A resistance therapy band: This simple and affordable tool allows you to work multiple parts of the body with just one piece of small, foldable equipment. The affordable band from Black Mountain comes with different choices of resistance, along with a door anchor — just attached it to your hotel room door — for great shoulder and back workouts. ($7 – $12)
Adjustable Speed Jump Rope: For one of the best cardio workouts you can achieve, this jump rope from C9 Champion has contoured foam handles to keep a comfortable grip and prevent cramping. The vinyl rope is coated and cuts through the air for smooth jumping. Its also easily adjustable to accommodate any height. And the best part? It’s so small, you could almost carry it in your pocket. ($5.29)
Yoga travel mat: We love that there are yoga mats made specifically for traveling. They’re ultra light and foldable — perfect for your carry-on. The Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat weighs just 2.2 pounds and measures 1.5 mm thick, so it’s functional, in addition to being lightweight. The surface is made with non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber that won’t flake or fade. ($42)
Compact Roller (with cooler): RECOUP’s Stinger is new to the fitness market, but already making waves (it was named a best new product for 2017 by Men’s Fitness). The compact two-in-one recovery/massage tool easily fits into the pocket of your carry-on (unlike those massive foam rollers at the gym) and is great for traveling runners — especially marathoners. Roll the Stinger over sore muscles for concentrated self-myofacial release, then toss it in the freezer and use it for a cold massage, or combine the two for faster overall recovery. This product is already being used by the NFL and NCAA Football teams across the nation. ($39.99)
Splash-proof duffle bag: The ALOHA Collection Coco Palms Mini Duffel comes from a line of splash-proof travel bags created by surfer/private flight attendant Rachael Leina’ala, and Kauai native Heather Aiu, to stow their damp stuff while traveling from beach to bar, pool to plane, and boat to dock. The bag, made from 100 percent coated Tyvek, can easily be used for the gym — or if you’re a light packer — call it your new carry-on.
Splurge: Foldable sneakers: VIVOBAREFOOTs Primus Lite sneakers. From the makers of Clarks shoes, the Primus Lite launched just this month as the lightest and leanest barefoot shoe that can be folded for travel. These sneakers are made to go from the road to running, walking, or working out in your hotel gym. Bonus: The unlined vegan upper and super-thin sole is puncture resistant — 5 times more so than a standard sole of the same thickness. And while the $125 price tag isn’t cheap, it’s on par with the cost of most running sneakers that are too bulky for your bag.