So, you’ve booked time off work, you’ve booked your getaway – which of course includes venturing either short-haul or long-haul to seek healthy summer vibes. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re zenning out at a yoga retreat for a week, cycling from one end of a country to the other or riding as many waves as you can catch, you’re guaranteed to get your heart pumping and head buzzing with excitement every, single, day.
Along with the standard holiday gear – sunscreen, sunglasses and flip flops – you’re going to need some essential items to keep you sweating in style. We understand that downtime is just as important as stoke-time but we’d recommend you’re well prepared for all the stoke you can handle. That’s why we’ve compiled our top fitcation picks to help get you through those confusing pre-holiday packing days. Sweat-wicking, quick-drying fabrics at the ready… summer sun is so close!
Women’s Fitcation Essentials
It’ll double up as a beach bag, as well as hand luggage for the journey over. Go duffel bag for the easy sling over the shoulder and beautiful tropical print. Go The North Face backpack for the clean look and clever pack-away design. What’s not to love about either?
Roxy Ribon sports bag, The North Face Flyweight Pack backpack
If you’re going on a fitcation, it’s likely you’ll be doing some kind of fitness, right? Whether you’re hiking uphill to take in some seriously breathtaking views, kickstarting your metabolism on a sunrise run or finding inner peace in a shoreside yoga class, you’ll need a supportive sports bra and leggings to go with that.
Protest Ibstone sports bra
Patagonia Women's Centered Cropped yoga pants
A fitcation wouldn’t be complete without a bikini. Trust us. Whether you’re taking some time out in a shore-side yoga session, catching waves or cliff jumping for a serious dose of adrenaline; wear it in or out of the water and you’ll be sure to work it!
Seafolly Jungle Tank bikini top, Seafolly Jungle Out There hipster bikini bottoms
The Yoga Mat
If you’re headed off on a holistic week away to a yoga retreat, we’d highly recommend taking your own mat. All that sweat that belonged to other people on the ones they provide you? No thanks. And this one comes complete with a handy shoulder strap. It’s like they knew you’d need to travel with it…
Nike Just Do It yoga mat 2.0
Tropical downpours, blustery showers or cloudy mist on a volcano climb, wherever you’re headed always be prepared for the rain.
Patagonia Women's Houdini jacket
Men’s Fitcation Essentials
If you’re taking a backpack, why not make it a quick dry surf backpack which comes complete with a waterproof wetsuit pocket? From hand luggage for that long haul flight to exploring rugged coastline on a day hike, it’s an essential. If you’re taking a short-haul trip, the Patagonia Black Hole 60L duffel bag is a perfect carry-on luggage – all while holding all your undies, board shorts and tees. And with its incredibly waterproof shell and ‘secret’ pockets for optimum storage it’s the perfect multi-functioning Fitcation companion.
Dakine Point Wet/Dry 29L surf backpack, Patagonia Black Hole 60L duffel bag
The Board Short
Because you’re heading off on an all-adventure holiday – where you’ll be exploring local markets one minute, jumping into pristine lagoons the next, all before heading to a yoga class – you’ll need a pair of shorts that’ll see you through all those activities. Cue the hybrid board short… they’ll look and feel like a walk-short for the market, dry quickly after making some serious splashes in the lagoon, and keep you flowing freely in that yoga class.
Vissla Fit Rope Hybrid board shorts, Patagonia Stretch Wavefarer 20" board shorts
We’re pretty sure this one was already on your list, right? We’ve got nothing against the cotton t-shirt, but if you’re off on a fitcation we’d recommend taking at least two sweat wicking, quick-dry tops. The wash to wear ratio is far more impressive than it’s cotton comrade.
Hurley Dri-Fit Alley 3.0 t-shirt, Oakley Exposure Tank running top
Where there’s the great outdoors, there’s always the potential for rain (well maybe not if an arid desert is your idea of the great outdoors but you know what we mean) so be sure to take a waterproof jacket that is built to endure those sweat-inducing adventures.
Patagonia Men's Houdini jacket
Men’s and Women’s Accessories
And here’s a few more essentials… insect repellent will be invaluable during yoga classes and evening chill-outs on the balcony. This one is 50% deet meaning those flying friends are going to make way for someone a little less prepared. A Kindle-size (we’ll be using it for our smartphones too!) dry bag will keep splashes and sand away while you take five on the shore to update your Instagram feed or read the next chapter of that holiday novel. Trust us all of these will be in the running for your most favoured travel item…
LifeSystems Expedition Plus 50% Deet insect repellent, Lifeventure Dristore Case, Lifeventure Dristore Loctop bags pack of 3, Surfers Skin sunscreen