10 best picnic blankets for your next sunny day lunch date

Kelsey Chapman
Monday 24 May 2021 17:13
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It’s time to get out and enjoy the weather, and there’s no better way to do so than with a picnic. Maybe you’re heading to the local park or maybe the beach, but you’ll need something to throw down between you and the earth to make sure ants, grass, dirt, sand, and any other pesky distractions stay out of your food and off your clothes.

We checked out a variety of outdoors-ready blankets to find the best waterproof, lightweight, comfortable, and easy to transport options around. Below you’ll find a selection of our top picks, so get to browsing and plan your next sunny day lunch date now. Make sure to pack sunscreen, too!

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Oversized Outdoor Picnic Blanket with Foam Padding in Red Plaid

Why settle for a regular old picnic blanket when you can have one that’s foam-padded, oversized, and comes with it’s own carrying handle? It’s also under $20, making it cheaper than most standard blankets not built for the outdoors like this one.

Little Unicorn Midnight Poppy 60-Inch x 60-Inch Blanket in Blue/Red

Feeling blue? Dig out this poppy-covered delight for your next park outing and enjoy its water-resistant coating, machine washability, and lush poly fill, perfect for cushioning your backside on the firm ground.

yodo Outdoor Picnic Blanket Water-Resistant for Camping Hiking Festivals

Perfect for the park or the beach, this brightly colored blanket features cozy polyester fleece laminated with foam and water-resistant, eco-friendly backing. It’s easy to clean, versatile, easy on the eyes, and will put you in the right mindset for warmer days.

Mary Poppins Blanket Tote Outdoor Picnic Blanket - St. Tropez Stripes

Everyone loves the classic Disney film Mary Poppins, so why not bring a bit along on your next sunny mealtime with friends, family, and kids? Roll up this striped blanket then enjoy ample seating area that contains a protective shield against spills and packs away easily for convenient toting. It’s also built to last with a lifetime guarantee, so buy knowing you’ll keep this handy blanket around forever.

Orange, Pink Flowers and Green Leaves 1960s Retro Vintage Pattern Picnic Blanket

This retro-kitschy orange floral print is to die for, and it’s water resistant, UV resistant to prevent fading, durable, and can be matched to numerous other home goods in this same delectable print in case you love coordinating.

Round Pop-Open Picnic Blanket Service for 2

This round blanket for two incorporates a novel shape and intimate size into the outdoors-ready blanket game. We love the calming blue pattern as well, plus the pop-up action used when taking it out of its carrying case. Don’t worry though, it folds up and goes back in just as easily.

Camco 42801 Picnic Blanket, Red and White Checkered, 51" x 59"

Go smaller, more traditional, and very affordable with this compact option from Camco. Like the others here, it’s water-resistant, padded for comfort, versatile, and easy to carry no matter you take it.

Twine Seaside Picnic Blanket Set

This nautical striped option was built for the seaside, especially if you dig the muted tones of a New England color scheme. It makes an amazing, luxe gift for any loved one who likes to feel fancy while they picnic, and the real leather details convey a long-lasting feeling of sturdy, all-weather usefulness.

Authentic Mexican Blanket

Handmade, premium, and featuring striking traditional striped designs, these blankets are a cozy, low-maintenance and all-natural solution for creating a barrier between you and the ground. They’re the same size as a twin bed and are built to last, and they get softer with each wash.

DII CAMZ11470 Pink & White Buffalo Check Woven Throw, 50x60" with 3" Fringe

Another soft and pretty option, this huge throw blanket is serenely beautiful for an outing that involves leaning back and letting the sun hit your face while the soft, woven cotton cushions you from the grass. It goes great with any rustic or vintage aesthetic, adding a special touch to any home when not in use as a picnic or beach blanket.


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