Portable exercise gear for the fit traveler

You don’t need a gym membership to work out.

woman with a jump rope
Workout anywhere.Chichi Onyekanne via Unsplash

When you’re constantly on the go, keeping up with a routine can be tough. But frequent travel isn't a good excuse for not working out. In fact, working out combat the stress that comes along with packed travel schedules, as well as do a bit of work to counteract the health effects of a frequent flyer's rich, sodium-filled diet. Here are the best pieces of travel exercise equipment to pack in your suitcase.

WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope

WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope

Jump on it.Amazon

Bust out a cardio workout anywhere with these lightweight and adjustable jump ropes. Work on your speed, balance, agility, dexterity, and coordination while also building shoulder strength and working out your legs. This jump rope comes in a variety of fun colors and has a lifetime warranty. It’s perfect for HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts.

Toplus Travel Yoga Mat

Toplus Travel Yoga Mat

Sun salutations, push ups, or a killer core workout.Amazon

Yoga mats can be bulky. Not this ultra-thin travel yoga mat, which can be easily popped into a tote or tucked into your suitcase. Use it on its own or as a cover for a yoga mat rental—it’s made out of a slip-free suede material and is machine washable. It's ultra handy for getting in your asanas (or grueling plank superset) from the hotel.

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

An inexpensive resistance band is one of the most versatile tools in your arsenal.Amazon

These heavy duty resistance loop bands are made out of natural latex and come in five different resistance levels. Use them to stretch or add resistance to body-weight exercises. They also integrate well into any yoga or pilates routine. They come with an eBook for exercise plans and a handy carrying bag to pack ‘em up neatly.

TRX ALL-IN-ONE Suspension Training: Bodyweight Resistance System

TRX ALL-IN-ONE Suspension Training: Bodyweight Resistance System

A simple method for challenging resistance training.Amazon

First created by a Navy SEAL Squadron Commander with just a jiu jitsu belt and parachute webbing, TRX now is an effective full-body workout used by countless coaches and trainers. This kit is the ultimate travel gym that anchors to any door, tree branch, or rafter. Work on power, strength, mobility, and more. Because it's just straps and handles, TRX is very easy to pack, plus it comes with a 35-page workout guide.

SPRI Xertube Resistance Bands Exercise Cords

SPRI Xertube Resistance Bands Exercise Cords

The SPRI straps come in different resistance strength, from very light to ultra-heavy.Amazon

Here is another piece of equipment that you can use for plenty of different exercises. The SPRI resistance bands are particularly useful for developing arm strength. You can attach these bands to a door, or use them while standing or during lunge poses. There is also a lot of information available online about how to use them, if you’re interested in developing new workout routines.

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

An important workout finisher.Amazon

Move your body weight on a foam roller to loosen up tightness in your quads, calves, lats, and more. This particular roller comes with online videos to show you the best methods to use it.