The 7 Best Yoga Mats For Travel

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I love my everyday yoga mat. It’s thick, cushion-y, and protective of my joints, but it is not the best yoga mat for travel. In fact, if I attempted to bring it on a plane, security would likely ask me why I was traveling with a rolled-up mattress on my back. I would then respond, “Because it’s sure as hell not fitting in my carry-on.”

This year, I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m going to continue my yoga practice no matter what’s going on in my personal life. The problem is, however, that 2018’s personal calendar is hardly local for me. It currently contains two out-of-state weddings, a 60th birthday party in Florida, and a week-long trip to California — and we’re only two months in at this point. Needless to say, it was time to invest in a travel-friendly yoga mat for all my adventures.

Here’s what I learned after a little research: When it comes to staying zen on the road, you’re looking for the best thin, lightweight yoga mats. They probably won’t be much in the way of joint protection, but they will provide a bit of cushioning and non-slip support no matter where you are. Some are even equipped with awesome features like attached straps, fully-washable fabric, and a foldable design. Here are a few of the best options to compliment any traveling yogi’s lifestyle.

1This Sweat-Friendly Mat That You Can Put Through The Washer And Dryer

If you’re headed somewhere tropical with a hot yoga studio, the YogiOnTheGo mat is for you. Because it’s made with a soft fabric layer on top, the sweatier you get, the better the grip. In addition to that, there’s an extra hygienic waterproof layer that acts as a barrier to odors and bacteria. After a particularly sweaty workout, the entire thing can be thrown in the washing machine and then the dryer, so it’s like new for your next practice. It also folds up into a tiny square and weighs under two pounds, so it’ll fit in basically any bag you’ve got.

2If You’re Taller Or Need More Cushioning, This Thicker Mat Comes In Two Sizes

With a 1/8-inch thickness, the Jade travel yoga mat is definitely one of your thicker options. Because of that, reviewers say it provides “adequate cushioning for knees and joints” while still remaining “lightweight enough to carry around on the metro/buses.” It rolls up into a very thin tube that’s easy to toss over your shoulder or stow away in your suitcase. In addition to added support, the natural rubber material also provides superior grip to hold your poses. Each color is available in two sizes — 68 inches and 74 inches — to accommodate taller yogis who need more room to practice.

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