If you are training for a triathlon and find yourself traveling for either work or pleasure, chances are pretty good you won’t be able to bring all your workout gear, especially your bike, if the trip involves air travel. But you can bring packable accessories that can keep you in shape while away from home. Here are a few ideas.
Swimwear and Goggles
Many hotels have small pools where you can get some laps in, so bring a bathing suit and goggles. There is no need to lug a wet or dry suit. Also, most US cities have a YMCA where you can pay a reasonable fee to use their pool for an hour.
Travel size resistance bands are a perfect accessory to ensure that you are working your core and upper body. Most travel band kits come with a bag that you can stow inside your suitcase. They don’t take up any more room than a rolled-up tee shirt.
Running Shoes and Waist Belt
Your running shoes will fit in your carry-on or checked bag. No matter where you go, the likelihood of paved streets or park trails will be available to you to lace up and get in a run. And don’t forget about a waste or fanny pack for carrying your ID, room key, cell phone, and credit card while you are on that run.
Collapsible Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is essential while traveling and while working out. A collapsible water bottle rolls up for compact travel and loops around your wrist for easy carry. It also can attach to your carry-on for quick access.
Mini dumbbells that are collapsible generally don’t weigh more than 2-1/2 pounds when empty. You can fill them with water up to 45 pounds to temporarily transform your hotel room into a gym for keeping your arms, shoulders, and back toned.
Your fitness tracker will become your best friend on a trip, and it is the easiest thing to carry because you can wear it while traveling. This will help you stay on track and achieve daily goals. It will also monitor your heart rate and sleep so that you know you are staying healthy and getting adequate rest.
There is no need to go overboard when packing workout gear and accessories while traveling. A few simple things can keep your triathlon training on track. And remember that many hotels have small fitness centers with stationary bikes, treadmills, and weights these days.