Being prepared for a gym workout
is important. Sure, you could just show up and use the facility’s communal towels, limited toiletries and water fountains; but why not make the most of your efforts (and stay safe at the gym) by bringing your own supplies
? It doesn’t take much time, and you’ll appreciate the convenience of having everything you need all in one place.
Here’s how to properly pack a gym bag.
First, which type of bag is best?
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to gym bags – you’ll find them in all shapes, sizes and colors. Most importantly, you want a bag that’s functional, meaning it has plenty of room inside, pockets on the outside and a sturdy strap. You might also consider durability. Look for something that can be wiped down easily.
Besides the actual gym bag, you might want to consider purchasing smaller totes
, wet bags
or zippered pouches
to store personal items and to keep workout gear separate. This also will help keep things organized and easy to access.
Now let’s pack it up with gym bag essentials.
What to Pack in a Gym Bag
Workout clothing, socks, workout gloves and small quick dry workout towel
Elastic hair bands
Combination lock (using a combination lock for your locker is easier than having to carry a key)
Natural sport deodorant
(or exfoliating body wash
); (no time for a shower? Try a cleansing body spray
Natural cornstarch body powder
Body lotion (choose a non-greasy lotion
for post workout)
if needed (or sprinkle in sneakers post workout)
Oil blotting papers
Spray facial toner
Reusable water bottle
(16 oz. or more)
Pre-workout energizer packets
(for convenience; just mix with water).
Naturally flavored organic gummy snacks
(good to keep handy in case you feel a little light headed during your workout)
Post-workout plant protein powder packets
(easy on the digestive system)
Nutritional protein bar