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5 Road Trip Gear Essentials for the Traveling Yogi

YogaSlackers have been living on the road for the past three years. They share 
their favorite to-go items and tips, according 
to five Hindu elements.

YogaSlackers teachers and modern-day nomads Raquel Hernández-Cruz and Sam Salwei have been living on the road together for the past three years. Here, they share their favorite to-go items and tips, according to five Hindu elements.

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Ap (Water)

Hydro-Flask hot yoga gear

Use a Hydroflask Water Bottle ($18–55, hydroflask.com) to keep your beverage at the perfect temperature. Or drape a Geigerrig Reservoir ($48–49, geigerrig.com), a water bladder, from your car seat for convenient hydration while driving. When hung outside, the reservior’s spray function lets you wash hands, dishes, and your body. Need a cue to sip more? The WaterMinder app ($1, iTunes) tracks your water intake.

Vayu (Air)

Are you going from ocean to city or desert to mountains in a single week? Help your sinuses adapt to changing climates by rinsing daily with the Himalayan Institute Eco Travel Neti Pot ($14, himalayaninstitute.org). Keep toiletries tidy with an Eagle Creek Pack-It On Board bag ($33, eaglecreek.com).

Agni (Fire)

When you reach a lonely road, restaurant options can diminish. Bring a Jetboil Flash Cooking System ($100, jetboil.com) to make hot coffee or tea, or to prepare an emergency vegetarian or vegan dehydrated meal by Alpine Aire ($6 and up, alpineaire.com).

Prithvi (Earth)

Break up a long drive with several daily activities like yoga, running, or hiking. A few apps to keep your body moving are AllTrails (free, iTunes) for hiking and mountain-bike trail maps, Singletracks Topo ($4, iTunes) for mountain-bike trail information, and Om Finder (free, iTunes) to find yoga wherever you are. To locate AcroYoga or Slackline Yoga classes—favorite styles of Hernández-Cruz and Salwei—check out 
AcroMaps (acromaps.com).

Akasha (Spirit)

beach, yoga mats

To practice en route, try the Prana Synergy Towel Mat ($55, prana.com) or the Prana Maha Yoga Towel ($40, prana.com), both of which are compact and can double as beach towels. Add a pair of colorful ToeSox Bella Half Toe Grip Socks ($15–18, toesox.com) to complete your road-worthy yoga kit. Need meditation inspiration? Try the Headspace app (free,iTunes).

You can follow the adventures of Sam Salwei and Raquel Hernández-Cruz on Instagram @yogaslackers and @poweredbyyoga, or enjoy snaps of their documentary @roadtowanderlustfilm.