Essential Yoga Accessories To Bring On Any RetreatBy WanderfulSoul |Comments: 6 | May 7, 2017
What do I pack for a yoga retreat? With your next yoga retreat booked and coming up the only thing left to plan is what to bring. For a week of mindful practices, you want to keep things simple and not over pack, but you certainly wouldn’t want to leave anything important behind! To help make sure you reach your destination with everything you will need, we have created a checklist of essential yoga accessories to bring on your next retreat.
The Essential Yoga Retreat Checklist
- Yoga Clothes
- Yoga pants/Leggings
- Comfortable Yoga Tops
- Casual Clothes
- Hoodie or Warm Sweater
- Running Shoes
- Yoga Equipment
- Yoga Mat (Optional)
- Yoga Straps (Optional)
- Non-Slip Sweat Towel
- Cleansing Wipes
- Bathing Suit
- Sports Bras
- Sun Protection
- Lightweight Longsleeve Shirt
- Reading/Writing Material
- Shampoo, Soap, Conditioner
- Laundry Soap
- Hair Ties, Bobby Pins, Head Bands, or Bandanas
- Ear Plugs
- Sleep Mask
- Alarm Clock
- Travel Identification
- Plane Tickets
- Drivers License
- Health Insurance Card
Detailed Essential Yoga Accessories List
Although you can expect to do plenty of yoga on your trip, you actually don’t need to bring too many yoga clothes. Most people will only bring 2-3 pairs of yoga pants or leggings, and a handful of tops to a yoga retreat.
The technical fabric used in yoga clothes to wick away sweat is doubly useful on a yoga retreat. Yoga clothes dry quickly, especially at retreats in warm climates such as Mystique Island in the Caribbean. It is common for people at yoga and wellness retreats to wash their yoga clothes in their sink or in laundry facilities.
Although the retreats may be focused on yoga, you will have plenty of opportunity to explore the local area or lounge around the beaches. Make sure you bring some clothes for more casual wear. If you are traveling to a yoga retreat in Nicaragua where you are likely to spend a lot of time on beaches, a dress and bikini may be sufficient.
In other locations, like Iceland or the Lake Louise, Canada yoga retreat, you will want to pack some warmer clothes for chillier nights. Here, and on many other yoga retreats, there are lots of opportunities for hiking. Some people prefer to wear long pants and sleeves to avoid bugs or scratches from vegetation along the trails.
Leave the heels at home – this is your chance to relax and unwind. A pair of sandals is sufficient for most of the trip. Moving around the retreat and the beaches. A pair of comfortable running shoes is a smart choice if you plan on hiking, jogging or exploring the local area.
If you find that your feet sometimes get cold in the yoga studio, you may want to bring socks to wear during the yoga sessions. Although barefoot is most common, if you prefer to wear specialized footwear such as yoga wraps or yoga shoes they may be brought along as well.
Most of the best yoga and wellness retreats will provide all the yoga equipment you need. Small items, like yoga straps, that take up little space inside your suitcase can be brought along if desired. Larger items such as blocks and props, however, are best left at home.
The decision of whether or not to bring a yoga mat is really up to you. While most yoga retreats do provide them, some people prefer to bring their own. Plus, don’t we all like the image of being seen carrying our yoga mats in the airport? If you do choose to bring your own mat, we recommend a lightweight mat that is easy to pack and travel with.
A non-slip towel is a must have. They are really versatile, great for use in the yoga sessions as well as an excellent option to bring to the beach. The quick drying capability will allow for quick washing and frequent use.
Cleansing wipes are another useful thing to bring along. They are a quick and easy way to wipe down your mat, face, and feet after a good yoga session.
Whether you are planning on swimming, tanning, or lounging around the beach, a bathing suit is certainly an essential for your yoga vacation. Soaking in the sun, or taking a dip at the Rancho La Puerta yoga retreat is a great way to relax, make friends with your fellow wanderers, and spend time between sessions.
Your undies are an essential part of packing for any vacation. If you plan on washing them throughout your stay you can likely get away with as little as 3 pairs. Pack comfortably and with active wear in mind. You will probably want to bring along a couple of sports bras and a regular bra for your more casual wear.
Make sure to take care of your skin. Sunscreen, sunglasses, lightweight long sleeve shirts, and full brim hats are your best protection against skin damage, sunburns, and melanoma. While we all want to enjoy the sun, it’s still best to play it safe while you do so!
Make sure you bring all the toiletries you will need. If you are travelling to a resort for a yoga retreat it is likely that many things like, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners will be provided for you.
If you plan on washing your clothes while away, laundry soap bars are compact, portable and allow you to wash your yoga clothes in the sink or tub.
When it comes to makeup, keep it simple. Eyeliner, mascara, and moisturizer are usually enough for your stay.
Many yoga travellers use yoga retreats as a chance to break away from technology-dependent lives. If you want to keep away from phone use we would recommend bringing an alarm clock or watch, and a camera. If you do bring a phone, be sure to bring your charger and plug adaptors.
To keep your hair out of your eyes while doing yoga we suggest taking extra hair ties, bobby pins, headbands, or bandanas. You may also want to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated during sessions.
These aren’t the most exciting items, but they may be the most important. Without your passport and plane tickets, you won’t be going anywhere. If you can, print out your tickets in advance or save some trees and save them to your phone to save some time at the airport.