The Best Yoga Mat Carriers and Bags to Make Your Commute Less of a Schlep

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When we think of a gym bag, something bordering on tactical gear comes to mind. But when we imagine a yoga mat carrier, options feel a little more limited. Where the former is likely weather- and sweat-proof—with roughly one million pockets for your water bottle, change of clothes, laptop, shower supplies, and first born child—the latter may be as simple as a strap that loops around either end of a rolled-up mat. Not only does this sling configuration leave your trusty mat exposed to the elements, you also have to pack another bag for anything else you want to bring to class. 

Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives to the humble yoga sling. Specifically, the best yoga mat carriers and bags you can find are more protective, more spacious, and won’t loosen, or let your mat unfurl on the ground while you’re trying to lug it through a crowd of commuters (this can’t just be a “me” problem, right?). For an activity as physically and mentally restorative as yoga, you shouldn’t have to stress about how you’re going to get your gear to practice safely—save that mental energy on remembering to clean your mat on a regular basis.

Below, we’ve selected some of the best yoga mat carriers you can purchase now, whether you’re looking for one that will do double-duty as your main gym bag, or just something that can hold your mat plus your phone and keys while you enjoy some sun salutations in the park. 

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