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5 Best Throw Blankets for Traveling


January 27, 2015 Buying Guides By
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Throws have a reputation for leaning closer to decoration than utility. But their smaller size makes them ideal travel companions, packing along the warmth and familiarity of home for extra comfort during the journey. Roll one into your carry-on or rucksack, or simply store it in the car. These are the five you’ll cherish on the road.

Hudson’s Bay Polar Fleece Throw

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Size: 50 x 72 inches

Most Iconic Design: Dating back to 1607, the Hudson’s Bay Company gained prominence in the fur trade of early colonial America. First traded by the French in exchange for beaver pelts produced by the Native Americans of present-day Canada, today their signature wool blankets (most famous in a colorway of white with parallel stripes of green, red, yellow and dark indigo on its ends) can ask soaring prices. This synthetic fleece throw, however, is budget friendly yet comfortable, and still shows off those classic Hudson’s Bay stripes.

Woolrich Fawn Grove Wool Throw

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Size: 54 x 70 inches

Best for the Outdoorsman: Woolrich has been associated with the outdoors since they began manufacturing their line of field-driven clothing and accessories in 1830. Made in Pennsylvania of 100 percent wool and in a number of differently colored plaids, the Fawn Grove Throw feels just at home during brisk summer nights by the campfire as it does cozied up in the winter cabin with a good book. It’s also constructed from single-ply wool yarn, meaning it borders on the smooth, plush texture of felt while retaining the natural feel reserved only for wool.

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Dobby Wool Throw

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Size: 50 x 72 inches

Most Versatile: Founded in Minnesota, Faribault Woolen Mill Co. have been tried and trusted since 1865; to prove it, they were responsible for the standard-issue blankets of the US military through both World Wars. The Nisswa Dobby Wool Throw is 100 percent Merino wool and both washer and dryer friendly. Its classic nautical stripes make for an elegant finish with fringes on the ends for versatile style both indoors and out.

Mourne Textiles Wool Throw

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Size: 59 x 79 inches

Best Tweed Fabric: This tweed Merino wool throw was first conceived in 1966 by weaver Gerd Hay-Edie. Today, her company Mourne Textiles (hailing from the idyllic Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland), is survived by her daughter and grandson, and still produces some of the finest tweed available in the world. The fabric has a natural, unfinished look, omitting the Herringbone V-shaped pattern often associated with tweeds.

Pendelton Hemrich Stripe Camp Blanket

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Size: 66 x 84 inches

Editor’s Choice: Available in a travel-friendly twin size, the Camp Blanket from Pendelton Woolen Mills in Portland, Oregon is intended to be rolled up and carried on the go; modeled after the classic blankets carried by early ranchers of the West, it features muted stripes in charcoal, teal and magenta. Crafted from a blend of virgin wool and cotton, it looks and feels good enough for everyday indoor use, but is also durable and rugged enough to last for generations of adventure-seeking in the wild.

Jack Seemer

Jack Seemer is the deputy editor at Gear Patrol. Since joining the publication in 2014, he has reported on a wide range of subjects, including menswear, smart home technology, cookware and craft beer.

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