5 Best Travel Yoga Mats for Travelling

by | Jun 10, 2022 | Health & Fitness, Live Work Play Travel | 0 comments

Yoga offers great physical and psychological benefits to your everyday life. Just because you are travelling doesn’t mean you can’t continue with these benefits. Many people are able to combine yoga and travel, but to do this, there is one main item to travel with – a travel yoga mat. So if you want to take a yoga mat travelling with you, here are the 5 best travel yoga mats for travel so you can practice yoga while travelling. 


What Benefits Does Yoga Offer Travellers?


Yoga offers many benefits to everyone including:

  • Improves strength, balance and flexibility
  • Provides back pain relief 
  • Helps to ease arthritis symptoms
  • Benefits your heart’s health
  • Relaxes you, to help calm your mind
  • Helps you sleep better

Why do Yoga while Travelling?


Simple really. After a long day sightseeing, carrying a backpack on your back, sitting in transport, hiking up mountains or any other pursuit you like doing, you may be ‘spent’ by the end of the day. You may be stiff, have aches and pains and a racing mind. Yoga will help relieve all these symptoms. Having less or no pain and feeling relaxed will help you travel better and longer.


How to do Yoga while Travelling?


It’s easy to do yoga while travelling. Firstly, designate some time to do it. Secondly, find a place you can roll your yoga mat out and start your yoga routine. This could be in a park, at the beach, on top of a mountain or by your bunk bed. Anywhere really.


Why do you need a Yoga Mat to do Yoga while Travelling?


A yoga mat is more than just a mat to help you stabilise on and provide comfort from bumpy surfaces underneath. A yoga mat defines your space and represents the space in which your body and mind might experience heightenment from the nature of daily living (and travelling). This is why it is good for the mind and the body to do yoga while travelling on your yoga travel mat. It can keep you mentally grounded and physically well so you can travel better and longer. And a travel yoga mat is a little different to a regular yoga mat because a travel yoga mat weighs less and is packable. They are tailored for travellers and people on the move to do yoga anywhere and everywhere.


Can you take your current Yoga Mat travelling?


I don’t see why not. As long as it is lightweight and rolls or folds up tightly, then by all means take your current one. But if it isn’t lightweight and easy to pack then it can become cumbersome.


What to look for in a Travel Yoga Mat?


The main things to look for when choosing a travel yoga mat for travelling is to ensure the mat is:

  • Lightweight – you don’t want to be lugging around extra weight so the lightest mat possible.
  • Portability – you want your yoga mat to not take up too much space in your luggage and be easily stored when not in use.
  • Thickness – don’t compromise thickness for comfort. Yes, a thinner mat will be lighter but it can also be uncomfortable and you might as well be doing your yoga on a rocky driveway!
  • Stickability – ever fallen on your face cause you slipped in your own sweat? Yeah, it can happen so stickability or the texture of your mat should be a consideration.
  • Durability – some mats aren’t meant to go outside, if you plan to practice yoga on the beach, on top of a mountain or even your hostel’s floor, then the more durable the better.
  • Eco-friendliness – not a necessity, but you may want an earth-friendly mat that is typically made from recycled rubber.
  • Style – your yoga mat can become your best friend so choose it wisely.


The 5 best Travel Yoga Mats for Practicing Yoga While Travelling


There are plenty of yoga mats out there in the marketplace. Here are 5 that are great to take travelling so you can practice yoga anywhere, anytime.

Manuka Pro Travel Mat




The Manduka PRO Travel Yoga Mat is top of my list of best travel yoga mats for travelling. This is the one I travel with so I am a little bias. I love it because it is lightweight and at only 2.5mm thick, it is easy to pack. It is also non-slip, non-toxic and provides loads of cushioning and stability. It is also 71 inches or 180cm long, great for me as I am a tall girl.

Jade Yoga Travel Mat




Jade Yoga mats are great travel yoga mats to travel with as they provide superior level of traction as they are made from a natural rubber that has a much stronger grip. It is lightweight and easily folds up to fit in your backpack or tote bag. Many on the go yogis choose this mat as the makers give back by planting a tree for every mat sold.



Gaiam Travel Yoga Mat




This Gaiam Travel Yoga Mat is popular with yogis. It is 2mm thick and made of a non toxic PVC material and weighs in at 1lb or 453g – so very lightweight. It has a sticky texture that provides plenty of stability and it easily folds up, rather than rolls up, and fits into your carry-on or overnight bag.



June & Juniper Travel Yoga Mat




This June and Juniper Travel Yoga Mat certainly makes a statement with its pretty pattern. The mat is next on my list to buy when my Manuka Pro needs replacing. It is a very versatile mat made from moisture-wicking microfiber and is nearly 6 foot or 182cm long. The mat is foldable and easily fits into your daypack or backpack.



Hugger Mugger Tapas Travel Yoga Mat




The Hugger Mugger Tapas Yoga Mat is made of a strong polymer environmental resin (PER) so it is strong. It is only .06 inches or 1.5mm thick making it durable by providing solid contact with the floor, yet it is lightweight. It is easily folded so you can pack in your luggage.



How to Clean Your Yoga Mat While Travelling


Did you know you should clean your yoga mat on a regular basis? Why you ask? Well, they can get dirty from the surfaces they are rolled out on and from your body sweat. These can make your mat slippery and you don’t want to slip during your yoga practice. You want your yoga session to help you travel better and longer, not hinder it. So these are the steps I adopt to clean my mat.

  1. In a spray bottle, I mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with 1/2 cup of water – sometimes I add 10 drops of tea tree oil if I have it. (Or you can buy a specific yoga mat cleaner)
  2. Spritz your mat with the solution
  3. Wipe your mat with a cloth and let it air dry
  4. Roll it up and continue travelling


Are You Ready to Travel with Your Yoga Mat?


Now you know some of the best travel yoga mats to travel with which one will you choose? I would love to hear in the comments following.


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