The 10 Best Survival Blankets
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in January of 2018. In today's climate (both literally and figuratively) you never know when an emergency situation will leave you running for the hills or just stuck in your home without power and, therefore, without heat. Survival blankets may not be as cuddly as your duvet, but these reliable and versatile items can save your life when exposure to the elements is threatening to take it. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
September 12, 2019:
While we hope that you'll never have to put any of these items to the test, if you are unexpectedly forced into a survival situation, you'll definitely be happy you have one on hand. We recommend you keep one in your car and home at all times, since you never know where you'll be when disaster strikes.
Since these blankets can be vital life-saving equipment, we recommend you get an extremely durable model that is made to withstand almost anything mother nature can throw at it, like the Survive Outdoors Longer Escape Bivvy, Holtzman's Gorilla, and Go Time Gear Life Bivy. The first two models have a hood, making them ideal for use as ponchos if you need to travel in the rain, while the last item has a signal whistle and paracord integrated into its stuff sack. The Arcturus Heavy Duty is also an extremely tough model that hugs the body a bit better than most other options because it is less stiff. It also reflects 95 percent of your body heat back at you, which is five percent more than many other models.
Those who are in the market for less rugged options can look to the Kangaroo 10-Pack, which is a very affordable, disposable option. Along with the Swiss Safe Thermal 4-Pack, it is great for anyone outfitting an entire family with emergency gear.
If you aren't solely buying one these to keep in your home and car, but instead putting together a full kit to take while hiking or camping, don't forget to also include a survival knife, signaling whistle, and a high-quality lensatic compass.
Green Emergency Blanket If you want to keep something on hand at your business in case one of your employees or clients ever needs one, this is a smart choice. It comes in a wall-mountable case, so you can keep it next to your first aid kit, and is made from a combination of wool and man-made fiber to help a person retain their body heat effectively. grainger.com
MCR Medical Grab-N-Go Warm Emergency Blanket Coming in cases of up to 200, this affordable option is ideal for outfitting search and rescue teams, first responders, or even giving out to runners after a marathon. It measures 52 x 84 inches, so it should be able to wrap around even the biggest individuals, yet is about the size of a deck of playing cards when folded up. mcrmedical.com