Gelert Emergency Blanket
Last November I undertook my First Aid Refresher and one useful idea I came away with to visit a pound shop and stock up on a few of these blankets. Generally, they sell for around the £6.00 mark and our instructor assured us that the £1 versions were good value and quite up to the task.
So What are they for?
These little strong foil blankets fold up so small and lightweight they take up very little room in the car or even rucksack, yet they can really be a lifesaver. Generally expected as a one use only first aid product, they can be used a few times where open wounds are not present to risk cross contamination and therefore represent excellent value for money.
When a person goes into shock the body pulls all the blood and warmth to the central core and the person gets cold. Equally loss of blood is not only a cause of shock but the blood loss will make the person feel cold. These are just two examples when it is imperative to keep a patient warm.
The blanket looks like a huge piece of aluminium foil and is simply an aluminiumised based synthetic insulating material. The blankets are wind and rain proof and have the added advantage of being highly visible as well. I am very impressed with the strengh and quality of the blankets.
When I had the chance I popped along to our nearest big town and bought six of these Gelert brand blankets. When I went into the shop at first I bought two, went back to the car and opened one out of interest and found it to be quite large enough at approx 210 cm x 135 cm. I was expecting something quite small for the price because I have seen the very small ones that are better than nothing but not really big enough. I was however, impressed by the size and went back and bought four more. I believe they represent excellent value for money, especially for such a small lightweight item that could save a life. They wrap up small and just about go back into their little plastic bag.
I keep one in each car first aid kit, meaning I have two in my main car kit, one in my big dog walk inner coat pocket and the other two with my home first aid kit.
Word of Warning: These types of blanket are designed to be used outside or in first aid situations and should not be used in place of normal blankets in the home, especially near to a heat source. There is a risk of injury if incorrectly used.
They are essential to keep in your car in case of an emergency. Not only in case of an accident, but you could get stranded and require one for warmth. Alternatively, they can be used for injured pets and animals and I used one recently to wrap up a very cold cat that was caught in flood water.
Don't leave home without one!
Thank you for reading and please pop one in your car - you never know when you might need it!
Look out for them by brand and sizing as these are quite impressive for the money
I see they are available from Amazon and Ebay as well as first aid outlets. Look for them by name in £ shops. Packaging was blue with a white + and found them with the plaster etc.
I'm not one for camping as I am a very girly girl however my partner wanted to go away camping for the weekend so I gave it a go. I took plenty of warm clothes, socks and slippers to keep warm but my friend recommend taking some foil blankets. She said they were great for keeping warm and were really cheap.
When we bought them we didn't realise they were they same as they use in emergencies but I thought if they use them they must do a great job! I bought 2 of the Gelert Blanket and they cost me just under £5 from Amazon which was much cheaper than I thought however I have read reviews where people have got them for £1 each so its worth looking around.
The foil blanket is basically made of insulating material and then is covered with aluminium. It is small enough to fold up and fit in a small bag and is really light so isn't a nightmare to carry.
While we were sat outside the tent we both wrapped one round ourselves. I am quite small and my partner is over 6 foot so I really should have looked for different sized blankets. It was fine for me but didn't cover the whole of partner not that he minded.
We have used them twice and have bought 2 more which are just in the back of the car at the moment in case we ever need them. You would probably get 2 or 3 uses maximum from them as they do start to crack and all the top layer comes off.
They are good for camping or to keep in your car in case of an emergency. For the price they are worth the money and I will be buying them again in the future.
When you spend a fair amount of time outdoors and away from home walking, climbing, camping, fishing or whatever outdoor life you enjoy you probably think about what to do in the event of emergences or bad weather etc. I like to have a lot of spare clothing, food, waterproof sheets, first aid, and know how to get back.
WHY YOU NEED ONE
I have been lost / out overnight before a couple of times. Once when I was about 20, an impromptu extended ramble in some woods in the evening, went wrong when I became ill due to a long standing medical condition. I was basically unable to get help or do much until the next day. The night time in Hampshire woods was very cold and waking up hearing the morning hunt and the dogs howling was a very scary experience, knowing I was freezing cold and not able to defend myself. I made it back home the next day and saw the police looking for me, as I was now a 'missing person'.
I have bought every kind of compass, flare, survival equipment I can afford, but only carry the basics for day trips and more for longer trips. I had been bought ID braclets and and knew how to read a map and compass. This was before mobiles though.
WHEN YOU NEED ONE
I have one of these silver Gelert emergency Blankets, they roll up tight and go into a small back pack or can go in the car if you are camping. I am not sure how many day trips I would take it on though. If there is room it is worth packing. If it is winter you need lots of thick heavy clothing as well, not thin layers as I keep reading, as they are not enough when your body temp drops.
I have tried it, luckily not in an emegency, and it would certainly be seen by more people than a normal coat or sleeping bag. It claims to retain 90 % of your body heat, the reflective surface will do that, but the important thing to remember is that you may already be too cold, this will just act as a Thermos flask and keep you at that temperature.
This emergency Blanket is ideal for cloudy winter days, exposed envirnments where you would need to stand out if you were stranded and be able to not only retain your body heat but attract the attention from anybody looking for you.
At just under £3 and very compact and light to carry, it is a good addition to your pack if you are going to be exposed to the elements or away from main roads towns etc. Knowing how to read a map , having a compass and food and water is also a good idea.
~A useful product from Gelert~
I bought a single Gelert Emergency Blanket for use when camping and found that my super cheap purchase worked quite well when it was in use. I feel that the product is uber light and easy to carry with you when camping and it folds down in to quite a small bundle that can easily be flattened down and packed away after use if wanted. The cost of this product is quite low in my opinion, as I paid just over £1 for it at the time of purchase. After having used the product I feel the price I paid offered me good value for money, especially when comparing this item with the cost of other similar products I saw on sale at the same time.
The size of the emergency blanket is 210 cms x 135 cms which I feel makes it more than adequate for use as a wrap around blanket that keeps body warmth locked in should it be required. The silver toned material that makes up the blanket is both wind and rain proof. I primarily bought this product to use as an additional liner to sit on top of a tent ground sheet (of the type that is commonly found attached to the main body of most modern tents). I hoped the thermal properties of the product would keep the cold out and the warmth in when covered with a second loose plastic type ground sheet that was placed over the top of the Gelert blanket.
~Using the product~
In use I found that the product was easy to lay out flat ready for covering with the additional ground sheet, as it was light, simple to handle and easily flattened down to make up a nice smooth surface. Once in place the sheet worked well in my opinion, as the base area felt as though it was warmer than it would have been without the Gelert blanket in situ. The product was left in place whilst the tent was in use during a period of intense rain and poor weather and I feel it worked well to help keep the base of the tent warmer than usual.
There were no leaks of water during heavy rain when using this product with the extra ground sheet and I would recommend the use of this product to help retain heat in smaller 2 to 3 man tents, as just one sheet will near enough cover the whole of the base area in many modern style tents. In order to use the product in a similar way in a larger tent I feel you would need to buy an additional blanket or two depending on the amount of floor space you wanted to cover. I would also say that as the product is very thin it may appear quite quite flimsy, yet it proved to be strong and durable enough to stand up to a number of days use as described.
The silver colour of the blanket remains in place even after use and the product that I used did not crack or spit at all. If used as an emergency blanket this product can help retain up to 90% of a persons body heat when used to wrap around the body which can make this a very useful item to have when out camping or doing various sporting activities. The blanket also works well as described in this review. I feel that for a little over a £1 this product is a good buy as it can be easily put to good use. Due to the products compact size and light weight it is easily transported and takes up very little room in a sports bag or rucksack. The product is widely available both on line and in sports and camping shops, although sale prices do vary a little, from £1.25 up towards £2.50 or so. My rating for the product is 4 stars.
I'm somebody who likes to be prepared for any eventuality when it comes to motoring and so keep an emergency kit in my car at all times. As well as water, a snow shovel and first aid kit I want to know that I have the ability to keep warm if I break down in bad weather- my brother in law was one of those stranded on the motorway overnight when there was a sudden snowfall. I always have a couple of fleece blankets in my boot and I also keep a couple of emergency foil blankets too.
You have all probably seen foil blankets on the TV being used in first aid situations. They are made of some kind of insulating material which is covered in aluminium which gives them the ability to retain 90% of your body heat. Despite the blanket being 210 by 135 cm it is small and light enough to be fitted into a small plastic bag which will easily fit into a glove compartment or even a pocket.
I chose the Gelert blanket because of its large size, the Poundland foil blankets I had were tiny and would not be big enough to wrap yourself up in. The Gelert blanket is big enough to wrap around youself and be able to cover your head too. It is also waterproof so if you are left sitting at the side of the road in the rain will give you some protection against the rain. I also have a small tent made from the same material which is better for protecting you from rain and wind if stuck outdoors.
The blankets are slightly crinkly and not nice and soft against your skin but then they are designed for emergency use and not to snuggle up in bed at night. They can, of course, be doubled up or used in conjunction with any other bedding you may have.
I have used my foil blankets not in an emergency situation but sitting and reading a book outside my daughter's karate class while she is inside with the blanket around my shoulders. It does feel incredibly warm when you are using them and I am happy that they would perform well in an emergency situation.
The blankets can be reused although the coating does crack and flake off over time making them less efficient at both retaining heat and being waterproof and they cannot be washed. Given the low price of the blanket at around £2 each then they are designed to be disposable and only used once.
My Gelert emergency blankets give me peace of mind when I am in the car that I have some way of keeping warm if I should become stranded which makes them well worth the price I paid for them. The reflective material can also make you more visible to lights (ie headlights, torch if you were stranded in the wild) which makes them even more useful. It is well worth investing in the Gelert emergency blanket if you are a motorist or engage in outdoor activities as it has the potential to save a life if you get into trouble.
The Emergency Blanket is from the Gelert range. Aluminised both sides to reflect at least 90% of radiant body heat the strong blanket provides emergency protection in all weathers. Whether camping, mountaineering, hiking or survival the Polarshield emergency blanket is an essential part of the emergency kit. Developed from technology used in space exploration the blanket will also reflect searchlight beams which, in a situation of poor visibility makes identification easier.