BYOB: Bring your own blanket when you travel

Now that the pandemic has turned all of us into germaphobes, the thought of using one of those airline blankets isn’t very appealing. The fact is that some airlines only washed them every five to 30 days and merely refolded them between flights. Yuck!

These days, many airlines aren’t even handing them out  so if you get chilly during your flight, you’re on your own. Thankfully, there are a number of good options for compact travel blankets that you can take with you when you fly. Fortunately, they are made small enough that they can be stowed easily into your carry-on bag. Here are some of the ones that I like:

BLOW THE BUDGET

The Comfy

The Comfy
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ls it a blanket? A poncho? A hoodie? The Comfy is all of those things and, like its name suggests, it will keep you comfortable not only on flights, but in hotels, when you’re camping or even in your own home. It may not be the height of fashion, but would you rather look cool or be warm?

Five-star review:  “These things are amazing. super comfortable, super warm. they wash well and have been durable. we take them camping too. make a great pillow if you get warm in the night.”

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MIDDLE OF THE PACK

EverSnug Travel Blanket and Pillow

EverSnug travel blanket and pillow
Handout photo via Amazon

I like this blanket/pillow set because you can stuff the blanket into its pouch to turn it into a handy pillow or pull it out when you need to wrap yourself inside something warm. The blanket is quite large at 65″ x 40″ which is bigger than your average airline blanket which always seem to leave some part of you exposed.

Five-star review: “The EverSnug travel blanket is a decent size for one person only of average height and built. It is extremely lightweight and super soft and dries quickly when washed. It is easy to fold as the case is quite generous for the item. In addition to an elastic strap to the rear of the outer case, that slots easily over the extended handle of hand luggage, there is also a large clip that can be fastened to the handle where there is no extendable handle. The only exception is the description of this product as a ‘travel blanket AND pillow’ when it can only be used as one or the other, but not both simultaneously. As a pillow it is comfortable. I had no problems going through security with it at Gatwick Airport for a long haul flight.”

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BARGAIN PRICE

World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket

travel blanket
Handout photo via Amazon

A good, inexpensive blanket doesn’t need to be a “cheap blanket.” This soft and cozy travel blanket is not only affordable, but will providesall the warmth and comfort you need. Lightweight and compact, the Texas-based manufacturer calls it “The World’s Best Microfleece Blanket.” Best of all, it doesn’t take up much room, leaving you plenty of room in your bags for books and souvenirs.

Five-star review: “I bring this blanket on every trip I go on. It’s a perfect size, warm and lightweight for travel. Especially on long flights, this is one of my essential items for quality sleep. It’s also easy to throw in the wash which is important too. The only thing that could make this product better is if it came with a carrying bag, but I just use a packing cube and that works fine too.”

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