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With spring and summer summer just around the corner, car camping, backyard chilling, park picnics, and even outdoor sporting events beckon us to take stock of our outdoor gear collections. One thing we're adding to the go-to bag: a blanket dedicated to outdoor activities.
Made with sustainable insulation, traceable down, recycled polyester fleece, and other performance-driven materials, these reliable outdoor blankets are world’s better than any old sherpa fleece or wool blanket (Pendleton or not) or cheap fleece blanket from Amazon. Our picks are tried and true, designed to help maximize good vibes while keeping your bum dry and/or your extremities warm during periods of outdoor adventure or just just chilling on the couch.
So grab one of the following outdoors-ready camping blankets, or even an outdoorsy snuggie (we hear they're making a comeback), and stay comfy all season long.
13 Best Outdoor Blankets of 2023
Best All-Around Blanket: Therm-a-Rest Ramble Down Blanket
Seattle-based Therm-a-Rest consistently delivers functionality and comfort. Another hella puffy option, the Ramble Down Blanket is among the lightest outdoor blankets on this list thanks to 650-fill down, and its exterior has a DWR treatment for added water-resistance. Nevertheless, it's extra large yet extremely packable, which makes it perfect for your next camping trip. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Weight: 1 lb 8 oz
Dimensions: 88 x 88 inches
Price: $350 SHOP NOW
Most Colorful: Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket
With its Original Puffy Blanket, Rumpl more or less created the insulated outdoor blanket market as we know it today. This new version of their OG outdoor throw is made with 100% post-consumer recycled NanoLoft insulation and a DWR treatment for weather repellency. It's hard to ignore that appealing ombré print too, which is reversible to reveal a solid color on the underside. The whole thing packs down into an included stuff sack for packability and accessibility. For an ultralight option, check out the NanoLoft Travel version.
Weight: 1 lb 12 oz
Dimensions: 52 x 75 inches
Price: $180 SHOP NOW
Most Versatile: Kammok Bobcat Backpacking Quilt
One of the most versatile blankets on the list, Kammok's Bobcat model quilt is a waterproof outdoor blanket made with rip-stop nylon with a DWR coating and 600-fill duck down. But that's not all. It converts to poncho mode, hammock underquilt mode, and sleeping bag mode, thanks to some handy and non-obtrusive extra features. Let's hear a round of applause for the jack-of-all-trades of quilts.
Weight: 1 lb 4 oz
Dimensions: 55 x 84 inches
Price: $199 SHOP NOW
Best Lightweight Blanket: Montbell Down Blanket
This medium-sized down blanket looks minimalist on the outside but converts to a shawl or a skirt with drawstring, making it a superior option that's wearable for added versatility. Of course, it still works well as a regular old blanket in the tent, van, or at home.
Weight: 7 oz
Dimensions: 38 x 52 inches
Price: $99 SHOP NOW
Best Blanket for Campfires: Snow Peak x Rumpl NanoLoft Takibi Blanket
Named after the word for bonfire in Japanese, this collab brings one of a kind features to the camping blanket category. With Snow Peak's fire-resistant recycled fabric on one side and Rumpl's windproof and flame-proof recycled 20D nylon on the other, this blanket is built for hangouts by the fire; what Snow Peak calls "Takibi Time." Gaze into the flames, knowing that an errant spark won't spoil your night.
Weight: 1 lb 11 oz
Dimensions: 50 x 70 inches
Price: $200 SHOP NOW
Most Luxurious Blanket: Feathered Friends Down Throw Blanket
Feathered Friends is a fave OG PNW brand with an unbeatable name, and it makes this no-frills 700-fill hypoallergenic throw with high-quality, outdoor-grade materials. As the rickety chair in the above photo suggests, this blanket is our top pick for getting snuggly by the wood stove in an old cabin.
Weight: 2 lbs 2 oz
Dimensions: 48 x 66 inches
Price: $145 SHOP NOW
Best Affordable Outdoor Blanket: Stoic Basecamp Bivy Quilt
Stoic's Basecamp Bivy Quilt is a huge blanket for its price at 84 by 84 inches, and it's packed with synthetic acrylic insulation and coated with a water repellent finish, so it's not like the company cut any corners. As a Backcountry-exclusive brand, Stoic makes high-quality camp gear with accessible prices aimed at lowering the financial barrier of entry in the outdoors. This blanket also helps first-time campers get used to the feeling of a sleeping bag without the constriction, and it's perfect for two.
Weight: 3 lbs
Dimensions: 84 x 84 inches
Most Portable: Matador Pocket Blanket Mini
For pack-weight conscious solo-sitters or cozy couples, this impressively compact outdoor blanket is just the ticket. The fold-up design sports a volume that rivals even the smallest flip phone of yesteryear with useful features like water and puncture resistance. Sports fans might find it useful in as an ultra-compact stadium blanket, insulated bums against cold seats. Synthetic materials should make it a good candidate for machine washing after repeated use.
Weight: 3.5 oz
Dimensions: 44 x 28 inches
Best for Backpacking: REI Co-op Down Camp Blanket
This 600-fill goose down insulated blanket is available in two sizes and features a DWR treatment, packs down to roughly twice the size of a Nalgene, and is made of recycled polyester fabric. The color may leave something to be desired, but at this price, it's going to be tough to find a bigger or better down blanket for camping.
Weight: 1 lb 6 oz
Dimensions: 54 x 70 inches
Price: $100 SHOP NOW
Most Durable: Dometic GO Camp Blanket
Waterproof picnic blanket, picnic blanket, weather shelter, or just something to cuddle under on a cooler night—Dometic's new GO Camp blanket does it all. The waterproof base means you can throw it down on the grass at outdoor events or even use it as a beach mat (it's not sand-proof, but close), while the padded top acts as an insulating layer between you and the elements. Don't worry about getting it dirty, either, because you can clean it easily in your home washing machine.
Weight: 4 lbs
Dimensions: 55 x 79 inches
Price: $90 SHOP NOW
Best for Cozy Camping: Big Agnes Camp Robber Down Blanket
Big Agnes has been making high-quality sleeping bags for years, and their Camp Robber Down Blanket packs all that experience in every stitch. It's made from 100% recycled water-repellent fabric and, as one of the biggest blankets on this list, will keep you warm and cozy all night long, no problem.
Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz
Dimensions: 80 x 88 inches
Price: $250 SHOP NOW
Best Summertime Blanket: Kelty Galactic Down Blanket
If you're not typically into camping gear that strays too far from classic neutral colors and patterns, give Kelty’s galactic camo blankets a second look and thought. With 550-fil down, this lightweight and compressible outdoor throw blanket is perfect for those cool summertime nights under the stars.
Weight: 1 lb 12.6 oz
Dimensions: 55 x 72 inches
Price: $125 SHOP NOW
Best Blanket for Dog Owners: Yeti Lowlands Blanket
Although it's not the coziest outdoor blanket on this list, Yeti's Lowlands is the most capable of transforming any terrain into the perfect base camp for you and your furry friend. In addition to being machine washable (that's a huge plus for cleaning up pet hair) the exterior is 100% waterproof and durable, which also makes it a suitable outdoor picnic blanket or beach blanket, though it does have an insulated interior with some cushioning. The Lowlands is large, but comes with a handy fold-up travel bag you can tote it around in thanks to a handy carry strap.
Weight: 5 lbs 12.8oz
Dimensions: 55 x 78 inches
Price: $200 SHOP NOW