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10 ways to pack the gym into your holiday suitcase

Just because you’re going away on holiday, it doesn’t mean that your fitness routine should take a holiday as well. There are plenty of ways of keeping fit while you’re away that doesn’t involve slaving away in the hotel’s gym for hours on end. With a bit of forward planning, you can ensure you stay in shape for the duration of your holiday. However, be realistic about how much exercise you want to do. Holidays are about having fun so don’t be too hard on yourself if you skip a workout – you’ve earned this break.

Not all hotels have a gym and even if they do, they are not always spaces you want to spend valuable time in. Packing your gym equipment may sound crazy – and we certainly don’t recommend a fold away treadmill or a set of weights – but you can pack a few clever items that will give you a good work-out when on holiday.

Here are our top fitness items to take on holiday, which are light and easy to pack, and won’t have you tipping the scales at check-in.

Skipping Rope

Skipping is a fantastic way to keep fit and can be done anywhere and at any time. Skipping will help to improve your cardio fitness, flexibility, helps with endurance, stamina and coordination. We recommend the Leather skipping rope from Gorilla sports, which is a one stop shop for home fitness equipment. Weighing in at 150g, this lightweight skipping rope will fit inside one of your shoes in your suitcase, and is one of the most time efficient pieces of fitness equipment you can take on holiday.

Check out this 10 minute workout you can do in your hotel room.

Swimming goggles

Swimming is a great way to exercise that can strengthen your arms, shoulders, legs and glutes. As the water resistance forces the entire body to get involved – helping to create a strong core without a single sit up or crunch.

This low impact sport is a fantastic confidence booster whether you’re doing front crawl or breast stroke, swimming on holiday can be fun. You don’t need to be professional to reap the benefits of swimming, why not try swimming in the sea for an extra kick of endorphins.

The Aqua Sphere vista ladies clear lens goggles are the perfect size for fitting in your suitcase, at just 20.3 x 19 x 5.1cm they will take up less room than a hairdryer. Weighing in at 113g they will weigh less than one as well.


If like us, you hate water going in your ears when you swim, then the Alpine Swimsafe earplugs are ideal for blocking water out, yet still allowing you to hear external noise. At only 15g these are small and light enough to pack.

Floatation belts are a fantastic piece of kit. They are ideal for those who are coming back from injury, which requires you to rest from the impact of your normal sporting activity. As aqua jogging uses the same muscle groups as you would while running, but with less impact. It is also a great way to cross train and help you get stronger. The floatation belt will lie flat, in suitcase and only weighs 198g.


If you’re exercising outside you need to protect your eyes from sun damage, the Sunwise Equinox Pink sunglasses offer 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays. These sunglasses come with changeable lenses, so are suitable for a wide range of sports, as well as during day to day life. There’s no need to put them in your suitcase, as you’ll need them as soon as you step foot off the plane.

Resistance bands

Resistance bands and cords are stretchy bands, which are very effective and versatile for both upper and lower body conditioning. They allow you to perform a variety of strength and fitness exercises along with increasing your flexibility. The different coloured bands offer varying resistance levels, which can accommodate all strength levels.

The bands weigh 0.02kg, so you won’t even realise you have them in your suitcase – now imagine trying to pack free weights.

Here is a great 10 minute workout you can do in your hotel room.

Hula hoop (yes, really)

Release your inner child by hula hooping your way to fitness, with the Apollo Weighted Hula Hoop. Just 10 minutes of hooping delivers a tough core workout. The key to mastering the hoop is to get into a steady rhythm. Again this is something you can do in the comfort of your hotel room. The hoop weighs 1.4kg, and is easy to connect together – it can easily fit down the side of your suitcase.

Here’s a 10 minute workout to try, come on you know you want to.

Running belt

If you love going out for a run, hike, cycle or horse ride while you’re on holiday and wonder how you’re going to carry essentials – then the SPIbelt is a godsend. While being compact, it stretches to hold all the gadgets you need to get you through that workout. These bounce free belts don’t move while running or doing other activities. Weighing only 40g they are light enough to fit inside your suitcase without taking its toll on your luggage allowance.

Sun protection
Whatever outdoor activity you are taking part in, you need to make sure that you are wearing the right sun protection. P20 is an ideal choice, not only for sport enthusiasts but for every day wear, as it last for 10 hours. It’s not sticky, messy and doesn’t leave a residue when applied. P20 is very water resistant, so doesn’t need to be reapplied after you’ve been for a swim, even after a prolonged immersion in water.

Listening to music while exercising is a great way to make training fun and keep you motivated. But if your headphones aren’t up to scratch, or keep falling out, you may be tempted to leave your motivational playlist at home. Despite their odd shape, Yurbuds are designed to ensure that once you put them in your ears – that’s where they’ll stay. You can also use them on the plane to watch a few inflight movies.

What do you take on holiday to ensure you keep up your fitness routine?

Click here to to see how by making some lifestyle changes can kick start a healthy new you. It will take some dedication, planning and hard work but you can do it.