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Summer Festival Gear: 14 Essentials to Pack in Your Yoga Bag

Summer yoga festival season is here, and from sun safety SPF to lightweight yoga mats, you need the right gear. Here, our Editor-approved, one-stop packing list so you're prepped for your practice, and can practice on, worry free.

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The perfect leggings


Moisture-wicking leggings with built-in sun protection that also prevent “camel toe” and donate a percentage of your money to a good cause? Sign us up! OKIINO’s Fiji Leggings mold to your body to fit like a second skin, offering compression/body shaping. Their beachy new “Waves” print was custom designed and hand-drawn by Sweden-based artist, Jenny Johansson. They’re also quick-drying, tagless, and feature an internal surfer’s pocket with key loop. $118

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A layer-friendly top


Prana’s Andie tank top is a fashionable, lightweight, scoop-neck design with a popular drapey look that you can layer over your favorite yoga bra. Comes in four colors including basic black. Currently $35.40

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A bra that actually fits


Speaking of favorite yoga bras, the ultra-soft Coobie Seamless Fusion Yoga Bra is perfect for practicing, then hitting the juice bar afterward. With wide adjustable straps and an extra-wide band around the bottom, the Coobie provides extra support, shape, and comfort. It also has removable pads for modesty. Comes in two sizes and six colors. $22

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A packable yoga mat


Clever Yoga demo’ed their new machine-washable and foldable YogiOnTheGo Travel Mat at Yoga Journal LIVE! in Florida, and it’s awesome. It weighs less than 2 pounds and folds easily into your suitcase or backpack, so you don’t need to travel with a bulky item. It’s also eco-friendly, waterproof, and extra grippy—perfect for hot yoga. Comes in three colors: dusty rose, white, and grey. $54.98

See also The Best Yoga Mats of 2016

A yoga rug/blanket hybrid


Don’t feel like dragging a yoga mat around the festival? Hugger Mugger’s Cotton Yoga Rug can be used on its own or over your mat. Made from 100% cotton, these absorbent, colorful rugs are also great for hot yoga and meditation. Bonus: It doubles as a blanket for outdoor concerts! $44.95

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A pretty mala for intention-setting

Don’t forget to pack a mala to set an intention for your upcoming festival! Rana Nader’s Moonstone Sahasrara Abundance Mala uses moonstone to help calm your responses (especially from stress), avoid overreaction, attract positive energy, and manifest what truly serves you. It also brings abundance and emphasizes feminine energy. $165* 

*Use special code YOGAJOURNAL to get 10% off at Rana Nader Jewelry.

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A cute (and comfy) pair of sandals.


Let’s be realistic: You probably won’t be barefoot the entire time you’re at the festival. Which is why we love Sanuk’s comfy Yoga Sling 2 Prints Sandals for getting from class A to class B. With cushiony-soft yoga mat footbeds and cozy cloth straps, the Yoga Sling will “chakra ya feet into total relaxation.” Comes in 22 pretty prints. $38

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A cool pair of shades


When you’re practicing outside in the hot summer sun, you need the right pair of shades. Costa Loreto Sunglasses have adjustable nose clips for easy wear even during class, and the 100% UV-blocking lenses offer maximum protection from the sun. Choose from four frame colors and five lens colors. $279

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An all-natural sunscreen (that doesn’t leave you looking like a ghost)


Don’t forget to pack the right yoga gear for your skin! Babo’s all-natural SPF 30 Clear Zinc Sport Stick Sunscreen can be used on the face, lips, nose, and ears without all the streaky white stuff—the fragrance-free stick goes on clear, is non-greasy, and rubs in well. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic, skin-soothing, and sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. $12.95. 

For extra sun protection (and a pretty pop of color and shine), also try Babo’s 100% natural Lip Tint Conditioners with SPF 15. $9.95

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A little bit of bronzer (with SPF)


Get the perfect summer glow (and protect your skin from the sun) with Eminence Organics’ Sun Defense Minerals. These hypoallergenic, non-pore-clogging natural minerals provide water-resistant SPF 30 sun protection, nutrition, and antioxidants for the skin. They also even out your complexion—darker shades can double as a bronzer! After the festival, turn to Eminence Organics’ best-selling Facial Recovery Oil for any après-outdoor yoga healing you need to do. This toning and hydrating oil is perfect for calming, soothing, and hydrating skin after a day in the sun. Plus it’s organic, natural, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Sun Defense Mineral Powders, $58; Facial Recovery Oil, $76

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A roll-with-it essential oil


Now it’s easier than ever to enjoy your essential oils on the go. Nature’s Truth Aromatherapy Roll-Ons blend 100% essential oils with a gentle base of sunflower seed oil, and the roll-on bottle makes them luggage-friendly and easy to use on the fly before class. Choose from 7 relaxing and uplifting scents, including calming, energy, focus, good nite, lavender, muscle ease, and peppermint. $6.99 per 10 mL bottle

See also The Essential Guide to Essential Oils

A breath of fresh air


Practicing outside can be a drag if you have allergies. Yoga Strips for enhanced breathing during yoga are a great natural remedy for allergies and nasal congestion. Who doesn’t need a little help taking those big belly breaths? $11.99

See also The Science of Breathing

A chemical-free bug spray.


Summer bugs can kill the outdoor vibe, but what yogi wants to cover herself with chemicals? Buzz Away Extreme Natural Mosquito and Tick Repellant Spray naturally protects you from insects, and it’s totally DEET-free. Bonus: it lasts up to four hours. $6.29 for 2 oz

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A portable water purifier


Don’t want to waste money (and add to your footprint) by buying expensive plastic water bottles at the festival? GoPure Pod, the first-ever portable water purification device, removes 99% of lead and arsenic and 97% of chlorine and fluoride from water from any tap. It absorbs impurities for fresh, clean, healthy, great-tasting drinking water, even on the go! Just drop it in to any bottle. $24.95

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