We live pretty close to a lake, so we end up going to the beach a fair amount during the summer. Last year I got sick and tired of bringing one of the house blankets with us because it was heavy, got wet, and got full of sand. Trying to get the sand out never worked, and it did not dry quickly, so it was basically a mess. I saw this and was happy to try it since it said that it was waterproof and that sand did not stick to it. I am happy to say that both of these things are true, and it makes taking a blanket to the beach a ton easier than it ever was before. You can put it in the little pouch and off you go. Also, there are stakes that come with the blanket in order to make sure that it doesn’t flip over or move on windy days. This blanket is nice sized and fits a couple people. We have a large family so I will likely be looking at getting another one. I was a bit afraid that the material might get a bit hot (we’ve even had this happen with a regular blanket before), but that didn’t happen. Everything stayed in place and comfortable during our visit, and was easy to clean up and take home for later use.