Whether you’re traveling a short distance or on a long haul trip, you want to be comfortable, right? With thousands of travel blankets to choose from, we’ve narrowed things down to 7 of our favorite ultralight travel blankets.
In each case, we’ve evaluated how comfortable they feel, how good they look, and how practical they are to take out and about with you—be your journey by plane, train, or automobile.
Despite being ultra light, packing the blanket neatly can be a little tricky so we recommend buying some space saver bags so you can roll up your blankets and compress them. RoomierLife Travel Space Saver Bags don’t require a fancy pump, you can just push the excess air out. They’re just the right size for storing a blanket or even a pillow, and you don’t have to worry about using your vacuum cleaner to do so. They’re a super practical way to take an already lightweight blanket and really smoosh it down for easy packing.
Here are our favorite ultralight blankets for when you need to be cosier on your travels.
Lug Nap Sac Blanket and Pillow ($28)
As the name suggests, the Lug Nap Sac Blanket and Pillow isn’t just a blanket, it’s a combo pack with a pillow and blanket made of super cozy fleece. The pillow is inflatable so, despite the full size when it use, it packs tight.
The ability to inflate the pillow means you can get things as firm or as soft as you like it. The fleece blanket does the rest of the hard work, keeping you snug as a bug while traveling. It won’t cover your whole body unless you’re very small, but that’s a small price to pay for convenience. Oftentimes, you’ll be just as happy with most of your body covered as you would be all your limbs.
World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket ($11)
Keeping things simple, the World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket is effectively a blanket you could use on your couch as well as while traveling. Made from 100% polyester fleece-knit, it’s very comfy as well as machine-washable.
It unrolls to 50 x 60 so it should be good for most needs, plus it’s available in multiple different colors. There’s no case or extra features to this blanket, but that’s where the space saver bags we suggested above come into play, right?
Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Travel Blanket with Pocket ($30)
Do you like your blankets like your tech? Full of features? Then the Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Travel Blanket with Pocket is the blanket for you. The blanket works as a typical blanket, but it also doubles as a poncho that covers your shoulders entirely without slipping down.
Additionally, the blanket works as a pillow for your head, neck, or lumbar region, easily squashing down to support key areas of your spine, or simply keeping your head supported on a plane. There’s a built-in carry case with straps to easily transport it around, while also keeping it clean. There’s even pockets for storing your vital bits and pieces. It’s quite versatile and, more importantly, very comfortable to snuggle up with.
Travelrest 4-in-1 Travel Blanket - Ultra Plush and Soft Poncho Style Blanket – Includes Built-in Carry Case, Stuff Sack and Zippered Pocket – Ideal Airplane Blanket Weighing Just 20 Ounces.
Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel Blanket & Case ($20)
The Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel Blanket & Case is a rather stylish combination of pillow and blanket. Made from comfortable microfibers and fleece, it measures 60 inches by 36 inches which should be perfect for most people’s needs. It’s machine-washable too so if you’re worried about getting it dirty, that’s solved quickly enough.
Besides squashing down to form a lumbar support pillow, it can also be folded down into a 12 inch by 7 inch by 4 inch travel case with a durable handle that makes it simple to carry alongside your other luggage. Simply place it behind your head or back to enjoy some crucial support while resting. It’s just right for a flight.
Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel and Throw Blanket Plus Compact Case - for Home and Travel - Doubles as Lumbar Pillow and Neck Support Pillow - French Microfiber Comfort - Charcoal
Cocoon CoolMax Blanket ($37)
Rolled up to look kind of like a sleeping bag, the Cocoon CoolMax Blanket is a little pricey for a blanket but very comfortable. It’s made from a special midweight CoolMax knit that means it’s warm but breathable. It keeps moisture away from your body so you won’t sweat. You’ll just feel suitably cosy.
Thanks to its storage bag, it’s easy to take with you as another piece of hand luggage or to just toss in the car for when you need to warm up. It’s not the biggest blanket out there so only expect it to cover one person, but that’s just right for the lone traveler.
Lewis N Clark Plush Travel Blanket ($19)
With a strap specifically designed to slip onto your luggage handle, it’s hard to not be immediately endeared towards the Lewis N Clark Plush Travel Blanket. It’s well designed, super soft, and warm too.
It rolls up neatly so it doesn’t stick out amongst your luggage (or you could always use a space saver bag), and it looks comfy enough that other travelers will envy your choice of blanket. It measures 62 x 37 so it’s very much a one person blanket, but that’s just fine for when you’re sitting on a plane for an extended period.
Lewis N. Clark Super Soft Plush Portable Travel Blanket for Airplane, Camping, Office + Baby with Carry Straps, Gray, One Size
Forestfish Fleece Throw Blanket ($16)
The Forestfish Fleece Throw Blanket is designed for people like me—people terrible at putting things carefully back into compact pockets or carry cases. The blanket includes a drawstring bag to store it in, meaning you can shove it in and mostly squash it down to be reasonably compact. Sure, for any long distances, we’d recommend using a space saver bag instead, but this is ideal if you’re simply driving somewhere and want some extra comfort.
The material is machine washable, pill resistant, and distinctly warm and cozy, so you’re sure to be happy wherever you use it. It’s available in three different styles too.