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The Best Picnic Blankets on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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With social-distancing measures still in effect throughout much of the U.S., spending time outdoors is one of the safest ways to see friends and enjoy warm weather — which is what makes picnicking so appealing, particularly now. And while we’ve written about lots of ways to enjoy your outdoor spaces — including the best picnic accessories and the best lawn chairs — here we’ve rounded up the best picnic blankets, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

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Best-rated (and least expensive) picnic blanket

Camco Handy Mat with Strap

Hundreds of reviewers write how well this mat holds up at the park, on the beach, even in their backyard, but one review says it passed the ultimate test — a music festival. “This year for Bonnaroo I ordered 11 to completely cover our campsite,” they explain. “I [duct] taped them together to make a large mat to cover the space. The tape pulled off after four days without hurting the mat. Great for camping, it rained really hard one morning on Sunday our campsite was dry. Easy to store, I have them all in a tote ready for Bonnaroo next year.” Another says it “stays put in wind” and one says not even “sand or bark chips” get stuck on it. One user found that they use it more than they expected, especially in the summer: “We use this at least once a week. We just keep in the trunk and it’s been to every summer concert we have been to this year. Great mat to lay down on the lawn to watch an outdoor concert.”

Best picnic blanket for kids

JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket

Reviewers with kids tend to appreciate this picnic blanket. “It’s soft and slightly cushioned, so thicker than just a towel, yet lightweight and easy to fold up and carry,” one writes. “I have an infant who drools and makes a mess on everything, but this material is very easy to wipe clean.” Another writes, “With warmer days ahead and a new baby boy this was a great buy! It’s perfect for trips to the park, beach or in the back yard. I love that it easily folds into a shoulder bag, very convenient for traveling.” Many more were also impressed by the size of this blanket. “It’s a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be when it was folded up but that’s perfectly fine because it works exactly as I hoped it would,” one writes. The size allows them to do so much more than just sit on it. “I’ve taken it to the beach and to the park. I’ve used it as a tablecloth at a picnic table covered in gross icky whatever birds leave behind. One of my favorite things about it is that when you fold it up the bottom side never touches the top side. So I don’t have to worry about laying my baby on it.”

Best waterproof picnic blanket

Redcamp Waterproof Picnic Blanket

Reviewers, especially those with children, love that this picnic blanket is waterproof, including one customer who specifically bought it as a play mat for her son. “It’s huge, and sturdy. I like that it’s waterproof but it doesn’t feel plasticky or make you sweaty when you sit on it,” she says. Another parent, who takes this blanket to the park daily with their children, says in addition to being waterproof it is “a great size” and “very easy to wipe clean!” Because it is large, this picnic blanket comes with a carrying backpack, which is another selling point for many reviewers. One such customer, who uses the blanket for picnics and reading outside, describes the backpack as “too big ON PURPOSE to allow room for a book, water bottle, sunscreen, snacks, [and] whatever else you might want to carry.”

Best machine-washable picnic blanket

Yodo Outdoor Picnic Blanket

One user has found that this blanket comes in handy for more than just a day at the park. “I’ve used it for wet butts on picnic benches, as a picnic tablecloth on questionable surfaces, and for saving bodies from hot concrete,” one innovative user writes. “It folds quite compact, is lightweight, and the pattern is nice. Things like grass and sand are easily shaken out and don’t stick to the fabric.” One soccer mom finds that this makes them the envy of their friends, writing, “When we’d have practices after days of rain, our bottoms were the only ones to stay dry of all of our friends.” Dozens note that spills, dirt, and sand can be easily wiped up or shaken out but a few have also successfully tested this in the washing machine. One writes, “You can simply take a napkin to it (for spills) and get it right up or throw it in the washing machine on a low spin cycle and let it air dry for stains.”

Best easy-to-fold picnic blanket

Scuddles Extra Large Picnic Blanket with Handle

Many picnic blankets with carrying straps claim to fold easily, but reviewers appreciate that this blanket’s removable strap ensures easy folding every time. “You can roll the blanket up however and the strap still works, rather than have to fold it a very specific way for it to come together to attach,” says one reviewer who describes this blanket as “easy to clean and use.” For those who do want to fold into the carrying strap it “folds back up well by following with pre-set creases,” explains another reviewer. Another customer, who describes themselves as “horrible at folding blankets,” says that this one was actually easy to fold as well as “not heavy to carry, very big and easy to clean in the washing machine and dryer.” Many other reviewers say that this blanket is easy to clean, including one who spilled things on it upon first use and found that the blanket “didn’t absorb, and was spot free after a quick washing.”

Best travel picnic blanket

TheCozy Adventures Pocket Picnic Sheet

Reviewers love this “sweet portable blanket,” because as one reviewer puts it, “it’s easy to pack and bring wherever you go.” “I used this for my trip to Miami; I love that I didn’t have to pack a giant beach towel; it took up barely any space in my carry-on,” one reviewer writes. “Took it to Europe on a bike and barge trip,” another says. “When we got back from a long ride and the boat wasn’t there, everyone was jealous as another couple and myself were able to lay down at the riverbank!” In addition to its small size, reviewers love that it comes with stakes. “I compared several items and what sold me were the reinforced tie-down corners and small lightweight plastic spikes that hold the blanket in place.” Another says, “We tested this in some very windy conditions and it didn’t budge.” A few others found very unique ways to use this sheet. One says it “worked as an impromptu beach tent held up by the back window of a Jeep and hiking poles,” and another “used this blanket while camping in the Panamanian jungle instead of a sleeping bag.”

Best cold-weather picnic blanket

Oceas Outdoor Waterproof Blanket Warm

Half the reviewers say they love this picnic blanket for a cold-weather picnic, while the rest use it as an actual blanket for winter sporting events and camping. “I bought three of these blankets for picnics and attending games when it gets cold,” one says. “We all love them. The fleece is soft and warm and if the grass is wet, no problem.” “It is water resistant like it says, we can take it to the park when the grass is wet, lay it down, have a picnic, no problems with the water coming through,” writes another reviewer of this picnic blanket, adding, “The blanket is also wind resistant, which is amazing. Had the blanket with us at the beach earlier in the year. The wind was really picking up and the blanket did a fantastic job.”

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