Will my yoga mat fit underneath the seat in front of me? If not, will it be okay if I put it in overhead storage compartment or under my feet during takeoff and landing?
Hey traveler, have you ever tried to bring your yoga mat on a plane?
I’ve been traveling for work and leisure. I know what it’s like to be on the go, not wanting to spend money on another yoga mat or always having to pack your gear when you head out of town. This post will give an overview of whether or not you can bring a yoga mat onto a plane with you.
The first time I did it I was so nervous because I didn’t know if the airline would let me. Turns out they do!
Most people can carry on their yoga mat, but if it doesn’t fit under the seat, you can check it. Most airlines charge $25 per checked bag, but with Southwest Airlines it’s two bags for free.
If you’re looking for some tips on how to pack it and what not, check out this blog post. Happy travels!
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TSA Guidelines for Traveling With a Yoga Mat
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) states that you can bring a yoga mat on the plane, but it must be checked in your luggage. They can ask to inspect and test the item if they feel like it is necessary. If you carry only one yoga mat for personal use, carriers such as Lululemon can fold and roll them up easily; however, if you would like to travel with more than one or plan on using your yoga mat at your destination this can pose a problem. The best way to pack a yoga mat is by laying it flat and folding over the ends tightly and then rolling it up from bottom edge to top edge. This can help avoid any unnecessary wear due to folding it in half lengthwise which can cause the towel to warp.
What yoga mats are the easiest to travel with?
There are several types of yoga mats available including travel mats, PVC mats, rubber matts, wooden mats and can be purchased at most sporting good stores or online retailers. The most important thing is to make sure your yoga mat can fit or can be placed in a suitcase or carry-on bag so it can be taken on board an airplane. If you plan on buying a new mat when you get to your destination airport there are many options for this as well.
How to pack a yoga mat
Yoga mats can also be rolled up, just as they are laid out for folding. Either way, place them in your bag with the handle facing upwards so that it can easily be grabbed if needed. If your yoga mat is long or bulky this can cause complications when trying to fit it into an overhead compartment or storage space for bags. To avoid this problem, try asking someone who is already seated to check your item at the gate so that it doesn’t have to be stowed away during takeoff and landing. Also, many airlines give extra room for people traveling with a musical instrument so it is possible that your bag can be placed in an empty seat between other passengers if you ask.
Is my mat too big?
Most yoga mats are about 24 inches wide and 72 inches long, which means they can fit in most airline standards for space requirements.
Will my mat be charged as a carry-on item or as a checked bag?
If you can stuff your rolled-up mat into one of those clear plastic bags used by some airports for liquids above 3 ounces, it can qualify as a carry-on.
Will I have to box my mat?
If the ends of your yoga mat can’t touch when rolled, it can qualify as a carry-on item. However, if you can get your hands on some cardboard or paperboard (like an untouched postcard) and reroll it tight enough so that the two open ends can touch end-to-end with ease, then you can save yourself around $25 by checking it rather than carrying it on. Be sure to board early; many agents will not check any bags that are already loaded into the overhead bins. If you can find an empty seat next to one that’s still unoccupied, no problem — just ask if you can place it there.
Will my mat possibly be damaged by traveling?
If your yoga mat can’t take a little squeezing, it’s not recommended that you check it; even though most can handle the pressure, some might get bent or creased in the process. If you can find someone to roll it up for you right before boarding, however (just like rolling up your poster tubes), you can avoid any possible damage.
Will I have to pay extra fees because of special materials in my yoga mat?
Many airline agents will say no — but others might ask if there are metal parts inside the mat, which could set off an alarm at security checkpoints and cause your bag to be sent through one of those pricey X-ray machines. If you can remove the metal parts before checking it, you can avoid those added costs.