JJ Cole Essentials 5×5 picnic blanket *Review*

Over the 6 weeks holiday, thanks in part to clever planning we have been lucky enough to enjoy quite a few days out. The one thing we always do for day trips is pack a picnic, the cost of food at tourist attractions is just too high to be justified.

The one thing we have never had is a picnic blanket, so we have always had to look for benches to sit at and as a family of 5 it can become a squash.

This year however we have been trying out the JJ cole essentials Picnic mat.


The mat is 5ftx5ft when opened so is big enough for everyone to sit comfortably, and still have room for food. It is also waterproof which I’m sure you’ll agree is very important here in the U.K. In fact we used it at lollibop 30 mins after a rather heavy shower and we stayed dry – no wet legs or bums here thank you.


It is also self contained, when folded you can hang it over your shoulder or over buggy handles with the detachable strap. When it comes to refolding the mat it is really easy as there are sewn in guides that are easy to follow I was even able to fold it whilst holding LA with my other arm.

It seems as if its good enough quality to last many more summer adventures over the next few years too.  I would highly recommend this blanket to anyone who enjoys picnics, laying on the beach or festival goers.

Disclosure: I was sent this blanket for the purposes of this review all opinions are my own.

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