When you’re going on a long journey, the comfort of a travel blanket is essential to make things that little bit more pleasant. Airplanes can be chilly when flying thousands of feet in the sky, so a compact travel blanket is ideal if you don’t want to take anything too bulky or heavy in your hand luggage.
Travel blankets are made from soft and lightweight materials that can be easily rolled or folded up for carrying on a plane, ferry, train, car or during an expedition. Here’s our 5 best travel blankets to keep you warm on your travels.
Our 5 Best Travel Blankets Reviewed
5. Milestone Camping Thermal Fleece Blanket
With its winning blend of softness and versatility, the Milestone Camping Thermal Fleece is almost indescribably comfortable and is the best travel blanket for airplane or car journeys.
Made from 200 g/sm of thermal polar fleece in a dark charcoal grey colour, it’s big enough (150 x 120 cm) to completely wrap around yourself without being too large to fill up your travel bag. This fleece is guaranteed to keep you warm on chilly journeys and feels extraordinarily soft against your skin.
It’s an all-season blanket which means it will keep you warm even in the coldest months of the year. There are so many occasions when this blanket could prove invaluable – camping, youth hostelling, on a Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, or during a sleepover.
4. Trespass Snuggles Travel Blanket
A blanket designed for use on hiking expeditions along cold mountain trails, the Trespass Snuggles Blanket will keep you toasty warm in cold conditions whilst folding up small enough to fit into a rucksack. Made from polyester, you can choose from four colour options – blue, navy blue, pink and charcoal. Why not pick one for each member of the family?
A must for any outdoor adventurer, the Trespass Snuggles Travel Blanket is big enough to completely wrap around an average-sized adult and several times around a child.
Speaking of children, the Trespass Snuggles is also easy to wash and dry fast, making it the best travel blanket for giving your child a comforting sense of home during their first Cub or Brownie camp.
3. Highlander Fleece Travel Blanket
Described as a picnic blanket, the Highlander Fleece Travel Blanket is edged in a traditional blanket stitch and is remarkably soft to touch. It comes in in a choice of three bright cheerful shades – olive, blue or red – but this blanket’s overriding feature is its useful carry strap, which makes it neat, tidy and easy to carry, weighing only 581 g.
With dimensions of 1.3m x 1.75m, the Highlander Fleece Travel Blanket is definitely roomy enough to keep you warm and cosy around the campfire. The essential accompaniment to any family day out; use it for wrapping up your kids on a windy British beach after a chilly swim or as an additional layer of insulation on a sleeping bag.
2. AA Travel Blanket
A fluffy, light grey, super-soft polyester blanket with contrasting black stitching along the edges, the AA Travel Fleece Blanket is the ideal companion on long car journeys. Made from a warm fleece and measuring 120 x 150cm, this travel blanket has a multitude of possible uses.
Lay it on the back seat of your car to protect your seats from muddy dog paws after a long country walk. You could use it to keep a wheelchair user’s legs cosy on cold days. Or you could keep it permanently in the car for emergency use – the blanket can also be purchased with a handy first aid kit, containing an emergency foil blanket, safety gloves and more.
1. Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Travel Blanket
A clever invention, the Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Travel Blanket is so comfortable and convenient, you’ll never want to travel without it again. It’s available in two sizes – 38 x 60 cm and 40 x 42 cm – and three colours; blue, navy blue and grey.
It’s an ultra-soft poncho style blanket made from Premium Plush that completely covers you from shoulders to toes, so you never have to worry about it slipping off.
The Travelrest Premier Travel Blanket is described as a ‘4-in-1’ as it is a blanket, pillow, poncho and has a large front pocket where you can store glasses, earphones or any small valuables.
When inside this bag, it can be used as a travel pillow for the head or neck, and lumbar support. It also features a built-in carry case, as well as a drawstring stuff-sack, making it easy to keep the washable blanket clean when not in use.
The Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Travel Blanket is perfect for long-haul flights, a coach trip or at home snuggled on a sofa recovering from a cold. It’s just the type of blanket you need for each and every journey, especially as it only weighs 20 ounces once folded in its pouch.