A typical emergency blanket, sometimes called a space blanket, is made of thin mylar film. It's the type of material you see in the blankets given to marathoners after a race. The blanket reflects heat back to your body and functions like a super compact blanket.
But what makes it almost magical and a must have in every go bag, emergency kit, car, backpack, you name it - is that it has so many other functions. Following we've called out a few less obvious uses below.
- Make a small rain shelter
- Create a hood to keep your head warm
- Create a scarf
- Use it to write on (there's a sharpie in the VLES GO-bag)
- Use it as a water carrying device
- Use it as a funnel to catch water
- Line boots to keep your socks dry
Have a look at this full list from Seattle Backpackers Magazine.
To truly stay head-to-toe warm, a sleeping bag of the same material is essential. We stock both the blanket and the sleeping bag in the VLES GO-bag. As a bonus, the sleeping bag can also be turned into two blankets by separating the sleeping bag along the tear lines...a simple task.