A yoga retreat is about making connections with like-minded people and getting deeper into your practice —and an ocean view or getting into the jungle of Bali while doing so is certainly a plus! But how do you know what to bring along to a yoga retreat? Check out this list I have made of the essentials you need to pack– it is a little bit more than just all your yoga pants! 😉
1. Yoga Clothing
This might seem like a no-brainer, but packing a few of your favorite tanks and pants is key. Just try to keep your yoga essentials to the bare necessities. Consider the length of your stay, as well as the weather. Even if you are attending a yoga retreat in a tropical location, evening hours and ocean breezes could make a long-sleeve top essential.
2. Yoga Mat
Bringing along a lightweight mat is essential. While some retreats might offer their own, they’re likely used and worn (not to mention possibly sweaty and germy). Bringing along your own mat will add a sense of comfort from the start. Toting along a mat means that a mat carrier is necessary.
3. Small Towel
Nothing is worse than the feeling of losing ground on your Warrior II pose because you’re dripping in sweat. So skip unwanted slips. Pack a small towel, a yoga towel which absorb sweat super fast, or even a sarong will work.
4. Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent
Don’t forget to protect your skin from dangerous ultraviolet rays. Slather or spray on some sweat-resistant sunscreen (and mosquito repellent) before you head on your journey. If you’re bringing only a carry-on bag, I would recommend to buy those products at a store as soon as you arrive (usually stores at the airports will have).
5. Water Bottle
You’ve probably been told time and time again, but hydration is key. Packing a reusable water bottle will do both your body and the environment some good.
6. Healthy Snacks
You never know when hunger will strike, so it’s always good to have a few snacks on hand. Plus, if you’re traveling, having good-for-you options in your carry-on will eliminate the lure of airport food (mostly junk food). Think filling, nutrient-dense foods that will hold you over like dried fruit, nuts, and granola bars (checked the grs of sugar in it!).
7. Comfortable Shoes
Yoga retreats are no place for heels. Pack easy-to-wear, flip flops or comfy sandals, to make walking from session to session easier. And bring along sneakers so you can say “yes” to any outdoor adventure opportunities that arise.
8. Yoga Props
Do you use blocks or straps in class to get into those tricky poses? I think it might be wise to pack them to get the most out of each and every movement. You might also consider gloves with treads on them so your hands don’t slip on the mat.
9. Bathing Suit
This may differ from retreat to retreat, but packing a swimsuit so you can participate in any water sports is a good idea. If you are going to a tropical place, relaxing by the pool after your practice would be definitely a most!
10. Journal and some books
Breathing deeply, having an open mind, and feeling calm may help you think more clearly and discover new things about yourself. Keep pen and paper at hand to write down any inspiring insights.
11. Positive Energy
Regardless of your destination, one must-have for any yoga retreat is a positive attitude and open mind. Set daily intentions to help you stay present and patient. I did 7-day-intentions with family and friends before going, which has helped to be ready and all set for a great yoga retreat.
Have you already been on a yoga retreat? If so, please share your own packing tips in the comments, below.