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The Best Picnic Blankets for Enjoying the Backyard or the Beach

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Picnic Perfect
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Picnic Perfect

Sure, all of these blankets are great for actual picnics, but a high-quality picnic blanket can be taken camping, to the beach, used for sunbathing, as a wrap in front of the fire pit, or as a safe place for a kiddo to play outside. In less trying times, you can haul it to the festival circuit or use it to mark your territory at a concert venue — it also happens to make a perfect social-distancing space as we venture back into hanging out with small groups of friends this summer. From options that are extra large, waterproof, and cozy to models that are perfect for sandy beaches, windy weather, and easy transport, all of these picnic blankets feature functionality and versatility that will satisfy just about any aspiring picnicker.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

Related: 18 Products That Can Turn Your Backyard Into a Relaxing Oasis

Picnic Time Oniva Extra-Large Blanket
Amazon

Picnic Time Oniva Extra-Large Blanket

Price: $28 and up from Amazon
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For some, nothing but a plaid picnic blanket will do, and this Picnic Time option can easily keep you socially distanced from other families for those safe, summertime outdoor get-togethers. It unfolds to 80-by-70-inches and refolds into a compact 18-by-11-by-5-inch tote when not in use. It comes in six different plaid patterns.

WolfWise Extra Large Waterproof Picnic Mat
Amazon

WolfWise Extra Large Waterproof Picnic Mat

Price: $30 and up from Amazon
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Nothing spoils a picnic faster than damp ground, but you'll be prepared for that with this picnic blanket's waterproof backing, which prevents moisture from seeping through. It comes in three summery prints — including one perfect for patriotic, July 4th picnics — and, at 79 inches square, it's perfect for the whole family yet folds into an easy carrying tote.

Sun Squad 4-Person Picnic Blanket
Target

Sun Squad 4-Person Picnic Blanket

Price: $20 from Target
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If a large picnic blanket that will fit a family of four is your goal, this oversized 6-by-5-foot, quilted, polyester picnic blanket comes in six fun, summery patterns and folds into its own portable carrying tote. It's also machine-washable.

VonShef Extra Large Fleece Picnic Throw
Wayfair

VonShef Extra Large Fleece Picnic Throw

Price: $53 from Wayfair
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This large blanket is a great option for those who appreciate a soft perch while picnicking. It can easily fit more than a couple of people, and it transforms into an easy-to-carry roll with a detachable handle when the picnic is over.

Camco Classic Waterproof Picnic Blanket
Amazon

Camco Classic Waterproof Picnic Blanket

Price: $15 from Amazon
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Nothing quite screams "picnic" like a red-and-white checked print, and this Camco blanket not only has that, but its flip side is also waterproof and cushioned, so you'll always be set for a comfy sit-down meal in any conditions. It's 51-by-59 inches and folds into a compact tote.

Wellax Sand-Free Beach Picnic Blanket
Amazon

Wellax Sand-Free Beach Picnic Blanket

Price: $37 from Amazon
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Looking for something appropriate for beach picnics? This massive 9-by-10-foot blanket is made of parachute nylon, so not only will sand not stick to it, but it folds into a tiny 4-by-8-inch stuff tote, weighs just 16 ounces, and is water-repellant and heat-resistant. It also has four incorporated pockets you can stuff belongings into that will keep the blanket from blowing away in windy weather. It comes in shades-of-blue and blue-and-white color options.

Kelty Bestie BFF Blanket
Dick's Sporting Goods

Kelty Bestie BFF Blanket

Price: $50 from Dick's Sporting Goods
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Yes, the name is cutesy, but this blanket has functionality and versatility to spare. It's reversible, with a summery blue hue on one side and a chilly weather-appropriate plaid on the other. It's water-resistant, features CloudLoft Synthetic insulation to keep you warm on cooler days, includes a zipper pocket for storing valuables, and folds into a stuff sack for easy portability. Finally, at 80-by-60 inches, it'll fit the whole family, and can be staked down so it won't blow away.

Freeport Park Picnic Blanket, Backpack, and Settings
Wayfair

Freeport Park Picnic Blanket, Backpack, and Settings

Price: $117 from Wayfair
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Looking for a blanket with the whole picnic shebang thrown in? This well-reviewed version from Wayfair includes a compartment with four place settings, plus a small hardwood cutting board, corkscrew, cheese knife, and more. It also has more insulated storage for picnic food, a detachable wine tote, and a soft, comfortable blanket rolls up and can be attached to the backpack's side for easy portability.

Laguna Beach Textile Company Picnic Blanket
Amazon

Laguna Beach Textile Company Picnic Blanket

Price: $39 from Amazon
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This picnic blanket has classic California styling that will look chic on a lawn, at the park, or at the beach. Features include a waterproof bottom and plush fleece top, plus it comes in a carry tote with a shoulder strap and zip pocket that's perfect for storing keys or a phone. The blanket comes in three patterns and is 72-by-57 inches.

Benevolence LA Picnic Blanket
Amazon

Benevolence LA Picnic Blanket

Price: $20 from Amazon
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If you like a picnic blanket that can double as an actual blanket and don't need all the functionality of a carrying tote, waterproof backing, staking loops, and the like, this handwoven Mexican blanket made from recycled materials is attractive, soft, and colorful. It's 65-by-40 inches, machine washable, and can be thrown in the dryer, too.