Travel and yoga go hand in hand: they both honor free spirits and promote listening to your heart. However, many of our favorite yoga products are not ideal for travel. They are heavy and take up a lot of space, which is a traveler’s worst nightmare. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 11 travel yoga products that will make it easier for you to see the world without compromising your yoga practice.
This travel yoga mat is a necessity for any dedicated traveling yogi. The thin, lightweight construction of this mat makes it perfect for shoving into carry-ons and checked luggage without weighing you down. Many travel yoga mat options are sub-par, but Jade Yoga has maintained their high quality production in creating this fantastic, no-slip travel yoga mat.
Carrying a suitcase, a carry-on, and a yoga bag can add up. The Mala Yoga Duffle is a 3-in-1 bag that functions as a carry-on/laptop/yoga bag. The unique structure of this bag keeps the yoga mat safe and secure while still leaving you with plenty of space to fill the bag with tablets, laptops, airplane snacks, or any other travel goodies.
Any dedicated travel yogi knows the importance of having your yoga mat available at a moment’s notice. The YOPA yoga backpack is the perfect solution for the adventure traveler. This spacious bag will hold a yoga mat and any yoga props comfortably on your back so you can have your hands free to explore the world around you.
Hotel carpets, jagged rocks, and dirty hostel floors just don’t inspire mindfulness. One of the quickest ways to make meditation hard on yourself is to choose an uncomfortable seat. That’s why we all love meditation cushions. But those giant, heavy cushions are not practical for travel. Which is why the Travel Zen is such an awesome invention. It puts mindfulness at your fingertips no matter where you go.
Hydration is a key element to keeping you healthy and happy during your travels. But any water bottle will serve that purpose, so why is the S’well bottle so great? Not only does it keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours, but it keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours. So instead of chugging your morning tea before heading out on your adventures, you can savor your soothing beverage while you spend the day exploring a new city.
Travelers often have limited options when it comes to toiletries. Hotel soaps are far from chemical-free. As a traveling yogi, you are probably mindful about what you put on and in your body, which is why you will love anything from Squeeze Pod. These natural products are free of parabens, sulfites, sulfates, phalates, and lots of other stuff you don’t want in your soaps and detergents. Plus they are conveniently sized for carry-on packing!
After a few days on the road, any yoga mat will start to smell. This simple spray will make a world of difference in any traveling yogi’s life. The small bottle can be slipped into any bag and can be used to keep yoga mats smelling fresh and clean until you get home to give it a real wash.
We traveling yogis love to be barefoot, but outside of the studio and household that’s not always possible. These shoes are the next best thing. They will keep your feet comfortable and supported while offering plenty of freedom and mobility. Perfect for strolling avenues in Paris or walking along beaches in Costa Rica.
Studio to Street Yoga Clothing
The key to packing light is packing clothing that is versatile–yoga clothes that can be worn off of the mat and into the world. Choose solid color yoga leggings, stylish flared yoga pants, layering tanks, and cozy wraps and pullovers that you can wear when practicing, exploring, and getting drinks. You will get at least twice as much out of these items and they will cut your packing list in half!
It’s not always easy to find quality yoga classes when traveling. This handy book is small enough to carry with you and is full of anatomy tips for different poses as well as sequences for any level practitioner. It’s the perfect way to keep your practice going no matter where you are.
Everyone needs some good airplane reading material. This canonical text is a wonderful guide to mindfulness. Jon Kabat-Zinn covers everything you need to know to understand what mindfulness is and how you can start practicing. Plus, the concept discussed throughout the book (and in the title) is a perfect message for any traveler.
Are there any travel yoga products we missed? Let us know in the comments section.