Yoga to go: Travel yoga tote and mat

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I love to practice yoga while on the road. When I don’t have time for my usual exercise routine, I can almost always spend 15-30 minutes in yoga practice in any hotel room. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to find a class to join at a resort, and they’ll rent me a mat to use, but more often than not, I’m practicing without. Still, no matter how many times I’ve wished I had my yoga mat while traveling, the next time I pack, I leave it behind yet again. Why? It’s just too heavy and bulky, and I have nowhere convenient to store it. If this sound familiar, here’s the solution:

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Baggallini yoga tote:

I recently waxed poetic about my Baggallini Weekender bag, but this brand does one better for yoga lovers.  The Baggallini Have It All tote has a dedicated space for a yoga mat, and is the perfect handbag-carryon size for travel. The bag is 18.5″ (D) x 14.5″ (W) x 6″ (H), ideal for slipping over your shoulder. It has lots of dedicated pockets, most of which zip closed, which Baggallini does so well, and is made of water resistant material. There’s a sleeve for a luggage handle if you want to pair it with your roller bag, and your yoga mat slips right through the dedicated straps (which can also work for a beach towel).

The Have It All comes in lots of fun colors, plus black, for $108. You can also find it at Zappos, eBags, and Amazon for a few bucks less.

Yoga Design Lab Travel Mat:

Of course, now that you have the perfect travel tote to carry your yoga mat, you’ll want a new mat. While the Have It All can accommodate a non-travel-specific mat if you roll it very tightly, you’re better off with a lighter, thinner travel mat. I took the Yoga Design Lab Travel Mat on my last trip, and combined with the tote, it was a breeze to have along.

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This mat is a mat/towel hybrid, which is awesome since I like a ‘sticky’ mat that can absorb sweat and humid temperatures. The microfiber top is bonded to a natural tree rubber base…two pieces of gear in one. The mat is designed to be all-purpose, no matter what type of yoga you practice…the idea here is to have less to bring along, whether you use it across town or across the world. While lighter than most mats, it doesn’t compromise on length (it’s full-sized) and I haven’t noticed any odor (important if you travel with your mat). You can easily fold it and layer it, but it won’t bunch up when you don’t want it to. Best of all, it comes with a carrying strap.

Pick up the travel mat from Yoga Design Lab in ten beautiful patterns for $49, purchasing through Amazon.

 

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Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.
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