Going on a fitness retreat? Awesome! No doubt, you are going to have the time of your life. I’ve been on my fair share of summer yoga and fitness retreats so here are my top tips on what to pack:
Activewear, activewear, going on retreat in your activewear. Well, pack more than you think you need. You will be working out 2-3+ times per day depending on your retreat of choice and no one likes to reuse sweaty leggings because you’ve run out of clean clothes. I would double check with the retreat to see if they offer a washing service. If so, great! You won’t need to pack as much for your retreat. If not, make sure you pack enough to get you through the week. Think tights, shorts, trainers, sportsbras, underwear, tanks and don’t forget lots of socks!
When you’re not working out, you’re either going to be by the pool, at the beach or lounging around the hotel. You will want to be as comfortable as possible. I pack lots of natural fibres (think cotton and linen) to ensure you keep breathable during those hot days. Don’t forget to pack something light for the evenings and morning mediation when the temperature can be a bit cooler.
Whether the pool or the beach is your choice of cooling off, it’s time to pack your bikinis, coverups, flip flops, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. I also throw in my swim goggles in case I can get a few laps in the water.
Usually on retreats you will have a load of “me time,” so it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on your reading. Whether you’re a mag girl or a self help book girl, don’t forget to pack your reading material. Or if reading isn’t your thing, download some podcasts or take a journal to write down some thoughts about your journey on retreat.
Going on retreat you can encounter new types of foods, different kinds of workouts or new morning routines. My biggest piece of advice is to embrace the change, have an open mind about the things you are trying and get outside your comfort zone. Go for that sunrise mediation, climb that mountain or jump of the cliff into the ocean. The magic happens when you live outside your comfort zone.
Whether you are flying solo, or going with a friend, I hope you enjoy the retreat you are preparing for. After years of going on retreat, I can confess that I’m literally addicted. I love the space it creates in your life. It’s almost like you press pause on reality, giving you the precious time to reset, relax and leave with a fresh vitality for life.
Have you been on a retreat? What else did you pack?
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