Whether you hit the road in a camping van or escape to an all-inclusive wellness center, traveling can give you a much-needed reset and a break from your busy schedule. But if you’re someone who likes regular exercise, working out on the road can be tricky. Whether it’s limited access to fancy gym equipment or access to a workout space in general, taking those reps on vacation can be a hassle.
So use be be. Thanks to innovations in portable exercise equipment, you can now take your workout with you wherever you go. And no, we’re not suggesting you pack your iron dumbbells in your tote bag. (Please don’t.) Today, there are much of lightweight exercise equipment options to help you get moving on your next trip. For glute and leg workouts, a pack of resistance bands and ankle weights should suffice. For a quick cardio workout, add a wireless jump rope or use the Elite Sportz Sliders ($9) to engage your core.
Regardless of your fitness goals, there’s a travel-friendly workout kit that’s eager to join you. We did the legwork (lol) to find the best options for portable, lightweight exercise equipment, which you’ll find below.
The best portable exercise equipment for travel.
For legs and buttocks
Tone It Up, Squat Band (2 bands) — $25.00
If you’re dedicated to keeping up your squat game, even when you’re on vacation, get this squat band. It’s designed to let you squat anywhere: in the back of your RV, near the pool, even at the airport (if you so choose) while waiting for your flight. Instead of using just your body weight, the bands add a bit of resistance and ensure a smoother dip. It’s hands-free, simple, and can be slipped into your beach bag without weighing you down.
Sportneer Adjustable Ankle Weights (2-Pack) — $28.00
Put on some ankle weights to add a little sexual attraction to your runs, leg exercises and basic training. Each set comes with five removable sand pockets, each weighing 0.97 pounds, and is made of neoprene for a comfortable fit. Since it’s heavier than other items on this list, we recommend it for checked luggage.
For arms and chest
Whatafit Resistance Band Set (11 Pieces) — $23.00
This easy-to-use resistance band set will challenge your upper body on your next vacation. What is included? Five training bands, non-slip handles, a door anchor and ankle straps. Attach one of the training bands to the door for chest pressing or attach a non-slip handle for bicep action. It also comes with carabiners, which you can attach to cable kits if you’ll be staying in a hotel or Airbnb with a gym. The entire set weighs just 2.4 pounds, so if you’re checking out a bag, don’t worry about going over the weight limit.
Bullet Bracelets (Set of 2) — $48.00
Slip these stylish Bala bracelets over your wrists to add some weight to your next workout. Available in 1 and 2 pounds, they’re a fun way to level up an on-the-go arm workout. Throw them on while hiking or take them to a beachside cardio session.
For core and abs
BalanceFrom 1/2 Inch Extra Thick All-Purpose Yoga Mat — $22.00
If you have extra room in your checked luggage or room to carry another item, consider bringing this all-purpose yoga mat. Made of high-density ripstop foam, this mat is ideal for stretching, core, and yoga exercises. It weighs just 1.8 pounds and comes with a carrying strap for easy portability. Open your YouTube workout video, unfold your mat, and start dancing.
Elite Sportz, Core Sliders (Pack of 2) — $10.00
Put your core to the test with these slip discs, which can be slipped into your bag between your socks and underwear. The discs are double sided so they can be used on all types of surfaces and are a great companion during knee push-ups or mountain climbers. Weighing just 0.35 pounds, they’re lightweight and small enough to fit in a personal bag or carry-on.
Aplugtek Wireless Jump Rope — $15.00
Jumping rope is an easy way to get your heart rate up, and this is it. Without cable. Yes, wireless! So now worry about it getting tangled up in your suitcase. Instead, it can rotate 360 degrees to mimic a real jump rope, without the fear of tripping or hitting furniture or walls. The handles are made of odor- and sweat-resistant foam, so you don’t have to worry about tossing them in your suitcase afterwards. Plus, they weigh less than a pound.
Apace LED Security Light (2-Pack) — $18.00
If the itinerary includes jogging or biking at night, bring along these battery-powered safety lights. Weighing less than an ounce each, they’re totally packable in a pinch. Each light has three brightness modes and three strobe modes to keep you safe when the sun goes down, lasting up to 100 hours each.
For yoga and pilates
Blogilates Glute Resistance Bands (2-Pack) — $18.00
These cute resistance bands are here to turn up the heat on your pilates session. The loop design fits snugly around your legs, adding resistance when stretching, kicking and squatting. Each pack includes a light and medium resistance band, so you can switch things up when you want to up (or down) the burn.
Gaiam Yoga Block — $10.00
While it may be a bit bulky to slip into your tote bag or duffel bag, the lightweight (4.6 oz.) design of this yoga block is well worth packing. It’s built with non-slip EVA foam that makes modifying your yoga poses and adding extra support a breeze. You can support, reinforce, grasp and balance them, transforming your practice wherever you do it.
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