Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Picnic Blanket

A good picnic blanket can do more than provide a comfy place to sit and snack.

A picnic blanket is one of the handiest things you can stash in your vehicle. Use it to protect the carpeting in the trunk, fold it with the waterproof side facing out to shuttle flats, flowers, or potted plants home from a nursery, as a ground cloth under your tent, or suspend it over a picnic table as a tarp. Of course, you can picnic on one or fold it up as a soft, cushy layer when you’re sitting in stadium seats at the game. Here are a few other suggestions to help you find just what you’re looking for.

Multiple Sizes

The material on this design has a PEVA backing that keeps moisture out for comfortable seating and easy clean-ups. Scuddles


Consider how much space you’ll need on a picnic blanket. As a general guideline, a blanket that’s 4-feet long and 6-feet wide accommodates two people, but you’ll want something larger if you plan to seat four or more. Thick blankets provide greater comfort than thin sheets when you’re seated, and a waterproof treatment prevents moisture from wicking up and soaking your clothing. Pick your blanket based on its material, construction, size, and warmth, and you might be able to for other activities that don’t include a picnic basket.

Durable & Lightweight

The bottom of this model has a PVC coating that repels moisture and dirt. MIU COLOR


A giant blanket that’s big and bulky can be tough to haul around. Look for blankets that fold down (or roll) into compact sizes that are easy to carry or even strap onto your daypack. Many blankets come with carrying bags and some fold down small enough to fit in a stuff sack.

100% Nylon

You can fit this design into a stuff sack that’s the size of your hand. Mumu Sugar


A picnic blanket with at least one side that’s waterproof will keep moisture on damp grass or wet stadium seats from wicking up through the material and getting you wet.