The beach is the perfect destination for families searching for a warm, relaxing spot for their vacation. Unfortunately, sand can become a problem while you’re trying to relax. That’s why I always remember to pack a beach blanket when I am planning to go to the beach.
Beach blankets can prevent sand from spreading and getting stuck on your body and belongings. In this guide, I will take you through all the information you need to know about some effective beach blankets for a better beach vacation experience.
WildHorn Outfitters Sand Escape Beach Blanket
BEARZ Outdoor Pocket Beach Blanket
CGEAR The Original Sand-Free, Water-Resistant Outdoor Blanket
Stansport - Tatami Straw Beach Mat
WELLAX Beach Blanket
Grand Trunk Sand Proof Beach Blanket
Falsa - Authentic, Handwoven Mexican Beach Blanket
Indian Mandala - Large, Round, Microfiber Beach Blanket
Live Infinitely - Roll Up Beach Blanket
This blanket is 63 sq feet and the material is a quick-drying parachute nylon. There's an anchor pocket at each corner which you can fill with sand or stones to weigh the blanket down. There's also a zippered pocket to store your valuables. It weighs a little over 1lb and comes with a stuff sack that compresses to just 8"x5" making it very portable.
There are 3 colors to choose from: Aqua, Pinky/Purple and Sky Blue.
This is a well-designed beach blanket with some nicely-thought-through features (particularly the anchor pockets, storage and compression sack). But the stand-out elements for me are how portable it is and how easy it is to shake off the dirt and sand.
The fact it compresses so small means you can keep it in the trunk of your car without it taking up any room (which is super-convenient). And it isn't going to take up any room in your beach bag. So for anyone tired of hauling 50lbs of gear every beach trip, that's a serious plus. (You can even outsource the carrying to a toddler if you want!)
The parachute nylon is extremely effective at repelling dirt and sand. It really is just a case of shaking it out when you're done and that's it. For me this is especially helpful for the post picnic clear up. One of the main benefits I see to eating outdoors with kids is that I don't have to brush up crumbs, sweep the floor and wipe the table. So I hate blankets that are magnets to crumbs, sand and leaves etc! Not a problem with this one! Shake...gone!
Unfortunately, both of these excellent features do come with a downside. Because the fabric is so lightweight, it does not act as a heat barrier. So if you put it down on hot sand or pebbles, the heat will transfer right through. If this is an issue for you, you can lay down towels. But if you're not keen on that, you might want to look at a different blanket.
It's also not waterproof. So if you put it down on wet sand, it will soak up some water. Obviously the quick-drying feature is fantastic for splashes and spills, but it won't help you if you need a waterproof barrier between you and some wet ground.
This is one of the best basic beach blankets I know of. If you're looking for something that is easy to transport and easy to shake out, this is a great choice at a great price point.
If you need something that is waterproof or that will act as a barrier on hot ground, you may want to look at a different blanket.
This lightweight blanket is water-resistant and puncture-proof. It provides about 23sq feet of coverage when spread out and has side pockets that can be filled to keep it grounded. It weighs just half a pound and fits into a really small sack.
It's available in 6 colors (Apple Green, Cherry Red, Cotton Candy Pink, Camo, Sky Blue & Sunny Yellow).
Let me just say straight off the bat that this is possibly more of a ground tarp than a blanket. If you're looking for that soft, cozy feel the image of a blanket sometimes conjours up, this probably ain't for you.
If, however, you are looking for an extremely portable pocket beach blanket, you should read on!
This is a really handy little blanket that's great for all kinds of occasions. It's not just for the beach; you can also take it hiking or to festivals...pretty much anywhere you want. And it doesn't just work as a blanket. You could also rig it up as a temporary rain shelter, sun shade or even a wind-break if you need to take cover from the elements.
I think what you're buying here is convenience. It's so small that you can keep it in your car, or in your hiking bag or throw it in your hand luggage on the off-chance that you'll need it. It does come with trade-offs, however, which means if you know for a fact you'll need a camping tarp or that you'll definitely be hitting the beach, you're probably better off buying something more substantial.
Trade Off 1 is that the material is thin. So as I said at the beginning, if you want a cozy blanket, look elsewhere. But if you are looking for a basic ground cover, you won't be disappointed.
Trade Off 2 is the size. This is not a big blanket. You can sit a couple of adults and a couple of kids on it. But two adults lying down is a bit of a stretch. Again, if all you want is a convenient, pocket-sized ground cover for you and one other, it'll suit your needs.
You should also note that it's water-resistent (not waterproof). This means it'll be fine on damp ground, but if you lay it over a puddle your butt will get wet. Similarly, unlike some blankets on this list, it's not really sand-resistant (while you can shake a lot of sand off, chances are some will stick to it).
It’s a great all-purpose blanket to keep in your car, bag or pocket. It’s durable and will serve you well in a host of different outdoor situations. It's main selling point is the convenient size. And if you are happy with the trade-offs that come with that size, then you should definitely think about picking one or two up.
This is a patented material that repels dirt and sand. D Rings on the corners are double reinforced to be staked into the ground.
It’s a very comfy mat that can be used as a blanket for sitting or under a tent. The sand and dirt literally fall right through it. Larger particles don’t pass through it, but all it takes is a quick shake and everything falls right off.
One of the best parts about this mat is that wind blows right through it. You can use the D Rings if you want extra reinforcement, but it honestly doesn’t really need them.
This was designed with military-grade patented technology and it really lives up to its promises. It’s durable, reliable and very comfy. If you’re after something that’s very unique, you don’t have to look further than CGEAR.
This mat is 60’’ x 78’’ and made out of recycled plastic that prevents mildewing.
I found this Stansport Tatami mat to be very simple but don’t underestimate it, it’s really efficient nonetheless. It's very lightweight and is designed to conveniently fold up to be its own carrying case with straps for handles and a pocket in the front.
This tatami mat repels water and moisture very well, and dirt and sand are easily shaken off. Spills or mud can be easily wiped off with a damp towel. Even though it is woven plastic, it's actually very durable. In fact, it’s a lot more tough and durable than it looks.
This is a convenient and versatile mat that can be easily kept in the back of your car between uses. It’s very sturdy yet lightweight enough to carry around.
This blanket lays out at 9’ x 10’ and weighs just 16oz. It’s made with 100% parachute nylon material and also comes with an attached waterproof case to protect your other belongings.
This is a great oversized blanket that can accommodate a big group. It’s very soft and comfy, great for relaxing on the beach, camping or at a festival. It collapses down very small and fits easily into its carrying sack.
I really like the addition of the waterproof case because it keeps your items safe if it starts to rain or if you're sitting close to the water at the beach.
If you’re looking for a comfy blanket that the whole family can fit on, this is a great option that’s large enough. It’s very strong and durable, making it ideal for regular use at the beach.
It’s 7’x7’, made with a durable parachute nylon fabric, and weighs a mere 14oz. Features include an attached stuff sack and anchor pockets on the corners to help keep it from blowing away.
The material is very sturdy and I love that it doesn’t stick to your skin on hot days. It’s water and sand resistant, but also machine washable in case you want to give it a good wash.
It’s great for all types of events and occasions, and you also don’t have to worry about it blowing away thanks to its anchor pockets or stake loops. The best thing: it folds up so compactly. And you wouldn’t expect that, given how big it is when you lay it out.
This is a high-quality blanket that’s so compact when folded into its own bag and you can use it as a comfy blanket to sit on or as a cover from the sun or rain. It’s also the perfect size for a couple.
A genuine, handmade blanket that stretches out to 75’’ x 51’’. Made with very dense, heavyweight fabric.
I really love the look of this classic blanket. If you’re after something with a unique artisan feel, this one’s it. It keeps you very warm and is perfect for camping, taking to the beach, or even as a nice throw for your couch.
If comfort is your priority, this is a great blanket. It’s warm, comfy and great for more than just the beach. Its added bonus is its artisan design. I have to say, it’s really Instagram-worthy.
The Indian Mandala Microfiber Blanket is thicker than most beach towels, super-absorbent, multi-purpose, and decently-sized.
Personally, I believe this is an excellent product if you are searching for something with lots of features.
This beach blanket is way more absorbent than most beach towels on the market. It can absorb seven times its weight in water and dries within minutes. This blanket also serves many other purposes aside from beach trips. The size of this blanket is 60 inches in diameter, so it is perfect for fitting two people along with any pets you’d like to lounge with.
If you are searching for a decently-sized and super-absorbent beach blanket for your next beach trip, then this blanket will definitely be the perfect option for you.
The Live Infinitely Outdoor Beach Blanket is a soft, securable and travel-friendly blanket that is 90 square feet in size.
You’d be impressed - this beach blanket is big enough to fit seven full-grown adults and yet still folds easily for safe storage. Sand will slide right off of this blanket so you can spend less time shaking off sand and more time enjoying yourself.
It is a bit pricey, but the benefits are entirely worth it. Many of the people who have bought this blanket in the past love absolutely everything about it and praise how useful and lightweight it is.
If you want a huge blanket that can accommodate many people, discard sand easily and store quickly for your convenience, then this is the right blanket to buy.
What to look for in a beach blanket
Some of the features you’ll want to search for in a beach blanket are comfort, portability, size, and the ability to repel sand and absorb water. A blanket that lets sand slide right off while also being big enough to fit more than one person is an optimal choice for any beach blanket. It is even better if the blanket is easy to carry and quick to dry for multiple uses within a short period of time.
What item should you bring in your beach bag to help remove sand from your skin?
If you do end up getting sand on your skin or in your belongings, talc or baby powder will work amazingly. After applying it to any part of your body that has been afflicted by sand particles, the sand will be able to slide right off. If your skin is easily irritated by sand particles, then talc or baby powder will be an essential item to carry with you on your beach outing.
How to Make Sand Not Stick to You
As mentioned, talc and baby powder will remove sand from sticking to your skin since it is even more hydrophilic than sand. But it may not prevent sand from sticking on you in the first place.
Try to walk in areas with less sand and make sure you have a method of washing any sand off of your body after you are finished with your outing.
How to Get Sand Out of Shoes
If you wear normal shoes as opposed to open-toed shoes, chances are that you will get a lot of sand trapped inside your shoe. In order to get the sand out of your shoes, you can hold them upside-down while shaking them, wash them, knock them against a solid surface, vacuum the sand or take out the soles. All of these methods are relatively easy. Just keep repeating these methods until all of the sand has been removed. Top tip: don't do this inside your beach tent or your house. Do it in the car park after you've left the beach.
Should You Use Baby Powder to Remove Sand?
As previously mentioned, baby powder is effective in removing sand from any part of your body. It will absorb water from your skin and will allow to sand to slide right off of your body. You will only have to sprinkle a small amount on the affected areas in order to remove the sand.
How to Get Sand of Your Body
Talc will also help remove sand from your body and serves the same purpose as baby powder. Just apply to the affected areas and the sand will slide right off. Sand can easily irritate your skin and spread everywhere, so it is important to remember to carry baby powder or talc with you when you head out to the beach.