Comparing Wool and Down Camping Blankets

When it comes to camping blankets there's a lot of debate on which is better: Wool or Down. We Unpack everything you need to know!

Camping Blanket

When camping, you want to bring the right gear to keep you warm and comfortable—especially if you're camping in colder climates. One of the most important pieces of gear is a blanket.

The two most popular options are wool and down blankets, but which one is best for camping? Let’s explore the differences between wool and down blankets so that you can decide which one is right for your next outdoor adventure.

Wool Blankets

Wool blankets are a popular choice among campers because they are temperature regulating, meaning they will keep you warm when it's cold outside but won't make you overheat when it's hot.

They also dry quickly and don't absorb moisture, making them ideal for wetter climates or conditions. Another great benefit of wool blankets is that they are naturally flame retardant, making them a safer option than synthetic materials in a pinch.

On the downside, wool blankets can be more expensive than their down counterparts and tend to be bulkier and heavier—so they may not be suitable for backpackers who need to save weight wherever possible.

Down Blankets

Down blankets are lightweight, compressible, and provide excellent insulation from the cold. They also last much longer than their synthetic counterparts thanks to their lofty clusters of down feathers that trap air and provide warmth without adding bulk or weight.

However, down blankets do not fare as well in wet conditions; they become heavy and take a long time to dry out if they get wet or dampened by condensation inside your tent at night.

Additionally, since down feathers come from animals (usually ducks or geese), these types of bedding can be more expensive than other materials like polyester or cotton blends.


When it comes to choosing a camping blanket, there are many factors to consider such as price point, size/weight requirements for backpacking trips versus car-camping trips, climate considerations (i.e., wet vs dry), fire safety requirements (for campfire use), etc.

Both wool and down blankets have distinct benefits depending on your needs; so take some time to weigh your options before making your purchase! A quality blanket should keep you warm no matter where your next outdoor adventure takes you!

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