A picnic just isn’t complete without a comfortable picnic blanket to lounge and enjoy the food that you’ve prepared for your special day. There are many durable blankets on the market that are stylish and adaptable for outdoor day trips.

When shopping for the best picnic blanket for your outing, consider opting for one with durable fabric and provides adequate cushioning. Whether you’re going to the park, beach, campground or concert, you’ll appreciate a secure surface to relax on in the warm weather.

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  • Our top picks
  • Features to look for
  • Review #1: The Traveler’s Ground Sheet
  • Review #2: The Traveler’s Ground Sheet

Top 10 Picnic Blankets

We’ve done the research and here they are
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Features to look for in a Picnic Blanket

A few things to look out for when buying a picnic blanket
Waterproof Lining

Sometimes it’s hard to predict the weather when you’re planning to spend time outdoors. The grass may be damp from recent rainfall or it may suddenly start raining during your outing.

The linings of the blanket should be durable enough to withstand rainy weather along with possible spills from food and drinks.

Lawns, gardens, and parks may have sprinklers. If they are turned on, this will saturate a blanket that is not waterproof. Also, keep in mind that moisture will make an outdoor blanket heavier.

By investing in a waterproof picnic blanket, you’ll be prepared for any kind of unexpected situation that may occur.

Lightweight

Rocking up at a picnic with a light blanket is a must for most people. A heavy blanket will make things unnecessarily hard for you. You are going to be carrying many items to your picnic location, the blanket shouldn’t be making your trip harder.

You do not want to strain yourself on a day that is supposed to be relaxing and easy. Another benefit to purchasing a lighter blanket is that your kids can easily help you carry it.

Lastly, if you are hiking with intent to picnic deeper into your hike, then it’s a must to carry a light blanket.

Easy to Fold and Pack

The bigger the blanket the harder it will be to carry. This is why it’s important to make sure it’s easy to fold, pack up and carry.

The majority of picnic blankets come with a foldable carry bag, where the blanket is already part or fits into this carry bag.

Consider the Size

Consider investing in a picnic blanket that provides enough room to accommodate at least two to four people. If you’re looking for extra space, find a blanket that is large enough to completely cover a queen size bed.

Soft Padding

No matter where you’re going for your picnic, chances are you’ll be placing your blanket on a surface that’s anything from soft grass to hard concrete.

You will feel more at ease with a blanket designed with a soft lining that allows you to relax for hours at a time. An alternative is to bring pillows along, but that’s a lot of extra packing space and carrying required.

Sustains Wear and Tear

A high-quality picnic blanket can withstand all kinds of wear and tear. It should be easy to clean while remaining in good condition. Read the details of each style of the blanket and look for one that is machine-washable and contains a robust material.

Your picnic blanket has to be ready for any type of terrain, make sure it can deal with sand. You may not think sand can do much damage, but it can. Some of the granular material is coarse enough to tear through your blanket.

You do not want your blanket to rip prematurely, and you do not want to carry sand back to your home, which makes this feature important to consider.

Thoughtful Colors

It is important to consider the colors of your blanket. Of course, it is tempting to choose a blanket with dark colors that will help hide dirt spots.I know how easy it is to get your blanket dirty when you are putting this blanket on the ground and you have to step on it to sit down to enjoy your picnic, but this should not dictate the colors you choose.

I know how easy it is to get your blanket dirty when you are putting this blanket on the ground and you have to step on it to sit down to enjoy your picnic, but this should not dictate the colors you choose.

You want to stick with lighter colors like whites, bright reds, or yellows. And all this color talk because of bugs… You know that the likelihood of a bug getting on your blanket is high because of the food.

A bug is going to get a whiff of your food and will begin to make their way toward it. Having a bright colored blanket should help you spot them before they ruin your picnic.

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The traveler's ground sheet

The pocket blanket

It’s a must have for the adventurer’s travel gear and that is why this nifty product is one of my personal favorites. Their slogan says it all. Small in your pocket, large on the ground.

The Traveler’s Ground Sheet is a product made for those who like to travel, and travel light. It’s the most compact and light weight waterproof blanket.

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The fabric is Silnylon commonly used for outdoor gear, which makes completely waterproof. Due to it’s embedded patterns on the material it’s really simple to fold and pack away into it’s tightly fitted bag.

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Hisea Soft Fleece Blanket

The Hisea Soft Fleece Outdoor Picnic, Camping, Beach, and Tote Mat is one of the best options out there. It has many of the features mentioned earlier plus a few more. For example, it comes with a polyester fleece top. This might not sound like much, but the material is very easy to clean. All you need is some warm water a mild soap to wipe it down.

 

This mat is pretty strong and durable. One thing that almost all Hisea blankets have in common is their ability to withstand different terrains and some rough treatment. Face it, kids can be a little rough, so having a blanket that can deal with any sort of treatment is a good idea. Of course, this is in addition to all the other benefits this blanket comes with, which match the ones mentioned earlier. This blanket is a little larger than other options, just in case you have a big family.

Hopefully, some of these blankets satisfy your needs, but more importantly, be sure to compare some of the features mentioned here to the blankets you are considering. You do not know how much you need these features until you do, and you do not want to be in that position.

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Scuttles Handy Mat

The Scuttles Handy Mat is a large blanket that looks like a tote bag when it is folded up. It is durable, waterproof, sandproof, and the color is bright white with baby blue stripes. It has everything you might want in a blanket. It should be noted that this blanket is also mildew and mold proof, which should be helpful. The chances of you or one of your kids spilling some juice or other liquids over the blanket is high, so making sure you have a blanket that protects you from these issues is a smart move.

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Camco Handy Mat with Strap