The Blizzard Survival Blanket’s a modern version of the orange bivvy bag that keeps you warm as well as protects you from the elements. It’s supplied vacuum packed, but while it’s reusable and tough, it’s huge once it’s been unpacked! This is a versatile blanket, you can use it under your sleeping mat or even groundsheet in winter for extra insulation, and is one of the best emergency options out there.
The vacuum packed blanket is small enough to carry in your day pack, and well protected in it’s own cordura pouch as well as a durable vacuum packed plastic. The image below show clearly how compact it is initially compared to the bulk of an opened blanket as seen above.
On opening, you have to prise the bag apart to get it properly open, adding air and thus insulation. This is a satisfyingly noisy affair, a bit like opening a giant bag of crisps, minus the crisps, and at the end of it you have a blanket that’s huge (240x190cm) and could shelter a couple in an emergency. The eagle eyed among you might notice that the compressed pack above is a Blizzard Bag – well we weren’t going to open this up as well and are keeping that one for emergencies!
It can easily be converted, once, into a bag using the inbuilt adhesive tape along one side. Forming a weatherproof sleeping bag in this way, I could happily rough it on the hill overnight which is not something I’d relish with most survival shelters I’ve tried out.
That’s about all there is to say about this really! It’s the one and only survival shelter to carry with you, that’ll protect you to a sufficient degree from the elements as well as providing a high level of thermal insulation. The only down side is that its a tad on the heavy side, and as such something that’s easily left out of the pack.