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12 Cozy Travel Blankets to Bring on the Plane

It’s tough to get comfortable—much less sleep—on a long-haul flight, especially if you’re stuck in coach. And a thin, possibly dirty airplane blanket isn’t much help. Give yourself a fighting chance by bringing your own soft, cozy travel blanket from home instead.

Below are the best travel blankets at a variety of price points. Many that can also double as a scarf, poncho, or pillow. Stuff one into your carry-on for a more comfortable flight.

Parachute Merino Travel Kit

Parachute Merino Travel Kit.

This kit from Parachute includes not only a luxe travel blanket made of fine merino wool, but also a matching eye mask and a carrying kit. The elegant design and antimicrobial (and therefore anti-odor) properties of the merino wool make this one of the better luxury travel blanket options. 

E Marie Travel Packable Travel Blanket

E Marie Travel Packable Travel Blanket.

This generously sized travel blanket from E Marie Travel, measuring 82 by 36 inches, was chosen by Oprah for her 2019 Favorite Things list. You can use it as either a blanket or a scarf, then pack it into its own carrying case. It’s machine washable for easy care between trips. 

Cocoon CoolMax Blanket

Cocoon CoolMax Blanket.

The CoolMax Blanket is made of a lightweight material that breathes well and wicks away moisture. It comes in a wide variety of colors, folds up into a compact drawstring carrying pouch, and is machine washable.

White and Warren Travel Wrap

White and Warren Travel Wrap.

For a luxury travel blanket that also serves as an ultra-soft scarf, try the White and Warren Travel Wrap. It’s pricey, but that’s because it’s made of 100 percent cashmere that feels indulgent and looks elegant in any travel situation. One of White and Warren’s bestsellers for more than two decades, it comes in 19 different shades. 

Comfort Plus 3-in-1 Premium Travel Blanket

Comfort Plus 3-in-1 Premium Travel Blanket.

Made of soft microfleece, this affordable three-in-one item can be used as a travel blanket, a pillow, or a neck roll. It folds away into a carrying pouch that can be strapped to the handle of your suitcase or personal item for easy carrying. 

Zestt Organics Cotton Travel Set

Zestt Organics Cotton Travel Set

This travel set from Zestt Organics features a matching organic cotton travel blanket and eye mask, complete with a carry bag that attaches to your luggage handle. The set comes in your choice of four classic colors: navy, charcoal, light gray, or birch. 

Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Travel Blanket

Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Travel Blanket.

Versatile and reasonably priced, the Travelrest 4-in-1 blanket is designed in a pullover poncho style, so it won’t slide down while you’re drifting off on the plane. It’s made of plush fleece that always feels soft, and it has a zipper pocket where you can stow small items during a nap. Fold it up into its stuff pouch to use it as a pillow for your neck, head, or lower back. 

World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket

World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket.

If you’re looking for a comfy fleece travel blanket at a bargain price, consider this option from World’s Best. Made of machine-washable polyester, this blanket measures 60 by 50 inches and is warm without being bulky.

Sofia Cashmere Romagnia Suede Travel Set

Sofia Cashmere Romagnia Suede Travel Set.

Looking to splurge? Treat yourself to the cashmere travel blanket, eye mask, and zippered carrying case that make up the Romagnia Suede Travel Set. This indulgent kit will make you feel like you’re in first class even if you’re stuck in a middle seat in coach. 

BeWell Packable Travel Blanket

BeWell Packable Travel Blanket.

For an affordable, eco-friendly option, try the BeWell Packable Travel Blanket. It’s made of 100 percent bamboo fiber, one of the more sustainable fabrics available, and is both soft and lightweight. It zips into its own carrying pocket. 

Etsy Personalized Travel Blanket

Etsy Personalized Travel Blanket.

Add your name or initials to personalize this plush travel blanket from seller MissMarisasMonograms on Etsy. The blanket can be used as a pillow when it’s folded into its carrying case, and is made of lightweight polyester. This makes a great gift for yourself or a frequent-traveler friend.

Pavilia Fleece Travel Blanket Pillow

Pavilia Fleece Travel Blanket Pillow.

Unfold this fleece travel blanket to keep you warm on a plane, or fasten the zippers on each side to turn it into a pillow or hand warmer. Choose from various solid-colored options or pick up the blanket in a cozy-looking red plaid.

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By Sarah Schlichter

Deputy Executive Editor Sarah Schlichter's idea of a perfect trip includes spotting exotic animals, hiking through pristine landscapes, exploring new neighborhoods on foot, and soaking up as much art as she can. She often attempts to recreate recipes from her international travels after she gets home (which has twice resulted in accidental kitchen fires—no humans or animals were harmed).

Sarah joined the SmarterTravel team in 2017 after more than a decade at the helm of IndependentTraveler.com. Sarah's practical travel advice has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Budget Travel, and Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio. Follow her on Twitter @TravelEditor.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "A journal. Even years later, reading my notes from a trip can bring back incredibly vivid memories."

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "Road tripping and hiking through the rugged mountains of Patagonia."

Travel Motto: "'To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.'—Freya Stark"

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle. I get restless on long flights and like to be able to move around without disturbing anyone else."

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