how to pack for a yoga festival

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my attempt to at packing “light”.

’tis the season for festivals!!! summer is the time for road trips to music and yoga festivals, but what do you pack?? you don’t want to bring too much, but you also want to have fun, look great, and feel prepared to relax and enjoy the the amazing event. I’ve been traveling all day en route to Nantucket for their yoga festival this weekend, and I wrote up this list while in the car. I was a passenger, not driving of course.

And I have some news… I’m taking over the festival’s Instagram account on Sunday!!! follow along to see what I’m up to and experience the beauty of Nantucket. now, time to pack!

the obvious.

gotta have your yoga mat! lightweight is a MUST. you’ll be carrying it around from workshop to workshop, so your thick home practice mat may not be the best.

Manduka makes a travel mat that is lighter and more portable, I’ve added it below. In addition to a mat, you’ll want a bag or strap to throw over your shoulder and leave you hands free to take photos, grab lunch and explore everything the festival has to offer.

manduka travel mat

manduka travel mat.


unlike your favorite studio there won’t be a tower of props available. There might be a few, but best to not count on it. If you have the room in your bag throw in your own strap and a block that you know you use and love. I love the design of the infinity strap. 

the clothes.

Oh, I guess we should pack some yoga clothes right?? These are outdoor events so dress accordingly with open back tanks, cropped leggings or shorts.

onezie outfit


I personally don’t love the super flashy printed leggings. I have never been drawn to them, but if you rock them- go for it! I love open and intricate backs for shirts and sports bras. I also go for clean and modern details on yoga pants, such as mesh cut outs, or colorblocking like these pieces from Onzie.

fashion wise, anything goes when you’re surrounded by a loving community of fellow yogis, so let your personal style shine.

hydration and snacks.

a water bottle is as much a necessity as your mat! I love healthy human life because their stainless steel steins keep drinks cold for up to 12 hours- not kidding, 12! It’s amazing. You’re going to be putting your body through more rigorous practice than you are used to, and you don’t want to burn out after the first day and be too exhausted for a full weekend.

stay hydrated and cool with plenty of water. and don’t try to be a super star with an inversions workshop followed by another lengthy class! split classes up and enjoy all aspects of the festival and drink plenty of water throughout.

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most festivals will feature great local vendors with healthy food options. take advantage of them! but I love to pack snacks and some things for the hotel to keep me fueled.

I love:

portable servings of chia (add them to your water!)

raw almonds or cashews for an energy boost.

fresh fruit that hold up in your bag- apples and bananas!

my cacao rawnola from this post.

random last minute items…

mat spray. Super random, but totally worth packing. Have you ever researched how dirty yoga mats can be? I won’t get into that this post… but hmm maybe a future post about giving your yoga mat a deep clean? When you’re finished for the day give your mat a good spray down and hang it to dry rather than rolling it. I use this one below urban outfitters! 

mat spray

books, music, magazine, journals. it’s a time to unwind, stay away from the screens and recharge. Make sure you bring positive books and light hearted magazines. And a journal- you never know what creative ideas or reflections will come up during meditation!

I brought Do Your Om Thing by Rachel Pacheco– I loved the book and she will be teaching at this festival! hope to meet here there! 

your camera. There will be beauty no matter where your festival is located. Capture these moment with friends you visit with and new ones you make along the way. 

an open mind! 

I’m not trying to be cliche! welcome each festival or yoga retreat with an open mind. be positive and be ready to challenge yourself physically while out of your comfort zone. you’re meeting new people, learning philosophies of new teachers and it will do your mind, body and spirit good. 

have fun, yogis! 




  1. July 22, 2016 / 3:04 am

    I’ve actually never been to a yoga festival, but I would love to attend one for the first time! I will keep this in mind when I sign up for my first one!

    • July 22, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      It’s such an incredible experience! You must go and let me know what you thought of it!

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