Who doesn’t love an alfresco meal at the beach or favorite outdoor spot? The mental picture of a beach day or impromptu picnic always presumes that the ground is warm, dry and comfortable. But the reality of sitting on the ground is it is often soggy, sinking and cold with dirt or sand everywhere, including near the food. I have brought a regular blanket, tablecloth or oversized towel all of which tend to get wet when sitting on them. They are also often difficult to clean off all of the dirt or sand, especially if they get wet. Another issue is the wind tends to overturn the blanket unless the corners are anchored, which is something I always forget about until it is too late. These problems are non-issues with the WEIMY Beach Blanket: a sand-resistant blanket that dries quickly and stays put.
SOME FEATURES OF THE WEIMY BEACH BLANKET
As a kid, we lived near the beach. We frequently packed lunch or got some takeout and walked the sand picking up seashells for awhile before sitting together and having our meal. I remember it being lots of fun, even when it was cold, and I also remember when it was time to get back into my Dad’s sporty little red BMW. There was one rule: no sand in the car, and no tracking sand into the house, ever. So if we couldn’t shake the sand out of some blanket, shoe, or beach pail, then we got air vacuumed off or hosed off at the gas station before going home. We vacuumed a lot of sand off of those beach blankets and shoes.
Fast forward to now and sand still does not come off of most beach blankets very easily. So I was impressed to take this WEIMY beach blanket for a test run on wet sand. It is sand repellant, so the sand is easy to brush and shake off before the blanket is folded back up and packed. No messy sand in the car.
ANCHORED CORNER POCKETS WITH STAKES
Something I especially like about the WEIMY beach blanket is the four anchor pockets and four plastic stakes that are used to keep the blanket securely in place, even if it is windy. The stakes secure the blanket nicely and are easy to ground in the sand or dirt. We find this ideal for fall beach trips. We have this amazingly fresh seafood stand near our local favorite beach spot. Even when the temperatures start to cool down, we enjoy having our seafood feast on the beach, watching the waves roll in. But not just any old blanket, tarp, or towel can be set up our seafood picnic at the beach because the wind at the shore invariably manages to overturn my makeshift surfside picnic. Even in warmer weather, the wind kicks up too much and everything I could use to weight the corners is often already covered in sand. While it is still just chilly enough to enjoy still being outside, a nice way to take a day at the beach, a park, glamping or an impromptu picnic while admiring the fall foliage. The beaches on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island are almost always too windy to keep a beach blanket in place, so the WEIMY blanket is perfect to tuck into the beach bag for windy island excursions.
HOW TO SECURE THE WEIMY BLANKET WITH THE STAKES
The four yellow stakes have a long hook that hooks into the black loops on the four corners of the blanket. The loops are well-stitched securely onto the blanket and so far have not unraveled even when overstretched a bit. The stakes are secured into the sand very easily. I found them even more secure on a slight inward angle towards the blanket. A child could easily secure the stakes on sand. The stakes go into the ground (warm or cold) very easily as well, I could easily slide the stake into the cooler fall dirt with one hand. If it is very cold ground, in either dirt or grass, the easiest way I found was to put them into the ground about an inch and then press the stakes the rest of the way down with my foot. But a stronger person could easily do it with their hands.
REFOLDING THE WEIMY BEACH BLANKET AND STORING IT
I like that the bag is big enough to accommodate the blanket after I have used it and refolded it. I have several similar items that I can never get the item back into its’ storage bag after it is unfolded, whereas the Weimy blanket fits back into the bag pretty easily.
After cleaning (and drying if needed), store the Weimy blanket back in the drawstring bag. To refold the blanket, fold along the small folds first, then roll it back into the size that fits into the bag.
OTHER USES FOR A WEIMY BEACH BLANKET
In New England, the uses for a beach blanket within outdoor activities are rarely just limited to summer beach days. Fall foliage walks often include picnics, as well as astronomy club nights held in a few country spots away from the city lights, where the constellations are clearly visible when laying down a blanket for an evening of stargazing and some perhaps some wine and snacks.
LIVE OUTDOOR MUSIC
Going to a summer music series or outdoor concert? Weimy beach blanket stays dry on the ground and provides a convenient food station for friends and family to put their food and drink while enjoying the show and nobody has to place food or drink directly on the ground.
OUTDOOR FORMAL PHOTOSHOOTS
Bridal tip: considering taking the bridal party or first look photos at the beach before the ceremony? I have always wondered how brides and their ladies manage not to get their dresses dirty and their shoes and feet sandy. Instead of risky dress and shoes, discretely secure the Weimy beach blanket underfoot for photo ops to protect gown, train, and shoes.
The Weimy blanket is a very versatile, useful blanket for impromptu alfresco picnics, stargazing or going to the beach. The stakes are easy to use and keep the blanket securely in place, and the sand-resistant material helps to keep sand away from food and drink on the blanket as well as makes for easy clean-up. I have stored it in the glove compartment of my car, so I can always have it at the ready for beach days, picnics, outdoor concerts, and stargazing.
Find the Weimy Sand Repellant Lightweight Compact Beach Blanket at https://weimy.co/collections/all/products/beach-blanket
I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review and received compensation for my time and effort. However, my experience with the product and the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.