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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Traveling Yoga Lovers

I have three main loves in my life: traveling, wine, and yoga.

Yoga is a central part of my daily life and something that keeps me grounded and motivated. There’s a certain comfort in returning to the mat and reconnecting with myself.

Yoga also happens to be one of my favorite things to do while traveling. It’s a beautiful way to connect with other others, get in touch with my surroundings, and meet people with similar interests!

I spent what felt like forever searching for good, reliable, eco-friendly yoga products that are also easy to travel with. It seemed impossible. Either the product would end up being terrible quality or it would be too large and bulky to bring with me.

If you’re just going on a short trip, there’s always the option to rent gear or use the gear at whatever studio you go to. But if you practice regularly, prefer practicing on your own, or are planning on traveling long-term, quality, travel-friendly yoga essentials are going to be super important.

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And with the holidays coming up, what better time to buy a gift for yourself or someone special in your life than now? Treat yourself and your beautiful yogi soul!

Here’s my ultimate gift guide for yogis who love traveling:

 

Travel Yoga Mat: Jade Travel Yoga Mat

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Source: Amazon.com

A quality, lightweight yoga mat is probably the hardest yoga product to find. Either the material is too thick and bulky or the mat is horrible quality. With that being said, I love the Jade Travel Yoga Mat.

Pros:

It’s made with natural, sustainable rubber. Buying sustainable products is very important to me, even if it means paying a little extra and crying to myself as I enter my credit card info. In the end, I know it’ll cost me a little more but cost our beautiful planet a little less.

It’s sticky. One benefit of using rubber is that it has a really good grip. When I practice yoga somewhere tropical (like San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua for example), I sweat. A lot. And I always end up going into downward dog terrified that my hands will slide out from under me and leave me with some type of injury. With this mat, that’s not an issue at all.

Jade partners with Trees for the Future. For every yoga mat you buy, Jade plants a tree. I love brands that give back, so this is a huge plus for me!

It’s thin. It’s thinner than a regular yoga mat so it takes up way less space in your luggage. If you need a little extra padding you can just stick a towel underneath and voila!

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Cons:

It attracts dirt. A lot of dirt. One downside to the sticky material is that basically everything on the floor gets stuck to the mat—whether it be dog hair, lint, or the crumbs from the cookies you ate last night. You can easily solve this problem with a little mat cleaner, but it can still get annoying.

It has a rubbery scent. A downside to using rubber is the smell. It starts to fade after a while, but if you hate the smell of rubber you might want to look into alternatives.

Price. It’s definitely not a budget option, but when you take quality into account I personally think it’s 100% worth it.

Cost: $50- $60 USD on Amazon

Interested? Get yours here.

 

Yoga towel: Heathyoga Non-Slip Yoga Towel

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Source: Amazon.com

If you practice hot yoga or just yoga in a hot climate, a towel is a must. Not only does it help keep your mat clean, but it makes the experience much more comfortable. I literally used to just use regular towels from my house, but they would move around a lot and never covered my whole mat. I found this towel and, even though I thought it was a little pricey for a towel, I decided to give it a try. And guess what? I loved it!

Pros:

It’s made of microfiber. This makes it stick to your mat better and also provides more traction between your hands and the towel.

It only gets better with sweat. My regular towels used to get disgusting halfway through my Bikram yoga classes. This towel actually sticks better with sweat and I was comfortable on it throughout the whole class. You can also use a spray bottle to wet it beforehand if you want it to stick better from the beginning.

It has corner pockets. Literally this. It not only covers the whole mat but has little pockets that go over the corners to keep it snugly in place.

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Cons:

Price. At around $20 a towel, it’s a little pricey.

Shrinkage. I personally don’t dry my clothes with a dryer (just because dryers are basically non-existent in Colombia). But some people have told me that their towel shrunk after it was put in the dryer and no longer fit their mat. Maybe just air dry it instead?

Price: $19.98 on Amazon

Want it? Buy yours here.

 

Yoga strap: Yoga Strap by FitLifestyleCo

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Source: Amazon.com

I bought this strap years ago just because it happened to be one of the cheapest ones. I still have it today and it’s in perfect condition. I take it with me everywhere I go and I’ve had no problems.

Pros:

It comes in a variety of colors. I always buy yoga gear in my favorite colors because it increases my relaxation, so I love that this strap comes in various colors.

The material is great. It’s never uncomfortable and it’s super durable (as I said, I’ve had it for years and no issues!).

Cons:

It’s made in China. In other words, it’s probably not an environmentally-sustainable or fairly-sourced product (hence the cheap price).

Price: $5.99 on Amazon

You can buy it here.

 

Yoga block: Manduka Yoga Block

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Source: Amazon.com

Realistically, a yoga block isn’t a priority if you’re traveling. There are a variety of other items you can use. But if you’re like me (AKA someone who doesn’t take any time at all to think whether my packing list is practical) maybe you’ll make the effort to jam a yoga block into your luggage.

While there aren’t really any “travel-friendly” yoga blocks, there are some I’ve tried that are made of really durable material and hold up well while traveling. The Manduka Yoga Block is my favorite.

Pros:

It’s made of cork. Cork is an awesome material for a yoga block. It lasts so much longer and won’t wear down after time. It also has a sturdier feel than foam.

It’s sustainably-sourced. It uses cork but under very strict guidelines to help conserve cork oak trees! It also contains zero toxic chemicals.

They look really cool. I just love the look of this cork block. It adds a nice aesthetic touch to my yoga practice.

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Cons:

It’s a little heavier than foam blocks. In general, yoga blocks are inconvenient for travel so I would only bring it if you happen to have the extra space in your suitcase.

It’s harder than a foam block. While it’s more sturdy, it’s also a lot stiffer. If you prefer a softer feel, I’d stick to foam.

Price: $20 on Amazon

You can get this awesome yoga block here.

P.S. Manduka also has a great foam block made of recycled material. Check it out here.

 

Reusable water bottle: Bogi 20 Oz Eco-Friendly Bottle

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Source: Amazon.com

Traveling with a reusable water bottle is a must. Not only is it great for the planet but it will save you a ton of money. Even in countries where you can’t drink tap water, it will allow you to buy a huge jug of water instead of a bunch of little bottles.

My preferred material is stainless steel because it’s durable and keeps drinks cold. I bought the Bogi water bottle and so far no complaints! I use it for yoga, hiking, and just hanging out at home. We’re basically attached at the hip.

Pros:

It’s BPA-free and eco-friendly. It doesn’t leave any weird chemical aftertaste and it’s sustainably-sourced!

It has a large mouth. I like putting ice in my water, and I never have any issues fitting it into this bottle.

It comes with two different caps. This is AWESOME when traveling. One cap screws all the way on and has no openings, so you can clip it to your backpack or whatever and it doesn’t leak at all. The second cap has a straw that you just flip up.

It’s for both hot and cold beverages. It keeps cold drinks cold for a really long time and it keeps hot drinks warm for pretty long also. It’s perfect because sometimes I like to drink my tea or coffee on the go. It also comes with a cleaning brush which makes it even easier to switch between different types of drinks.

Cons:

Honestly, nothing.

Price: $12.99 on Amazon

Want your own? Get it here.

 

Yoga bag: Peace Yoga Tote

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Source: Amazon.com

When I go on short trips, I often pack my yoga mat in a carry-on. I love this bag because it’s adorable, it fits my yoga mat, and I can throw other stuff into it too! Just be careful not to overpack it or it might be above the standard carry-on size.

I usually bring a small backpack as my “personal item” and I put anything bulky in there. Then I throw some clothes and other things in this bag with my yoga mat.

Pros:

Each bag has a personalized design. I like that the company adds a little personal touch and this way I know I’m getting a hand-crafted product.

It’s durable. The material is really great and even though I haven’t had it for that long, I can tell it’s going to hold up.

It’s roomy. As I mentioned above, it’s more like a duffle bag. It fits my yoga mat plus anything extra I want to throw in. If I’m just using it to go to a class, it easily fits my block, strap, water bottle, and clothes along with the mat.

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Cons:

Don’t wash it. I haven’t washed it, but I’ve heard that it doesn’t hold up well in the washer. Maybe handwash it instead.

It has velcro instead of a zipper. It’s fine for now, but I wonder how it will hold up in the future.

It doesn’t fit all yoga mats. Not all yoga mats are created equal so I recommend checking the dimensions before buying. Mine fit without a problem, but if your mat is a little larger it might be a tight squeeze.

Price: $17.99 on Amazon

Want it? Get it here!

 

Yogi Leggings (AKA airport attire): Anjali The Ferocity Leggings

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Source: Anjaliclothing.com

When I lived in the United States, I almost exclusively wore leggings. I wish that I could wear them more in Colombia, but it usually results in gross men making creepy comments to me on the street.

However, I still wear them every chance I get and especially when I’m traveling by bus or plane. I make sure my leggings are A) comfy (duh) and B) not see-through! There’s nothing worse than buying and wearing super cute leggings only to realize the whole world now knows what color underwear you’re wearing.

These leggings are great: super comfy, not that see-through, and eco-friendly!

Pros:

They’re eco-friendly! All of Anjali’s leggings are made from BPA-free recycled plastic bottles.

You won’t get a camel toe! Sorry to get personal, but seriously. These are great because you can walk or run around and remain camel toe-free!

The fabric is super flexible. They’re really easy to move around in. Or to sleep in on the plane.

Cons:

Some patterns are a little see through. The ones I bought weren’t, but some other people have complained that they’re a little see-through. Nothing major, just wear nude undies.

Price: Prices vary.

Want your own pair? Buy them here.

Whether you practice yoga for beginners or advanced yoga poses, this travel yoga gift guide is perfect to send to your family and friends before the holidays (or to treat yourself to your own travel yogi gift

What products would you add to this gift guide for yogis that love traveling? Have you tried any of the products above? Let me know below!

 

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Brittany Mailhot is a freelance writer, blogger, and personal freedom advocate. She began living a location independent lifestyle shortly after graduating from college and continues to share her experiences to inspire others to say f*ck it to the 9-5 and live their dreams! She’s always available to answer questions by email or on social media so don’t be afraid to reach out!