Best Sleeping Bags & Blankets for Car Adventures & Emergencies

    We were after two emergency blankets or sleeping bags that we could leave in our car in case of an emergency or to have when we went camping or on a little adventure and needed extra warmth at night.

    In this guide we have tested some of the best emergency blankets and sleeping bags that are available online, aren't too big, can be stowed away to use in the future and also does the job of keeping you warm.

    We're really impressed with the price and offering of each emergency blanket and each has their place.

    You never know when you might need one, you're stuck in a bad queue for a few hours on an evening or in the middle of the highlands on the side of the road, getting an emergency blanket or sleeping bag will make sure you're ready for anything ahead. You may only require to put it over your lap to keep you warm for a short time or you may prefer to get in to a sleeping bag to make sure you're warm for the night.

    We hope you find the best emergency blanket or sleeping bag for you from the reviews we have done below.

     

    Comparison

    Both the Agemore and Terra Hiker came in a close first, both are sleeping bags which means that you can get in them and neither are too expensive. In case you want to use them both on a camping trip, or a layover in your car or even in an emergency, these two should be perfect for what you need.

    If you are only after something for an emergency, we can recommend the two blankets by AA and Express, both are suitable for keeping tucked away under a seat or in your boot for an emergency.

    Here in the UK it doesn't get too cold on an evening and if you're still wearing your clothes each blanket or sleeping bag here should keep your warm when you need it and they all pack perfectly away.

    Review of Agemore Ultralight Sleeping Bag

    This is a review of the Agemore Ultralight Sleeping Bag

    Agemore Ultralight Sleeping Bag

     

    Technical Details
    Season
    all seasons
    Portable
    Yes
    Self Inflating
    No
    Fits 3 Door
    No
    Fits 5 Door
    No
    Rating
    4.5/5
    Price
    ££
    Warranty
    No
    Vehicle
    car
    suv
    truck
    van
    Material
    fleece
    Brand
    Agemore
    Number of seats
    1 seats
    Dimensions
    190 x 76.2 centimetres
    Weight
    322 g
    Washable
    No
    Next Day Delivery
    Yes

    The Agemore Ultralight Sleeping Bag is one very dynamic little sleeping bag. Packing a lot of punch for its size. Coming in at a tiny 15 x 15 x 23 cm when fully compressed down, it can literally be packed into any small space in the car, in your rucksack and you could even fit two of these under your car seats. 

    The sleeping bag uses a double sided zipper allows for two sleeping bags to be joined together to make a double sleeping bag. 

    Agemore Ultralight Sleeping Bag

    The Agemore sleeping bag as well as small in size, is ultra light, water proof and weather resistant with a 400 T Nylon cover, making it perfect for taking on road trips in some of our favourite wet weather locations such as Wales and the Lake District. . 

    Agemore Ultralight Sleeping Bag

     Inside the sleeping bag is a 100% polyester lining that is thick enough to provide cosy warmth in winter weather and also with its outer cover means the sleeping bag is temperature resistant to 15 degrees celsius, if you're wearing pyjamas or clothes in your sleeping bag you'll be really warm even on a cold night.

    This little sleeping back is perfect on so many levels! My only real critic is that it is not easy to wash and maintain as it is not machine washable and therefore requires washing by hand.

    Agemore Sleeping Bag

     

     

     

     

    Pros
    • Lightweight
    • Compact
    • Soft and warm 
    • Easy to roll up
    • Next day delivery available with Amazon Prime
    • Two sleeping bags can be zipped together to make a double sleeping bag
    • All weather all seasons sleeping bag
    • Waterproof 
    • Weather resistant
    • One of the smallest sleeping bags on the market
    • Comes with carry case and compression straps
    Cons
    • Not easy to wash, recommend hand washing
    Verdict

    The Agemore sleeping bag is a very cleverly designed sleeping bag, suitable for all weathers come rain or shine, ready for any road trip adventure and keeping in the back of the car for any unpredictable emergency.

    Review of Terra Hiker Compact Sleeping Bag

    This is a review of the Terra Hiker Compact Sleeping Bag, how will it be for storing in your car in case of an emergency.

    Terra Hiker Compact Sleeping Bag

     

    Technical Details
    Season
    autumn
    summer
    Portable
    Yes
    Self Inflating
    No
    Fits 3 Door
    No
    Fits 5 Door
    No
    Waterproof
    Yes
    Rating
    5/5
    Price
    ££
    Warranty
    No
    Brand
    Terra Hiker
    Dimensions
    10.24 in x 6.3 in (folded up) 76.77 in by 33.46 in (unfolded)
    Washable
    No
    Next Day Delivery
    Yes

    The Terra Hiker sleeping bag was taken out on a recent road trip (June). I have to say we were blessed with lovely sunshine for the trip. The Terra Hiker is very small and compact in size at 10.24 inches by 6.3 inches when folded up. This allowed us to pack it neatly under our car seat it could very easily be or stored into the boot without any inconvenience. 

    Once unfolded the sleeping bag reaches a size of 76.77 by 33.46 inches. Our exhausted friends used the Terra Hiker on the back seat to fall asleep with while waiting for a ferry to arrive, it covered two people happily and snuggly warm sending them right to sleep. Made of nylon and cotton, the sleeping bag is not thick with material therefore would not really suit winters in the UK but for summer travel and even camping trips or summer festivals it would be more than perfect for. I have to say I then used the sleeping bag waiting for the ferry on the return journey sat in the front seat. The dual action zippers allowed easy getting into when not having much availability to move. This also means if you bought another one you could attach it to make an even bigger blanket!

    Terra Hiker Compact Sleeping Bag

    The sleeping bag is also water resistant while also allowed us to use it as a picnic blanket to sit at several stops along our road trip. When it comes to packing it away it is all very simple compared to your average sleeping bag, the size of the compression storage bag allows you to push it in tie it closed and with the compression straps will tighten it to nearly two thirds the size. 

    Terra Hiker Compact Sleeping Bag

     

     

    Pros
    • Easy to carry
    • 5 colour choices
    • Ultra light in weight
    • Can also be used as a quilt
    • Dual zipper option allows for ease of use
    • Easy to pack away
    • Available next day delivery on Amazon Prime
    • Packs away very small
    Cons
    • Not very thick
    Verdict

    This small compact sleeping bag by Terra Hiker is quite the little beauty! With its easy use and pack away ability and providing a lovely warm environment to sleep in while enjoying the British summer or in case of an emergency and you need to spend the night in your car.

     

    Review of AA Travel Blanket

    This is a review of the AA Travel Blanket

    AA Travel Blanket

     

    Technical Details
    Season
    all seasons
    Portable
    Yes
    Self Inflating
    No
    Fits 3 Door
    No
    Fits 5 Door
    No
    Rating
    4.5/5
    Price
    £
    Warranty
    No
    Vehicle
    car
    suv
    truck
    van
    Material
    fleece
    Brand
    AA
    Number of seats
    1 seats
    Dimensions
    30.8 x 8.6 x15 cm rolled up, 120 x 150 centimetres unrolled
    Weight
    322 g
    Washable
    No
    Next Day Delivery
    Yes

    The AA are experts in safety and car maintenence when on the road. This little blanket designed by the AA is of a simple 100% polyester structure. It comes in a sealed plastic bag which the blanket is kept odourless and fresh. Once out of the bag, it does not come with any ties to roll it up any more compact than if you were to fold it and leave it on the back seat of your car. 

    AA Travel Blanket in Car

     

    The AA travel blanket has a very subtle grey striped design, the edges are fairly well sewn and the blanket itself is machine washable. Great for making this blanket a general use car blanket: for passengers of any age, canine travellers, boot tidy, or protecting your car from muddy or wet clothing. As well as a being a blanket that would be a good adition to your winter car kit. It is not a very thick blanket but the blanket is dense and still manages to keep you warm. Its thickness allows you to wrap up in the blanket with your seat belt on the outside comfortably. 

    The fact that AA provide a travel blanket, I feel also enforces the handy nature of carrying a good, simple and effective blanket in your car for any journey. 

     

     

     

     

    Pros
    • Soft and warm 
    • Clean subtle design
    • Next day delivery available with Amazon Prime
    • Machine washable
    Cons
    • Not very thick
    • Only comes in one design and colour
    Verdict

    The AA travel blanket is subtle in nature, just thick enough to warm you back up. This to me is a blanket designed for safety and practicality. 

    Review of A-Express Soft Fleece Blanket

    This is a review of the A-Express Soft Fleece Blanket.

    A-Express Large Soft Fleece Blanket

     

    Technical Details
    Season
    autumn
    summer
    Portable
    Yes
    Self Inflating
    No
    Fits 3 Door
    No
    Fits 5 Door
    No
    Rating
    4/5
    Price
    £
    Warranty
    No
    Vehicle
    car
    suv
    truck
    van
    Material
    fleece
    Brand
    A-Express
    Number of seats
    1 seats
    Dimensions
    180 x 120 cm
    Washable
    No
    Next Day Delivery
    No

    The A-Express Soft Fleece Blanket is fairly large in size no matter which size option you choose. The thickness is "thick" in comparison to other travel fleece blankets we have tried however I would not call it a luxury style or material that is used for the blanket. Very simple in design. 

    It is also a little heavy in its size and not the easiest to stow away as due to it not being very compact and not coming with any form of compression bag or tie.

    A-Express Soft Fleece Blanket

     

    All that being said, this is a good value for money blanket with a variety of colour options means you could easily buy one each for your children to snuggle up to in the back seat. It even suits winter car journeys and can then be used in the house as an extra throw for your sofa or bed. I especially like the fact that the colour does not seem to fade after several machine washes and still holds its thickness. 

     

     

     

    Pros
    • Comes in 4 size options 
    • Multiple colour options
    • Very snuggly
    • Thick in texture
    • Warm
    • Machine washable
    Cons
    • Not available for next day delivery
    • Not water resistant
    • A little heavy for a blanket
    Verdict

    If you are looking for a definite car nap then this is the blanket, thick, soft, large and also machine washable making it ideal for children.