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Spring is here and with lockdown restrictions lifting, we are making plans for social distanced picnics in the garden and the park with family and friends.
But when it comes to dining al fresco, or catching the rays outdoors, there is one essential high on our "to pack" list: an easily transportable blanket.
We have found just the ticket to make your outdoor experiences all the more comfortable this year and it costs less than £15.
Why we rate it
The Songmics Outdoor Picnic Blanket can fit two to four people, ideal for family picnics or days out at the beach.
It is made from a soft flannel surface with aluminium-coated backing, which is waterproof and tear resistant, and has a layer of sponge padding in between to make it more comfortable.
Not only is the blanket water-resistant, but the backing is also sand-proof, so you won't be sifting out grains of sand for weeks on end after your trip to the seaside.
We love that it is easy to carry around, thanks to the attached flap, and hook and loop fasteners, which make it easy to secure the blanket once folded.
What the reviews say
The Songmics Outdoor Picnic Blanket has received over 1,000 glowing reviews from shoppers, 96% of which have rated it 4 stars and above.
"This product is a fantastic picnic blanket, large enough for a family yet folds up small and light enough to carry around. However, we bought it as an "accident" proof cover for our bed for when having cuddles with our two dogs, and it is also perfect for that, so we are very satisfied. The price was good, too."
"Best picnic blanket ever. Just love it and how it conveniently folds up. Can’t wait to use it again this summer. Great for playing out in the garden too with the baby. Times I got it wet by accident or put it on wet grass, just left it to air dry and took no time at all."
"Great size with a wipe-clean, waterproof backing. Compact, lightweight and easy to carry when folded and a good size for a picnic. Beautiful colours - we had loads of compliments from our friends. This is my second such picnic blanket and they are so useful for trips to the park."
"Looks good. I've used it on the beach and in the garden, which was damp and it was very comfortable. The waterproof backing wipes off easily. Would recommend."
"Everybody has commented on how good my picnic blanket is. It seems really big in comparison to theirs. Very easy to fold and lightweight so easy to carry."
Buy it: SongmicsOutdoor Picnic Blanket, Water-Resistant Mat | £13.99 from Amazon
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