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Yoga Retreat Packing List

February 19, 2015

Having the right things on retreat allows you to turn the “fight/flight” response off and really sink into your experience.  We see yoga retreats as a way giving our participants tools for life to carry around in their backpack, but the more important teaching is how we carry ourselves when our backpack goes missing.  In other words, this list is incredibly useful, but we encourage you not to depend on it!  Every yoga retreat is different so please check with your retreat coordinator for specific packing lists.  A packing list is just one way to get the most out of your yoga retreat, if you want some more advice see our article “10 ways to get the most out of your next yoga retreat”.

Yoga Retreat Packing List:

  • Passport (check that it will be valid)
  • Yoga mat (some retreat centers provide them, often they aren’t in great condition)
  • Any props that you typically use (again check w/ the retreat center)
  • Yoga & exercise clothing- (multiple pairs)
  • Swimsuit (multiple pairs)
  • Casual Clothing (layers)
  • Journal and Pen
  • Self Massage Balls
  • Tea and tinctures (esp. for airplane)
  • A good book or two
  • Rain jacket & Plastic bags for packing
  • Snacks – Bring anything you know you’ll want to be snacking on so that if the food doesn’t sit well with you you’ll have some back up.
  • Always good to have some granola bars etc.
  • Imodium ad or similar for upset stomachs
  • Water bottle to refill
  • Sunscreen & Bug repellent
  • Moisturizer/ Aloe / Coconut Oil
  • Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
  • Camera & Chargers
  • Converter or adapter if needed
  • Alarm Clock
  • Quick dry towel
  • Small day pack
  • Hat/Cover up
  • Hair ties/ Hair dryer if needed
  • Toiletries (bring soap/shampoo etc.)
  • Rash Guard for surfing (optional)
  • Credit Card, Debit Card, (check foreign transaction fees – Capital One usually is good)
  • Cash for gratuities, purchases, optional excursions and treatments. 

Also important!
+ Purchase Travel Insurance
+ Contact your local health clinic or visit the CDC website



Ben Crosky

Ben has led over 30 yoga retreats around the world so knows a thing or two about how to pack for a yoga retreat!