13 Items to Pack in Your Gym Bag for Your Workout

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Make sure you have everything you need in your workout bag for a successful calorie-burning experience before you head to the gym for a round of cardio, squats, and a treadmill run. Continue reading to learn about the top thirteen gym bag essentials.


What to Bring to the Gym

A well-stocked gym bag can help to transform what might otherwise feel like a chore of getting regular exercise into a simple and even enjoyable wellness experience. Make sure your gym bag is breathable and big enough to hold everything you need for your workout without being too bulky or heavy. If you plan to shower at the gym after your workout, your bag should have separate compartments for wet and dry items.


13 Gym Bag Essentials

Before you leave the house, pack the following items in your gym bag:

1. Deodorant: Deodorant is an essential item to have in your gym bag because it masks any lingering body odor after a sweaty workout. You'll appreciate it even more if you don't have time to shower after exercise.

2. Fitness tracker: A fitness tracker can track your activity, compare your current workout to previous workouts, tell you how many calories you've burned, and act as a heart rate monitor.

3. Gym shoes: Wear well-fitting, supportive athletic shoes and clean socks to keep your feet comfortable. If you intend to run on the treadmill, wearing the proper footwear will help you avoid injury and blisters.

4. Hairbrush and hair ties: If you have longer hair, use hair ties or a headband to keep it out of your way while you exercise. Pack a small hair brush or comb to freshen up your hair after your workout.

5. Headphones: A good pair of wireless headphones can help you get through a great workout quickly by keeping you motivated with music, podcasts, or whatever keeps your body moving. Play your favorite playlist through earbuds or over-the-ear headphones, and bring your charger to avoid running out of battery life before your workout is over. (Avoid wearing headphones when exercising in public—you need to hear what's going on around you when running or cycling on the street.)

6. Membership card: If you intend to exercise at a gym that requires a paid membership, keep your membership card in your bag.

7. Shower items: If you intend to shower after your workout at the gym, bring travel bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. A bottle of dry shampoo can soak up oil and sweat from your hair and help you look fresh and perspiration-free after your workout for quick trips to the gym.

8. Shower shoes or flip-flops: You'll need a pair of shower shoes or flip-flops for the locker room, especially if you plan to use the sauna or hot tub after your workout.

9. Snack: A light post-workout snack will replenish your energy levels and prepare you for the rest of the day. Bring a healthy snack, such as a protein bar, nuts, or fruit. 

10. Specialty gym equipment: If you intend to participate in an activity that necessitates the use of specialty equipment (such as resistance bands, a yoga mat, or a weightlifting belt), make sure to pack those items in your gym bag.

11. Towel: While many establishments provide gym towels, you may want to bring your own. Consider a small microfiber towel that absorbs moisture quickly and easily fits into a gym bag.

12. Water bottle: Maintain proper hydration during your workout by carrying a bottle of water with you at all times while exercising. Consider using a reusable water bottle, which allows you to refill it at a water fountain as needed and keeps your water colder than disposable water bottles.

13. Workout clothing: Wear supportive and breathable gym attire such as a T-shirt, leggings, sweatpants, and a sports bra. To avoid unpleasant odors or mustiness, always pack and wear clean workout clothes.

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