Whether you’re hitting the road in a camping van or escaping to an all-inclusive wellness resort, travel can give you a much-needed reset and break from your busy schedule. But if you’re someone who enjoys regular exercise, it can be difficult to squeeze in a workout on the road. Whether it’s limited access to fancy gym equipment or access to a workout space entirely, getting those reps on vacation can be a hassle.
Well, it is used Thanks to innovations in portable exercise equipment, you can now bring your workout wherever you go. And no, we’re not suggesting you shove your iron dumbbells in your carry-on bag. (Please, don’t.) These days, there are a lot Lightweight exercise equipment options that will get you going on your next trip. For glute and leg workouts, a pack of resistance bands and ankle weights should do the trick. For a quick cardio session, add a cordless jump rope, or use the Elite Sportz Slider ($9) to engage your core.
Whatever your fitness goals, there’s a travel-friendly workout tool worth tagging along. We’ve done the legwork to find the best portable and lightweight exercise equipment options (lol) which you’ll find below
Best Portable Exercise Equipment for Travel
For legs and glutes
Tone It Up, Squat Band (2 Bands) — $25.00
If you’re dedicated to keeping up your squat game—even on vacation—get this squat band. It’s designed so you can sit anywhere: in the back of your camper, by the pool, even at the airport (if you want) while you’re waiting for your flight. Instead of just using your body weight, the bands add some resistance while ensuring a smooth dip. It’s hands-free, convenient, and can be carried in your beach bag without weighing it down.
Sportnier, Adjustable Ankle Weights (Pack of 2) – $28.00
Whip on some ankle weights to add a little oomph For your runs, leg workouts and core training. Each set includes five removable sand pockets, each weighing 0.97 lbs., and made of neoprene for a comfortable fit. Since it’s heavier than other items on this list, we’d recommend them for checked luggage
For arms and chest
Whatfit, Resistance Band Set (11 Pieces) — $23.00
This easy-to-use resistance band set will challenge your upper body on your next workout. What is included? Five workout bands, non-slip handles, a door anchor and ankle strap. Anchor one of the workout bands to the door for a chest press or hook a non-slip handle for some bicep action. It also comes with carabiners, which you can simply connect to the equipment if you’re staying at a hotel or Airbnb with a fitness center. The entire set weighs just 2.4 pounds, so if you’re checking a bag, don’t worry about going over the weight limit.
Bala bangles (2 sets) — $48.00
Slide on these chic bala bangles on your wrist to add some weight to your next workout. Available in 1- and 2-pound weights, they’re a fun way to level up an arm exercise on the go. Strap them on when you go for a walk, or bring them to a cardio session by the beach.
For core and abs
From Balance, All Purpose 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat — $22.00
If you have extra room to carry checked luggage or other items at home, consider bringing this all-purpose yoga mat. Made of high-density, anti-tear foam, this mat is ideal for stretching, core and yoga. It weighs only 1.8 pounds and comes with a carrying strap for easy transport. Open your YouTube workout video, roll out your mat, and get grooving.
Elite Sportz, Core Sliders (Pack of 2) – $10.00
Test your core with these gliding discs, which can be slid into your bag between your socks and your undies. The discs are double-sided, so they can be used on all types of surfaces and make a great companion on the knee or while climbing mountains. Weighing only 0.35 pounds, they are lightweight and small enough to fit in a personal bag or carry-on luggage.
Aplugtek, Cordless Jump Rope — $15.00
Jumping rope is an easy way to get your heart rate up and this is it Cordless Yes, cordless! So now worry about it getting tangled in your suitcase. Instead, it can rotate 360 degrees to simulate a real jump rope, minus the fear of you tripping or hitting furniture or walls. The handles are made of odor- and sweat-resistant foam, so you don’t have to worry about dropping them in your suitcase later. Also, they weigh less than a pound.
Apace, LED Safety Light (Pack of 2) — $18.00
If nighttime jogs or bike rides are on the itinerary, bring these battery-powered safety lights with you. Weighing less than an ounce each, they’re completely packable in a pinch. Each light has three brightness modes and three strobe modes to keep you safe when the sun goes down, each lasting 100 hours.
For yoga and pilates
Blogillettes, Booty Resistance Bands (Pack of 2) — $18.00
These cute resistance bands are here to turn up the heat on your Pilates session. The loop design fits comfortably around your leg, adding resistance as you stretch, scissor-kick and squat. Each pack has a light and medium resistance band, so you can switch things up when you want to up (or down) the burn.
Game, Yoga Block — $10.00
While it may feel a bit clunky to shove into your carry-on tote or duffel, this yoga block’s lightweight design (4.6 oz.) is worth packing. It is made of non-slip EVA foam that changes your yoga posture and adds extra support. You can help, strengthen, grip and balance on them, transforming your practice to where you can perform it.
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