By Pamela Sapio
This time of year, our thoughts turn to all things cozy: crackling campfires, warm mugs of hot cocoa sipped beside a frost-covered window, snuggling up in our favorite fuzzy socks. So of course, it got us thinking about camp blankets.
From its early beginnings as a staple of warmth and survival on the unforgiving frontier, the modern camp blanket lives on as one of our favorite accessories for enjoying life both outdoors and indoors.
Whether at the campsite, on the road, or relaxing at home, there's just something so comforting about wrapping ourselves in a big, fluffy blanket. And to make them even more appealing, camp blankets nowadays come in loads of different styles and materials to match every lifestyle and every adventure.
There are blankets, and then there are camp blankets.
Sure, you could bring along any old throw on your next adventure, but there are some things camp blankets just do better. Here are a few things we love about these made-for-adventure heroes.
Unlike Grandma's favorite quilt, camp blankets don't weigh a metric ton, which makes them easy to pack and transport—and not just to your favorite campsite. In the spring and summer, they're great for beach days, picnics in the park, outdoor concerts, and lounging in the hammock. Come fall and winter, you can bring them along on road trips, tote them to sporting events and cozy cabin getaways, and even use them as an extra layer of comfort for guests visiting during the holidays.
Everyday blankets can be heavy, bulky, and hard to clean. Look, we've all crammed the comforter in the washing machine and then balked as it shimmied across the room, making a noise like a high-school marching band. Fortunately for anyone who enjoys low-maintenance comfort, camp blankets tend to be the opposite: lightweight, durable, and made for tossing in the washer so they're ready for the next adventure.
Great for gifting
Want to score major points this holiday season? Camp blankets are the perfect gift for literally everyone on your list. We're talking outdoor lovers, sports fans, van lifers, college students, dog lovers (did we mention easy to clean?), and yep even those happier-at-home hobbitses on your list.
NEW! Acadia and Highline Outdoor Blankets
Looking for a hassle-free, go-anywhere camp blanket that won't empty your wallet and also happens to be stylish as heck? You're in luck! TETON Sports recently released their Acadia and Highline Outdoor Camp Blankets—both of which are on my holiday wish list.
Both styles feature a durable 30D poly ripstop shell and innovative fiber fill (the same fill used in their popular Celsius Sleeping Bags) for maximum warmth. The Acadia and Acadia Mammoth blankets (named for Acadia National Park in Maine) feature a soft brushed poly backing, while the Highline (named for the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park) has a rugged weather-resistant backing for added ground protection.
But the best part? The colors are dazzling—and the bold colorblock design is an instant eye catcher. Whether you gravitate toward the brighter jewel tones or a more understated palette of earthy hues, it's bound to be your new favorite accessory.
The Acadia and Highline Outdoor Blankets are machine washable and come with a handy stuff sack for easy storage. Grab one for yourself and everyone on your list!