I don’t know about you, but airline blankets gross me out. But, I’m not a huge fan of freezing either. So what’s a travel girl to do?

Fashionistas swear by a Pashmina for warmth, and for years I carried a woolly warm Mexican rebozo. But thanks to rising checked bag fees and shrinking carry-on allowances, those days are gone. Just too much bulk.

If you’re feeling my vibe here, then you’ll love my latest find; the COCOON travel blanket. When you consider that it squashes into it’s own tiny stuff sac, is lightweight and fits easily into my laptop bag, you don’t have to be germ-phobic to recognize that it’s a great travel staple.

Better yet, throw in one of their ultra compact air core, memory foam, or down travel pillows (my fave) and you’ll be the envy of coach class. 

You can find COCOON products at www.cocoonusa.com and The Travel Store at EllenBarone.com powered by Amazon.com.




COCOON TravelSheets, MummyLiners and Sleeping Bags are the result of life-long travel experience. The COCOON story started in 1989 with a bulky, sewn-together cotton sheet that almost caused the founder of Design Salt to be swept away in a Balinese river while washing it. Since then COCOONTravelSheets, MummyLiners and sleeping bags have seen a lot of improvement and perfection. They now come in numerous especially developed, high quality fabrics and a wide variety of functional details makes them ideal companions for adventurers, travelers and mountaineers worldwide. 

Today COCOONs are sold in many countries all over the world. Nevertheless the company is still led by a small, highly motivated team. Based in Austria, Design Salt Europe is in charge of developing new products, organizing and supervising the production and marketing in Europe and on international markets. Design Salt USA, located in Washington State, is responsible for sales and marketing in North America. 

The travel and outdoor experience of the Design Salt Team as well as of distributors, retailers and customers still flows into the development and perfection of all COCOON products. COCOON TravelSheets,MummyLiners and sleeping bags are designed to carry travelers through any night.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".