Oct 31, 2023

13 Best Outdoor Blankets 2023

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Use them for camping, tailgating, or just relaxing on the patio.

What do picnics, camping trips, family beach vacations, and relaxing on the patio furniture all have in common? Why, they all require the best outdoor blankets, of course! It's a safe bet that any time you venture outside you will eventually want something to sit on and/or wrap yourself up in if you get chilly. And when the elements are involved, no matter the season, a standard blanket from your bedroom just won't cut it. You need something that is sturdy, that can get dirty, and that can roll up easily for transport. In the market for something like that? Great, because we've got the best picks right here!

When looking for blankets for the outdoors, you want to consider what activities you plan on doing. Many of these blankets are waterproof, making them ideal camping essentials that double as tailgate essentials when the season starts. Many are easy to wash, so you don't have to worry about grass stains or picnic food stains when you're dining in the park. Some options are padded and some are made of materials like wool for extra coziness next to your outdoor fire pit. Others are thinner, making them best for lying on the beach or if you need something super compact.

The best thing about most of these outdoor blanket options is that you can use them inside as well. Cozy up to the fire, invite that extra kid over for a sleepover, or throw your blanket on the guest bed for a refreshed look. Just make sure to clean up the outside debris before bringing your blanket in for a snuggle. No matter which option you choose, you'll use it all year long!

This affordable find checks off so many of the boxes you want for a go-to outdoor blanket. It's water-resistant, machine washable, rolls up easily, has a strap to carry it, and it has some padding for extra comfort. It also happens to be under $15 and available in three color options.

This classic plaid just screams for a picnic, doesn't it? It's machine washable with cozy fleece on the top and water resistance on the bottom. It folds up into a tote that features a hidden security pocket to tuck your valuables in while you feast.

Want something that is lightweight for the beach or a quick picnic but sturdy enough for camping? Found it! This heavy duty canvas has a waterproof backing but only weighs 1.8 pounds. You can easily shake off sand or dirt and then roll it up and carry it with the attached straps. It's very versatile for such a great price.

There's so much you can do with a classic Mexican blanket: bring it on a picnic, use it to practice yoga, or add it as a pop of color on a bed or patio. While it's not waterproof, it is super compact and machine washable. It's also made of recycled fibers and available in over 15 different color options.

Serious campers know you need a waterproof option no matter where you venture off to. This classic buffalo plaid option has a waterproof backing on one side and a cozy fleece for extra comfort on the other. It also comes with a sack to roll it up for storage.

Want something warm? Go for wool. This durable yet cozy pick is preshrunk so it's machine washable and naturally fire-retardant. While it's not waterproof, it is perfect for staying snuggly whether you're tucked away in a tent or cozied up in a cabin.

Look at those colors! No wonder this is a bestseller. Okay, it's probably because it's also environmentally friendly (made of recycled plastic bottles!), stain- and water-resistant, machine washable, and has added insulation for extra comfort. It also comes with a matching carrying case!

If you like to picnic a lot, why not get a cute monogrammed option? It's made of a wool blend with a waterproof backing and has a really classy leather handle and straps for carrying and storage. FYI: It's spot clean only, though!

Saranoni prides itself on softness. So if that's what you're after, try this snuggly pick! It is faux fur on one side and is water-resistant on the other, with reinforced quilting for extra coziness. It also has a lined hood and pockets to keep your head and hands warm if the weather gets to be a bit too much for you!

Large when opened, compact when folded, and water-resistant: Those are three major characteristics of a good beach blanket. This one is also lightweight and sand-proof. Just shake it off and be on your merry way! It would be great for camping and hanging out in the yard, too, so don't think you have to tuck it away for beach vacations.

Fans of Ree know a great floral print when they see one! Of course, this blanket is more than just pretty. Made of recycled polyester, it's durable, warm, and comes with a cute matching carrying case. It also comes with free shipping and a lifetime guarantee.

This option has all the features you want―it's water-repellent, machine washable, and padded for comfort. But it also has the best strap for carrying once it's folded up. It looks like a tote that you can just sling over your shoulder.

Leave it to Yeti to create a waterproof blanket meant for all terrains and activities. Durable, padded, insulated, machine washable, pet-friendly―you can and will bring this on all your adventures from the beach to the campgrounds to the game.

AnnMarie Mattila is the Commerce Editor for The Pioneer Woman, covering products ranging from home, fashion, beauty, and more.

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