted size can vary greatly on the model you choose.
Functionality: While most blankets are simple rectangular sheets of cloth, there are some that also have additional features such as pockets, hoods, foot pockets, storage pouches, sleeves to put through you suitcase handle, and so on. Make sure you consider those before making your final decision as well.
Design: Finally, just as with anything, personal preferences in terms of design come into play when choosing the right travel blanket for you as well. While things such as whether you choose a a simple black one or a colorful one with flower patterns won’t affect the blanket’s functionality, they will have an impact on how much you enjoy using the product overall.
While having a travel blanket in your kit is not as much of a must-have as a set of luggage is, for example, it is still a very useful piece of gear – especially if you travel a lot on medium- and long-haul low-cost flights and long bus rides where blankets are not typically provided.
If you decide to get a travel blanket, some of the things to consider include the material, size, design, and whether the blanket has any extra features like a hood or a storage pouch.
In case you are interested in getting a travel blanket, but don’t know where to start your search for the right one, I recommend checking out the following three first:
- Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket
- Cocoon CoolMax Blanket
- ATEPA Ultralight Compact Duck Down Blanket