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10 Must Have Items For Your Gym Bag

10 Must Have Items For Your Gym Bag

In my many years of working out I have blown through many gym bags. I have made many mistakes when it comes to my bag as well. For example: I have forgotten my sneakers, or even worse one headphones. My skin has been super dry from lack of lotion and I have a suffered from being extra funky when I don’t have any deodorant. Just keeping it real here folks.
Today I am sharing with you my top 10 things that I need in my gym bag. You can have one or all of these things but for me, these things come in quite handy pretty often.

10 Gym Must Haves: Essential Items for Your Workout Bag

Over the years, my workout journey has seen its fair share of gym bag blunders. From the embarrassing moments of forgetting a sneaker (or just one of a pair) to the discomfort of dry skin due to the absence of lotion, I’ve been there. We’ve all had those days when we’ve regretted not packing deodorant post-workout. Yes, I’m being brutally honest here!

In this article, I’ll unveil the top 10 gym must haves I’ve found indispensable. Whether you pick one or embrace them all, these items could be game-changers for your fitness routine.

Gym Must Haves: 10 Essential Items for Every Fitness Enthusiast

Always be prepared for your workout with these 10 Must Have Items For Your Gym Bag

Snacks: After an intense workout session, hunger can hit hard. Keep a quick snack like an apple or banana in your bag. It’ll curb your hunger and prevent binge-eating when you reach home.

Cash: It might seem obvious, but having some spare change can come in handy for a locker fee or a refreshing drink.

Always be prepared for your workout with these 10 Must Have Items For Your Gym Bag

Towels (Big and Small): A small towel is perfect for wiping off sweat during exercises, while a bigger one is crucial for that post-workout shower.

Sneakers: Sounds basic? Well, depending on your workout regime – from spinning & yoga to outdoor runs or treadmill sessions – forgetting your sneakers is easier than you’d think.

Workout Attire: Don’t overlook any piece. Remember: Top, Sports Bra, and Pants.

Essential Makeup: For those times you leave the gym looking a tad worn out. A bit of powder, eyeliner, and neutral lip gloss can do wonders.

Perfume: While optional, a travel-sized perfume can leave you feeling fresh after a rigorous workout.

Backup Headphones: Music is my workout fuel, so I ensure I have a backup when my primary headphones aren’t charged.

Feminine Products: It’s always better to be prepared for unexpected situations.

Extra Socks: Ever worn footed tights to work and realized you needed socks for your workout later? Always keep a spare pair!

Your workout routine is personal, but having these gym must haves can make it smoother and more comfortable. So, the next time you’re packing your gym bag, refer back to this list to ensure you’re well-prepared!

Ensuring your gym bag is well-stocked not only makes your workout experience smoother but also ensures you’re prepared for post-workout activities, whether it’s a quick catch-up with friends, an impromptu work meeting, or just heading home feeling fresh. Here are a few more tips to elevate your gym bag game:

Bonus Tips for Perfecting Your Gym Bag Essentials

  • Hydration is Key: Always carry a reusable water bottle. Staying hydrated is vital, and having a bottle on hand ensures you’re sipping water before, during, and after your workout.
  • Post-Workout Nutrition: Consider adding a protein bar or a small pack of nuts. These can help in muscle recovery and keep you full till your next meal.
  • Personal Care: Mini deodorant sticks, wet wipes, and a small bottle of moisturizer can be lifesavers, ensuring you feel fresh post a sweat session.
  • Safety First: If you frequently hit the gym when it’s dark outside, consider adding a small flashlight or wearable reflector bands to your bag for added safety.
  • Organize with Pouches: Use separate small pouches for different categories – one for makeup, one for snacks, another for personal care, etc. It’ll save you time rummaging through your bag.
  • Maintenance: Every month, take everything out of your gym bag, give the bag a good shake or clean, and wash any containers or pouches. Regular maintenance ensures your bag doesn’t become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Packing a gym bag is an art. As you evolve in your fitness journey, so will your needs. Regularly updating and checking your gym must haves ensures you’re always prepared and can get the most out of each session. Remember, a well-prepared gym enthusiast is one who can focus solely on the workout, knowing everything else is taken care of.

Do you have any other gym must haves you swear by? Share them in the comments below or join our community at Brooklyn Active Mama for more tips and discussions on all things fitness!

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Friday 5th of February 2016

How about a water bottle? Extra headphones are key! Now I keep a "giveaway" set from a conference in my gym bag just in case.


Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

You're making me wonder if I should double check my gym bag for tomorrow morning! I still remember the times I would bring my bag to work for a lunchtime workout, and then not realize until after getting sweaty that I'd forgotten something crucial like fresh underwear. That was the worst.


Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

This is a great list! All very much needed in a gym bag


Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

I love this list, but in a way can't relate to it as I've always been a dancer and done pole workouts. My gym bag has heels, ballet shoes, and leotards. Lotion will never be found in my gym bag as sliding off the pole is never a good look! Ha!

Kimberly G

Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

never pack extra socks - thats a great idea! I also usually carry ShowerPill wipes, deodorant and lotion.