January 05, 2023

What is a Poncho Liner Woobie Blanket?

Poncho liner woobie blankets, also known as military issue blankets or all-purpose blankets, have a long and interesting history dating back to the Vietnam War. These adaptable blankets were first intended to serve as a lining for the poncho, a weatherproof cloak worn by soldiers to keep them dry.

But it didn't take long for soldiers to realize that the poncho liner woobie blanket could be used for a variety of other things besides what it was designed for. In fact, among military troops, it swiftly established itself as a necessity, with many soldiers keeping one on them at all times.

So what makes the poncho liner woobie blanket so special?

For starters, it is made of a lightweight, water resistant material that is perfect for keeping warm in cold, damp conditions. It is also highly durable, able to withstand the harsh conditions of the battlefield.  The material used is usually a blend of nylon and polyester, which provides a balance of strength, durability, and softness.

In terms of construction, poncho liner woobie blankets are made using a quilted design. This involves stitching together multiple layers of the lightweight material in a way that creates small pockets of air between the layers. These pockets help to trap heat and insulation, making the blanket more effective at keeping the wearer warm.

The durability of a poncho liner woobie blanket is largely due to the materials used and the construction techniques employed. The strong and durable blend of nylon and polyester, combined with the quilted design, helps to make the blanket resistant to tearing and wear and tear. This makes it well-suited for use in rugged, outdoor conditions, as well as for everyday use.


But the poncho liner woobie blanket is not just for Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen. Its versatility and practicality make it a popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and campers as well. It can be used as a blanket, a sleeping bag, a ground cover, or even a makeshift tent. In addition to these uses, poncho liner woobie blankets have also been known to be used for shelter construction, camouflage, concealment, and even as a first aid stretcher. (see end of the post for 25 use cases!)

Security and Comfort

Poncho liner blankets are often compared to kids' woobie blankets. Some say it's even how they got the name "woobie" - as in a kids' security or comfort blanket...you remember, the baby blanket you carried around as a toddler and through your grade school years for some.  Well the poncho liner is compared the same way the more you use it and get intimate with it in the military.  Not to speculate, but we'd say that most members of the military will probably "misplace" their woobie when it's time to leave the military and turn in your gear.  Cough Cough...

Today, the poncho liner woobie blanket remains a popular and useful item, whether you are in the military, enjoying the great outdoors, or simply looking for a warm and comfortable blanket to curl up with at home. So next time you are in need of a reliable, all-purpose blanket, consider a poncho liner woobie – you won't be disappointed.

Here are 25 different ways to use a poncho liner woobie blanket:

1. As a blanket for warmth and comfort
2. As a sleeping bag or quilt for camping or backpacking
3. As a ground cover or picnic blanket
4. As a makeshift tent or shelter
5. As a scarf or shawl to keep warm
6. As a poncho or raincoat in a pinch
7. As a blanket to protect furniture or other items from dirt or moisture
8. As a pad or cushion for seating or sleeping on hard surfaces
9. As a makeshift hammock
10. As a blanket to protect plants or seedlings from frost
11. As a cover for your car's windshield to prevent frost or snow buildup
12. As a cover for your car's seats to protect them from dirt or moisture
13. As a cover for your pet's bed to keep it clean and warm
14. As a blanket for your baby to play on or sleep under
15. As a blanket for your toddler to use as a fort or play tent
16. As a wrap / baby blanket for a newborn baby to keep them warm and cozy
17. As a blanket for your dog or cat to use as a bed or for warmth
18. As a blanket for your horse or other livestock to use as a blanket or for warmth
19. As a wrap or sling for carrying a small child or pet
20. As a wrap for a sprained ankle or other injury to keep it immobilized
21. As a makeshift bandage or dressing for a wound
22. As a blanket to use as a backdrop for photos or video
23. As a blanket to use as a prop in a play or performance
24. As a blanket to use as a backdrop for a booth or display at a fair or event
25. As a blanket to use as a backdrop for a photoshoot or video shoot

Care and Cleaning:

Caring for and maintaining a poncho liner woobie blanket can help to extend its lifespan and ensure that it continues to perform at its best. Here are some tips for storing, washing, and repairing a poncho liner woobie blanket:

  • Storing: When not in use, it is best to store a poncho liner woobie blanket in a clean, dry place. Avoid storing the blanket in a damp or humid location, as this can lead to mold or mildew growth. It is also a good idea to store the blanket in a protective cover or bag to keep it clean and protected from dust or debris. (All our woobies come with a drawstring stuff sack)

  • Washing: To wash a poncho liner woobie blanket, it is generally best to use a machine wash on the gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can damage the material. It is also a good idea to avoid overloading the washing machine, as this can cause the blanket to become tangled or torn.

  • Repairing: If your poncho liner woobie blanket becomes torn or damaged, it is generally possible to repair it using a needle and thread or a fabric patch. Be sure to use a strong, durable thread and to secure the repair well to ensure that the blanket remains in good condition. If the damage is too severe, it may be necessary to replace the blanket entirely.

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