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.

Man and woman having picnic in grass.
Picnic blankets come in all shapes and sizes and make lunchtime in the sun more enjoyable.Tim Collins

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.

Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket Zipper Dual Layers for Outdoor Water-Resistant Handy Mat Tote Spring Summer Blue and White Striped Great for The Beach,Camping on Grass Waterproof Sandproof
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.

MIU COLOR Large Waterproof Outdoor Picnic Blanket, Sandproof and Waterproof Picnic Blanket Tote for Camping Hiking Grass Travelling
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.

Mumu Sugar Sand Free Beach Mat Oversized 82" X79" Sand Proof Beach Blanket Outdoor Picnic Mat for Travel, Camping, Hiking and Music Festivals-Lightweight Quick Drying Heat Resistant
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.