While your holiday destination vacation should be about relaxing and spending time with friends and family, incorporating a little bit of fitness into your R&R will help you stay on track and ease into your routine when you're back home. But with carry-on space at a premium, you'll want to maximize what you can do with just one fitness essential. Check out our favorite ways to work out with just one piece of travel-friendly equipment below.

Resistance Band

No need to pack a pair of heavy dumbbells — you'll get the same results with a simple resistance band. And since it takes up almost no space in your luggage, it's definitely a fitness travel essential.

Jump Rope

Too hot to run outside? Clear a little bit of space in your room and get hopping — you'll burn major calories, strengthen muscles and bones, and increase your heart rate.

  • This jump-roping workout for beginners takes you from warm up to jumping intervals to give your body a great workout in just 15 minutes.
  • Trainer Jackie Warner loves the jump rope since it saves you time while working blasting fat and creating toned legs. Her 10-minute jump-rope workout includes the basic stuff but adds fun moves that use the jump rope in creative ways.
  • If you're looking for just a quick jump-roping session, these nine ways to jump rope will keep your cardio workout fun.

Two more travel fitness essentials — and how to use them — after the break.

Swimsuit

The pool doesn't just have to be for lounging beside. If a warm-weather destination is in your holiday traveling future, these workouts will keep you cool while you burn tons of calories.

TRX Straps

If you've invested in your own TRX straps, you already know just how versatile and portable the fitness equipment is. Work your entire body in the comfort of your hotel room by using your strap's door attachment.