We're retreat veterans here at Sensi Bikinis, as both participants and trip leaders. We love the retreat life as a way to immerse ourselves in self care, learn new tools for growth, make deeper connections and new friends, and have an enriching travel experience. In our experience, in addition to your basic clothing and essentials, think about bringing these items to make your packing streamlined and stress-free!
What to bring on a yoga retreat:
Yoga mat. True, many retreat centers supply mats, but it can be really nice to have the one you're used to so you won't have to worry about how thick, or slippery, or clean! it is.
Other personal yoga comforts. (e.g., eye pillow, crystals, essential oils, etc.) These are generally small items that won't take up a lot of space, and for how much they can enhance your relaxation and comfort, they're worth bringing along.
Journal. Many programs include some journaling exercises, and even if they don't, you'll want to be able to jot down your thoughts about your experience. Retreats can be transformative, and you'll want to remember the awareness and insights you gained.
Swim/Yoga Crossovers. We tend to favor retreats in tropical locales, and it's great to bring pieces you can wear for both yoga and playing in the water. (Our Alyssa tank and Laura leggings are perfect examples!) Pack light and take your flow directly from your mat to the waves.
Refillable water bottle. Because we don't want to add to the plastic that ends up in the ocean. And the important yoga principle of ahimsa, or non-harming, includes preventing further harm to the planet!
Small tote or backpack. You'll want a bag you can use for hikes, beach outings, or exploring local sites and markets. (We like our cotton tote because it's easy to stash inside your luggage).
- Sunscreen (reef safe, like All Good). Because you don't want beach yoga to end with a burn.
Want to retreat with us? Check out Sensi's kiteboarding and yoga retreats (with co-leader, Team Sensi athlete Colleen Carroll), and yoga retreats with Victoria, our resident yogi and Customer Service Ninja.
Have anything to add? What else would you bring? We'd love to hear it! Leave a comment below.