Staying fit while you’re on the road can be difficult. Extended periods of time in cars, airports or hotel rooms can make it hard to motivate yourself to get to a fitness class or gym, but it helps if you carry the right exercise gear with you. (And psst: to take workout videos on the go with ClassPass!)
This list of travel workout gear contains the best teeny-tiny, inflatable and/or lightweight items that you can take with you anywhere in order to get a workout in. Some of them lie flat in your bag until you fill them with water or sand, while others provide several pounds of resistance for weight-training. Consider taking any or all of these five travel-friendly workout products on your next road trip.
Portable resistance bands
Resistance bands are an excellent way to weight train and are low-impact on the joints. They come in a variety of resistance levels to match your skill set. For beginners or those who are injured, start with 1-3 pounds of resistance. For the more advanced users, try 5 or more pounds.
Best part? They’re small enough to take just about anywhere with you. Loop them around the legs of a hotel table or chair to do a chest press. No furniture? No worries. You can stand on the middle of the bands with your feet, and pull your arms up into bicep curls. They’re incredibly versatile, lightweight and affordable.
Buy it now: Theraband, $25
Collapsible water bottle
Hydration is essential for any fitness class, so why not spend a few bucks on a water bottle you can take anywhere? Save money on water bottles in airports, hotels and workout studios by taking this bottle everywhere. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint and it won’t take up much space in your carry-on or backpack. It’s dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and sturdy enough to get tossed around in your luggage without breaking.
Buy it now: Que Bottle, $25
When you want to do weight training but don’t want your suitcase to weigh 10 extra pounds, try portable dumbbells that you can fill with water. Don’t be fooled by the slim size of AquaBells when they’re empty. They can be filled with liquid to weigh up to 20 pounds to ensure you get a full workout while you’re on the road.
Buy it now: AquaBells, $47
Now you never have to be without a kettlebell. Sandbag kettlebells can be filled with just about anything you can find on the road, like dirt, sand or rocks. This model can be filled to weigh up to 45 pounds, and is perfect for one or two-hand swings.
Buy it now: Amazon, $50
Portable yoga mat
This ultra-lightweight mat takes up about the same amount of room as a yoga towel. Take your yoga practice anywhere you go with a mat that weighs less than 2.5 pounds and is only 1.5 millimeters thick. Even if you don’t practice yoga, this mat is practical for crunches or plank moves in a hotel room or on a hiking trail. Though it’s thin and lightweight, it still has a non-slip grip on the bottom and is made of non-toxic, sustainable materials.
Buy it now: Manduka, $44
Taking a small, inflatable stability ball on the road with you is a great way to keep your core engaged. Whether you use it for crunches or to replace your hotel chair, your core and your posture will see the benefits. Try a version that comes with a portable air pump so you can inflate and deflate quickly at your convenience.
Buy it now: Amazon, $20