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What’s In Your Gym Bag?

Check all the right boxes with this list of gym-bag essentials.

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There’s nothing worse than getting ready to shower after your amazing sweat-sesh only to realize that you forgot your bra, shoes, make up, etc.—we’ve all been there! From towels, to cosmetics, to gear, to apparel, pack your bag with the following items so you can focus on your fitness, whether you’re practicing your pace on the treadmill or finding balance on a yoga mat.

Gym Bag

A good gym bag that can fit all your essentials is key. Whether you want a backpack or shoulder strap bag, look for the following features:

  • Ventilation
  • Shoe storage
  • Compartment organizers
  • Large enough for your items, but small enough to fit into the gym locker

If you’re looking for a nice backpack, the OGIO X-TRAIN 2 is a good option. It has hard-shell protection for your phone, sunglasses or wearables, shoe storage separated from workout clothes and a laptop compartment (no need to carry two bags). It’s hydration ready with a tube port and internal water bladder hanger and holds a yoga mat on the outer layer. Perfect for the city gal on the go. Looking for something with sophisticated design? The Fivesse designer bag is tres chic, extremely organized (there’s a compartment for everything), and houses a separate shoe area and garment bag hanger so work clothes stay wrinkle free.

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You should always keep two pairs of socks in your bag no matter when you are hitting the gym. This way if you forget a pair, you can wear one pair and still have a back up for post-workout.


How boring is a run on the treadmill without some tunes? Throw a couple sets of headphones in your bag, just in case you leave one at home. iSport Intensity In-Ear Headphones stay put no matter how tough your workout is. Although they are on the pricey side, they are worth splurge. Your back-up pair should be just as sturdy, but doesn’t need to break the bank. Try Yurbuds Inspire 100 Mossy Oak.


Keep your valuables protected! Keep a lock in your gym bag side pocket at all times.

Cleansing Towelettes

After a hard workout your headphones, watch or phone may have collect some stench and sweat marks Keep them clean! Well-Kept are towelettes for electronics and glasses that will wipe away sweat residue and keep your items looking and feeling fresh.

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What’s worse than stripping out of your clothes to realize you left a towel at home? (Probably nothing.) Order a few cheap towels on Amazon to keep in your bag. Or try the Nike Hydro Towel that is ultra light and super absorbent.

Portable Phone Charger

That time your phone was about to die when you stepped into the locker room? That sucks. Plug in the Incase Portable Power to reboot your phone to listen to music. It takes a few minutes to get your juice back up and running, but once it does, you will be too.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Leave travel-size shampoo, conditioner and body wash in those nifty side pockets at all time. The first of every month, replenish your supply. If you don’t have time to wash your hair, keep dry shampoo and conditioner handy.

Hair Tools

Sweaty bangs and flyaways are more than distracting. Make sure to have a good supply of bands and bobbies in your bag so you have them at the ready at all times. Some locker rooms offer hairdryers, which is perfect! That’s one less thing to carry. However, if you’re not so lucky, opt for a travel-size hairdryer. If you like to straighten your hair, or just need to touch up your bangs, try the mini flat iron. It’s great for quick touch-ups and loose curls—and is affordable.


It’s important to give your muscles a little TLC after your workout. Throw a travel-size stick, ball or roller in your bag to flush out lactic acid before hopping in your car. The Triggerpoint GRID Mini Foam Roller is perfect for those pesky knots in tough places.

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Laundry Bag

Keep some Ziploc baggies for dirty clothes handy to minimize odor. You can also put shower shoes in one to keep your bag and contents inside it dry. To keep gym-like odors away, throw in a dryer sheet. This will keep your bag smelling fresh all day. Replace it every Sunday night.

Yoga Or Pilates

Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat, yogi toes and an extra hand towel to keep sweat from your eyes. If you’re heading into a Pilates or barre class, bring the appropriate footwear, like the Nike Studio Wrap 3.