Whether you’re going camping, heading to a sporting event, rocking out at a concert, or star gazing, you gotta have a blanket to keep you warm outside. There’s nothing worse than going out to enjoy a summer evening, only for a breeze to kick up and ruin your night with its frigid persistence. And yes, of course you can bring a jacket, but not only are those not built for two, even the warmest of outerwear will leave the legs hanging. Nope, in times of summer (or even spring, winter or fall) evening events, it’s best to have an outdoor blanket handy. They’re even helpful to have in the event of an emergency.
Here are 8 of our favorites that do double duty as protection from the elements and for cozy comfort. Keep them in your car for spur of the moment picnics with your partner, or pack them away with your camping gear for an extra-layer of warmth on cool nights in the wild.
1. HYSEAS Water Resistant All Purpose Blanket
You can’t go wrong with the HYSEAS Water Resistant All Purpose Blanket. At 73 by 80 inches, it’s extra large to provide maximum coverage. One side is soft coral fleece and the other side is water-resistant material that keeps ground moisture from seeping in and getting you wet. the HYSEAS is a great blanket to have handy either stored in your car or in your bag on outdoor adventures.
2. Instant Heat Blanket
Next time you feel a chill, wrap yourself in the Instant Heat Blanket. It will keep you warm, cozy and comfortable during the frigid winter or when you feel a draft indoors during the summer. And, it’s sumptuous softness will have you relaxed in no time. No electricity needed—the blanket reflects your own body heat.
3. XL Plush Fleece Outdoor Stadium Blanket
This is the perfect blanket to bring to the big ball game. The XL Plush Fleece Outdoor Stadium Blanket is rainproof and windproof thanks to its exterior, water-repelling shell. It melts the cold away with its soft, warm interior lining. And you can toss it right in the washer when you’re done for easy cleaning.
4. Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket
The Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket by Make it Fun is ready when you need it and out of the way when you don’t, thanks to it’s ability to fold to the size of a small bag. And when you do need it, this compact blanket unfolds into a startling 90 by 80 inch rectangle that’s great as a blanket to lie on for a picnic, or a blanket to cover you and your partner in warmth on a cool evening. This blanket also sports a waterproof backing so you don’t have to worry about morning dew or a little weather and is made from 100% polar fleece. At only 1.3lbs, it’s an easy blanket to keep around without adding too much extra weight to your pack.
5. Snugpak Jungle Blanket
The Snugpak Jungle Blanket is designed to get you through the most uncomfortable of outings. It’s made with travel soft insulation that’s warm and lightweight, not to mention antibacterial and antimicrobial. And you’ll love how it compresses down to a mere 6 by 6 inches for lightweight, compact travelling.
6. Columbia Sportswear Indoor-Outdoor Fleece Throw Blanket
Columbia is known for making exceptional outerwear that helps you brave the elements. Now, the Columbia Sportswear Indoor-Outdoor Fleece Throw Blanket offers the same protection to warm you while outside or keep you cozy on the couch inside. It also features a helpful zipper storage pocket for your keys, phone, and wallet—great for outdoor concerts for when you want to keep your hands free to clap along and cheer.
7. Fairbault Wollen Mill Company Throw Blanket
Want to stay warm and stylish? Check out the Fairbault Wollen Mill Company Throw Blanket. It has a smart striped chestnut design that’s made from 100% lambswool. And when you’re not snuggled up under it, this blanket makes a timeless accent that can transform any room.
8. Woolly Mammoth Woolen Company Explorer Collection Blanket
Why settle for just any old blanket when you can keep cozy under the Woolly Mammoth Woolen Company Explorer Collection Blanket? It’s woven with 80% premium virgin Merino wool. And while it’s a whopping 66 by 90 inches, it only weights 4 pounds. That’s just what you’ll want to reach for after a long day of backpacking, boating, fishing or hiking. This is the blanket that makes camping much more comfortable.