Gym Bag Essentials – What You REALLY Need For Your Workout Bag
Stop wasting time grabbing gear you don’t need. Instead, use these gym bag essentials to keep your transfer time between the gym, home, or work- fast. These workout bag essentials are the basics that every woman needs to rock a wicked sweat session and make getting changed a fast process.
Hitting the gym seems is a no-brainer to me (check out the benefits of training). But between the workout, the cleanup, and packing for whatever you’re doing next, many females are finding it more annoyance than it’s worth to pack their bag for a workout.
I was chatting to a few girlfriends about how tedious it is to pack for the gym (ok I was listening in on their conversation because we all know I have a studio at home :P). Basically, they said that the effort of organizing and packing everything they need sometimes squashed their desire to go at all.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I am completely spoiled having a gym at home (it’s worth it, check out the most cost-effective pieces of workout equipment). But that wasn’t always the case and I promise I’ve made many a frequent trip to my local gym. And I don’t remember packing ever being a “thing”. And I can promise you that my current clients don’t shower and spend thirty minutes post-workout getting ready.
The hardest part of any workout is getting started- not packing. So if getting to the gym is a pain in the butt, you’re probably not going to stay very consistent!
Over the years I’ve picked up a few fun tricks and tips to make your trip to the gym a bit simpler. Below are the gym bag essentials for avid gym-goers. Believe it or not, you don’t need much (don’t overthink it!).
Bare Minimum Gym Bag Essentials
These items are literally required to workout. You can technically workout without a brush or wrist guards but the items below you need.
Hack: Long before my home gym was set up I used to keep a “back up” bag in the car with exactly these things! That way I knew I could at least get the workout in.
This should be a given as you can’t show up to your gym naked. I always just wore my gym clothes to the gym and home to minimize time but if you need a pair of “after” clothes, grab them.
But really, you need a tank top, sports bra, pants/capris/shorts and some socks. That’s it. The world won’t end if you forget your headband so don’t run around trying to find it. Same goes with “the perfect outfit”. Focus on smashing you workout not what you’re going to wear- just grab clothes.
Your gym shoes should just always stay in your bag- or keep a spare pair in the car. Don’t wear them out of the gym. Just put them back in your back post-workout so you’re not scrambling around searching next time.
A workout sucks if you don’t have some music blasting in your ears to get you jacked up. Again, this is something I would just leave in the bag so I never forgot it. So long as you have your phone now you’re good.
Don’t forget to grab your headphones (I’m a sucker for the AfterShokz I got last year) and get it done.
Gym Bag Essentials In 2020: Mask & Sanitizer
Crucial items for anywhere public right now. Just have extra masks and hand sanitizer and keep them in your gym bag all the time.
Helpful Gym Bag Items
These items come in handy but are not gym bag essentials. If you have them, awesome but it’s not mandatory.
A water bottle
I know what you’re thinking- how the hell is this not essential?? But the truth is, most gyms have a water fountain so you won’t be dehydrated. It’s not something to turn around and go home over. I personally have a BKR water bottle which can be a b*tch to carry around but I also know I’m hitting my intake and staying hydrated.
I think this one depends on the type of workout you’re doing. This isn’t a huge deal for lifters or basic workouts but if you jump into a spin class you’d want one!
Definitely makes life easier but not the end of the world if you don’t have one. Ask the front desk at your gym if they have a stash or just make do. Truthfully, just pick some up at the dollar store and keep the stash in your bag to make it easier on yourself!
Sport Specific Tools
Depending on what kind of workout you’re doing you’ll need items like wrist straps, a yoga mat, or chalk. Check out the best fitness gifts you can snag for friends if you’re not sure what equipment they need!
Gym Bag Essentials: After Care
This is where most people get stressed out. People think they need to leave the gym in perfect style. For me personally, I always left in my workout clothes and dealt with that at home but for those of you who have to head to work after, here’s what you need.
Yea, I said it. Skip the shower, save some time, and rock some baby wipes to wipe down. Keep them in your bag so you always have some. It’s not perfect but it works.
These wipes were rated the top ones of 2019 to use post-workout and feel human again after.
If you’re toweling off with baby wipes make sure as hell you’ve got some deodorant to throw on afterward so you smell half decent.
I grab mine from Primally Pure. They carry all-natural deodorants (no fragrance!!) and they actually freaking work. Learn more about why I trust this deodorant so much and use code mamabear10 and save some money.
Again, save the shower and throw some dry shampoo in your hair. You’ll look presentable and it’ll save you an insane amount of time between showering, drying, and styling.
Gym Bag Essentials: A Bra & Panties
Keep a spare set in your bag at all times because this sucks when you forget them.
Not totally necessary but nice. Otherwise, rock a messy bun and get on with your day!
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Gym bags and prepping for the gym can be a tricky thing but it shouldn’t limit your workouts. Keep it simple, focus on your workout, and make do with everything else. Keep the gym bag essentials on hand and make staying consistent a priority- rock it!