There are a few essentials you need to have on hand when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors with your minis: sun hats, plenty of sunscreen and a cosy picnic blanket or rug. Because soggy bottoms and sandy snacks are a fast track to meltdowns.
We’ve curated a complete list of picnic rugs that are perfect for Aussie families. Not only will they set the scene for the perfect pit stop, but they’ll help keep tushies dry and comfy all afternoon.
13 picnic blankets and rugs for families
To help you in your hunt for a fab picnic rug for your next outdoor adventure, here are 13 stand-outs we’re loving right now.
Big enough for the whole family, this floral-themed picnic blanket is going to be in constant use over the warmer months. It comes with a waterproof base and folds up easy for storage and travelling. Also available in three other styles.
Designed in France, these earth-friendly woven picnic rugs are made from cotton and recycled polyester sourced from waste saved from entering oceans and landfill. Packing huge boho vibes, you’ll use them inside and outside all year ’round.
Beach, park or out in the backyard, this retro-inspired adventure mat has you covered. Combining smart design with eye-catching style, it has handy corner loops to tie it down in the wind and privacy pockets to keep belongings safe while you bask in the sun.
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Packed with rich florals, these are picnic blankets that will turn heads. In a choice of four glorious designs, they each come equipped with a leather carry handle, so you can throw it over your shoulder and have both hands free for the kids.
Stand out in a sea of tartan with this oh-so-trendy colour block blanket. Made from high-quality water-resistant fabric, there’s a padded middle layer for extra comfort on uneven, hard surfaces. So cushioned in fact, that it can double up as a playmat for babies and toddlers too!
When they say these are big, they aren’t kidding – at 2m x 2m, you’ll fit the whole family plus friends on them! Water-resistant on both sides, they come with comfy foam lining and a handy strap for rolling them up securely. Also available in slightly smaller Mini Mats for $69.
Featuring fresh and monochrome patterns, these contemporary picnic rugs are going to be just as useful inside the house as they are outside. They measure 150cm in diameter and are handmade in Turkey from pure cotton.
Designed down under, these beauties feature different prints on the reverse side, so you can mix up your picnic looks throughout the summer! They come in over ten designs and are soft enough to bundle up your sleepy toddler in at the day’s end.
Fuss-free and great value, these picnic blankets come with a fleecy top and a waterproof backing. They come in bright, fun designs, fold up easily in seconds and come with a carry handle for taking everywhere you roam.
So much more than just a picnic accessory, these round rugs are also baby play mats, beach mats – even pet mats. They each have a waterproof base, water-repellent top and they come with a handy storage pocket for phones and wallets.
Comfy, lightweight and huge on colour, this is a picnic blanket that’s impossible to miss. It folds up into a tidy unit that you can carry on your shoulder and even has a pocket for your valuables.
These traditional picnic blankets are made in Tasmania from pure Australian Merino wool and come in prints and shades inspired by the Aussie terrain. Available in 13 styles, each measures 145cm x 170cm and can be fitted with a leather carry strap (sold separately).
Picnic blankets? More like magic carpets! Made from tough cotton canvas with a waterproof backing, they feature stunning hand-drawn artwork that’s treated to resist fading. Each blanket comes with a brown strap and the most magnificent tassels you ever did see.
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Read next …
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- 9 beach tents and sun shelters for sunny days
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