Mylar Men's Emergency Thermal Blanket
Mambe Large Extreme Weather Outdoor Blanket
Dukal Heat Reflective Emergency Blanket
The emergency blanket (space blanket) is recognized today as essential outdoor kit. They’re also essential items for homeowners who live in areas prone to heavy weather, RV owners and more. Below are the 10 best emergency blankets on the market today.
The Best Emergency Blanket
You’ll be halfway to safety in any tight spot if you’ve got a couple of these in your pack. Mylar Men’s Emergency Thermal Blankets reflect 90% of body heat, weigh next to nothing and are large enough to wrap securely around you. They’re bacteria resistant and can be put to a dozen other uses as well. And if it is really cold outside, be sure to combine this with a tent heater from our list.
Warm and windproof in all conditions
54 x 84 inches when open
Aluminized non-stretch polyester
Available in multiple colors
- Weight1 pounds
The pack of 10 ensures you’re ready for anything
Won’t attract mold or mildew
Not the most durable fabric around
Retains 90% of body heat
Compact and easily portable
52 x 84 inches
- Weight12 ounces
Multiple uses including rain shell, wind block and more
Small and light enough to take anywhere
Tear pretty easy
The Jungle Blanket from SnugPak is several steps up from the mylar emergency blanket we’ve all come to know. It doesn’t boast the heat retention of mylar but it does provide something a foil blanket can’t: comfort. Rated to 36° Fahrenheit.
Antimicrobial and antibacterial
Rated to 36° Fahrenheit
64 x 76 inches when open
Compression sack included
- Weight1.56 pounds
It’s hard to overestimate the value of comfort
Weighs in at a trim 25 ounces
Stitching is suspect in places
The Arcturus Heavy Military Wool Blanket is completely unadorned army blanket functionality that won’t let you down in a tough spot, as long as you commit yourself to lugging it around in your backpack. 66 x 88 inches means it will accommodate 2 if need be, provided both are average sized. If you are travelling with a companion, be sure to also check out our list of the best double sleeping bags for more great items like this.
80% wool blend
Retains its heat retention ability when wet
Durable hem stitching all around
Weight 4 lbs
- Weight5.2 pounds
Welcome addition to your survival gear
The 80% wool blend provides outstanding warmth
Will add 4 pounds to your hiking backpack
The Swiss Safe Emergency Mylar Thermal Blanket is available in an array of colors that allow you to choose how visible you’ll be in an emergency. Like most mylar blankets these can be put to myriad uses including as a storm shelter, a ground cover, a solar oven and more.
Fabric originally developed for NASA
Waterproof, windproof and bacteria resistant
Retains up to 90% of body heat
Weighs a scant 2 ounces
- BrandSwiss Safe
- Weight8.8 ounces
So light you can take them anywhere
Comes with a bonus gold foil blanket
Keep them away from heat and sharp objects
Corner grommets for staking
5 x 7 feet when open
Warmer than wool
- Weight12 ounces
Holds up many times better than mylar
The corner grommets come in handy for making a shelter
May be too heavy to carry in your backpack
Reflects more than 95% of body heat
Waterproof and windproof
Weight 2.5 ounces
56 x 84 inches when open
- BrandS.O.L Survive Outdoors Longer
- Weight1 pounds
Large enough to use as emergency shelter
No smell to attract wildlife
Like all such blankets it doesn’t breathe
Large corner grommets
60 x 82 inches when open
Waterproof and windproof
Attractive carrying pouch
- Weight15.7 ounces
Does a great job holding in body heat
Can be staked to the ground
Heavy by the standards of emergency blankets
There’s no doubt the Mambe Extreme Weather Outdoor Blanket is one of the most comfortable emergency blankets on the market. The Polartec® Classic 300 fleece is thick and warm and soft to the touch and the blanket will stand its ground against the coldest temps.
Extremely warm genuine Polartec® 300 fleece
Primaloft® synthetic insulation
58 x 84 inches when open
Windproof and water resistant
- BrandMambe Blanket Company
- Weight6.22 pounds
More comfortable than traditional emergency blankets
Makes for a great stadium blanket
Heavy and expensive
From the luxury of the Mambe Outdoor Blanket we return to basics with the Dukal Heat Reflective Emergency Blanket. This is a bare bones mylar emergency blanket that will provide warmth and wind resistance if you’re lost in the woods or the victim of a natural disaster.
Waterproof mylar construction
Retains more than 90% of body heat
52 x 84 inches when open
Weighs a scant 1 ounce
- Weight0.96 ounces
Affordable, no frills emergency kit
Lightweight and compact for hiking
If you like bare bones products you’ll love this
Emergency Blanket Buyer’s Guide
What to Consider When Purchasing an Emergency Blanket:
- Material - 90% of all emergency blankets sold today are mylar and for a few very good reasons. First, they retain virtually all your body heat, second, they weigh almost nothing so they’re easy to bring into the woods with you and third, they’re cheaper than a beer in a bar. There are other materials out there as well. But they’re typically heavier and way more expensive. However, they will provide you what mylar can’t: comfort.
- Length - Most emergency blankets today whether mylar or otherwise are 82 or 84 inches in length by 52 or 54 inches wide. That’s plenty large enough to cover a 6 footer of average build or cover 2 smaller folks or kids, should the need arise. It’s also large enough to use as a ground sheet if you just want to lay your bag out on the ground for the night and enjoy the stars.
- Weight - The standard mylar emergency blanket weighs about 2 - 2.5 ounces. Consequently you can take however many you feel you need. More involved emergency blankets like the 80% wool army blanket or the Mambe Super Extreme Blanket can weigh up to 6 pounds and take up considerable space in your pack. Still they’re worth having in the trunk or under the sink.
- Waterproofing - A good emergency blanket should be waterproof because cold isn’t the only hazard you might face if you lose your way or your home is compromised by flood water or tornado. Fortunately true mylar blankets are 100% waterproof. The problem is there are some pretty convincing looking fakes out there that won’t stop a raindrop. Caveat emptor.
- Windproofing - Keeping warm outdoors is as much about retaining heat as it is about blocking wind. Any emergency blanket worthy of the name is going to be an effective barrier against piercing cold winds that could plunge you into a state of hypothermia in short order.
- Durability - Since the average reflective blanket is about 12 microns thick and weighs just a couple of ounces durability just isn’t part of the game plan. They’re a short term fix. If you want something that’s going to last pick up the 80% wool blanket. That will be with you for decades if you take care of it.
Emergency Blanket FAQs
Q: What is an emergency blanket and what is it used for?
A: Emergency blankets are typically lightweight fabric whose mission is it to help you retain body heat, shield you from the wind and/or the rain and provide you a fighting chance to survive in the event of a natural disaster or hiking mishap. Not all emergency blankets are necessarily ultra-lightweight ‘space’ blankets though. Some are more traditional wool blankets or ones that utilize current state-of-the-art insulation to provide warmth and comfort to the afflicted. A foil blanket typically has myriad uses ranging from providing warmth to serving as an emergency shelter, ground cloth or windbreak.
Q: Are emergency blankets warm?
A: Since providing warmth is one of the primary missions of the emergency blanket any one worth its salt will provide copious warmth. And that goes for whether they’re made of ultra-lightweight mylar, old-fashioned wool or one of today’s polyester blends with state-of-the-art insulation. Emergency blankets are warm first, other things second.