Best beach or picnic blanket for travel – Matador Pocket Blanket

As I have said several times, I have happily been using my sarong as a beach blanket, picnic blanket, or as a sheet at times. But recently, I realized that a larger length of ripstop nylon would be handy for the outdoors and not impact me greatly. I planned to get some next time I’m downtown LA.

But then I met the Matador folks at the International Travel Goods Show — and they showed me their Pocket Blanket 2.0.

I actually had no intention of considering the Pocket Blanket when I came to see Matador for their NanoDry Shower Towel. But then they pulled the corner out and handed it to me.

When I first touched this pocket blanket, I just smiled. I couldn’t believe how thin it was. In a life of travel, that’s a major joy.

The Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0 is brilliant.

  • It packs tiny and light (98 grams/3.45 ounces), which makes it possible to bring on your travels.
  • It’s smaller than a typical wallet.
  • The underside is waterproof coated so the blanket will repel water which helps on moist ground and also keeps the blanket clean.
  • It is puncture resistant, which is great in a woodsy setting.
  • Each corner has a small stake that pulls out.
  • The stake is also a weight to keep the edges from flapping up.
  • The corners are also pockets you can put sand into in order to weigh it down.
  • It folds into itself; no stuff sack to lose.
  • It is 63″ x 44″ (160cm x 110cm)

Photo borrowed from Matador

It’s not quite long enough for a 6′ person to lie down, and I wish it was. But it’s great for 2 people to sit or recline on. Here, 3 people are using it.

The blanket comes in both red and green.

So will I be making my own? Maybe. It’s easy to buy some ripstop fabric and maybe not bother to finish the edges. Similar coverage requires 4 yards of 60″ wide ripstop.  At $4.50/yard that’s $18. For just about $12 more, I can have the Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0 — complete with beautifully finished edges and all its handy perks. 

The Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0 is pretty irresistible. 

I normally don’t write about something until I have used it a while. However, I love the Matador folks and having found the NanoDry Shower Towel to be fabulous, and with summer coming, I feel I should let you know about it now. As usual, I’ll add updates.

Note: I posted this article in 2017. In 2023 I added the affiliate links to the products I recommend.


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