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Best Overall: Scuddles Picnic Outdoor Blanket at Amazon
"With a classic stripe design, this soft blanket boasts a waterproof backing."
Best Classic: Pendleton Motor Robe with Leather Carrier at Amazon
"Long been loved for their quality and warmth."
Best Large: Oniva Blanket Tote XL at Amazon
"Has 38 square feet of picnic and play space."
Best for Beach: Wekapo Sand Free Beach Blanket at Amazon
"Dries quickly and you can shake the sand out of the blanket."
Best Waterproof: L.L. Bean Waterproof Outdoor Blanket at L.L. Bean
"Keeps any moisture from soaking in from the ground."
Best Packable: Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0 at Amazon
"Lightweight at 3.8 ounces."
Best for Kids: JJ Cole Compact and Outdoor Waterproof Blanket at Amazon
"This slightly cushy blanket is great for little ones."
Best for Pets: Monkey Mat Travel Blanket at Amazon
"Ripstop nylon means this picnic blanket will hold up."
Best with Cooler: Skip Hop Central Park Outdoor Blanket at Amazon
"Comes with a handy cooler bag that holds a few cans or keeps cold snacks."
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Best Overall: Scuddles Picnic Outdoor Blanket
The Scuddles Picnic Outdoor Blanket looks as good as it performs, too. With a classic stripe design, this soft blanket boasts a waterproof backing — making it perfect for use at the park, beach, or any outdoor setting, in case of any spills. Its construction also means the picnic blanket is easy-to-clean, as you can just shake and wipe off any dirt, sand, or other debris. Machine washable, the 59 x 60-inch blanket can be folded up and carried via its included strap.
Best Classic: Pendleton Motor Robe with Leather Carrier
Pendleton’s wool blankets have long been loved for their quality and warmth. Once called a “steamer rug” during the early days of 20th-century travel, these blankets were originally used to keep those traveling by ship, train, and car warm. Woven from pure virgin wool, the blankets today are an emblem of American-made quality. The leather carrier makes it easy for toting to and from the picnic site, while it’s also great for movie nights at home. The only caveat is that Pendleton’s blankets are dry clean only, so don’t spill any wine during your alfresco meal.
Best Large: Oniva Blanket Tote XL
Oniva's Blanket Tote XL has all the features you'd want in a picnic blanket for the whole family, including its handy carrying tote, water-resistant underside, and 38 square feet of picnic and play space. This massive blanket is both practical and cozy (thanks to that soft, polyester fleece top), making it ideal for days out. We love the bonus feature of a hidden security pocket, too, so your keys, cash, and phone can be safely stored.
Best for Beach: Wekapo Sand Free Beach Blanket
This nylon blanket is perfect for the beach. It’s made from water-resistant ripstop nylon — meaning it dries quickly and you can shake the sand out, rather than having it trap in blanket fibers. But just because it’s lightweight doesn’t mean it’s going to fly away if a gust comes by: it’s built with four corner pockets you can fill with sand for an anchor, or, for particularly windy days, there are holes built in for stakes. This picnic blanket comes with six stakes (you only need four, but the manufacturer included two more as extras). The 9 x 10-foot bag folds down into a 6 x 7-inch compression sack for the ride home.
Best Waterproof: L.L. Bean Waterproof Outdoor Blanket
L.L. Bean knows what good outdoor gear is made of, and their picnic blanket is just as well-designed for the elements. Made from 100 percent polyester, cozy fleece on one side, the blanket’s bottom is made from 100 percent nylon to keep any moisture from soaking in from the ground and through the material. When you’re done, just roll it up and pop it in its stuff sack. At 72 x 58 inches, there’s room on here for the family — or go a size up to fit more with the XL version.
Best Packable: Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0
Perfect for alfresco meals while hiking, camping, or just spending the day at the beach, Matador’s Pocket Blanket 2.0 is lightweight (3.8 ounces) and is made of durable nylon to keep any dampness away. For particularly windy days, there are sand pockets, weighted corners, and built-in corner stakes so everything stays put. It’s big enough to comfortably fit two to four adults but manages to fold down into a pocket-sized storage pouch (folding patterns are included, too).
Best for Kids: JJ Cole Compact and Outdoor Waterproof Blanket
Made by baby-product specialist JJ Cole, this slightly cushy blanket is great for little ones — and it’s the perfect blanket to keep around for laying out in the backyard, taking to the park, and heading to an outdoor playdate. It’s water-resistant, durable, and (importantly) easy to clean: you just need to wipe it down if there’s a spill. Plus, a yoga-mat-like shoulder strap makes it a cinch to tote.
Best for Pets: Monkey Mat Travel Blanket
Featured on Shark Tank, the Monkey Mat is the perfect solution for a day out with everyone in tow — including a dog or two. Ripstop nylon means this picnic blanket will hold up, even with paws running around it, and the center of the blanket has several loop attachments where you can secure your car keys and dog leashes. Weighted corners keep the blanket down when you're playing ball with your pup. Even more, it’s waterproof on the bottom and water-resistant on the top.
Best with Cooler: Skip Hop Central Park Outdoor Blanket
Perfect for when you want to keep a couple drinks cool without having to haul out, pack, and schlep a cooler around, Skip Hop’s Central Park Outdoor Blanket comes with a handy cooler bag that holds a few cans or keeps cold snacks — just slip in an ice pack and you’re good to go. You can detach it to turn it into a messenger bag for other picnic supplies, too. The 5 x 5-foot blanket folds up easily, and you can carry it messenger or backpack-style, whatever feels best.