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If you are a creature of routine, traveling can mix things up. Some daily rituals are easier to recreate in a new setting than others—your morning coffee, a li’l stretch, a neighborhood run, your skincare routine. Others require some equipment. Like yoga, if you don’t want to make the trek out to a studio.

If I’m at an Airbnb or hotel away from home for a few days, I’d rather be able to roll out a mat and do my little moves from the comfort of my space, and at whatever time I please. I’ve tried just raw-flooring it on the carpet, it’s not great (especially for your joints).

That’s why I should probably invest in a travel yoga mat, one that weighs under two pounds and takes up no more space than a Smartwater bottle.

Our reviewers tested five popular travel mat options in a series of yoga classes on both carpet and hard floor. They also simulated some pre-travel packing to see how portable they are. All told, testing took more than six hours. The Jade Voyager mat ($42.95 on Amazon) was the favorite, so they gave it an extra test on the grass to see how it held up outdoors. For size comparison, a conventional yoga mat like Lululemon’s weighs almost 6 pounds and is 5 millimeters thick. The Jade Voyager weighs 1.5 pounds and is 1.5 millimeters thick. A cutie.

Our editor folded it in half like a hot dog bun, rolled the short two edges together in a tight cylinder, and it took up the least space in her suitcase compared to all the other yoga mats. And it took just a few minutes, like so:

Person packing a suitcase with travel yoga mats

A note that no affordable mat checks every box for every unique body: The Jade Voyager might be a little too thin for people with sensitive knees, and since it’s made of natural rubber, it’s also not ideal for people with a latex allergy. If that’s you, there were a few other mats we liked as well. And one that we really didn’t. 🙃

Melanie, editor at The Nessie

First Sightings 👀

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A deal! 💸

Person pouring Spicewell salt

Spicewell is a superfood company that sells Ayurvedic pantry staples. Founder Raina Kumra reached out to me this summer to share their New Salt and New Pepper products. Their salt has 30% less sodium than regular salt and is blended with ashwagandha. Their pepper is blended with turmeric. They are also nutrient dense, made with vitamins from organic vegetables like kale, broccoli, cranberry, and maitake mushrooms. I’d never really thought about iterating on salt and pepper from an adaptogenic standpoint, but I’m intrigued! And now, we’ve got a Spicewell deal for our readers: With the code NESS15, you get 15% off and free shipping, as well as early access to their sea salt.

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