How to Attach Your Yoga Mat to Your Backpack Easily and Securely 

 April 21, 2023

By  Keith Terrell

Are you a yoga enthusiast looking for a practical way to securely attach your yoga mat to your backpack? Whether you practice yoga in the studio or hike frequently, carrying your yoga mat can be a struggle. No need to worry!

You can attach your yoga mat to your backpack using bungee cords or straps. Make sure that you tighten both ends of the strap or cord so that your mat is securely attached to your backpack.

In this post, we'll show you how to easily and securely attach your yoga mat to your backpack. From bungee cords to zippered pockets, you'll find the right storage solution for your lifestyle. So get ready to hit the trail or the studio – with your yoga mat in tow!

Strategically Placing the Yoga Mat in Your Backpack

When attaching a yoga mat to your backpack, strategic placement of the mat in the backpack is crucial. Many people opt to place their yoga mat in the main compartment of their bag, but this is not always ideal. Depending on the size and shape of the backpack, this could put other items inside at risk if the mat shifts or moves. Additionally, having all of your items in one large compartment can make it more difficult to find certain objects when you need them.

Attaching your yoga mat outside the main compartment of the bag may be convenient, but it also has its disadvantages. If it is attached incorrectly or loosely, it can easily slip off when you are walking or even fall apart in the middle of your journey. This can be especially dangerous if you are carrying fragile items and need to have both hands free for stability.

Therefore, you should consider both options and take into account what kind of trip you will be taking is essential when deciding where to place your yoga mat before attaching it to your backpack. To minimize risk and ensure that all items remain safe and intact during your trip, consider attaching your yoga mat inexpensively with straps as discussed in the next section.

  • According to an online survey conducted from 2010 to 2021,  people who practice yoga regularly use a mat for their workout sessions.

As mentioned earlier, the strategic placement of the yoga mat in your backpack is an important factor to consider in order to secure it safely and easily. Now let us move on to the other important factor: the types of straps used to secure the mat.

Types of Backpack Straps to Secure Your Mat

There are essentially two types of backpack straps that can be used for this purpose: drawstring straps and clasps. Drawstring straps offer a better feel, as the yoga mat feels more connected to the bag. This ensures that it does not slip during the journey and gives you peace of mind. On the other hand, clasps provide better support with minimal effort and cost, but they also increase the volume of the backpack itself. You need to decide which type of strap is best for you depending on your specific needs.

It is possible to attach a yoga mat to your backpack in a simple way with both drawstrings and fasteners. Before choosing a strap, you should consider how often you plan to carry your mat and how much weight you need to attach it. If you take these factors into account, you will be able to secure your mat well when you are on the move.

Regardless of which option you choose, both drawstrings and clasps provide extra protection to keep your mat ssecurely in place, so there’s no need to worry about losing pieces when carrying multiple items at once. Now it's time to turn to another type of strap available — one that provides extra comfort and padding when carrying a heavier load: padded straps.

Padded Straps

Padded straps are a great option to securely attach your yoga mat sto your backpack, as the extra padding makes it much more comfortable for you. If you opt for a padded strap, regardless of the material, make sure it has enough padding but is not too thick or bulky.

On the one hand, some recommend padded straps because they offer extra protection for your mat and reduce the impact of bumps on your back. On the other hand, there are those who argue that while padded straps are great for comfort, once they get damp with sweat or in wet weather, they can build up mold and bacteria over time and ruin the appearance of the straps.

Fortunately, there is evidence to contradict this last claim — studies have shown that you can prevent mold and bacteria from developing on the straps if you choose high-quality materials such as leather or nylon with antibacterial treatment. Also, some brands offer waterproof fabrics, so it's best to check before you buy.

Regardless of the material you choose for your yoga mat straps, comfort should always come first. That’s why padded straps are an ideal choice as they cushion your shoulders and keep your mat secure no matter how active your lifestyle is. With careful consideration, you can easily find the right pair of straps to transport and store your yoga mat securely and comfortably.

The next step in making sure your yoga mat is securely fastened on your backpack is to take a closer look at straps made of closed-cell — these tightly sealed designs provide superior protection from dirt, moisture and even UV rays compared to other types of straps.

Closed-Cell Material Straps

Closed-cell material straps are a great alternative to the traditional padded straps used to attach your yoga mat to a backpack. Instead of relying on the pressure of the padded straps, the closed-cell material straps ensure that the mat is held in place without slipping. The closed-cell material straps are durable and lightweight, making them ideal for hikers and campers who want to reduce the weight of their backpack. Additionally, since these straps don’t absorb moisture, your yoga mat won’t start to smell as it would if it were attached with a padded strap.

On the flip side, compared to padded straps, more steps are required to secure the yoga mat with a strap made of closed-cell material. This can be uncomfortable and slow down preparation for a hike or leaving the house for class. You also have to plan ahead and make sure you have enough straps to secure your mat when you hit the trails.

Regardless of the extra steps required during the setup,most people would choose closed-cell straps over padded straps because they provide an extra level of security and peace of mind that your mat won't slip out during transit.

Fortunately, there are plenty of materials available for closed-cell straps, so you can experiment with different types until you find one that works best for you and your needs.

The next step is to look at the materials and fasteners you need to securely attach your mat to your backpack. Typically, metal carabiners wrapped around webbing straps are enough to ensure a secure fit, but there are other options you can consider depending on your personal preferences and budget.

Materials and Fasteners Used to Attach the Mat

With the materials and fasteners used to secure the mat, it is essential that they are strong and reliable enough to secure the yoga mat in place. It is possible to use some materials that are already available at home such as closed-cell material straps, but these may require modification or additional material. The advantages of using these materials include cost effectiveness and ease of  access, while the disadvantages include durability and size limitations.

An alternative is fabric closures, which offer more flexible openings that can accommodate thicker mats. The advantages of these closures include stability, durability and accuracy of fit. Disadvantages include differences in thickness between colors and difficulty in finding suitable fabrics for outdoor use.

Regardless of which materials and accessories are chosen to fasten the yoga mat, it is important to pay attention to details such as size, thickness, color, and stitching quality to ensure a stable result. Once the core components have been selected, additional supplies such as screws, glue, or clips may be required depending on individual needs. With the right parts, attaching a yoga mat to a backpack should be a relatively quick process with lasting results.

An interesting option to securely attach a yoga mat to a bag is textile fasteners, as they offer a higher level of security compared to other options. If you take into account all the factors involved in this situation, you will have an efficient and effective solution for your favorite activity on the go.

When attaching a yoga mat to a bag, fabric fasteners provide superior security compared to other options. It is important to pay attention to details such as size, thickness, color, and stitching quality when selecting the core components of the setup. Based on individual needs, additional supplies such as screws, glue, or clips may be necessary after choosing one. With the right pieces in place, attaching a yoga mat to a backpack should be a breeze.

Fabric Fasteners

Fabric fasteners are another common material used to securely fasten a yoga mat to a backpack. There are two types of fasteners: hook and loop (Velcro®) and snap. Both types provide a firm hold and can be used to secure items that need to be carried around but are not necessarily very heavy.

Hook and loop fasteners, such as those produced by Velcro®, are popular for this purpose as they allow a full range of movement without having to be opened and closed every time the user wants to access their yoga mat or other items. The downside is that they wear out over time and need to be replaced frequently, especially with frequent use in harsh conditions.

Snap fasteners, on the other hand, offer almost indestructible holding power and allow the user easy access when needed. However, if you use too much force to close them, it can become difficult to open and close them regularly, which can lead to frustration on the part of the user.

When deciding which type of fabric fastener is right for you, consider both the quality of the construction and weight of the item you want to carry. Both types mentioned here have been proven to securely fasten a yoga mat to a backpack, but both also depend on how often they are used and where they are exposed to wear and tear with regular use.

To get the most out of your fabric fastener attachments, it's important to keep an eye on them and replace them when necessary. With this knowledge, you’ll be ready for your next workout knowing your gear is safe and secure. Now let’s take a look at another popular method of attaching your equipment: Velcro fasteners.

Velcro Fasteners

Velcro fasteners are another popular option for attaching yoga mats to backpacks. Proponents of Velcro® argue that it provides an easy and convenient way to attach a yoga mat to a backpack without the need for large, bulky straps or buckles. This is especially handy if you're carrying your yoga mat with you on-the-go and don't have time to fuss with long straps and buckles. Additionally, Velcro fasteners can be adjusted or removed in seconds.

On the other hand, Velcro fasteners may not be suitable for heavier yoga mats as they cannot provide the same level of support and stability as traditional loops and straps. Heavy-duty sports bags can also struggle with the weight of larger yoga mats if they are supported only by Velcro fasteners unless they are of exceptionally strong structure. So before you choose Velcro fasteners, ensure that your backpack can support the weight of your mat safely and comfortably.

Finally, it's important to consider the environment in which you'll use your bag when choosing a carrying method. As Velcro relies on two opposing surfaces, it is less effective in wet or damp weather as moisture can cause it to slip or come off. Therefore, when using Velcro, you should also consider choosing a waterproof material for your backpack if you intend to carry your bag outdoors on a regular basis.

Water Resistant Materials for the Carry Bag

If you carry your yoga mat on your back, it can be beneficial to choose a carrying bag made of waterproof material. This will not only protect the delicate straps and Velcro® fasteners from getting wet, but also the reflective trims or other accessories. By selecting a durable and lightweight material, such as ripstop nylon or synthetic wool blends, you can keep your mat secure and easily protect it from rain or snow.

These materials are also known for their durability and good strength-to-weight ratio. This means that in addition to protecting your mat during inclement weather, you won’t have to compromise quality or comfort to carry it hands-free.

The advantages of waterproofing must also be weighed against possible disadvantages. Waterproofing prevents liquid from penetrating the fabric, but this means that the breathability of the material can be compromised by the formation of condensation. Materials such as cotton or merino wool are quick-drying fabrics that allow air to flow freely while providing  protection — resulting in a much more comfortable wearing experience without compromising protection.

Ultimately, the choice of the right material should depend on both personal preference and the environment. If vacuum-sealed, airtight bags are used in an area where snow is common, it may be advisable to choose a material such as ripstop nylon for optimum safety and comfort.

Now that we have discussed some of the most important factors in choosing a carry bag that will allow you to securely and easily attach your mat to your backpack, let's summarize your experience by going through each item one by one in order to ensure it meets your needs.


We have discussed the various ways you can easily and securely attach your yoga mat to your backpack. We have also explored how using water resistant materials can be crucial in keeping your bag dry and safe. The first step is to choose the right material for the carry bag. Ripstop nylon is ideal for mats that are stored outside, while waxed canvas is better for indoor settings. Whichever material you prefer, make sure it is durable and can withstand the elements.

When choosing the right attachment technique, consider the type of yoga mat and the size of your bag. Grommets or webbing straps provide an easy solution for padded mats, while replacing handles with D-rings may be a better option for lighter bags. Bungee cords are excellent for holding everything together if you are carrying multiple items, but it needs to be tied properly as too much tension can damage your mat. Threading a bungee cord through both bag handle loops is also a great way to hold your mat and bag together in an emergency.

In summary, investing in quality materials and carefully choosing the best attachment method for your specific needs will help keep your precious cargo safe and secure on your next yoga adventure!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any special straps or accessories required to attach a yoga mat to a backpack?

Yes, there are special straps or accessories that can be used to attach a yoga mat to a backpack. These include yoga mat straps, carabiners, clips, and net bags. Each one provides a secure attachment that is easy to use. Yoga mat straps are the most popular option, as they wrap securely around both the yoga mat and backpack or any other type of bag, restricting movement and preventing slippage.

Carabiners and clips can also be used to clip together a yoga mat and backpack, distributing the weight evenly and reducing strain off the shoulder straps. A net bag may be the least secure option but still allows easy access when transporting a yoga mat.

What type of backpacks work best for attaching a yoga mat?

The best type of backpacks to attach a yoga mat to are backpacks with adjustable side or top straps. These straps should be adjustable and easily adaptable to the size of your yoga mat. The backpack should also have a secure closure that prevents items from slipping out when the strap is attached. This helps to ensure that the backpack fits well and that the yoga mat stays securely in place during transport.

Another great option is a backpack with daisy-chain loops or special attachment points designed specifically for carrying a yoga mat. This way, you can easily and securely fasten your yoga mat and prevent it from flopping around or shifting during transport.

What are the best ways to securely attach a yoga mat to a backpack?

The best way to securely attach a yoga mat to a backpack is to use strong, adjustable straps. This approach uses adjustable straps that can be tightened around the yoga mat and secured with appropriate buckles.

Another option is to use adjustable clips, which can easily be attached around the edges of the mat and securely fastened to the backpack. It’s important that the method you choose keeps the mat firmly in place and that you can still access it easily when needed. If you wrap the top of your mat with Velcro, it will also stay in place and can be used as an alternative to attaching it with straps or clips.

About the author

Keith is a one bag traveler and the owner of Backpacks Global. His go to backpack is the Osprey FarPoint 40.

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