At long last, summer yoga festival season is finally in full swing! It’s time to jet off to lands of sunny weather, live music, fun with friends, and -yes- lots and lots of yoga.
These summer adventures require some advanced planning. To get the most of out of the festivals you attend, you’ll want to make sure you’re equipped with the essentials. To help you get through your checklist a little bit faster, here’s a quick packing list with the top 6 must-pack items you’ll want to make sure you have along for the trip!
1) Travel Yoga Mat
In order to hop from yoga class to yoga class with ease, you’re going to want to make sure you bring a mat that is lightweight, packable, and durable. Also, if you’re going to be practicing in warmer temperatures, having a mat that is sticky enough will be ideal in order to keep you from slipping on your mat when you start to sweat. When it comes to traveling, we love the Manduka eKo Superlite Travel Yoga Mat. It’s nice and thin and you can either roll it up or fold it, which allows it to fit easily into travel bags and suitcases. It also provides great grip and traction. A bonus is that it’s made from natural, renewable resources -- you’ll be making Mama Earth very happy! Another option with similar features is the Jade Yoga Travel Yoga Mat. It's lightweight and thin for easy travel AND stays slip-free even when wet!
2) Yoga Towel
Having a towel to keep you feeling (mostly) fresh when you’re sweating it out is key. You can either bring along a full-sized yoga mat towel or, if you want to keep your bag super light, you can bring a yoga hand towel. A great one to bring along is the Yoga Design Lab Premium Yoga Hand Towel. It’s lightweight and easy to carry, dries quickly, has a non-slip design, and comes in some super cute patterns. It’s also earth-friendly, as it’s made with non-toxic, water-based materials.
3) Travel Size Yoga Mat Cleaner
Because your mat is going to get lots of use out of it in various environments and new places, keeping it clean is a must. Luckily, there are mini spray bottles of mat cleaner to help keep your traveling experience hassle-free! The Manduka Yoga Mat Cleaner 2oz Travel Spray is a great travel buddy. The size is airplane carry-on friendly and, not to mention, adorable.
4) Water Bottle
With all of the yoga, dancing, and outside playtime you’ll be doing, staying hydrated will be necessary! Bring H20 on the go with you as you frolic around festival land. There are plenty of reusable water bottles to choose from. One of our top picks is the Takeya Modern Flip Straw Glass Water Bottle. It’s made out of smooth, lead-free glass (so you can be plastic and guilt-free). It also has a protective silicone sleeve and is airtight and leak-proof, so you don’t have to worry about it leaking.
5) Flash Tats
Okay, these might fall under the category of style necessities as opposed to practical ones, but you definitely won’t regret packing them! Flash tattoos are innovative jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos that are perfect for anyone who is looking to add a little extra shimmer to their life. They perfect for upping your own glimmer game and great for sharing with friends! The Flash Tattoos Karisma Pack comes with some ridiculously rad patterns.
You’re going to need a place to keep all of these travel items that will allow you to move about easily. Comfort will be key, and you might as well keep yourself cute, as well. The Prana Bhakti Backpack is an awesome choice for festival frolicking. It’s a great size with a structured bottom to make packing easy. Plus, the printed, quilted fabric is a beautiful design and comes in some fun colors to choose from.
Have fun wherever you are going this summer!