The Best Picnic Blankets and Beach Mats for Every Style

Gear up for fun in the sun with these top-rated buys, from sand-free mats to foldable blankets that turn into a bag.

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March 07, 2022

There's just something about eating outside that makes food taste better, even a simple picnic with PB&Js. Whether you're planning a park visit, beach day or lunch in the backyard, you need a sturdy picnic blanket to bring along. We've rounded up the best styles for any outdoor activity, from waterproof to washable blankets. Take a look and shop our favorites below.

Best Beach Blanket

From $69.99

The worst part about coming home after a day at the beach is the sand. It's the glitter of nature. It gets everywhere. If you hate sandy car seats or a tote full of sand, you need CGear's Sandlite beach mat. This blanket features interlocking, "one-way sift" technology that magically eliminates sand. It comes in three different sizes, from solo to family-sized, and in cute prints and coastal colors.

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Best Grass Blanket


Picnic in style with an energizing, brightly colored and patterned blanket. This roll-up fleece blanket features a waterproof lining underneath and is available in four totally trendy prints that will brighten any grassy area. A sleek handle and removable shoulder strap make transporting and carrying a breeze.

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Best Waterproof Blanket


Most outdoor blankets are treated with a water-resistant coating, but that won't be enough to keep wet grass and mud from seeping through. Invest in a 100% waterproof blanket, and you'll never have to worry about wet or stained clothes. The YETI Lowlands Blanket is $200, a lot for a mat, but like other YETI products, it's tough and long-lasting. The bottom features a thick waterproof layer, and the quilted top is surprisingly soft and cozy for a sporty brand. Plus, the blanket comes with a carrying case that makes it perfect for travel.

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Best Camping Blanket


While YETI's outdoor blanket is perfect for camping, it's fairly large and heavy. So, if you plan on doing backpacking, you'll need a lighter, more pack-friendly option. Meet the Rumpl. It's like a puffy jacket but in blanket form. The 100% recycled 30D ripstop polyester fabric is durable and resists snags and tears, while a DWR finish makes the blanket weather- and stain-resistant.

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Best Towel Blanket

Tapestries and XL towels also make great picnic blankets because they're lightweight and don't take up much space when packing. Sand Cloud towels are big enough to use as blankets and dry much faster than normal beach towels. They're also available in a wide selection of trendy patterns and bright colors. Read our in-depth review on the towel, below.

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Best Packable Blanket

$32 $20
37% Off!

Picnics with bottles of rosé, fresh fruit and cheese plates sound romantic in theory, but in reality, it’s a hassle to lug a heavy cooler around — especially if you parked far away. Free up a hand and lighten your load with this packable blanket. Not only does the blanket fold into itself, but it also zips into a tote you can throw on your shoulder.

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Best Lightweight Blanket

$39.95 $30
25% Off!

Adventure is calling, and this portable lightweight blanket is the perfect item to bring along. A parachute nylon material makes it quick-drying, water-resistant and won't rot or mildew over time. The versatile blanket is large enough to fit multiple people, making it ideal for the beach, music festivals, picnics or sporting events. The best part? It's backed by a lifetime guarantee.

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Best Machine-Washable Blanket

No need to worry if you spill a drink or accidentally place your blanket in mud. This versatile outdoor blanket is 100% machine washable and dryable. The top is made from polyester fleece that's super soft to the touch, while the nylon bottom blocks and keeps moisture at bay.

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Best Kid-Friendly Blanket


Sticky juices and muddy hands are no match for this durable indoor/outdoor blanket designed to handle messes. The water-resistant polyester fabric easily wipes clean, with snack crumbs and debris shaking right off. The inside is lightly padded for comfort, while an easy-to-fold shape, carry handle and shoulder strap make the blanket ideal for any activity.

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Best Personalizable Blanket

From $119

Great for gift-giving, this cheery striped blanket is made of a soft wool blend and features a tassel fringe and convenient leather carrying handle. The waterproof bottom layer makes this blanket ideal for grassy picnics, muddy sporting events and sunny hangouts on the beach. Personalize the throw with an embroidered initial or monogram.

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