New Outdoors Essential: Yeti blanket transforms beach, concerts, picnic

You wouldn’t think that a beach blanket could be an outdoors essential. But picture this:

You and your family place your ground cover on the grass for your picnic. Within minutes, groundwater has soaked through your blanket and seat of your pants, and the sticks and branches beneath you are making everyone squirm.

That will never happen with the Yeti Lowlands Blanket. First, it’s waterproof. The wet ground will never reach your clothing. It won’t even begin to absorb into the blanket. 

Next, it’s padded and insulated, creating a luxurious barrier between you and the bumpy ground, and even protecting you from the cold earth. 

At about 4 1/2 x 6 1/2’, this blanket can accommodate your family, dogs included. It’s machine washable and drivable. And pet hair shakes right off.

When you’re traveling with your friends and family to a beach vacation, concert, or picnic, you would be taking a huge risk with anything less than the Yeti. And that risk is just not worth it.

The blanket comes with its own carrying case, which you’ll appreciate: this durable piece of gear comes in at 5.8 pounds.

Alright, here’s the hard part. The list price is nearly $200! I know, it sounds hard to justify, but I’ve used the Lowland Blanket myself, and I’m sold on it. This will last a long time. And it works. I guess you could consider it a luxury item, but if you’re a soccer family, this is a must-have. The only other downside that I’ve found (besides the price tag) is the size of the carrying case. The blanket fits, but it’s a bit of a tight fit. (If you’re reading, beef it up, Yeti!)

If you’re like me, and you love the great outdoors, you know that do-it-yourself travel can be the best. The simple life can be incredibly satisfying and enjoyable. Staycations and simple pleasures can even save you money compared to a lot of other ways to travel. I recommend keeping this in your car. Just having it can transform iffy situations into impromptu day trips. But only if you do it right. There’s no doubt: the Yeti is the right way to hit the ground.

Keep your party warm, dry, and comfortable. Make memories that count.