I am a very lucky girl this year as I will be traveling A LOT! Next week I am off to Portugal to teach a yoga retreat, next month I will be in London and Cologne for two big yoga events, Italy in June for my personal practice and off to Miami in July on ermm, birthday business 😉
For each and every one of these trips I will be taking a yoga mat with me. However, traveling with a mat has a whole load of issues attached to it. My regular mat weighs around 3 kg and is big and bulky, taking up my whole hand luggage allowance. I have decided that it is about time that I invest in a travel mat.
As with all mats there are plenty of options to choose from so it’s worth shopping around. After some of my own research, here are my top three picks for a travel mat. Hope it helps in making your travel mat decision!
Lululemon – The Reversible (Un) Mat €55.00
I have been a big fan of Lululemon mats since my early yoga days. In fact, my very first mat was a Lululemon! I love the grip they give, the sleek design and of course, the colours.
Lululemon have three mat thicknesses to choose from: the original 5mm (my mat) a 3mm (I use this one for teaching) and this travel version. It’s super thin and lightweight – perfect for packing although I am not sure how well it would fold due to the special sweat wicking material. Lululemon mats have an unusual surface texture, it’s a very smooth rubbery practice space designed specifically for sweaty practices. I personally love this, but it’s not going to be a match for everyone. Therefore it’s certainly worth going to your local Lululemon and trying one out.
Manduka – Eko SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat €42.00
Manduka mats are incredibly popular and for good reason. They use sustainable materials, offer great quality and have lots of different types to choose from. The Manduka travel mat weighs about 1kg and folds perfectly to fit into any bag! The mat is made from sustainably sourced rubber so it has great grip. An added plus – the mat is available in over 11 colours!
Jade – Travel Mat $59.95
Jade mats are loved worldwide for their dedication to create eco-friendly yoga products. They work with environmental agencies, plant a tree for every mat sold and work with several charitable organisations so it’s safe to say they are a wonderful company!
Jade travel mats are not unlike the Manduka mats, weighing around 1kg and made from sustainable rubber which offer good grip. These mats also fold incredibly well, making them a fantastic travel buddy. Jade mats are designed and produced in the U.S and are in compliance with all US environmental, labor and consumer protection laws ensuring that purchasing a Jade mat is a well thought ethical decision.
All three mats are great for the traveling yogi. It really just depends on your preference for texture, thickness and of course, budget.
As with all mats, I cannot tell you enough how important it is to try a mat before you buy! There is nothing more disappointing than spending your hard earned cash on the mat of your dreams only to find that it doesn’t really work for you. Once you have used it you can’t return it, so please test!
I have chosen the Lululemon (Un) Mat as I need the extra grip during my sweaty practice. Because it’s the thicker of the travel mars, it provides me with the extra padding that I need as well.
Happy shopping and let us know which one you went for and what you think!