I am a full-time traveling registered nurse, fitness enthusiast, and nutrition expert. Every morning I wake up intending to bring awareness of the importance of health and spiritual wellness, especially to the traveling community. At Messy Bun Traveler, we promote travel that allows the traveler to either kick-start, maintain, or enhance a healthy lifestyle. So whether you're someone who travels for business, travels for pleasure, or new to travel and looking for health advice while on the road, this blog is for you!
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I want to start by saying congratulations on committing to your health and fitness while traveling. As a full-time traveler myself, I understand how difficult it is to maintain a stable workout regime while continually being on the go.
I recognize how difficult it is sometimes to find a local gym, not to mention; not all hotels have in house gyms either. To help keep yourself accountable to your fitness and health goals, I’ve compiled a list of the best travel exercise equipment to help you stay fit!
Whether in a plane, train, car—these items can be easily packed in your carry on to keep you accountable while on the road.
The Newline Step-on Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale is a great way to monitor your body weight while on the go. The scale itself comes in either black, green, pink, or blue colors, and also includes an elegant slip-on case for travel protection. The scale itself weighs just over one pound (20 oz), so it’s perfect for carry-on travel. According to the company’s website, it is the lightest and smallest bathroom scale on the market, without reducing the weighing function and accuracy.
If you’re someone who’s sticking to a diet and exercise regime, trying to lose weight, part of weight watchers, or some other weight loss program, this product is a must-have in your travel exercise equipment library!
I have an entire post dedicated to the perfect reusable water bottle based on the type of travel you in which you partake. One bottle I use personally is the Hiwill Stainless Steel Insulate Travel Water Bottle. I like it because it’s sturdy, durable, and great for traveling with. It’s vacuum insulated, so I can throw it in my bag without worrying about it sweating and getting my belongings wet. And best yet, it’s leakproof!
Another must-have travel exercise equipment item is good, old fashioned resistance bands! Resistance bands will add a challenge to any butt, leg, or ab workout without having to haul any heavyweights with you. I love these resistance bands here because they’re anti-slip, come in cute colors, and very easy to travel with. The set comes with three bands, all ranging in different levels of resistance and length. Depending on the exercise and level of strength, you’re good to go! Oh, and did I mention these come with a cute little travel bag for easy transport?
The Toplus travel yoga mat is super easy to travel with because of its sleek design. The mat itself is only 1/16th inch thick, but its fiber is very high quality. The mat is sweat-absorbent, anti-slip, and made from eco-friendly material. The yoga mat comes with an easy-to-transport travel bag (or can be easily folded into any travel bag or suitcase). Bonus points, it’s machine washable too!
Synergee Core Sliders are the ultimate abdominal exercise equipment for travel. With these, you can engage in an endless number of core and full-body workouts right in your hotel room! Plus, they are small, super lightweight, compact, and very portable. You’ll have no excuse to not through them in your suitcase or backpack on your next business trip.
A simple abdominal roller will help you build a stronger core and tighter six-pack, burn excess calories, develop strong, lean muscle, and improve your overall endurance. An ab roller such as this one is small, user-friendly, and conveniently easy to travel with. This set on Amazon comes with a comfortable knee pad for added knee support, a nutrition E-book, and an ab workout E-book. Incorporating an ab roller regularly in your workouts will ensure a durable and robust core! This item alone, with all its perks, is a great addition to your travel exercise equipment.
A jump rope is another simple tool to carry with you on your travels to help keep fit. Jumping rope is an intense cardio workout designed to burn a buttload of calories in a short amount of time! This adjustable jump rope is perfect for traveling fitness enthusiasts. It’s made of high-quality material and can be adapted to meet your fitness goals by just adjusting the size and weight of the rope. With something as simple as a jump rope, you won’t need to worry about finding a gym while you travel. With a little bit of room in your hotel room, you’re good to go for a total body workout!
Need some help being creative with your workouts? Then these cards are a game-changer. These exercise cards are designed to help guide you into creating the perfect workout. Draw a random card from the deck to mix up your workout. With these cards, it’s easy to formulate a new exercise set each day. They help make exercise more simple, convenient, and fun. Also, each card is illustrated with an exercise in three different difficulty levels. This helps accommodate people of all different fitness levels.
If you’re looking to keep all your travel exercise equipment and workout attire in an entirely separate carrier, then this Under Armor Duffle Gym Bag is perfect. It comes in all different styles and colors to choose from, is durable, and highly compact. You can choose between four different sizes as well, depending on how much room you need for your travel workout gear.
Hesitant to do pushup and other exercises on the dirty hotel floor? I don’t blame you. With the Pushup Elite handlebars, you can not only keep your hands off the dirty floor but also enhance your workout by allowing your body to dip lower into the pushup. The handles also reduce joint strain in wrists and elbows through natural body alignment.
The Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch is a gamechanger in the travel health space. This smartwatch can track your steps taken throughout the day, heart rate, sleep and swim tracking, and so much more. You can use your voice to set alarms, reminders, and you’re able to see all your daily stats with the Fitbit app. If you’re looking for the ultimate step counter and fitness tracker, the Fitbit Versa is your answer!
These Cross Grips bar handles are perfect for multi-functional workouts that turn almost every doorway into a pullup bar. This gear requires no tools, screws, and leaves zero damage. These handles are useful for a variety of exercises, including pullups, pushups, chin-ups, sit-ups, bar dips, and so much more. Not to mentions, they are small, lightweight, and compact, making them effortless travel accessories.
Hate having to store your used, sweaty workout clothes in the same bag as your street clothes and business attire? I don’t blame you. There’s nothing like a little post-workout funk to ruin your entire suitcase of clothes. That’s where a laundry washer bag comes in handy! With the Allurette washer laundry bag, you can wash all your used activewear in minutes. With its internal washboard, you can get a machine quality wash without having to even find a laundry mat.
Don’t feel like doing any laundry? Use this bag as a convenient, leakproof laundry bag for storing all your dirty workout clothes.
And there you have it! This list is my guide to the best travel workout gear. I know travel can be a hurdle to keep you from reaching your fitness goals. But with the proper gear and right mindset, travel doesn’t have to hinder you from getting that workout in!
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I find that when I’m travelling I actually get more exercise from all the walking I do…however I dont travel for work which I imagine is different than vacationing. I love the resistance bands. They are great for all areas of the body.
Yes, the resistance bands are the greatest! I have a set myself and take them with me everywhere I go!
I never really thought about the challenge of carrying fitness training gear with you when long term travelling. I am particularly drawn to the Fitbit Versa, quite a change in style to the usual slim ones, and that tiny bathroom scale is amazingly compact.
Thanks for the info – I always wonder about how people who travel long term can stay healthy. I’m intending to take my yoga mat with me on my next long trip, but like you said actually lugging the equipment round can be a hassle.
These are such great suggestions. It is so important to remember your physical fitness when you are traveling. We tend to travel with only a backpack so we try to just use body weight and YouTube videos. LOL!
That’s awesome! Youtube is such a great resource!
Oh, I’m pretty sure I could still come up with excuses, even after this great article. I do find that I walk a lot. I work from a treadmill desk at home and I love getting out and exploring when I travel. My big thing is that I need to do more weight-bearing activities. The body weight cards would be super helpful to keep in my suitcase!
Weight-bearing can always be tricky, but finding at least 20-30 minutes a day to do it will be sooo beneficial for the long run. Weight-bearing is what keeps bones and joints strong to continue to be able to walk around and explore!