This year you decided to vacation somewhere new and exciting.

Your destination, though, is miles from anything that resembles a gym. If you could have taken a squat rack through security, you would have done it, but security is already a hassle. So you decided to not to hit the “buy” button on Amazon.

While you’re on Amazon, though, there are three tools that you could buy to take with you no matter where you go. These tools can be stowed away in your checked bag or carry on luggage.

Exercise Bands

In the words of Han Solo, “they don’t look like much, but they’ve got it where it counts.” Bands are great tools at stimulating muscle growth because you’re able to keep constant tension on the targeted muscles.

Have you been training hard and heavy for a few months? Bands are a great tool to use when taking a deload week or you time off from training. You can still apply tension and get a pump, but you won’t be pushing your muscles to the max.

Bands are compact, inexpensive, and all the same exercises you know and love can be done with bands. When training with bands always perform the exercises as a circuit. Your rest periods should be less than 60 seconds between each circuit.

Here’s a quick workout you can do with bands in your hotel room. Perform 5 rounds of all exercises, with no rest between. Only rest for 45 seconds after the last exercise. Then start the circuit all over again.

Resistance Band Bent-Over Row – 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Shoulder Press – 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Squat – 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Reverse Fly – 12-15 reps

Resistance Band Curls – 12-15 reps

Jump Rope

Your second tool is everyone’s schoolyard favorite, the jump rope.

There isn’t any other piece of fitness equipment, besides your own body, that’s easier to travel with than a jump rope.

You can even buy weighted jump ropes if you’re a jump rope expert.

Set a timer for 15 minutes and jump your heart out until the timer goes off.

TRX/Suspension Trainers

Next to CrossFit, battery-powered automobiles, and Snapchat, suspension trainers are some of the hottest items on the market today.

Designed to be transportable, as well as durable, suspension trainers develop strength, balance, and core stability all at once.

You can attach them to a door, a fence, a pole or any other stable surface. Use these simple movements to get a killer TRX/suspension trainer workout in.

TRX Single Leg Squat – 12 reps

TRX Rows – 12 reps

TRX Hamstring Pull In – 12 reps

TRX Chest Press – 12 reps

TRX Bicep Curl – 12 reps

TRX Jump Squats – 12 reps


If you can’t pack any of these tools in your luggage, you still have one amazing option. A tool that you’re already planning on taking with you: your luggage.

Check the video out below to see how you can use your luggage for a great workout while on vacation.

The Right Tools for the Job

You may be on vacation but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your workouts at home with the cat.

Stay fit on the road with these inexpensive and portable tools.

How do you stay fit on vacation? What are your go-to exercises when travelling? Share your workouts below in the comments.

By Fitmo Coach, Robbie Farlow

I am a gamer and for years, I gave up my pursuit of health and fitness. My body became like the unplayed games on my shelf, forgotten and unused. I had zero confidence, my stomach was beginning to ooze over the top of my pants, and I felt like a stranger was looking back at me in the mirror. Then I realized that I could accomplish these goals if I turned the process into a game and made it an adventure that played out like games that I spent hours pouring into. I’m now a personal trainer and I see my role as your sidekick. A companion who assists and helps make your quest easier to complete.
Learn more about Robbie, and working with him via the Fitmo app here.

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