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One of the most practical items you can have in your outdoor kit or keep in your car is an outdoor blanket mat. As its name suggests, the best outdoor blanket mats are fabric-lined covers that double as both a cozy blanket, and a mat for sitting or laying out on the ground.
These outdoor blankets are great for keeping warm during a campfire or cookout, and they’re must-haves for tailgating too. Unfurl them, and they become versatile mats, that are great for laying on top of the sand for a beach day, or for a picnic in the park.
The best outdoor blanket mats are made from rugged, durable materials that hold up to repeated use and stress. Don’t worry about tossing them on the ground; the thick material won’t scratch or rip, even if there are a couple branches or rocks underneath. We’ve found options made from waterproof materials too, so they’ll stay dry in all weather conditions. If they get dirty, toss these blankets in the wash and they’re as good as new.
Our favorite outdoor blankets are all easy to pack and carry, with all three of our picks folding (or rolling) up into a pouch or bag that you can sling across your shoulders. They’re lightweight enough to not weigh down your gear, but heavy-duty enough to put under your hot (or cold) food, your favorite drinks, and yourself.
1. JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket
This durable blanket mat is great for the beach, park, camping or your next tailgate. It’s made with a water-resistant fabric that’s easy to wipe clean. The solid-colored side goes down on the ground, while a quilted, printed side is great for laying out your picnic spread or lounging the day away. A sewn-in insert provides a little bit of padding for comfort.
We like that this blanket folds up into its own tote bag. An adjustable shoulder strap lets you take it with you easily.
This blanket measures 5 x 7 feet, though other sizes are available. Other colors and prints available too.
2. SONGMICS Oversized Picnic Blanket
At 6.4 x 5 feet, this is the largest blanket on our list, with enough room for a family of four to sit comfortably.
The blanket doubles as a beach mat or picnic mat; it’s quilted polyester material is super breathable, so it won’t get hot or sweaty, even when out in the sun. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove surface stains. This blanket is also machine-washable, and safe for the dryer too.
Like the option above, this blanket folds into its own pouch, with a carrying handle and shoulder strap.
The bright prints and patterns make it easy to identify your mat in crowded areas. The company says this also makes for a good outdoor rug, seat cover, baby mat and puppy mat.
3. Laguna Beach Textile Company Picnic and Outdoor Blanket
This blanket is waterproof, wind-proof and sand-proof, making it great for the outdoors — and great for keeping you dry.
One side is made from a waterproof oxford fabric to repel rain and sleet; the other side is made with a cozy fleece lining, to keep you warm and comfortable.
Use this as a blanket for an outdoor movie night, tailgating or camping. Or throw it down on the ground to use it as a mat.
The blanket is machine washable, though it’s best to hang dry. The blanket rolls up into a sleeping bag-style sack for easy carrying. Sling it over your shoulders with the included strap. The sack includes a pocket that’s great for your keys, phone and other small accessories.
At 6 x 4.7 feet, there’s enough room to fit up to three adults, or a family of four.