Best Travel Yoga Mats for Jet-setting Yogis.

The Best Travel Yoga Mats for Jet-setting Yogis

Yoga and travel are a match made in heaven. Yoga addresses all types of travel-induced issues, including soothing stiffness (thank you, six-hour flight), alleviating aching muscles, boosting energy, and helping you relax. And compared to, say, running or TRX training, yoga requires little space or equipment—just a sticky mat and the six by two feet of space between your hotel bed and window. To help you get that state of post-practice yoga bliss on your next adventure, we rounded up eight lightweight yet supportive travel mats. Read on, and get ready to get your chaturangas on.

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The Best Travel Yoga Mats


Jade Travel Yoga Mat

Stop slipping and sliding in downward dog. The Jade Yoga Travel mat has incredible grip thanks to its natural rubber material sourced from trees. At one-eighth of an inch thick, the mat is great for yogis wanting some cushioning, while still being pliable enough to easily fold into a travel bag.

Length: 68 or 74 inches
Weight: 3 lbs.
Thickness: 3.2 mm
Material: Natural rubber
Foldable or rollable: Rollable

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Lululemon Carry Onwards Mat.

Lululemon Carry Onwards Mat

The same way you flip your dog in yoga class, you can flip the Lululemon Carry Onwards mat depending on what you need—the mat-towel hybrid features sustainable natural rubber for grip on one side and moisture-absorbing microfiber on the other. 

Length: 71 inches
Weight: 2.96 lbs.
Thickness: 2 mm
Material: Natural rubber, microfiber
Foldable or rollable: Foldable


Manduka PRO Travel Yoga

We’ll start with the fact that the non-slip Manduka Pro Travel Yoga Mat has a lifetime guarantee and go on to point out that the supportive cushioning is a bonus for yogis with sensitive joints. The dotted pattern keeps the mat in place while preventing sweaty hands or feet from sliding during poses. The mat—all 2.5 pounds of it—can either be narrowly rolled or folded to tuck inside your bag.

Length: 71 inches
Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Thickness: 2.5 mm
Foldable or rollable: Both

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Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat

Comprised of 14 sections, the super-lightweight Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat collapses down into a flat, compact square. The chemical-free PVC material has a sticky texture that keeps your alignment in check, while colorful designs help keep you smiling even through the toughest of poses. It weighs only one pound and measures two millimeters, making it an ideal on-the-go option even when you have just the smallest sliver of suitcase space.  

Length: 68 inches
Weight: 1 lb.
Thickness: 2 mm
Material: Non-toxic PVC
Foldable or rollable: Foldable

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YOGO Ultralight Travel Yoga Mat

The portable, two-pound YOGO Ultralight travel mat claims to pack down to the size of a newspaper. The natural tree rubber mat has attached straps and an origami folding design (the practice surface folds top to top and never touches the bottom) to ensure cleanliness. 

Length: 68 inches
Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Material: Natural rubber
Foldable or rollable: Rollable

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Toplus Travel Yoga Mat

Equipped with its own bag, the foldable and lightweight Toplus travel yoga mat is easy to pack in luggage of just about any size. Its natural suede top layer features skid resistance and moisture absorption, while the natural rubber bottom grips any surface it’s placed on.

Length: 68 inches
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Material: Natural rubber and natural suede
Foldable or rollable: Foldable

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Yoga Design Lab Commuter Yoga Mat

The eco-friendly Yoga Design Lab commuter yoga mat combines a non-slip mat and towel in one portable option that even comes with its own carrying sling. Available in an array of colorful prints, it promises the cushioning of a mat with the moisture-wicking grip of a towel. 

Length: 70 inches
Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Thickness: 1.5 mm
Material: Natural rubber and microfiber made from recycled bottles
Foldable or rollable: Rollable

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Kuyou Yoga Mat

Designed with safety in mind, the KUYOU Yoga Mat features sweat-absorbing, anti-slip surfaces with soft, cushioned thickness for support. The machine-washable mat is said to be odor-free and comes with a carry bag and stretch band straps. 

Length: 71 inches
Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Thickness: 2 mm
Material: Natural rubber and natural suede
Foldable or rollable: Rollable

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How to Care For Your Yoga Mat

Man practicing yoga on a Lululemon Carry Onwards Mat.

We’re not talking the multi-step intensity of your Sunday self-care routine, but your travel yoga mat does need some TLC. After use, be mindful to gently wipe down the mat using a soft, non-abrasive cloth or towel and a spritz of soapy water. Or opt for a natural yoga mat cleanser with essential oils, like Way of Will 35 Yoga Mat Spray. To prevent permanent creasing caused by folding, be sure to store it rolled up in a yoga mat bag when not traveling. Protect your mat by keeping it away from direct sunlight to maintain the integrity of its material.   

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