The 6 Best Blankets for Camping in the Backcountry

The 6 Best Blankets for Camping in the Backcountry

The 6 Best Blankets for Camping in the Backcountry


When you head outside, no matter the season, you’re going to need (or at least want) a camping blanket. Unless your sleeping bag is perfect, having another way to keep warm is extra important. In the winter months, a camping blanket can really be the difference between a comfortable sleep and a horrible one. In the summer months or desert hiking, temperatures still drop low at night, and the humidity can make sleep uncomfortable. These blankets for camping can help cover what a sleeping bag can’t.

These are some of the blankets for camping you may want to look for:

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1. Eddie Bauer Down Throw

When it’s Eddie Bauer, you know the quality is good. This company makes a lot of various products for the outdoors, including awesome blankets for camping. The Eddie Bauer Down Throw has 600 fill Premium Down Insulation. Meanwhile, the polyester shell keeps the blanket like a thermos.  And, although it’s meant to keep you extra warm, it’s still an ultralight blanket, for maximum transport out into the backcountry.

Price: $56.00

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2. Cocoon Cool Max Blanket

If your idea of warmth involves making a cocoon over yourself, then the Cocoon Cool Max Blanket is perfect for you. Whether you take this blanket to your campsite or on a thru-hike, it will always be there for you. It’s lightweight and 100% polyester, so it’s easy to bring along in your bag. This blanket is meant for more casual use and not for extreme winters. But, it’s definitely great to use near the campfire. And, it comes in tons of great colors!

Price: $30

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3. Pendleton Yakima Camping Blanket

This company is an expert on blankets, whether it’s for home or the trail. But, the one you’re going to want to take is the Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket. It comes in both twin and queen sizes (for cuddling), but as always, bigger is better if you want to stay warm. According to the site, the blanket itself has been modeled after what the “Early shepherds used to to brave the elements of the Pacific Northwest.” It’s made from pure virgin wool and cotton and comes in awesome designs. What are you waiting for?

Price: $139/Twin $179/Queen

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4. Sea to Summit CoolMax Adaptor Liner

Sometimes blankets for camping can function as more than just a blanket. And, when it comes to being outdoors, any one thing that can perform more than one function is absolutely awesome. Sea to Summit, who’s known for making great outdoor gear, has available for you the CoolMax Adaptor Liner. Add this liner to your current sleeping bag situation to keep the dampness our of your sleeping bag in the warmer, more humid months. And, you can also use it as a casual camping blanket when it gets chilly.

Price: $47.95

5. Kammok Firebelly Quilt

Quilts have a different meaning in the outdoors than they do at home. And, that’s a good thing. The Kammok Firebelly Quilt is one of the perfect blankets for camping in the backcountry. It’s made with 750 hydrophobic down feathers and a unique technology which makes this a “cordless heating blanket.” It’ll keep you warm on casual camping trips as well as extensive backcountry excursions. Sure, it’s pricier than other blankets on this list, but you definitely get what you pay for!

Price: $299

6. Insulated Jungle Travel Blanket

Camping blankets aren’t just for comfort and warmth. While camping or making your way through the trail, a blanket can also help in case of an emergency. The Insulated Jungle Travel Blanket by Snugpak does just that. And, it folds up easily for lightweight trekking but still has enough room to keep you warm. Additionally, it’s antibacterial, anti-microbial, windproof and water resistant. Basically, it can handle a “jungle!”

Price: $33

There are many different kinds of blankets for camping that you can bring outdoors. If you have a favorite, there’s no issue in bringing that. Just keep in mind that certain blankets are meant for camping and the outdoors, while others are meant for home. This means that unfavorable weather conditions won’t ruin it. It also means you can bring along a blanket without it taking up too much weight or space in your bag. 

Do you have another camping blanket you love to use outdoors? Let us know in the comments below!

hanalarock I'm Hana- a freelance travel writer and teacher who currently lives in South Korea. I'm originally from New York, but have spent the last two years traveling and living abroad. My first time hiking in the US was when I traveled around the country as a teenager. Though, my first adult backpacking trip was a year ago, when I hiked from Thailand down to Singapore for a month. I'm looking forward to many more adventures in the future. Visit my site for more information.