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12 Best Picnic Rugs & Picnic Blankets for a Family Picnic

Picnicking is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful day with loved ones and to make your family picnic a success, you’ll need to make sure you’ve brought the right gear.

That means packing a fantastic picnic rug or blanket that will make your picnic more comfortable and protect you from the elements. 

Whether you’re looking for something lightweight and portable or a blanket that’s big enough to accommodate a large group, this list has the perfect rug or blanket for the job. 

Saltwater Picnic Co.
Saltwater Picnic Co

Picnic Rugs and Picnic Blankets

1. Saltwater Picnic Co.

For big beautiful picnic rugs that are crafted from recycled fabrics, you can’t go wrong with the beautiful selection from Saltwater Picnic Co. Their fabulous pieces are not only stainproof but also machine washable and water and sand resistant! Which is exactly what families will need for a lovely day outdoors. 

Each of their designs is created in Australia and made in collaboration with fantastic local artists and creatives. Their limited edition collection and collaborative designs mean that you’ll be only one of 250 people with any particular piece. So once you find a design you love, make sure you grab it because once they’re gone, they’re not coming back.

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Saltwater Picnic Co, 0409008844, hello@saltwaterpicnic.co

Saltwater Picnic Co
Saltwater Picnic Co

2. Gifts Australia

Summer days out will never be the same again with this beautiful striped Whitsunday Blue Picnic Blanket

Perfect for whiling away the day with friends or family, this striped Whitsunday Blue Picnic Blanket is a summer essential. It seats four, is waterproof and quick-drying, and packs away easily in a matching drawstring pouch.

Buy Gifts Australia Whitsunday Blue Picnic Blanket

Gifts Australia, 1300 459 452

Whitsunday Blue Picnic Blanket

3. Adairs

Adairs’ picnic rugs such as the Oranges Round Picnic Rug and Retro Floral Pink Picnic Rug are the perfect addition to your outdoor picnic experience! 

On one side the rugs are made from water-resistant material making them easy to clean. They can also be folded up into a small, portable size and secured with a zip closure or velcro flap, depending on which style you have chosen.

The rugs also come with a strap handle so you can easily pack up the rug and take it with you wherever you go!

Buy Oranges Round Picnic Rug

Buy Retro Floral Pink Picnic Rug 

Adairs, Multiple locations across Victoria, 1300 783 005 


4. Gorman

Gorman makes really lovely picnic blankets that come in a variety of patterns and colours that are absolute eye candy. One of our top picks is the Fruity As Kids Picnic Rug which is reversible, water resistant, features an exclusive Gorman design and print and can be rolled into a secure carrying case.

Buy Fruity As Kids Picnic Rug

Gorman, +61 3 8420 0336, retail@gormanshop.com.au


5. Etsy

Etsy offers quality rugs made by independent artists that can be used for all your fun outdoor family picnics. For instance, we found this gorgeous Boho bohemian throw rug beach picnic blanket

If these are not quite your style, browse through the Etsy website to find other awesome picnic blankets that can be delivered straight to your door. 

Buy Boho bohemian throw rug beach picnic blanket

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6. Isla in Bloom

Created for those who share their obsession with vibrant colours and beautiful, bold prints, Isla in Bloom offers a fantastic collection of sustainable swimwear, beach umbrellas and of course, luxe boho picnic rugs that are perfect for a family beach getaway.

All their items, including the picnic rugs, are ethically sourced, beautifully crafted, made of the highest quality materials and feature vibrant designs that will brighten your day.

Check out the Extra Large Twilight Picnic Rug which is perfect for those who love evening picnics and stargazing, and the extra large Indie Picnic Rug that takes inspiration from the warm colours of the Australian desert for its design.

The rugs are made with 100% cotton and can comfortably fit around 4 people.

Buy Twilight Picnic Rug

Buy Indie Picnic Rug

Isla in Bloom, info@islainbloom.com.au

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Twilight Picnic Rug

7. Hendeer

Hendeer rugs are drawn in-house and by hand and can be used in a variety of ways.

From a decorative throw around the home to a blanket for snuggling, to a seat or lounge cover, to a shawl for concerts and festivals, to a camping mat for a touch of boho style. You can even use it as an indoor floor rug, a wall tapestry, a coverlet on your bed or tablecloth.

Ideal for beach time with a book, party in the backyard, mini nature strolls, and so much more, you’ll be set and ready for happy adventures with Hendeer’s Woven Rugs.

Buy Hendeer Rugs and picnic blankets with the discount code


8. The Iconic

For a variety of picnic blankets and rugs in one shop, check out products such as the Basil Bangs Love Rug and Sand N Salt Woven Beach Throw Rug from Iconic.

Basil Bangs Love Rug are perfect for babes of all ages, our indoor-outdoor mat is spill proof, padded and compact so you can take it anywhere, and use it everywhere.

Sand N Salt Woven Beach Throw Rug is Light-weight throw using a blend of cotton and recycled polyester sourced from plastic bottles and waste diverted from landfill and our oceans

Buy Basil Bangs Love Rug

Buy Sand N Salt Woven Beach Throw Rug

 The Iconic, +61 1300 668 345

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Basil Bangs Love Rug

9. Cotton On

For stylish yet comfortable picnic rugs, you can’t go wrong with the vibrant rugs from Cotton On. On top of the usual round picnic rugs such as their Oversized Picnic Blanket, Cotton On.

These are a waterproof picnic blanket style with water resistant backing, they fold up into a carry bag with handle, are easy to clean and come in various colours. 

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Oversized Picnic Blanket

10. BCF

Enjoy the great outdoors during your next picnic with the Wanderer Fleece Picnic Rug or the Wanderer Oversize Washable Picnic Blanket from BCF

The Wanderer Fleece Picnic Rug is around 1.5m x 2m in size and is made with a soft fleece that will have you picnicking in comfort with the kids. The rug comes with a fleece top with PEVA backing, is lightweight, compact, rolls up and has a carry handle. 

Looking for a large picnic blanket? Check out the Wanderer Oversize Washable Picnic Blanket measuring 2.7m x 2.9m. It’s a blanket big enough to fit the whole family. Corner peg loops mean that you can even use ground pegs to stop it from being blown away by the wind. The best part about it is that it’s hand washable so it’s sure to keep looking and feeling new.

Buy Wanderer Fleece Picnic Rug

Buy Wanderer Oversize Washable Picnic Blanket

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Wanderer Oversize Washable Picnic Blanket

11. Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie offers a 2m x 2m playmat that is ideal for picnics, beach trips, camping or spread out in the backyard. Their huge playmats are perfect for the whole family and are just what you need when you want to relax and enjoy a day out without the worry of spills, sticky messes or crumbs.

Their Rock Candy and Heart Sings Wild Thing picnic playmats are waterproof, absorbent and machine washable. They also come with a convenient drawstring backpack so you can easily bring it around.

Buy Rock Candy

Buy Heart Sings Wild Thing

Rudie Nudie Designs, hello@rudienudie.com.au

Rudie Nudie
Rudie Nudie

12. Project Ten

Project Ten offers the perfect waterproof picnic mats that will keep you comfortable throughout your picnic. Their Wild Flowers Picnic Mat and Native Birds Picnic Mat are 152cm x 152cm in size and can easily be wiped clean.

Buy Wild Flowers Picnic Mat 

Buy Native Birds Picnic Mat

Project Ten, +61 3 9059 8191

Project Ten
Project Ten

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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