The best picnic blankets are going to be the must-have accessory of summer 2022. You heard it here first and it's no surprise: we've had a glimpse of the heat to come and, after making memories in the outside when restrictions were easing last year, drinking boxed wine in the park has fast become our favourite pasttime. So you're going to need a picnic rug for all that al fresco fun.
Alongside a picnic set and some chic plastic wine glasses, we're investing in a picnic rug that's stylish enough to match the rest of our carefully-considered wardrobes. Luckily, the likes of John Lewis, Joules and Not On The High Street have options in abundance.
So, what qualities to look for in your brand new picnic blanket? Whether you're setting up camp in the garden, heading to the park or embarking on a day at the beach, you'll want something lightweight and compact. Look for a picnic blanket which rolls up and has carry handles, so you can sling it over your shoulder or attach it to your bike. This tribal fusion picnic blanket from Wayfair is adorned with an eye-catching black and white dotted print, but it has a durable handle for easy transportation. It's also worth purchasing a picnic rug with a waterproof underlay... we're in the UK, after all.
In celebration of the summer fun to come, we've rounded up the best picnic blankets to add to your cart immediately - from luxury picnic blankets to waterproof picnic blankets and really large picnic blankets for all the family.
After more outdoor content? We've found the best picnic bags for transporting your boxed wine and the best umbrellas to keep you dry if the rain makes an appearance. Head this way for the best pizza ovens for al fresco dining, over here for the best BBQs and over here for the best patio heaters so you can kick back and never get cold. We've even got fire pits for a Love Island-style garden makeover, the best hanging egg chairs for your patio and the best garden furniture sets. You are most welcome.
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