Your Ultimate Yoga Retreat Pack List

Getting organized for Teacher Training Yoga 200 Hr in Portugal and wondering what to pack?

Here are some things to consider when packing for your 200 hour or 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training or retreat with Bend it Like Buddha Yoga in magical Algarve.

1. Yoga Mats? To bring one or not?

There are yoga mats at the shala if you prefer not to pack one.

2. Blanket or Sarong

It can be hot during the day but sometimes at night it can get chilly. So, it might be nice to have a blanket or sarong. It is highly recommended to bring a medium-large sarong and / or towel to cover up and / or to lie down on. There are also places to purchase sarongs nearby.

3. Sim card and internet

SIM cards may be purchased inside the airport and MEO. There is Wifi at the student accommodations however on some days it’s a weak signal so mobile data might be useful for internet. Wifi is not available in the yoga studio.

4. Important Documents

Passport, Visitor Visa (or printed E Tourist Visa+passport picture for customs if needed), air tickets, all students are required to have travel and medical insurance before traveling to Portugal.

5. Cash, Debit & Credit Cards

Cash in € for additional expenses ( €500 is probably enough for 2-3 weeks depending on your personal budget; extra for buying gifts and adventure activities).

Credit cards / international ATM cards (Remember to call your bank to tell them you are traveling or account may be blocked).

6. More Yoga Clothes Than You Think You Need

It will more than likely be hot. Pack light… bring light travel clothing, flip flops, sneakers, yoga clothes, rain jacket, sun glasses, hat, bandana, light cover up or scarf to cover up skin, and more yoga clothes!

IMPORTANT: For massage class please wear your 2-piece swim suit or shorts and bikini top and / or yoga bra top under your clothes before each massage class each day. Please be changed and be ready for the massage lessons during the lunch hour break to be on time for class.

There are 2 laundry mats nearby for clothing washing and service at the hotel.

7. Water Bottle

Please bring a small water bottle or travel mug to fill up at the studio throughout the day. The water is delicious here and you can drink it straight from the tap. Or purchase Monchique mountain water PH +9 higher than Evian.

8. Additional Toiletries & Meds

Sun screen, face wash, vinegar and / or baking soda (makes for excellent dry shampoo, cleans clothing, bring ear plugs and eye mask.

Also bring needed medicines. Not many pharmaceutical products are available.

9. Journal & Writing Supplies

Time flies by, and it’s nice to look back months later and reflect on your growth and progress. A journal / diary AND Notebook for class notes is a must. Pack lots of pens, notebooks, highlighters ect.

10. Phone and Laptop

Bring smart phone to take pictures during classes, laptop, camera, phone charger, international adaptor, extension cord. Make sure to have enough memory and charged battery for your devices to record audio and video.

Bring your sense of fun, adventure, smiles and humor for everything – from soreness from too many asanas or battling jet lag, to discovering true Portuguese friendliness and genuine hospitality. The Bend it like Buddha Yoga family look forward to facilitate your life changing journey! See you soon! 🙂 xo

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