Top 10 Best Travel Yoga Mats 2017

best travel yoga mat

NameSize 
YogaBellies Skinny Mat Luxury178cm x 61cm Check Price
The Combo Yoga Mat178cm x 61cm Check Price
Yoga-Mad Studio Travel Mat183cm x 60cm Check Price
Manduka eKo Superlite173cm x 61cm Check Price
IVIM Folding Yoga Mat174cm x 60cm Check Price

The 21st century is a busy time for all of us, with excessive demands on our working and personal lives. We are expected to deliver the goods on all fronts, and it can be very stressful indeed. Many people choose to take time for themselves and relax, and there are many ways of getting your very own ‘me time’. It’s a sensible thing to do, too, as it means you can get rid of some of the excess stress that comes with the daily demands of modern life. Stress and anxiety can lead to poor health, so it pays to be able to relax, and that’s one of the reasons why yoga is fast becoming a popular choice.

Once viewed as the domain of hippy types and mystics, yoga has been practiced for many centuries and is an ancient Eastern art with plenty of benefits. It allows you to empty the mind and relax your muscles, and is a pleasurable and satisfactory experience. You can practice your yoga anywhere you want, and if you are travelling, you need to make sure you have your own yoga mat close at hand. That’s why we took a look at the top 10 best travel yoga mats that you can buy right now, and we hope we can help you find one that is right for you.

How it Works

Yoga has been around for a long, long time, and is part of the culture of many Eastern countries. It made its way into the minds of the 20th century thanks to endorsement by many famous faces – The Beatles, for example, dabbled with yoga and Eastern mysticism in the 1960’s – and has become synonymous with the hippy movement. It’s fair to say, however, that yoga is much more than a fad, as it does have health benefits.

The beauty of having your own, portable travel yoga mat are many; you can choose where and when you want to carry out your yoga and meditation, and all you need is a little space in an appropriate place. You simply lay out your mat for comfort, and carry out your yoga routine, in your own time. It’s a great item to have to hand if you indulge in yoga at home and are intending to travel – either for business or pleasure – and we have selected ten of the very best for your perusal. You’ll find our selections include a variety of sizes, styles and colours, so there is certain to be one here that you like!
Here we go then, the top 10 travel yoga mats you can buy right now; get ready to relax and meditate!

1: YogaBellies Skinny Mat Luxury

best travel yoga matSo, where do we start? Surely a yoga mat is just a yoga mat, and they’re all the same? That’s what we thought, and we were surprised to discover we were wrong! There is plenty of variety when it comes to travel yoga mats, and much to talk about. This one, from the delightfully named YogaBellies brand, comes in a wonderful psychedelic colour scheme, and is aimed at both yoga users and pregnant women. At only 1.5mm thick it rolls or folds for storage or carrying, and is perfect for travellers.

It’s made of a neat natural rubber formation, and comes with the promise of zero odour, and once you have finished with it, as it is natural, it is completely biodegradable. Despite its thin format and light weight it is surprisingly durable, so you will get a sensible long life from this very attractive, non-slip and impressive yoga mat. The microfibre surface is very comfortable – on first use you spray it lightly with water to activate – and it is perfect for yoga or even general exercise. It can be yours for around £45, which is quite pricey compared to some others on the list, but it’s not the only one.

Pros
  • Very light
  • Very thin
Cons
  • Expensive compared to others

2: The Combo Yoga Mat

best travel yoga matIf you thought the above was impressive at 1.5mm thick, this one is only 1mm! That’s very, very thin, and it makes it very, very light indeed. So, it’s perfect for travelling, and rolls up neatly to stack on your backpack, or folds to put away in your luggage. It’s a neatly made item – natural rubber again, so biodegradable – and is easy to fold out and use. Like the above, it also has a microfibre towel layer, so you can use it both as a mat and as a towel – dual-purpose, if you like. It’s finished in an attractive print, with water-based inks.

This one comes with a handy carry-strap, is machine washable – simply put it in and then hang it out to dry – and is guaranteed for life. If you don’t like it, you get your money back Also, when you buy this yoga mat, you are giving $1 in support of urban youth movements, so making a useful contribution to a worthy charity. It weighs just 900g so is easy to carry, and it’s reversible, too, so you have a choice of designs. Again, it’s more than £40 so more expensive than some others, but is a quality item.

Pros
  • Very thin and light
  • Microfibre towelling
Cons
  • None

3: Yoga-Mad Studio Travel Mat

best travel yoga matWe like this one because it is a no-nonsense choice. It’s a basic travel yoga mat, is very light at just 750g, and rolls up beautifully for carrying. It’s almost the epitome of the yoga mat, as seen hanging from every backpackers baggage, rolled up and strapped on! This one is made from PVC so is very durable, but that may put off some more eco-conscious users. It’s 1.5mm thick – or thin – and a full-sized mat, too, so is very practical.

This mat is fully tested to be guaranteed free from harmful substances, so you can rest assured it is suitable for all uses, and is machine washable, too. You can even fold it up small enough to fit into a suitcase. It’s usable as a stand-alone mat or as one to put on top of a club mat for hygiene purposes, and is very versatile as such. All in all, it’s a practical purchase for the travelling yogi, and at just £12.99 is an affordable choice.

Pros
  • Light and versatile
  • Price
Cons
  • Not natural rubber

4: Manduka eKo Superlite

best travel yoga matThis classy, full-sized yoga travel mat is one of our favourites, and is very light and thin. At 1.5mm it’s standard thickness, but it feels thinner, and it folds very neatly so you can put it in your suitcase with ease. It’s recommended that you store it rolled for added durability, but either way is good for us! At 1kg it’s heavier than some but still light enough to be properly portable, and is very well made. This is a quality item, make no mistake.

The Manduka is designed to be used for superior grip, and it works, and it is made from a tightly woven material for added versatility. It’s usable as a yoga mat on its own, or for on top of one at the gym or elsewhere, and is finished in a plain and simple design for practicality. It won’t tear or stretch, either, so you get more life out of your yoga mat with this one. There’s not much more we can say but that it’s a good choice, although at £35 is more expensive than some.

Pros
  • Quality item
  • Thin and light
Cons
  • None

5: IVIM Folding Yoga Mat

best travel yoga matThis very nice yoga mat is one of the best in the price range – it’s just £18 and very much worth the money – and is finished in an attractive colour, without a possibly distracting pattern. It is full-sized, and folds down to a very neat package for ease of carriage and storage. It is made from an eco-friendly material, with no latex, and is easy to clean and gives you a long life. You can rest assured there are no harmful materials in this one, so it is completely safe for all.

Suitable for yoga use or just for exercising, it is designed to be a non-slip item for greater performance, and will be a great choice for home use or for travelling. At 900g it is suitably light for travelling locally and internationally, and it would make a sensible choice for anyone on a budget. As travel yoga mats go, this one is a wise choice and at half the price of some other eco-friendly versions, is well worthy of consideration. We recommend you add this one to your shortlist.

Pros
  • Great price
  • Eco-friendly
Cons
  • For adults

6: PeaceLoveYoga Mat Towel

best travel yoga matThis is an impressive item, a full sized yoga mat and kit that makes an excellent buy. It’s designed primarily to be used as a towel mat on top of your mat at class or the gym, but we reckon it is perfect for travel. It’s made from quality materials, designed to be slip-free and durable, and it will suffice in all situations. It has a microfibre towelling surface, so you can use it as a towel too, and it comes with a strap for easy carriage. This one will fit easily into your luggage or backpack, and is light for easy carriage.

The yoga mat comes finished in a nice colour that is easy on the eye, and this quality item is one of the best we have seen. It’s very durable, easy to roll out and pack away, and totally eco-friendly with no harmful materials included. This is a very comfortable mat, with a quite luxurious feel, and one that we would have no trouble recommending. It also comes with a handy carry strap and, at £17.99, is very well priced for an item of such quality.

Pros
  • Carry strap
  • Eco friendly
Cons
  • None

7: Yoga Direct 4mm Yoga Mat

best travel yoga matSo far, we have reviewed a series of yoga mats that take pride in being very thin. This has its benefits, but for some people, a thickness of greater than 1.5mm – the standard for travel mats – is preferred for comfort. This one, from Yoga Direct, is 4mm thick; that’s still thin enough to provide portability, but also thick enough to give adequate protection from the cold floors of the gym. It also folds up small, so is still suitable for carrying when travelling, and is surprisingly light in weight.

This is a high quality item that promises to be slip free and stable, is very comfortable, and is finished in a pleasant colour for added attraction. Rest assured that the mat is latex-free and eco-friendly, and it is big enough when unfolded to suit any person. The textured surface will provide excellent comfort for yoga, and superb grip if you are using the mat for exercise, and it’s made from the very highest quality materials available. We can’t fault this one at an amazing £10.45, but the thickness may put off those who want something truly portable.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Quality
Cons
  • Could be too thick for travel

8: Jade Yoga Voyager

best travel yoga matThis is another of the thicker variety – a full 16mm in fact – but is a quality item with a very stylish single-colour finish. It will provide excellent comfort and protection from those cold floors, and is a full-sized mat that should be adequate for most people. The thickness makes this one a fine choice for exercising as well as yoga, but we’re not sure that it is suitable for travel purposes. Having said that, it weighs only 1.6kg so some may find that adequate, although there are lighter choices available.

Made from natural rubber, this one is entirely biodegradable so is environmentally friendly, and it also provides other qualities such as non-stick, durability and comfort. This is a well-made, quality item that will do the job it is intended for, and will also provide you with a long life. It’s great for taking to class or home use, and is finished in an attractive colour. All in all, it’s a good yoga mat, but at £34 faces stiff competition from some of the lesser priced but equally high quality versions reviewed above.

Pros
  • Quality
  • Comfort
Cons
  • Expensive

9: Yoga Mat Towel

best travel yoga matThis basic but very usable mat is a neat one at the price – you can buy one for less than a tenner – and we think it should be considered, and not just for the price. It is made from quality microfibre so is great as a towel or a mat for either yoga or exercise, and is a full size item so is suitable for all. It’s suitable for hand or machine washing, just follow the instructions on the label, and is made from fully non-slip material so you can use it successfully anywhere you wish.

Is it suitable for travel use? We think it will be perfectly fine as it folds up to a small size, and it is light enough to carry around without adding any notable weight. It’s a very good choice for anyone on a budget, and is finished to a surprisingly high quality given the price. The microfibre material instantly soaks up moisture quickly and efficiently, and is durable so you will get a long life out of this yoga mat and towel. All in all, this has got to be one for the shortlist, as it is competitively priced in the company.

Pros
  • Very cheap
  • Very usable
Cons
  • None that we can see

10: Manduka eKo Superlite

best travel yoga matThis classy, full-sized yoga travel mat is one of our favourites, and is very light and thin. At 1.5mm it’s standard thickness, but it feels thinner, and it folds very neatly so you can put it in your suitcase with ease. It’s recommended that you store it rolled for added durability, but either way is good for us! At 1kg it’s heavier than some but still light enough to be properly portable, and is very well made. This is a quality item, make no mistake.

The Manduka is designed to be used for superior grip, and it works, and it is made from a tightly woven material for added versatility. It’s usable as a yoga mat on its own, or for on top of one at the gym or elsewhere, and is finished in a plain and simple design for practicality. It won’t tear or stretch, either, so you get more life out of your yoga mat with this one. There’s not much more we can say but that it’s a good choice, although at £35 is more expensive than some.

Pros: quality item, thin and light

Cons: perhaps the price

So there you go, ten travel yoga mats for you to check out, each with its own attributes, and each usable for both yoga and exercise. To be fair, the various details of a yoga mat are always going to be similar, so let’s recap some of the things to look out for.

Important Yoga Travel Mat Features to Look For

A yoga mat is a yoga mat, yes? Each one is the same? Well, no, and we found out why when we took a closer look at this lot. In fact, there are many differences between these various mats, and we were quite surprised at the variety available. Let’s have a quick recap of some of the important feature you need to consider when shopping for a travel yoga mat:

  • Portable – it is essential that your mat is light enough for travel purposes, and that it folds to a small package for fitting in luggage or a backpack. Most of the above reviewed were designed specifically for travel, so will fit the bill.
  • Thickness – some of these are extremely thin, while others not so; it’s a choice of comfort over portability, so you need to consider your options carefully. The thinner the more foldable; the thicker the more cushioning – – it’s your choice.
  • Price – There is a vast range of prices here – from less than a tenner to more than £40 – so budget is certainly a consideration. You need to make sure you make your choice wisely.

That’s about it when it comes to these yoga mats, and we hope we have helped you make a decision. All that remains now is to wrap it all up!

Let’s Wrap It Up!

There we have it, then; ten great travel yoga mats for you to choose from, and we help this guide has helped you find one that is suitable for you. There are some quality items here, and some very neat designs, and we believe that we have given you as broad a choice as possible. Whether you travel a lot or simply want one of these for an upcoming holiday, take your pick. Off you go, get yourself a quality mat, and enjoy your relaxation!