Staying fit is hard enough, let alone while travelling. I’ve always had the theory that I don’t need any portable exercise equipment while travelling.

Because running around new cities sounds awesome in theory, yet I make excuses. In Southeast Asia the footpaths are too broken, back in New Zealand, it’s too cold and now in Barcelona, there are too many traffic lights. Excuses, excuses.

We don’t like these excuses, so here is best travel workout equipment that I’ve decided could be added to my bag. The skipping rope is in there, but again, I find excuses and could just do handstands instead.

Hand Grip Strengthener

best hand strengtheners

Hand grip can definitely make you feel week. You hold things throughout the day yet you’d be surprised how little pressure we use to do regular things. It’s a great travel exercise as you can easily multitask while getting in some excersise. And hopefully not sweating too much.

3 Benefits of hand strengtheners:

  • Increased dexterity in your fingers #lifeskills
  • It’ll be easier to carry your luggage!
  • Improved forearm strength for Popeye like arms

A good hand strengthener for travel? Buy this one.

Speed Ladder

best speed ladder for travel The speed ladder is a pretty simple concept (you could even draw one with chalk), but you can get creative with it. The speed ladder is light and while it’s a bit more spacious than some of the other transportable workout gear here, it’s no drama for most. You can add more obstacles from the hotel room to increase difficulty.

3 Benefits of speed ladders:

  • Just need any flat surface to be used
  • Increase footwork, speed and agility
  • Improves overall mind and body awareness

A good speed ladder for travel? Buy this one


best hula hoop for travellers

The hula hoop is something I’m sneaky fond of. I’m uncoordinated at a lot of things but hula hoop. You don’t need to have the full sized hula hoop, that’d be crazy. You can get hula hoops that fold down into a smaller size making them easy to clip either on the outside or inside of your luggage (without being bulky).

3 benefits of hula hooping:

  • A great full core workout
  • It’s good for your spine strength
  • Your hand-eye coordination improves. Mine always needs improvement.

A good hula hoop for travel? Buy this one

Resistance Bands

buy resistance bands for travel workouts

I remember my first time using a resistnace band. It was confusing as I quite simply was pulling and flexing randomly, trying to generate my own ‘workout’. If you haven’t used resistance bands before, definitely make sure to have an instructor show you how to use them or watch some online videos.

3 benefits of resistance bands for travel:

  • Can be used for general exercise, stretching & strength training
  • No need to go outside to get your workout complete
  • Take up very little room (And weight nothing) in the bag

Want small portable exercise equipment in the form of resistance bands? Buy these ones.

Skipping Rope

top skipping rope for travel

I love skipping and this is the form of portable exercise I’ve used the most. Especially when slow travelling, you can go to your usual spot and skip away without crossing roads. It was fun how quick I improved as well. The skipping rope also doubles as a tool to tie things, which can happen at the weirdest times when you travel.

3 benefits of skipping:

  • Great workout for the lower legs
  • Burns more calaories than running
  • You’re balance improves

A good skipping rope for travel? Buy this one

Yoga Mat

best yoga mat to travel withTravelling with a yoga mat can be a long conversation but they certainly aren’t uncommon to see attached to someones luggage these days. The yoga craze is real! Yoga is a routine for many, and as it provides a full workout for the mind or body, it’s the only thing that keeps some people from going crazy on the road.

3 benefits of travelling with a yoga mat:

  • Can double as a mattress/pillow/picnic mat if you really need it
  • Creates a sense of home
  • Id haul it around, the motivation is there to use it

A good yoga mat for travel? Buy this one

Good Training Shoes

good training shoes for travel Yea, I mentioned running above isn’t really working for me 100%, but whether you workout or not, you’ll probably be doing some sort of activity on your trip so it’s convenient. Some people swear by running around a new city, you get to see a different side to the city.

3 benefits of good training shoes:

  • If you bring them, you’ll feel like you hhave to use them
  • Running in the morning gets you active before a day of siteseeing
  • We can all benefit from the most basic form of fitness

The best training shoes for travel? Check Amazon for running shoes.

Swimming Goggles

best swimming goggles for travel

The amount of times I’ve been hanging in the beach or swimming pool for an hour or two and ended up with really red eyes is incredible. Having not been able to swim, I finally can now, yet the red eyes still exist. If you know you’ll be staying places with a swimming pool or a suitable swimming beach anytime, goggles will help you feel in reasonable shape post swim.

3 benefits of swimming goggles (it’s more so what swimming does for you):

  • You don’t lose track of what direction you’re swimming (my big fail)
  • Swimming is a good low impact exercise
  • Yo get a whole body workout, toning those muscles

A good pair of goggles for travel? Buy this one

Pull Up Bar

top pull up for travel The closest I can barely do one pull up so this definitely isn’t my go to idea of good portable travel equipment, but for some it is. Pullups don’t take any preparation to get started so as long as you know how to get the pull up bar in working order in 30 seconds or less, you don’t have to be inconvenicened.

Once it’s set up on the door, you can use the pull up bar throughout the day. Personally, I do sometimes hang from a bar at the playground, it helps open up the back muscles after being hunched over the laptop.

3 benefits of a pull up bar in your luggage:

  • Pull ups workout various muscles in your back, shoulders, chest and arms.
  • You start of doing just one or two, so can improve quickly by doing them throughout the day
  • You can make adjustments with your hand positions to alter muscles worked

A good pull up bar for travel? Buy this one

Portable Kettlebell/Dry Bag With Water Fillers

best kettlebell for travel Kettlebells are quite the rage these days. They are able to be used in a variety of ways to workout different areas of the body. With these portable dry bags, you simple fill them with water or sand which is convenient. Ultimately they aren’t the real deal

3 benefits of a portable kettlebell:

  • If you use a drybag form, you have a waterproof bag for your valuables
  • You can mixup the workout thanks to the variety of movements you can do with a kettlebell
  • Creates complete functional movement

A good portable kettlebell for travel? Buy this one

Foam Roller

best foam roller for travel I’ve never used a foam roller as they are similar to a massage apparently, which I’m not a fan of (true fact). Although I do suffer from lactic acid fairly often and my flexibility needs to be improved so there are obvious benefits for me. Other than doubling as a pillow though, they won’t fit so well in the luggage!

3 benefits of a foam roller:

  • Useful for revcovery after a long day of siteseeing
  • Cheaper than a massage
  • Once you’ve used them, it’s hard not to use it on a daily basis

Need a foam roller for travel? Buy this one


best portable exercise equipment Apps can work like a charm! I’ve had minimal success with them purely because I have zero self discipline and end up browsing Facebook or Snapchat etc. What is awesome is that there are literally thousands to choose from, both free and paid.

3 benefits of apps:

  • Free
  • Zero extra luggage, obviously
  • Most workout apps can be done from your room thanks to using your bodyweight

A good app for a travel workout? For running, I’m currently using MapMyRun (free) – Google Play, Apple, it help that I have a few friends on their so notification they’ve completed a run is a not so gentle reminder. And the other one I’ve had a bit of success with is the 7-minute workout app (free) – Google Play, Apple.

Feel free to add me 🙂

The Best Portable Exercise Equipment For Travel (IMO)

I’m going to go with the skipping rope. It’s lightweight, affordable, doesn’t take up much space in your bag. In terms of use, skipping is high intenisity and you can notice the improvements quickly which is always a bonus for motivation.

What are your thoughts?

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