Picnic Blankets – The Classic Picnic accessory
In this article we hope to share a few suggestions with you over one of the picnics most essential items – the picnic blanket. Going on a picnic without a blanket would be tantamount to going to the sun with no sunscreen. Ok, I might be over egging it a little there but the point is that if you’re planning a great day out then some kind of outdoor blanket is required.
To qualify this statement let me give you a few examples where the picnic blanket is required. Perhaps the weather leading up to your picnic has not been the best and when you arrive at your destination the ground has become damp. There is no way around this other than suffering wet clothes or lying down a nice big waterproof picnic blanket. Or maybe, on the spur of the moment, you make plans for a beach picnic. It is far from ideal to semi bury all your food and drink in the sand. The blanket offers ideal cover for your items along with protection for you from the hot sand.
What follows are some examples of blankets that are on the market. From traditional plaid blankets for your grassy fields to your waterproof picnic blankets for when the weather has been misbehaving. We hope you find the selections varied and informative.
Woollen Picnic Blankets
I don’t know about you but whenever I think about picnic blankets my mind is instantly turned to plaid, 100% wool options. It is the most striking item you can perhaps buy for your picnic. Sure, you could splash out on a great silver cutlery set or purchase those beautiful crystal wine glasses you’ve had your eye on for so long but none of these will come close to the impression a traditional plaid woollen blanket will give off.
Plaid blankets, of course, refer to the checkered or tartan pattern you probably most associate with kilts but woollen blankets are the most iconic, traditional and sought after blankets for picnics, plaid or no plaid. The feel of them on a hot summers day is second to none and if needs be can be wrapped around yourself or your loved ones for warmth when the chill picks up a bit.
The classic wool blanket from The Tartan CO. is everything a picnic blanket should be. Decked out in the classic Stewart colors, this blanket comes in at a size of 68” x 59”. It also comes with what I call frayed edges but are described as purled fringes. Options are available for different plaids should you require.
Pros of woollen blankets
- Made from a material that is less likely to burn than almost any other material
Cons of woollen blankets
- Can be more expensive
- Need to be washed carefully
- Don’t repel water, sand or mud
- Can take up storage space
Waterproof Picnic Blankets
It’s happened to us all hasn’t it? You put down your blanket and sit atop only to feel the wet soaking through after a short while. Sometimes there’s not much to tell that the ground is damp but in this bright new age this should no longer be a problem. Waterproof picnic blankets are readily available at affordable prices and often come so compact they will make zero impression on your storage space.
The picnic blankets generally get their waterproofing from a layer of vinyl or plastic that is on the underside. The top side is made from all sorts of material ranging from fleece to polyesters to cotton to name a few. The actual blanket as a whole is often padded out to give a more comfortable picnic experience.
The water resistant picnic blanket by Yodo is a great item to have in your picnic repertoire. Opening out to 59” x 53” it can be compacted down to 12.5” x 8” x 4” making it positively tiny in the grand scheme of things. It has a fleece topping which has been padded out with a 2mm sponge and at the price it is an absolute bargain.
The XXX-Large picnic blanket by Monstar certainly lives up to its name. When laid flat it will measure 69” x 79”. The waterproofing comes from a layer of PE +aluminum which can also double up as a sun block for your car. It comes in various designs which means you can have the classic plaid look if that’s your thing.
Pros of waterproof picnic blankets
- No more wet butts
- Generally cheaper option
- Padded for extra comfort
- Can be used on grass or sand
Cons of waterproof picnic blankets
- Quality can be called into question
- Not easy to wash
- Folding back up can prove tricky
Beach Picnic Blankets
There can be a crossover between waterproof blankets and beach blankets as highlighted in the pros list above so I’d like to concentrate on the blankets that are part of a great subset that can only be described as super practical. These blankets would probably initially look like tarps on first inspection yet they are made from ripstop materials that mean they are puncture proof and in most cases (not all) waterproof.
The absolute best thing about these blankets though is the size you can compact these down to. They literally come down so small that they fit in the palm of your hand! Perfect if you don’t own a picnic basket and you have brought along rucksacks or if you’re lucky enough to be driving to your picnic in a nice impractical sports car with a front trunk that holds literally nothing .
This great offering from Praktical Life is one such example. Measuring 66” x 55” laid flat it can scrunch down into its pouch which is 4.7” x 3.6” and be tucked away in your rucksack / back pocket for safe keeping. It also has corner ties which can be pegged down if you happen to be out on a suitably windy day.
The next generation beach blanket by kahuna is one you will definitely want in order to try and make your friends jealous. Measuring a whopping 96” x 96” you will surely be boasting the largest picnic blanket this side of Mordor. Made from a material known as parachute nylon this blanket prides itself on being anti sand meaning the sand will not stick to the material. You can also peg this blanket down if needs be.
Pros of beach picnic blankets
- Surprisingly durable
- Won’t fly away
Cons of beach picnic blankets
- Not always fully waterproof
- Sometimes difficult to repack