Modern times demand modern solutions. How do you maintain your physical shape while leading a life of travel, whether for business or pleasure? Here's a handy guide to essential travel fitness equipment.
Simplicity is the key!
When it comes to travel and fitness, the answer is to think simple but smart. Some of the best solutions are already ready to travel. From jump ropes to compact yoga mats, your fitness will stay on track, wherever you are.
Build up your strength all over the world!
Resistance and strength training is one of the easiest travel routines to maintain. A full body workout is easy to achieve if you have the right tools. Here are some essentials that will turn your hotel rooms into speedy fitness centers.
- Victorem Loot Resistance Bands - these are compact enough to fit in a backpack or hand luggage. These are perfect for those weeks when your travel plans intersect with your leg and lower body workouts.
- Free weights filled with water are the portable solution your strength training has asked for; they are simple to use and easy to transport. All you need is a source of water. Fill them with water, ready, stable, LIFT!
- Push bars - imagine never having to touch hotel floors again; these nifty tools are not only compact, but allow you to deepen your arm and core workouts. They are not only ideal for traditional pumps; they work for all pump and fitness enthusiasts of all skill levels.
- If you are a heavy athlete and need an extra push when working out, Sand bags with liquid fillers are the answer to your travel dreams. While bodyweight training can only work so far, they are there to fill in the gaps. With an extra 100 pounds added to your travel workout, you're sure to be crouching and working those glutes in no time. Once you're done sweating and you're ready to pack your bags and head home, simply drain the water, dry the outside, and put them back in your bag. They only take up as much space as a pretty towel.
Five-step full body workout (3 sets x 20 reps of each)
- Lunges - with your booty strips in place, jump all over your hotel room.
- Raised push-ups
- Star jumps
- Reverse crunches
- Plank for 20-30 seconds (if you have push bars, use them)
Heart rate rockers!
Weights sorted, how do you manage your cardio fitness routine with limited equipment? Cardio is one of the easiest ways to stay in shape, although not all destinations are suitable for the obvious run around the block due to weather, safety, or weather concerns, depending on the location. Where are you. Here are the best portable exercise equipment items you might love.
- TRX suspension drive system is the solution for a fast HIIT workout, no matter what time zone you are training in. They are easy to use and even easier to transport. TRX systems fit into any gym bag. Now there is no interruption in your workout. Simply put the suspension trainer in your bedroom and get your heart rate pounding.
- If you're data-driven and like tracking your steps on a treadmill along with your heart rate and calories burned, then invest in a smart watch with training tracking is worth it. With many health programs offering discounts and points that you can earn by exercising, it helps you keep track, so you stay on top of your health. Most modern smartwatches have a reminder of the training functions, so even in a busy schedule, you know you need to spend time increasing that heart rate and keeping up with your game.
- Portable speed scales - these versatile agility ladders are easy to use and store. They are 9 feet long, allowing you to follow reps with precision.
Beat the stress!
Business travel doesn't have to be a stressful situation. Studies have shown that even a 5-minute workout can combat stress and revitalize you. The next time you're tired and tired from your travels, grab your yoga mat and lie down after you get settled in your bedroom.
Yoga is the most suitable travel fitness solution for relieving sore and stiff muscles. Whether you're in pain from a long flight or a board meeting that never seemed to end, donate this sequence one try for ultimate results.
Less is more!
With a few of these items tucked away in your gym bag, you're on your way to creating your very own hotel room mini tour. Your fitness level doesn't have to take a second place in your schedule.
Essential exercise equipment for traveling was last modified: November 12, 2020 through
One of my biggest regrets from the first year of my travels was that I wasn’t brave enough to try any of the local food. I was raised a picky eater and that, combined with debilitating anxiety and an eating disorder, led to me believing that I would either hate or be allergic to anything I hadn’t tried before. I love trying new things, and I’ve found a thousand amazing dishes that I never would have discovered if I’d continue to eat from supermarkets around the world. Trying new food isn’t scary, and you’ll build your confidence up as you fall in love with more and more things.
One of the first lessons I learned on the road was that your orgie will nearly always change. You’ll arrive in a place and hate it and want to leave immediately, or you’ll fall in love with a destination and want to spend longer there. You’ll make friends with a group of awesome people and want to change your orgie so you can travel with them for longer, or you’ll find out about an amazing-sounding town that’s nearby and want to head there instead.
Sure, you should have a rough plan for your trip, but don’t book everything in advance or you’ll likely feel too restricted and end up regretting it. Book a one-way ticket and your first few nights of accommodation — you’ll figure the rest out along the way. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. If you’re in a tourist destination there’ll always be someone who’s willing to take your money by giving you a place to stay.
If you do only one thing before you leave, make it getting travel insurance. I’ve heard far too many horror stories of travellers injuring themselves in remote places and ending up in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt. Don’t think that it won’t happen to you, because you know those travellers thought that, too. I’ve use World Nomads for my travel insurance provider for six years and recommend them to everyone I know. They were fantastic to deal with when making a claim.
People laughed at me when I said that I was carrying around a dozen spare passport photos, but they’ve been incredibly useful and saved me a ton of time and hassle. Who wants to wander the streets of some rural town in Cambodia searching for someone who can take your photo ? Friends of mine had to do this !
I’ve used them to apply for visas around the world, to get a new passport when mine expired while I was on the other side of the planet, and I even needed one to buy a local SIM card in Nepal ! Having spares in my backpack meant that I didn’t have to waste a day researching and then wandering around a city to try to find someone who could take a passport-sized photo of me.
I’m fortunate to have never had to deal with lost luggage, but I did have my backpack ripped open on a flight and I was grateful to have not had anything valuable in it at the time. I’ve also been on dodgy buses in Southeast Asia where we’ve arrived at our destination and people have had items stolen by someone hiding out in the luggage hold while we were transit.
If there’s anything I’d be upset to lose, I keep it in my daypack, which is always by my side on travel days. For me, that’s my passport, laptop, dashcam, external drive, a debit card, and some spare cash. As long as I have all of these, I can survive indefinitely.
When you travel, you’re in the sun more than most people thanks to months of island-hopping and beach time, as well as entire days spent outside exploring. Wear sunscreen every single day, regardless of the weather and temperature, because you really don’t want your trip of a lifetime to result in skin cancer or a body that’s blanketed in leathery wrinkles.
There have been so many times when I’ve been too shy to ask someone to take my photo in a place and I’ve almost always regretted it. After eight years of travel, I probably only have around 200 photos of me around the world. Photos of the beautiful places you visit are great and all, but when you get home, they’re not all that different to the ones everyone else has taken there, too. Photos with you in them are special and they’ll mean a lot more to you when you look back at them. You’ll gain more respect from the locals if you can at least say hi, please, sorry, and thank you. On that note, remember : if you don’t speak the language, it’s your problem, not theirs. And please don’t start speaking louder to make yourself understood. Try miming instead, or using a translation app on your phone.
Travel isn’t conducive for sleep, whether it’s snorers in dorm rooms, early risers rustling plastic bags, or drunk backpackers stumbling around in the middle of the night. Even if you don’t stay in hostels, you’ll still have to deal with street noise from outside, loud parcs nearby, and uncomfortable overnight journeys. Pack some ear plugs and a sleep mask in your bag to help improve your sleep. I’ve been using Sleep Phones to block out light and listen to podcasts and I love them.
I’d always been all about the packing cubes, until I discovered vacuum-sealed versions of them ! You throw your clothes in, seal the bag, then roll it up to push out all the air. I can literally fit twice as many clothes in my backpack when I use these ! Even if you don’t want to carry more things in your bag, it frees up so much space that if you need to pack in a hurry, you can just chuck everything in.
Sometimes your bank will block your card, sometimes your card won’t work in an ATM, and sometimes you could even lose it or have it stolen. Bring at least three debit/credit cards with you that are all linked to different accounts ( with money in them ! ) Keep one in your backpack, one in your daypack, and one on your person.
I carry a spare 300 USD that’s split up in various places in my backpack, daypack, and occasionally, my shoe when I’m nervous I’ll be robbed. It means that in a worse-case scenario, I can pay for some food, a dorm bed, and a Skype call to my family to get an emergency wire transfer until I can get back on my feet again. I went with U. S. dollars because it’s the most widely accepted currency around the world and easy to change.
When I decided to see if it was possible to visit the Maldives on a budget back in 2014, information was so sparse that I couldn’t even find a photo of the islands I’d decided to visit. Well, that trip was one of my highlights of the past eight years and I’m so glad I went, despite not being able to find any information online. And the advantage to that lack of information was getting to be the only tourist on an entire island — I had the whole beach to myself ! If you know it’s safe to travel somewhere, but can’t find out much else, go for it. It’s probably far easier to get there than you think. And if not, it makes for a good story.
I’m definitely testament to that ! But expecting everything to go perfectly on your trip is only setting yourself up to fail. Nobody goes travelling and comes back without any stories of mishaps. No matter how prepared you are, at some point you’re going to get lost, get scammed, miss your bus, get food poisoning, injure yourself… the list is endless ! Expect it to happen, and don’t beat yourself up when it does. In a month’s time, you’ll find it funny rather than frustrating.
It achieves absolutely nothing and makes you look like an asshole. Instead, calm down, put a smile on your face, think of how this will make a great story one day, and rationally figure out an alternative plan. This too shall pass.
What happens if you arrive in a city, go to grab your mail confirmation for your accommodation, and your phone and laptop are out of battery ? I always make sure I have a copy of my guesthouse name and their address, as well as directions if I won’t be taking a taxi. Once I arrive, I’ll grab one of the hotel’s business cards, so I’ll always know where I’m staying, and can show it to locals to ask for help with finding my way back.
So many people will tell you not to travel with jeans, but if you wear pantalons all the time at home, you’ll want to wear them while travelling, too. I didn’t start travelling with pantalons until my second year of travel, and guy, I missed them so much ! They’re not *that* bulky so you really don’t need to worry about the extra space and weight. And in many cities in Europe, you’ll want to wear pantalons to fit in with the locals — you don’t want to look like a grubby backpacker in Paris !
Checking out is when you’re most likely to lose something. Whenever I check out of a place, I check the bathroom, I check under the beds, I check the desks, and then I make sure I have my passport, laptop, dashcam, money, phone, and external drive. I’ll be fine if I leave anything else behind. Having a routine that you go through every solo time will help you keep track of everything. I learned my lesson with this one when I left my passport behind in a guesthouse in Bagan, then left it in an apartment in London two months later.