One of the main reasons for the rise in popularity of yoga is that there are many options to travel the world to enjoy and deepen the ancient practice. There’s everything from little hut sized to intensive training with highly acclaimed instructors, to the ultra-luxurious spa and massage retreats. You can go nearly anywhere and everywhere for yoga retreats!
So you have chosen and booked your dream yoga retreat, but not sure what to buy and pack? Don’t panic. Allow me to guide you through. A yoga retreat requires a little more attention than the regular holidays by the beach, with a thin line between over-packing and under-packing as you move for various indoor, outdoor and exploration fitness activities. Read on as I share all the necessities to buy and pack for a harmonizing yoga retreat.
With so many yoga sessions and activities, it may be tempting to buy extra stuff and over pack. Keep your shopping list simple by purchasing neutral colors that mix and match easily. You should buy
- 2 pair of yoga pants.
- 2 sports bras.
- 3 tank tops with at least one top that isn’t a sports top, so you can wear while sightseeing or out on the town.
- 2 pair of underpants or more if you are not up to doing some laundry in the sink.
- 3 pair of socks at least even if you are wearing only flip-flops, feet can get cold in the yoga studio!
- An evening gown so you can head out to dinner after class.
- 1 dress or skirt for days off and dressing up.
- 1 cardigan or a jacket for chilly evenings.
- 1 shawl for when you meditating and for dressing up.
- 2 swimsuits if you are attending a retreat in the tropical areas! Many yoga schools have hot tubs or saunas on the premises.
Yoga mat and props
All yoga retreats provide its guest the mats and other accessories like blocks and blankets, but to be on a safer side double check the travel expert what your yoga retreat package includes, so you don’t have to spend some extra bucks on mat and props. And in case if the retreat doesn’t provide the mat and other yoga accessories, then buy a travel mat or a mat sized yoga towel, being portable they can easily fit in your suitcase. Along with a yoga mat, also look for a microfiber towel. This towel will keep you from slipping on your mat, and can also be used to mop off sweat.
Usually, yoga retreats are set in surroundings that are best explored by walk. You will have to spend some money on buying a pair of joggers or running shoes that can be used both for the hotel gym and the outdoor trails. Look for something casual such as a pair of flip flops, slip on shoes or just summer sandals.
If you have booked a retreat at an ashram, then there is a chance that you will have to buy with your own toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and soap. Also purchase
- Laundry soap for quick laundry in the sink
- Deodorants and body spray
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair ties or headband to keep your hair out of your face while practicing yoga
A book and journal
It’s not all physical activity; yoga retreats are a time to relax with some light reading in your downtime. Make your retreat more relaxing with some feel good or personal growth novels, along with other things also invest some money in buying some books or magazines that have life transformation stories. To cherish the memories later after your return, purchase a notebook to log those enlightened moments, trips, or even yoga routines that you might want to remember.
Sport specific items
Most yoga retreats offer various sports activities too. So if you play watersports like a pro, then you will be in need of shorts, swimsuits, swimming glasses and all the appropriate gear. And if you are in a mood for some hiking and horse riding then keep closed shoes or hikers or purchase a new pair if you don’t have one. Also call your travel agent and find out what other activities your package includes.
Pack light, buy what is necessary and submit yourself to the retreat.