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Best Outdoor Blankets for Families
Updated on
July 26, 2023

Best Outdoor Blankets for Families

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Best Outdoor Blankets for Families

Even if you’re not a nature-lover at heart, odds are you will find yourself in the great outdoors more often once you become a parent. And although you may feel like there’s never much time to actually sit down (especially during the toddler years), keeping an outdoor blanket in your stroller, car or diaper bag is a good idea whether it’s for an impromptu park hangout or a preplanned family hike.

What to Look for in an Outdoor Blanket

You don’t need to spend hours researching the best outdoor blanket, but you should keep a few key features in mind while you’re shopping.

  • Waterproof or water resistant. This is probably the most crucial must-have feature for a kid- and family-friendly outdoor blanket. Nobody likes a soggy blanket—or a soggy butt, for that matter. Opt for an outdoor blanket that is either waterproof or water-resistant to protect you and your family from damp ground or unexpected rain showers.
  • Durability. Babies and toddlers aren’t known for being gentle with their stuff. You’ll also want a blanket that lasts, taking you from the baby days through the big-kid years. Look for one made of sturdy and durable materials to withstand frequent use by kids.
  • Easy to clean. Parenting truth as old as time: kids are messy. Choose an outdoor blanket that is easy to clean, preferably machine washable, so you don’t have to stress out if (when) your kids spill all over it.
  • Size and portability. When you’re shopping for an outdoor blanket, consider the size. Ideally, it should be large enough for a few adults along with a baby and a toddler to comfortably sit or lie on. Additionally, look for a blanket that is lightweight and comes with a carrying bag or straps for convenient transportation.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Outdoor Blankets for Families

Best Outdoor Blanket for Babies

The best outdoor blankets are water repellent, a must-have feature in our book when you’re using them with babies and kids. The downside? The blankets often aren’t very soft. Goumi’s outdoor blanket stands out from the rest with a waterproof backing on one side and a soft, fleece surface on the other. It’s great for families, but especially for younger babies who may be using it for tummy time or just to relax. The Goumi x Babylist exclusive collab comes in three exclusive (and super stylish) prints and folds compactly into a small square with a built-in strap for portability.

Additional Specs
Size 60” x 60”
Folded 11.4” x 11.4”

Most Stylish Outdoor Blanket

Little Unicorn’s outdoor blanket comes in a print or a pattern for every taste, including tropical, floral, colorful stripes and lots more. One side is made from a durable, water-resistant polyester and the other is a softer, sleeping bag-like material. There’s a built-in zip pouch for small items and a carry handle to make transport easy. Just note the blanket is spot clean only, so you won’t be able to toss the whole thing in the washing machine after spills. It’s also on the bulkier side when folded, especially in the larger sizes.

Additional Specs
Size Three size: 4.75’ x 4.75’, 4.75’ x 6.67’ and 5’ x 10’
Folded 15.5” x 12” x 5.5”; 15.5” x 12” x 6”; 15.5” x 13” x 7.5”

Best Washable Outdoor Blanket

You’re likely already familiar with Yeti’s line of hard and soft coolers. The Lowlands Blanket is a solid addition to their outdoor line and makes adventuring with your family a little bit easier. This outdoor blanket isn’t inexpensive, but it has a lot going for it. It’s completely waterproof, a step up from many of the other blankets on our list which are water resistant. It’s also padded and insulated, making it comfy (and warm) regardless of the terrain. It repels dirt and even pet hair easily. And best of all, you can toss the whole thing in the washing machine (and the dryer) when it gets messy, a huge plus when you’re dealing with messy kids.

Additional Specs
Size 79” x 55” x 0.25”
Folded 30” x 8” x 6”

Best Affordable Outdoor Blanket

You don’t need to spend a ton on an outdoor blanket. (Costco for the win, as always. ) This Pendleton x Costco collab is a popular outdoor blanket that’s under $25. It’s machine washable, a really impressive feature considering the blanket’s price. It also has a water-resistant outer layer and two built-in storage pockets, and folds up into a compact tote with both a carry handle and a shoulder strap.

Additional Specs
Size 72” L x 60” W
Folded 19” W x 15.5” H x 3.1”

Best Quilted Outdoor Blanket

If you’re looking for a soft, quilted outdoor blanket, this one from Toki is your best bet. It’s made from water-resistant organic quilted cotton, so while it has a much softer feel than many outdoor blankets, it will still repel dampness. It’s also free of toxic chemicals. (The water-repellent finish is made by dipping the cotton in a special vegetable-based finish). This blanket rolls instead of folds, so it’s bulkier than many others, but still features a carry handle for transport. It’s also available in a larger epic size.

Additional Specs
Size 55” x 55”
Folded Rolls for storage

Most Portable Outdoor Blanket

Even when folded down, many outdoor blankets are still fairly bulky, and you don’t always have room to take them along. The Matador is your answer if you’re tight on space but still want the option to take a seat. It’s sized for a small family but packs down to fit in the palm of your hand. It’s made from ripstop fabric, so it’s not the cushiest, but it is completely waterproof. It also features built-in corner stakes to help keep the blanket in place and a pattern aid to help remind you how to fold it down (and help you avoid having to Google “how to fold the Matador Pocket Blanket” every single time you use it).

Additional Specs
Size 63” x 44”
Folded 4.5” x 2.7” x 1.1”

Warmest Outdoor Blanket

Lots of outdoor blankets are actually picnic blankets or mats, but this colorful option from Rumpl is exactly what it sounds like: a blanket you can use outdoors to keep you warm. Think “sleeping bag meets blanket,” the Rumpl is soft and puffy, made from a ripstop shell and insulated with 100% recycled materials. You can use it as a blanket, an outdoor mat or even a cape (it’s wearable!) and it’s water, odor and stain-resistant. The whole thing stuffs into a small sack and is completely machine washable.

Additional Specs
Size 52” x 75”
Folded 7” x 16”

Best All Terrain Outdoor Blanket

Dreaming of your music festival days? Nomadix can help. This fan-favorite blanket doubles as a family-friendly outdoor blanket option. The water-resistant bottom layer will keep you dry while the microsude top layer keeps you comfortable. Dirt, pet hair and sand slide right off and you can anchor the corners down if you want the blanket to stay put. There’s no carry handle or tote, but the blanket is lightweight and easy to compactly roll up and take on the go. We also love the fun retro look.

Additional Specs
Size 60” x 72”

Water Resistant and Easy to Fold

This outdoor blanket checks lots of must-have feature boxes. It’s water resistant, large enough to fit a parent or two and a few kids comfortably, folds easily and has a built-in carry strap. It’s durable and holds up well even after years of use, and it’s reasonably priced. The only con is that you can’t throw it into the washing machine—it’s spot clean only—but it is pretty easy to wipe down.

You may also want to check out L.L. Bean’s Sunbuster Blanket. It’s a similar size and design and comes in a fun striped pattern.

Additional Specs
Size 7’ x 5’

Jen LaBracio

Senior Gear Editor

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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