The Best Yoga Mats for Travel

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No matter where your travels take you, your daily yoga practice should be just that — daily. For the most dedicated yogis, even one day off the mat can affect them physically and mentally. But fear not, dear yogis, because more and more companies are making yoga mats that are perfect for carrying on and rolling out so that your excursions don’t hinder your stretching, breathing, and moving. Plus, more and more hotels are now offering in-room yoga mats, including our wellness-minded EVEN Hotels, which welcomes our fourth U.S. location this summer.

To make sure your jet-setting ways don’t get in the way of your zen time, we present to you a guide to the top-rated yoga mats for travel, all with a perfect blend of packability and sweat-wicking performance.

Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Mat
Weighing only two pounds and measuring just 1.5mm thick, the sticky eKO SuperLite Travel Mat by Manduka folds up practically like a towel. It can easily roll up to attach to your backpack or gym bag without adding bulk or fold right into your carry-on without compromising space. $40

Lululemon The (Un)Mat
Made for those who commute to class or travel frequently, the (Un)Mat is reversible with a top, grippy layer for sweaty sessions and a textured bottom layer for the rest of your practices. The mat weighs just 2.3 pounds and is 1.5mm thick. $48

Jade Travel Mat
The Jade Travel Mat is on the heavier side for portable mats (slightly more than three pounds) but does come in two sizes and is more cushy than other similar mats (with its 3.5mm thickness). Because of the added cushion, this mat can only be rolled, not folded. $60

Khataland YoFoMat
The YoFoMat is not only foldable to the size of a large book, but it’s also still thick enough to offer support for knees and hands. The mat has a 4mm thickness and weighs in at 2.7 pounds. Bonus: the mat has folding lines to help with body alignment during tricky poses. $39

YOGO Ultralight 2.0
With built-in straps for hanging and carrying, the YOGO Ultralight mat is extremely portable (it packs down to about the size of a newspaper or a large water bottle) but doesn’t compromise on traction. The mat weighs 2.6 pounds and is 1.5mm thick. $69

Gaiam Dry-Grip Travel Yoga Mat
The Gaiam Travel Yoga Mat is one of the lightest mats around — just one pound — but still packs in decent support with a 2mm thickness. Plus, the topcoat material wicks moisture, so this mat is perfect for hot yoga classes. Gaiam also makes the two-pound Ultra-Dri Hot Yoga Mat that combines a mat and towel in one — a 1.8mm mat complete with a moisture-absorbing, microfiber top cover for extra sweaty sessions. $55

Prana Transformation Mat
With a microfiber top and a grippy bottom, the Transformation Mat works best for hot yoga classes. It’s 1.5mm thick and weighs only 1.6 pounds, so it’s ideal for lightweight travel and packing up in small spaces, too. Other travel mats from Prana include the two-textured Nomad Travel Mat (3mm thick and 2.9 pounds) and the open-cell Xtra Lite Mat (1.5mm thick and 2.6 pounds). $59

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Mattie SchulerMattie Schuler is an adventure journalist who lives in Boulder, Colo. She covers all things outdoors, travel, health and fitness, yoga and gear.