Fitness Friday: What to pack for fitness while travelling.

What time is it? It’s Fitness Friday time! That’s right, another chance to join fellow bloggers to talk all things fitness from workout recaps to marathon training to gossiping about cute boys at the gym… it’s all here.

Fitness Friday Canadian Girl Runs

Today, as I am currently away from home at a conference in Kananaskis, I thought I would talk about packing for a trip where you want to get a workout or two in. I never even think about skipping a workout on most trips because I find that is sometimes the best way to explore a place – by running or walking through it or hanging out at the local gym, like the time I ran from Banff to Canmore in an 18-mile long run!

18 miles

Usually when I am packing for vacation I try to scope out where I can get my workouts in while I am there. If I’m at a hotel I see if they have fitness facilities and what the operating hours are. If I’m staying with family or friends I see where the closest gyms are and map a few runs around their neighbourhood on In most cases, there is no shortage of options no matter what type of workout you want to do! Chances are, some of the best exploring you do will be on a run in a foreign place.


Packing for Travel Fitness:

  • Running shoes… duh. These are usually the first to go in my bag so I won’t forget them!
  • Both indoor and outdoor workout clothes, you never know if you might be stuck on a hotel treadmill or running outside.
    • A running jacket for outdoors!
    • Workout socks!
    • Sports bra!
  • A water bottle. I always remember this last minute but I have never regretted throwing a water bottle in my suitcase for workouts and for staying hydrated while travelling.
  • Technology… iPods, Garmins, headphones, whatever you just naturally take on a run or workout that you might forget to pack while travelling.
  • A tiger tail or foam roller. Foam rollers are super popular now and there are lots of great travel size options like THIS one. I have a tiger tail roller that fits perfectly in all of my suitcases and is great for rolling out muscles at the end of the day.
  • Jump rope, resistance bands, yoga block… props that are lightweight and can make a really great at-your-friends-house or in-hotel-room workout.

There are so many great options to incorporate fitness into travel and one of my favourites is simply walking. I love to walk and explore new places, whether you are dressed in lulu and a Garmin in the early morning walking or if you are casually strolling around town in the afternoon, walking is such an easy way to stay active while travelling!


I am hoping to get plenty of mountain air this weekend and I am so lucky to be attending a health-oriented conference that gives us tons of “health breaks” and even three hours off this afternoon to “enjoy the mountains and get active.” I am so excited and most definitely packed my snowshoes in my car before I came down! Happy Friday!

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  1. I’m the same way – I always try to fit a workout in while I’m away. Helps beat the fatigue of travelling with work!

    Strava is great for finding routes in new cities!

  2. Awesome post, Kris. I also just read your Legacy Trail post and I have officially added that to my long run wish list for this summer. Amazing.

    Have a great weekend!

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