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Best Camping Blanket of 2022

We tested camping blankets from NEMO, Rumpl, Kelty, and more to keep us cozy at camp and around town
Best Camping Blanket of 2022
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch
Thursday August 18, 2022
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Our camping experts researched over 50 of the best camping blankets before purchasing 13 to snuggle into. We spent months traveling and camping in the warmth of summer and the chill and bluster of winter. For each adventure, we trucked along our cadre of camping blankets to test side-by-side. In addition to assessing how each performed on cold nights, we measured insulative properties and packed size. Our thorough testing and research are designed to help you find the best camping blanket for your needs, while our recommendations are unbiased and can help you find a cozy option that will fit your budget.

Heading out on a camping trip requires some special gear. You'll need a tent, a camp mat or sleeping pad, and a camping stove. Items like hammocks or a dedicated camping chair can make camp that much cozier. Lucky for you, we've tested just about every category of camping gear imaginable. From camping cookware to cots, we can help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on August 18, 2022, to include changes to the Rumpl Down Puffy, Kelty Bestie, and Snugpak Jungle. We also added four new products: the Kammok Firebelly, REI Co-op Camp Wrap, Therm-a-Rest Stellar, and Kelty Biggie.

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Pros Softer underbelly, weather-resistant, great features, feels warm, easy to cleanHighly versatile, lightweight, good features, water-resistantLightweight, compressible, cape clipDoubles as pillow, footbox cinch, softVersatile, weather-resistant, less costly than similar performers
Cons A bit large and bulkyExpensive, slippery materialExpensive, smaller dimensions, slipperyPermanently attached stuff sack, snaps not well alignedA little bulky, nylon underside gets sweaty
Bottom Line It's large, seriously cozy, and it offers solid comfort, warmth, and protectionA technical, do-it-all blanket that doubles as a poncho and triples as a quiltA compressible, lightweight, and adaptable blanket for when space is at a premiumA versatile blanket that stores itself as a pillow great for camping and travelA functional blanket with a hood and snap closure great for bundling up in a variety of settings
Rating Categories NEMO Puffin Kammok Firebelly Rumpl Down Puffy Therm-a-Rest Stellar REI Co-Op Camp Wrap
Comfort (30%)
8.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Warmth (25%)
8.0
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7.0
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6.0
Versatility (20%)
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8.0
Packed Size (15%)
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Features & Design (10%)
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Specs NEMO Puffin Kammok Firebelly Rumpl Down Puffy Therm-a-Rest Stellar REI Co-Op Camp Wrap
Filling Type Synthetic Down Down Synthetic Synthetic
Measured Blanket Size 54" x 78" 55" x 88" 52" x 75" 56" x 75" 54" x 72"
Compressed Size 4 L 4 L 1.8 L 3.4 L 5 L
Weather Resistance DWR treatment
(water resistance)
DWR treatment DWR treatment Water resistant DWR treatment
Weight 36 oz 28 oz 19 oz 22 oz 28 oz
Stuff Sack Y - zippered Y - roll-top Y - roll-top Y - Stuffs in Pocket Y - drawstring
Exterior Material 30D nylon micro-ripstop 20D ripstop nylon 30D ripstop polyester 30D polyester 100% Ripstop Nylon
Insulation Material 600G Stratofiber (synthetic) 750-fill duck down 600-fill duck down (80/20 down/feathers) eraLoft Polyester Hollow Fiber Polyester fibers
Manufacturer Temp Rating (F) Not specified 30°F Not specified Not specified Not specified
Pocket Yes - 1 zippered near feet No No Yes No
Machine Washable Yes - front load only Yes Yes Yes - front load only Yes
Available Sizes 1-person (tested), 2-person One size only 1-person (tested), 2-person One size only One size only
Additional Features Foot Nook foot box created by three buttons and holes, outwardly curved edges, sewn through in horizontal bars, contrast-colored top edge Hands-free poncho, minimalist sleeping bag, top quilt, hammock underquilt Cape clip, corner loops Fast drying, draw cord cinches blanket around feet, snap loops for compatibility Snaps, armloops, built-in hood


Best Overall Camping Blanket


NEMO Puffin


76
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Comfort 8.0
  • Warmth 8.0
  • Versatility 7.0
  • Packed Size 6.0
  • Features & Design 9.0
Fill type: Synthetic | Machine washable: Yes, front load only
REASONS TO BUY
Soft underside
Weather-resistant
Good features
Warm
Easy to keep clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Bulkier than some other models
Packed size is a bit large

The Nemo Puffin is a solid indoor/outdoor blanket that takes coziness to another level. The underside is soft and comfortable against the skin, so it is less likely to slide off your body. Its puffiness instantly enveloped us in warmth. This blanket has some neat features — the bottom of the Puffin can button into a foot box to keep your toes nice and toasty, and there is a small hidden zippered pocket on the end that can hold items like keys. Slightly bowed outward edges make it easy to cocoon yourself comfortably around the campfire or on the couch. It is also impressively liquid-resistant and resists the usual static pull of pet hair and dirt. It can also be easily laundered in a front-loading machine.

Though it gives the impression of supreme warmth, it performed average in our insulation testing, even though it is also on the large and bulky side. Though we are more than happy to bring it to backyard bonfires and car camping excursions, it's not our top choice to bring on an early spring backpacking trip. The sizeable zippered stuff sack is easy to fit the blanket back into, but it is larger than it needs to be and lacks any sort of compression. Of course, storing your blanket uncompressed is better for maintaining its warmth in the long run, so this isn't a dealbreaker. At the end of the day, we love using this comfortable, warm, and versatile blanket during just about every indoor and outdoor activity, from winter stargazing to snuggly movie nights.

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Perhaps not the most elegant bird watching look we can dream up, we sure appreciate the warmth, comfort, and durability of this blanket out in the field on a frigid winter morning.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Best for Backpacking


Kammok Firebelly


76
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Comfort 6.0
  • Warmth 7.0
  • Versatility 10.0
  • Packed Size 8.0
  • Features & Design 8.0
Fill Type: Down | Machine Washable: Yes
REASONS TO BUY
Lightweight
Converts into poncho
Converts into quilt
Weather-resistant
REASONS TO AVOID
Very slippery
Expensive

The Kammok Firebelly is a versatile all-star. It's great enough as a regular blanket: it has generous dimensions with a high loft while maintaining its compressibility. However, it's all of the other modes that take this blanket to the next level. The bottom can be snapped and cinched closed to create a cozy foot box for keeping warm while sitting around a fire. A full set of snaps on each side can also convert this blanket into a full-on camping quilt when paired with the included sleeping pad straps. It triples as a hammock underquilt and quadruples as a poncho with a zipper opening in the middle of the blanket. As a bonus, it also comes with a watertight stuff sack and a large long-term storage sack.

For an otherwise exceptional blanket, there are just a couple of characteristics that we wish were different. The inner liner is the same ripstop nylon as the rest of the exterior. It's soft but not exceptionally comfortable; it can get pretty sticky against bare skin. These excellent features come at a premium price, so this quilt is for those who know it will benefit from its versatility. Having said that, this is one of our absolute favorites as a basic blanket and a multi-purpose insulator.

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The Kammok Firebelly is ultra-versatile, lightweight, and one of our favorites for taking into the backcountry.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

A Great, Lightweight Down Blanket


Rumpl Down Puffy


74
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Comfort 7.0
  • Warmth 7.0
  • Versatility 7.0
  • Packed Size 10.0
  • Features & Design 6.0
Fill Type: Down | Machine Washable: Yes, front load only
REASONS TO BUY
Very lightweight
Compresses easily
Weather-resistant
Helpful stuff sack
REASONS TO AVOID
Very slippery and "loud"
Small
Expensive

The Rumpl Down Puffy is an impressively lightweight down blanket that ranks high for packability. It packs exceptionally well into its roll-top stuff sack, so you might as well take it along just in case, whether backpacking or traveling. Clips on the side easily turn it into a poncho, giving you hands-free warmth to cook dinner in comfort or tailgate for your favorite team. The micro-ripstop material and reinforced seams add durability to this featherweight blanket and do an excellent job repelling spills, rain, dog hair, and dirt. Handy corner loops let you stake it to the ground, making it a great picnic companion if you want to keep your bum warm and dry. Those same loops just as easily allow this blanket to hang for storage. It's also machine washable; if you get it dirty, just pop it into your machine at home.

This is one of the smallest single-person blankets we tested, although it is offered in several additional sizes. The material is quite protective, but it is also extremely slippery and easily slides off. Though we love the poncho option, the single clippable loop leaves your front quite exposed; this is great for getting things done, but you'll still need your hands to experience the warmth of a full wrap. Out of all the blankets we tested, this model is one of the most costly. The Rumpl is a well-rounded, durable, water-resistant blanket that's also compact, perfect for a backpacker or minimalist traveler.

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camping blanket - a great, lightweight down blanket
The Down Puffy lives up to its name as a plush and comfortable blanket.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Best Bang for the Buck


Kelty Biggie


60
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Comfort 8.0
  • Warmth 6.0
  • Versatility 5.0
  • Packed Size 4.0
  • Features & Design 5.0
Fill Type: Synthetic | Machine Washable: Yes, front load only
REASONS TO BUY
Great for two people
Inexpensive
Comfortable liner
REASONS TO AVOID
Bulky
Less weatherproof

The Kelty Biggie lives up to its name. Its extra-wide and extra-long dimensions are designed to keep two people comfortably covered and make for a luxurious wrap for one. It has a soft underside that doesn't get sticky-feeling like other blankets. It has square baffles that keep the insulation in place and a nice weight to it for snugglers or sleepers that like this feature. Best of all, it's very inexpensive relative to the rest of the pack.

With such generous dimensions, this blanket is one of the heaviest and bulkiest that we tested, which somewhat limits its versatility. It comes in various playful patterns, which we think are fun but might not fit the style of some. It also doesn't have any meaningful water resistance and takes on a damp feel in heavy humidity. Even with these drawbacks, this blanket is great to have on hand for backyard cookouts or a kids' sleepover, and the value really can't be beaten.

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The Kelty Biggie is just a big blanket with a soft underside that's great for one or two people.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Best for Mobile Warmth


REI Co-Op Camp Wrap


66
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Comfort 6.0
  • Warmth 6.0
  • Versatility 8.0
  • Packed Size 6.0
  • Features & Design 8.0
Fill Type: Synthetic | Machine Washable: Yes
REASONS TO BUY
Hood
Snaps around neck
Hand loops to hold in place
Inexpensive
REASONS TO AVOID
Slippery liner
Less compressible

The REI Camp Wrap is an excellent option for mingling in warmth. It has a snap around the neck with two tightness settings. We love being able to sit without having to make sure the blanket isn't dragging on the ground or about to slide off, and the dimensions are just large enough that even in cape-mode, it still wraps around without leaving much exposed. If you want to get up and walk around, two hand loops at the side keep the blanket close to the body without having to hold it in place. To add to the cozy factor, it also comes with a hood for even more warmth.

The synthetic fill of this blanket makes it just a little less compressible than its down counterparts. Though it still packs down relatively small, it isn't our top choice for a backpacking trip. Though the interior liner is soft, it can stick to bare skin if you start to get too toasty. Even with these minor issues, this blanket has high functionality at a reasonable price, making it a great, versatile value.

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The Camp Wrap is a cozy blanket that also doubles as a cape with a hood.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
76
$100
Editors' Choice Award
Though a little bulky, this blanket is comfortable and provides serious warmth and weather protection
76
$300
Editors' Choice Award
A four-in-one down blanket that's lightweight and compressible
74
$250
Top Pick Award
A blanket for those who need a lightweight and packable cover
73
$80
A comfortable, water-resistant, and versatile blanket that travels well
66
$100
Top Pick Award
A warm, versatile, water-resistant blanket at an affordable price
60
$50
Best Buy Award
A basic blanket with large dimensions and a nice soft liner at an affordable price
60
$100
A full-coverage poncho and blanket that's great on cold days but is slippery and fairly bulky
59
$55
A thin but warm blanket with an unusual look at an affordable price
58
$65
A packable, portable blanket with a fairly low price tag but a little lacking in durability
56
$30
A soft and comfortable blanket that comes at an affordable price
55
$100
Decently resistant to the spills and dirt of a casual life outdoors
50
$170
A reasonably soft wool blanket that sheds dirt and hair fairly well and is more versatile than we'd expected
36
$50
An affordable wool blanket that's a great bed mid layer

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From bed blankets to camping comforters and snow days to football games, we'll help you find your ideal blanket.
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Why You Should Trust Us


This review is headed up by Senior Review Editor, Maggie Brandenburg and supported by Ben Applebaum-Bauch. An avid outdoorswoman, Maggie has guided backcountry adventures in all four seasons for over 15 years. She's spent a significant part of her life living outside on the trail, on the water, and in the true wilderness. As a global adventurer, she knows what to look for when seeking a piece of gear to bring along and isn't willing to sacrifice comfort or functionality when it comes to staying warm. Living with poor circulation while still adventuring to some of the coldest places around, like the Canadian Rockies, Midwestern plains, and snow-covered Iceland, Maggie has dedicated years of her life to chasing that warm feeling no matter where she roams. Ben is an avid backpacker who has hiked several of America's iconic long trails, snuggling up under a variety of bags and quilts over thousands of trail miles. Having spent almost two decades in northern New England, he knows a thing or two about staying warm in the cold.

Our camping blanket testing is divided across five rating metrics:
  • Comfort tests (30% of overall score weighting)
  • Warmth tests (25% weighting)
  • Versatility tests (20% weighting)
  • Packed size tests (15% weighting)
  • Features and design tests (10% weighting)

This review began by researching 50+ camping blankets and choosing the most promising options. We purchased every model to put to the test both in the lab and in the real world. We pushed these blankets to their limits by measuring insulation prowess and wind resistance in the lab by taking each model outside in the wind and snow. We considered the comfort of their material, size, and weight and poured water on them just to see what would happen. Numerous dogs were also enlisted to test each model's warmth on cold winter days and their ability to withstand teeth and claws during playtime. We treated these blankets worse than we thought any "normal" blanket-lover would, so you don't have to guess about it before you choose your ideal cover.

We&#039;re impressed at how warm this blanket feels, even on snow in a...
We're impressed at how warm this blanket feels, even on snow in a snowstorm!
Don&#039;t let the cold stop you from enjoying your favorite spot to...
Don't let the cold stop you from enjoying your favorite spot to relax outdoors.

Analysis and Test Results


We chose a variety of different camping blankets designed for the outdoors. These range from options that can easily pack into a backpack to those that are bulky enough to stay in the car. We score each based on five crucial metrics to assess each contender, including comfort, warmth, versatility, packed size, and features. This article compares and explores the nuances of each to help you find the best for your needs.

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We enjoy a cup of coffee while looking out on a mountain vista next to the river. The Pendelton Yakima offers nice protection in this sandy environment.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


Camping blankets range in usage from luxurious extravagance to necessary bedding, and their spread of prices shares similar breadth. While many types of gear often correlate a higher price with better performance, we found no such relationship in these camping blankets. Some of our favorite blankets are among the least expensive and most expensive options we tested, and several fall right in the middle.

The Kelty Biggie, Kelty Bestie, and SnugPak Jungle all score well in our myriad of tests, without costing as much as many others, making them high-value commodities. On the other hand, the Kammok Firebelly and Rumpl Down Blanket perform very well and are extremely handy in specific situations that call for low weight and high compressibility, making them well worth the hefty investment. The Nemo Puffin is on the upper end of the average price within our selection and scores at the top of the pack.


Comfort


A blanket that isn't comfortable probably isn't going to be one you'll want to use; thus, we weighted this metric more than any other. We considered fabric feel and weight, blanket dimensions, and coverage for various-sized people while sitting, standing, and lying down. We tested these blankets in various conditions, gathering opinions and input while camping, tailgating, watching movies, and hanging out in the great outdoors.


Our favorite blankets for sheer comfort are the Kelty Biggie and Kelty Bestie. While most camping blankets are made of slippery, swishy material to repel dirt, hair, and water, these two have a soft underside that's pleasant to put right against your skin. This softer side also keeps the blanket on your lap, rather than letting it slide right off with the slightest movement, like some we tested. It's great for hanging out on a crisp evening or napping in a shady hammock; we love how comfortable these blankets are.

camping blanket - all snuggled up for a lazy sunday at home.
All snuggled up for a lazy Sunday at home.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

The Nemo Puffin is another standout character when it comes to comfort. Though its underbelly isn't quite as t-shirt soft as the Kelty Bestie, it is soft and much better than the slickness of most others we tested (and certainly more comfortable than scratchy wool). It's also one of the thicker blankets of the group, which lends it a very nice overall weight and feel. The optional foot box is another feature that adds to the comfort of this blanket, and it gently hugs your toes wherever you snuggle. It's a great size, as well, and much more of a full-coverage experience for when you truly want to stay toasty.

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We appreciate the softer underside of the Puffin as well as its lofted thickness and the outwardly bowed edges that make it a superb cuddle companion.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Also notable for its comfort is the Zefabak Down. This blanket is thick and puffy, which gives an instant feeling of warmth and comfort. It doesn't have an incredibly soft underside, but its overall size and shape help keep them on your lap or around your shoulders. If you're a blanket user on the move, you'll likely appreciate the comfort of a blanket-turned-cape/poncho. The REI Camp Wrap snaps around you at the neck, leaving your hands free, while the Zefabak Down and Horizon Hound Down can be further snapped to keep you bundled even as you wander. The Kammok Firebelly is unique with a zipper opening mid-blanket that facilitates the poncho conversion.

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Our canine testers appreciate a good, thick blanket, like this puffy Zefabak model.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

While a wool blanket next to these super-slick, smooth options may not seem like the most comfortable choice, you might be surprised. Their extra weight is comforting to many people, and not all of them are as scratchy as your mom's old wool blanket you still have nightmares about from when you were a child (Anyone else? No? Just us?). The Pendleton Yakima is notable for being a surprisingly comfy wool blanket that's not abrasive to drape across your bare arms and one we enjoyed curling up in with a good book.

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The Pendleton Yakima is hands-down the comfiest wool blanket we tested.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Warmth


The second most important part of a blanket is how well it keeps you warm. We employed several tests to discern which models are better for your temperature than others. We started in the lab, using hot water to test the insulation capabilities of each blanket. Then we took them all into the real world to see how they perform. We laid on snow, stood in blustery winds, cooked winter camping meals, and nestled into chairs and couches.


Though you'd expect the thickest blankets to do best, and many of them are quite warm, absolute thickness is not the only factor that lends insulation and warmth to a blanket. The SnugPak Jungle and Pendleton Yakima are both impressive insulators, especially for their thickness — or should we say thinness. The Jungle blanket has a small size and relatively insubstantial synthetic insulation but performed very well in our lab testing and in the field. The Yakima holds its heat effectively in a controlled environment, trapping heat in its wool fibers.

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Whether it's you that needs to keep warm, or your elderly dog, we don't judge.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

The Nemo Puffin boasts an excellent blend of thick synthetic insulation; it holds in a great deal of heat while also giving the feeling of instant warmth when you throw it across your chilly legs. Though we were skeptical of its shape at first, we quickly discovered the slightly outward bowing of the top, and the bottom edges make it even easier to completely surround yourself inside. The Zefabak Down is the thickest down blanket we tested (despite having the same, or lower, listed fill volume). It is thick and lofty and does an excellent job holding in heat when you need it most. It's not quite as nice as the others we've mentioned, as its slippery material is a bit cool against your skin — at least at first.

Versatility


As is true of many types of gear, a good camping blanket is one you can happily use in many conditions. We tested how each one performs in the wind, against rain, and in the face of dog claws and rocky grounds. We also did everything from reading books to tailgating to cooking meals (particularly the ones that can be clipped or buttoned to become a poncho) to figure out which ones can really do it all.


The Kammok Firebelly is the most versatile option we tested. It has several distinct 'modes', from regular blanket, to hammock underquilt, camping quilt, and poncho. It has good loft and decent light water resistance. Also scoring well is the Rumpl Down Puffy. It did not soak up water, even after letting it sit with a puddle on top for nearly an hour. It's also one of the most wind-resistant options we tested. Its material has a fine ripstop pattern with reinforced edges and a sturdy feel. On top of that, it clips into a poncho but leaves the front a smidge open, so you can stir the potatoes or play cornhole with your friends. The REI Camp Wrap is a great blanket that can also be used hands-free.

The other two blankets we tested (that turn into ponchos) are the Horizon Hound Down and Zefabak Down. They snap all the way down the front; when fully buttoned up, we felt a bit penned in, which could become problematic when you inevitably rip the snaps open. When unsnapping the Horizon Hound, our testing model ripped during this exact situation. The Rumpl, on the other hand, features a loop and clip design that is opened by pressing the clip release, so there's no worry of ripping the blanket in your hurry to pull it off.

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Being able to wear a blanket hands-free is a great perk for tailgating! The Horizon Hound Down (left), Rumpl Down Puffy (center), and Zefabak Down (right) all snap or clip into ponchos.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

We also love the Nemo Puffin for its impressive versatility. It repelled every drop of water we left sitting on it, including on the seams. It's nearly as wind-resistant as the Rumpl Down, and both excel at repelling dirt, debris, and hair. Ripstop material and reinforced edges add to the Puffin's durability. Though it doesn't become a poncho, we love the option to button it up and create a foot box at the bottom. Toes are many people's first body part to get cold, and the foot box is an excellent touch to combat this. You can simply leave it unbuttoned if you're wrapping the blanket around your shoulders.

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Large buttons on leashes let you create a cozy foot box along the bottom edge of the Puffin.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Many of the camping blankets we tested come with claims about DWR treatment to repel water, wind-blocking technologies, and the power to shed every speck of dirt and hair that come in contact with it. However, not all of them lived up to their claims or our expectations. Models that repelled all spilled water during our testing include the Nemo Puffin, Rumpl Down Puffy, and Horizon Hound Down. The REI Co-op Camp very nearly repelled all of our spillages but did take up a little bit of water at the seams.

Similarly, the Zefabak Down repelled most water, but after the puddle was removed, the top layer of material was damp to the touch. The Kelty Bestie and the SnugPak Jungle initially resisted the water but ended up soaking the entire amount through several layers after a few minutes. Though both wool blankets, the Pendleton Yakima and Ektos Wool, obviously soaked up all the water we put on them, they both maintained a puddle for the amount of time it would take to grab a towel and clean it up. Wool also boasts the benefit of keeping its insulating powers even when wet.

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The Puffin (pictured), Rumpl, and Horizon Hound all repelled water completely during our testing - even across seams.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Packed Size


Depending on what kind of use you're hoping to get out of your camping blanket, you might care about its packed size and portability. We weighed every model we tested. We also measured their sizes in the stuff sacks they came with and crammed each one into a compression sack to see how small we could make them. We considered the usability of each stuff sack and any features that might add to their versatility.


The apparent frontrunners in this metric are the two smallest down blankets we tested, the Rumpl Down Puffy and Horizon Hound Down. These blankets weigh barely more than a pound and can be squeezed into tiny spaces, making either of them solid contenders for a winter backpacking trip. Both also come with nearly identical stuff sacks that are narrow and thin with a roll-top that lets you compress them to a reasonably small size, even without a separate compression sack. This portability is ideal for travel where space is at a premium.

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The Rumpl is one of the lightest blankets we tested and comes in a convenient roll-top bag that lets you compress it to a surprisingly small size.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Though the SnugPak Jungle is heavier than we'd generally like for a portable option, it's also significantly larger than any other one-person camping blanket we tested and is the only one that comes with a true compression sack.

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The only blanket we tested to come with its own compression sack, the Snugpak Jungle blanket compresses into a fairly small little package considering how large it is.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Features & Design


Though we assigned this metric the lowest weight, each blanket's features and design elements still impact the overall performance. We considered extra features like pockets, loops, and tie-downs, as well as those little things we noticed during testing that don't fall into any other testing area, like warranties and washability.


The Kammok Firebelly has a host of snaps, zippers, and extra included straps that enable its spectacular versatility. It also comes with a waterproof rolltop stuff sack. The Nemo Puffin is the only camping blanket we tested that includes a zippered pocket on the actual blanket. This is an excellent spot for a set of keys, a rock (for weight on a windy day), or even the stuff sack itself, to stop it from being lost. The Rumpl is the only model we tested with four corner loops for tying or staking down on a windy day or hanging up to dry. The Horizon Hound and REI Camp also have a loop for hanging your blanket. The Zefabak includes small pockets on the two corners that end up on the front of your poncho, which can be used to keep your hands warm — as long as you have relatively long arms to reach them.

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When it comes to washing your blanket, it helps to have cross-stitching that keep the insulation where it's supposed to be.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

When it comes to cleaning them, each blanket differs in how you can treat it. All but three we tested can be washed at home in a front-loading washer on a delicate setting and air-dried. Down blankets can have their filling re-fluffed in your home dryer on a gentle, no-heat cycle with a few clean tennis balls. There are a couple of blankets that require special care: the Zefabak Down (hand-wash, spot treatment only), and the Pendleton Yakima (dry clean only). Probably the most alarming blanket we washed at home is the Ektos Wool blanket, which sheds lint and color like crazy for the first several washes. We think it will probably last longer if you can avoid washing it as much as possible.

camping blanket
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


Plenty of camping blankets out there cover a wide range of comfort and warmth. Some are easier to take care of, and some require special treatment. Some are small enough to take backpacking, while others are versatile enough for cold-weather camping or lazy Sundays on the couch. No matter what you want your camping blanket for, we hope our thorough testing has helped you find the best blankie for your needs.

Ben Applebaum-Bauch and Maggie Nichols


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