Traveling, whether for work or pleasure, doesn’t mean that you need to stop working out. In fact, it can add a bit of excitement into the mix of your normal routine. Of course, you’ll want to pack items that are easy to carry and don’t take up too much space, so maybe leave your heavy, cast-iron dumbbells behind. As it can be hard to decide on what to bring or what to leave behind, we’ve decided to put together our list of essential items to help you make the decision.
Depending on what exercises you’re planning on doing, there are a few multi-purpose items that should be high on your list. There are lots of different lightweight pieces of equipment that you can bring with you, including foam rollers and resistance bands, which can either fit in your luggage, or be carried with ease in a separate bag. As well as this, you should strongly consider bringing an exercise mat with you, such as a yoga mat. This not only works for yoga but can help to provide you with a comfortable surface no matter where you’re deciding to exercise.
Smart watches shouldn’t be overlooked when travelling. These will help you to track running and cycling routes and distances, as well as provide you with an easy-to-use activity tracker. This will allow you to see just how much exercise you’ve managed to do and better plan out your workouts in a place you don’t really know. You’ll also be able to share your progress, via social media, with your friends to show that you’re keeping up with them and their routines. Some wearables even allow you to compete with a friend, which can help to encourage you to get those workouts done, even in unfamiliar territory.
Tailor your workout gear to both your planned activities, the climate, and environment of your destination, so that you’re not caught out wearing inappropriate gear. It’s important to look ahead to your trip to weigh up what the weather will be like, for example. If it’s going to be cold, you might want to consider packing some thermals, and if it’s a blisteringly hot destination, you’ll want light and airy shorts and a top, and perhaps a hat and shades to combat the sun. Combining your workout clothes to the actual travel portion of your journey can also be a great idea. Things like men’s oversized tracksuits from The Gym King are the perfect combination of cold protection and comfort for long drives and flights.
This choice is also based on what activities you’re planning to take on during your travels. If you’re planning to go hiking, you’ll want some sturdy, yet lightweight walking shoes or boots to help you tackle uneven terrain and rocks. And if you’re planning to go somewhere more urban, you’ll want some comfortable and supportive trainers for running or hitting the gym if there’s one at your hotel, for example. There are also lots more specialist footwear out there such as Vibram FiveFingers shoes for climbing. Whatever you’re choosing, consider whether you’ll be able to wear them during your travels too, as packing too many pairs of shoes is not ideal when travelling and trying to avoid bringing too much with you.
Staying hydrated is incredibly important during exercise, as you’ll be well aware. Working out somewhere you’re not familiar with however, can lead to you being unable to find a good source of water. Make sure that you always bring a good quality water bottle with you during your travels. You’ll not only make use of it during exercise sessions, but you’ll also be able to use it during your long journeys too. Try to avoid any bottles that are too heavy, as this is going to make carrying it slightly more difficult, especially if you’re out on a run.
Compact Massage Tools
There’s nothing worse than getting injured or sore from a workout in a place you’re not used to. The concern that your future exercise during your trip might be impossible after suffering with a pulled muscle or cramp can be incredibly frustrating. To help ease these issues, it’s worth packing some massage devices such as portable massage ball, as well as ice and heat packs. These are all very compact and can really take the edge off an injury and sore muscles when you find yourself struggling to cope.
Quality Equipment Bags
Bringing a great bag with you on your trip is essential. Whether you’re bringing a suitcase or not, make sure that you’ve got a bag that can carry your important items with you, as well as a change of clothes. A grip bag is a perfect cross between a large sports duffel bag with the utility of a briefcase or laptop bag. For work trips, this is a great combination, as you’ll be able to bring important work documents and tech, as well as your workout gear for lunchtime or afterwork exercise.