traveling toolkit – The blanket Scarf
If you are looking for a great gift, look no further than the blanket scarf. I’ve had mine for several years and it has come in handy and gotten questions from fellow travelers again and again. I think they are especially handy when traveling between hot and cold climates.
At first glance, it looks like a regular scarf, albeit a little full. But when you unwrap it, it’s blanket sized!! So when I took off for Thailand last January, I wore my blanket scarf around my neck for extra warmth in the winter cold. And although my business class seat on JAL provided a blanket and comforter, I used my blanket scarf as an extra cover. January temperatures in Thailand are quite warm, however I used it as a cover on an all night train journey too. And on my last domestic flight home, the AA flight attendant had on a winter coat and boots and the entire plane was freezing cold. But I cuddled up in my trusty blanket scarf, and got a several questions from other travelers.
I have two different color schemes to choose from that I purchased separately. The black one is a little bit thicker. I think it just depends on the brand. My searches found them from $12-$30 on Amazon. I actually think I got my first one at a local boutique and then the second one on Amazon. They aren’t designed to be horribly thick and bulky, but they still work wonders when you need them. I am not a fashion diva, so I have repeatedly watched a YouTube video about all the different ways you can wear them.
Another perfect time to wear them is for outdoor sporting events in the fall/winter. We attended a Steelers/Chiefs game this fall, and I was toasty warm in the outdoor stadium. It wasn’t cold enough that day to use it like a stadium blanket, but I was glad I had the option. I’m all for sports, but I don’t like to freeze my butt off supporting my favorite teams!
I’ve used my blanket scarfs more than I originally thought I would. And with such a small investment, they have really saved me a time or two. I’m already planning on packing them for my upcoming trip to India! I have no doubt they’ll come in handy again.