Here is what to look for during your search:. Portability: this may seem like a no-brainer but finding a portable yoga mat that is practical for travel may be more challenging than it seems. Realistically, all yoga mats are created to be portable, but that does not mean they will all be easy to carry on a backpacking trip. You want to look for a compact and thin travel mat that could fit in many places. You might store your mat in a yoga backpack, bike basket, or just carry it and leave your bag at base. Folding: another angle to take is to go for a foldable yoga mat. These mats are slim and lightweight enough to be folded into a compact size which is easy to store and carry.