Not to freak you out during this time of the coronavirus global health emergency but those airplane blankets you want to hide your head in just may be carrying germs of the passengers who have used them before you.
The sad fact is that airplane blankets are rarely washed between flights, making them something to avoid rather than request.
A good blanket, though, can make the difference between a comfortable flight and one that leaves you cold and miserable.
Here are some great blankets that will be so appreciated by frequent travelers. They’re the fabric equivalent of a loving hug.
Crafted from the softest cashmere, this luxurious cable knit blanket is simply a classic, and you’ll never want to travel without it. In a rich cherry red, it will make you feel like you’re being wrapped in love every time you use it. It comes with a coordinating eye mask and a storage case which can be used as a pillow. And, as if this weren’t enough, 20% of proceeds from every purchase directly benefits Olivela’s partner children’s charities, ensuring the sweetest dreams of all. Price: $395
Pendleton is synonymous with highly-coveted blankets, and it’s virtually impossible to choose just one. So why not choose two? This duo is perfect for travel – the soft cotton throws are light enough to fold up in a carry-on and are machine washable for easy care. They look and feel great and, best of all, you can gift one and keep the other for yourself. Price: $99.50
For a double dose of coziness, knit your own travel blanket with the help of We Are Knitters’ gorgeous beginner kits. Complete with needles and the yarn of your choice, the pattern is easy to follow but the end result is so pretty and detailed, you’ll find it hard to believe you made it yourself. The Clyd Blanket is an ideal choice for travel, squishy enough to toss in your bag yet substantial enough for cocooning. Price: $70
The first battery-powered blanket on the market, the aptly-named Cozee will keep you warm while camping, during outdoor sporting events or in that rustic weekend cabin in the woods. The plush micro-fleece interior holds in the heat for five hours while the water-resistant exterior protects you from wind, rain and snow. Cordless and 100% portable, the Cozee has a rechargeable battery with two USB ports to charge your devices. Once you remove the battery, you can just throw the blanket in the wash so it’s ready for next time. Price: $249.99
Made from wool and cashmere – both renewable luxury fibers – this sophisticated throw will keep you comfortable even in a middle seat. Because it drapes so beautifully, you can just toss it over your shoulders when you disembark to wear as a stylish wrap. Available in half a dozen creamy colors, you’ll want more than one. Price: $129
This delicate lattice knit throw is so soft and luxurious, you’ll wish your flight was longer. Made from the finest hand-combed yak fiber in Mongolia, this natural fiber is unbleached, undyed and hypoallergenic. It’s also lightweight and lighter on the environment. Price: $478.50
Due to popular demand, Headlever has added a travel blanket to go with its exceptional pillows and it deserves all the same accolades. Made of cozy fleece, it folds up into itself and features an attached handle for easy carrying, whether you’re taking it on a flight or on the road. It works as well for a picnic in the park as it does on a too-chilly plane. Price: $24.95
This ultra-soft wrap is a multi-tasker that can be used as a blanket, scarf or shawl. Chunky and oversized, it’s as soft as cashmere but 100% vegan. With its classic star pattern, it’s reversible and can be changed up for two different looks. Price: $49.99