The 7 Best Picnic Blankets

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Our Top Picks
"Durable, waterproof, mudproof, and machine washable—is there anything else you could need from an outdoor blanket?"
"Enjoy the great outdoors without walking away with wet pants with this cozy, fleece blanket that's lined with waterproof nylon."
"A pocket-sized picnic blanket that is perfect for taking with you while you camp, to the park, or to the beach."
"If you want enough space for the whole family to stretch out, you'll appreciate this massive 79 x 79-inch blanket."
"For a budget price, you get a waterproof, spacious blanket that keeps your clothes and gear dry"
"With enough space for everyone in your group to hang out, this massive, sand-proof beach blanket is a complete must-have."
"This pint-sized picnic blanket is cozy enough for kids to play on it, but can easily be cleaned when spills inevitably happen."

Best Overall: Yeti Lowlands Blanket

Yeti Lowlands Blanket

If you’re serious about your outdoor activities and passionate about picnic blankets, then the Yeti Lowlands Blanket is the ultimate option. This durable, well-constructed blanket comes with high praise as an “impenetrable water and dirt shield” according to one user. It’s a splurge for sure, but it’s the perfect picnic blanket and is likely to be the last outdoor blanket you’ll ever buy. It also makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys being outside. 

Measuring 79 x 55 inches, this blanket is comfortably sized for two adults. It’s also pet-approved and users note that pet hair is easy to shake off. This picnic blanket is machine washable, so it’s super simple to clean up any messes or mud. The blanket comes folded inside a soft-sided carry case that reviewers say is a key part of the functionality.

Best Waterproof: L.L. Bean Waterproof Outdoor Blanket

LL Bean Waterproof Outdoor Blanket

Keep dry with this warm and waterproof picnic blanket from LL Bean. Versatile enough for just about any outdoor application where moisture might be a problem, this blanket features a polyurethane-coated nylon backing on one side and a delightfully soft fleece seating surface on the other side. This waterproof picnic blanket is machine washable, making it easy to clean and maintain. 

Despite being widely praised for keeping water out no matter what, this picnic blanket is surprisingly thin and lightweight—one reviewer described it as more like a waterproof flannel sheet than a blanket. It's suitable for year-round use, and plenty of people find it to be a great option for keeping warm during chilly sporting events or when camping. 

Best for Travel: Matador Water Resistant Pocket Blanket

Never be without a picnic blanket, thanks to this pocket-sized version from Matador. This ultra-lightweight blanket weighs under a quarter of a pound and fits in the palm of your hand or the pocket of your bag. One of the most outstanding features is the included metal ground stakes that will keep this travel-friendly picnic blanket from flying away with a light breeze.

Despite being such a thin, portable blanket, users describe it as sturdy and tear-resistant. One person reports that it held up to being used extensively on a campsite and was a favorite spot for her dogs to rest and relax—with no wear and tear from the dog’s nails. 

The biggest challenge of the Matador Pocket Blanket may be refolding it into its teeny-tiny carrying pouch. Some people have found the slippery and lightweight material difficult to fold precisely, but Matador has included stitched guidelines onto the underside of the material so you’ll know just where to crease and fold your blanket.

Best Large: SONGMICS Picnic Blanket

songmics picnic blanket

Make your next park day even better with the Songmics Picnic Blanket. Constructed from soft fleece with PEVA backing for moisture resistance, this blanket is the perfect combo of cozy and functional. It even has a cushy foam interior, so you can't feel every rock and twig underneath your blanket.

The Songmics Picnic Blanket is big enough to comfortably fit four to six people on a picnic. It measures 79 x 79 inches but folds up and can be attached to your bag by its handle. The blanket can't be machine washed, but you can spot clean the fleece if something spills on it.

Best Budget: JAMFLY Picnic Blanket with Waterproof Backing

This Jamfly pick keeps it simple to provide you with a budget-friendly blanket option that you can use for years. It’s made with oxford cloth and features a PVC coating to repel liquids and keep your seating surface dry. It's also machine washable, but can more easily be spot cleaned with soap and water. 

It’s not as soft as some other plush picnic blankets on the market, and it’s been described as more like a tablecloth for the ground. However, that means it's also incredibly resistant to stains and spills, so you can enjoy your picnic without worrying about ruining your blanket.

Best for Beach: WEKAPO Sand Free Beach Blanket

If you're headed to the beach with a crowd, you're going to want a blanket that's extra-large and easy to clean. Made of thin, lightweight nylon, this blanket is perfect for sitting or laying out. It's a massive 10 x 9 feet, so there's plenty of room for everyone in your group to sit and chat, or for a few people to lay down.

The blanket comes with corner pockets you can fill with sand to keep the blanket from blowing in the wind or you can use the included metal stakes to keep it pinned down. When you're ready to go, give the blanket a nice shake and watch all of the sand come flying off. The blanket tucks easily into the included pouch, and if you need to clean it, you can toss it in the washing machine and let it quickly air dry.

Best for Kids: JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket

Family-friendly and durable, this JJ Cole blanket is our top pick as a picnic blanket for kids. While you’ve got plenty to carry if you’re planning a day in the park with your little one, this outdoor blanket is easy to tote along, thanks to simple folding design and detachable carrying strap.

This picnic blanket is made for kids with a water-resistant outer material and an inner liner that’s soft enough for your little one to sit on, but durable enough to resist spills and wipe clean. 

One thing to know is that a user who ventured to the beach with this picnic blanket found that sand got inside the blanket’s layers. Also, some users say the seating side of the blanket can become hot when left in the direct sun, so choose a shady spot if you’re out on a sunny day!

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