Picnics are great way of having a fun lunch outdoors, a romantic getaway with your partner or alternatively, something to do with the kids…
However, sitting on the grass without a waterproof layer between you and the ground can quite often give you a damp bum or stain your clothes.
The last thing you want is to be walking with a loved one on a special occasion and have a damp area or a green patch on your bum.
Buying a decent waterproof picnic blanket is ideal for preventing this and will keep your clothes dry and your food and drinks off the floor.
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Our Favourite Picnic Blanket Reviews
Take a look at our preferred choices together with reviews of the products and their top features
- 1 Michael Josh XXL Oversized Waterproof Picnic Blanket Review
- 2 Greenfield Collection Luxury Forest Green Picnic Blanket Review
- 3 Kids Outdoor Play Floor Mat for Babies to School-Age Children
- 4 Signature Leisure Tartan Traditional Style Picnic Blanket
Michael Josh XXL Oversized Waterproof Picnic Blanket Review
This oversized picnic blanket by Michael Josh is an ideal choice for those with a larger family who love a good picnic outdoors as the XXL size has room for up to 6 adults.
The blanket has a plastic backing that makes it easy to clean when it comes to packing it away at the end of the day, which also makes it perfect if you love picnics on the beach.
Pros and Cons
- Easy to Clean
- Micro-fleece top
- Very spacious
- Velcro Roll Up Straps
- Not machine washable (but easy to clean)
Water/Sand Proof Backing
All picnic lovers know the main problem with traditional blankets, moisture absorption.
Well, the great news is that this features plastic backing so you will no longer have to spend hours trying to clean off the sand or mud, it will simply wipe away.
Another bonus to this is that you will no longer get a wet bum, this blanket has addressed the original problem well.
Easy To Pack Away
Often with blankets, it can be a chore to get it packed up and into your bag at the end of your picnic but with this one, there are instructions provided on how to roll it up.
So that’s another problem that’s been ticked off by Michael Josh.
With the sheer size of the blanket, it’s quite amazing how it manages to fold away so small.
There are also Velcro straps to ensure it stays in place, but to add to the convenience, there is a carrying handle to make it really compact and portable.
The blanket is so large that you can use it for a variety of situations such as picnics, days out, festivals or you could even use it as a temporary carpet inside a tent whilst camping.
This blanket is also 220 gsm so if you really want to, you can wrap yourself up in it and benefit from multiple things:
- Weighted Blanket – Calming, helps with anxiety and stress
- Polar Fleece – Warmth, comfort
- Waterproof backing – Protection from elements if you have no other option (last resort)
But one of the more beneficial uses that you could get out of it is using it as a temporary nap station, which brings us on to the next feature – keep reading to find out what it is.
Padded for Comfort
To be fair, most picnic blankets tend to be comfortable but most of them don’t have the underlying waterproofing to maintain that comfort throughout the day.
However, where this blanket stands out from the rest is the microfiber, 100% polar fleece.
This gives a soft touch to the surface of it, as most people tend to want to lie down at some point during a picnic it makes for an ideal area to really settle down and relax.
Greenfield Collection Luxury Forest Green Picnic Blanket Review
This blanket by Greenfield Collection is a popular choice for couples, but it could fit up to 4 adults comfortably.
As it’s on the smaller size for picnic blankets, it folds up to about the size of a body bag, with a carry handle for convenience.
It’s fully lined on the underside with PVC, this is what provides the moisture resistance to make it suitable for outdoor use.
We’ve gone into more detail below so keep reading if you want more information on the blanket, otherwise, click here to see it on Amazon.
Pros and Cons
- Moisture resistant
- Easy to pack
- Fits in a rucksack
- Integrated cover
- Rainproof cover doesn’t protect whole blanket
There’s plenty of features with this blanket, check them out below.
Greenfield collection is a well known, reputable brand in the picnic industry with all their products being designed in the United Kingdom.
So with this in mind, this blanket certainly lives up to their reputation and could even be considered one of their best products so far.
The top of the blanket is made from a super soft, polyester fleece whilst the connecting covers are 420 denier polyester giving it a real high-quality feel.
On the underside is PVC to give it the moisture resistance you need for outdoor use.
As you’re aware from our previous review, moisture is a common problem for picnic blankets but this one again has the resistance you need to be able to use it outdoors and still be able to sit comfortably.
This blanket gets its resistance from the PVC underlayer, this is the same material that’s often used in waterproof coats and is known for its durability.
Many companies who are looking to make their products resistant to water opt for this material thanks to it being so lightweight and hence not having a huge impact on the overall weight of the product.
Practicality is what you need with a picnic blanket, this specific one reaches these expectations with integrated covers.
These covers mean that you can simply fold it up, then use the attached velcro to hold it in place and it comes complete with a carry handle with a leather effect look.
The covers themselves are made from 420 denier polyester – denier is the thickness of a fabric, so with a count of 420, this outer cover is pretty thick and will give your blanket protection during transportation.
It also folds away so that it conveniently fits into a rucksack, further adding to the practicality.
At 135cm x 148cm, there’s plenty of room for a family of 4 as it can comfortably fit 4 adults sat down.
So with the generous sizing, there’s enough space for your family and the food to go with it, but to be quite honest if there were 4 adults then it’s probably better to opt for one of the bigger blankets we’ve reviewed otherwise you might be sat right on the edge of it.
Kids Outdoor Play Floor Mat for Babies to School-Age Children
If you’re thinking of going for a picnic or getting some fresh air outdoors then you don’t really want young children and especially babies to be rolling around on the ground.
We all know just how difficult it can be for kids to sit still for more than 5 minutes but with this kids mat, it really does give them plenty to look at to keep them occupied.
What’s good about it is that it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth should there be any spillages, something you can guarantee will happen when kids are eating on the floor.
The cushioned surface is soft enough for babies to lay on and can prevent impact injuries to their wrists and joints when rolling or falling.
There are different patterns on each side which can help keep your little one intrigued and you’ll probably find that they prefer one side more than the other.
The mat measures 2 metres by 1.8 metres which is plenty big enough for babies and young children.
Check out this waterproof kid play mat on Amazon.
Pros and cons
- Hygienic & Safe for Babies
- Fully Waterproof
- Reversible (Patterns on both sides)
- Help prevent Injuries
- Lightweight to Carry
- Will begin to fade eventually
2 Pattern play mat
As mentioned before, this playmat has 2 different sides which include Animals and the Alphabet. The animal side will definitely keep the younger ones intrigued, whilst also helping your older children to learn as they play.
Both sides can be just as easily wiped down as the other, it also helps that both sides are patterned because over very long periods of exposure to the sun the patterns will eventually fade.
Prevent Injuries & More Hygienic
The soft fabric and 1/2 cm of thickness will make your child more comfortable whilst playing and will also keep him or her away from grassed areas which can then prevent them from picking things up from off the floor.
As the mat can be wiped clean after use, this provides a much cleaner and more hygienic way of your baby playing in a controlled environment. We all know that when kids drop food they love to pick it up and eat it, this way, at least it’s landed on the clean playmat.
Easy to wipe clean
Having a playmat that can be wiped clean is far easier than having to machine wash one. Just a damp cloth with a very small amount of fairy liquid is suitable for wiping it clean, the fairy liquid makes removing spillages easier and prevents sticky areas.
Please be aware that attempting to machine wash, scrubbing with a brush, scratching with sharp objects can reduce the waterproofing and also permanently damage the playmat. Also, keep the mat away from fires for safety reasons and do not expose to the sun for too long as fading will occur.
Foldable & Portable Playmat
The mat can be easily rolled up which makes transporting it around simple. There is a storage bag included with this mat which also helps to protect the fabric from scratches and fading whilst obviously making storage and transportation easier too.
Signature Leisure Tartan Traditional Style Picnic Blanket
When I was younger and used to sleepover during the weekend at my grandparent’s house I can always remember playing on their back garden where one of these tartan picnic blankets always laid out on the grass.
In the 90’s they were extremely popular and they have recently had a resurgence (last ten years).
The red tartan picnic blanket is the one I refer to and I always remember when the sun was out the blanket became nice and cosy and got quite warm (not hot, just a snug kind of warmth).
This particular tartan picnic blanket has the benefit of having a waterproof backing, however, ours didn’t at the time.
Let’s be honest though, most people normally wait until the damp has come out of the grass before deciding to have a picnic, however, with this product you don’t have too.
Take a look at this product on Amazon here before you read our review
Pros and cons
- Soft fleece for extra comfort
- Waterproof backing
- Ideal for a family of 4
- Lots of alternative uses
- Comes with a travel bag
- Not fire retardant
Easy to transport
The attached carry handle is perfect and very easy to use. It’s simply a case of folding the blanket back into shape and the carry handle then becomes part of the package where you then just carry it around with you.
Weighing just 590g means it’s very light to carry and definitely light enough for a child to carry whilst you carry the heavier picnic equipment.
Waterproof & Easy to Clean
The underside of the blanket has a waterproof coating applied to it which provides full waterproof protection and prevents any penetration of water through the bottom of the blanket.
The waterproof coating is PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) which is a preferred alternative to PVC as PEVA is chlorine-free. To clean the underside you just need to run a damp cloth across it.
Lots of Uses
Having a comfortable and waterproof blanket means that it can be used for lots of different uses. For example, when I was younger we used to use it on our beds as a cover to go on top of our duvet, mainly waist down and just to offer that little bit of extra warmth.
Nowadays, this type of blanket can be used for beach use, camping trips, festivals, hiking, walking trips or just for sunbathing.
Large Picnic Blanket
Measuring 1.5m x 1.8m, this size can comfortably accommodate 4 adults or several children. If you have a smaller party then you don’t have to fully open the blanket out and this way it would be much more comfortable as it would feel much more padded on firmer surfaces.