How To Pack Your Gym Bag
Who says you can’t work out in style? This season, make sure your gym bag is filled with all the essentials to make the most out of your trip to the gym. These items will help you stay focused on your fitness goals and get ready for the rest of your day.
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1. Flip- Flops
Flip-flops are a must for every locker room. If your gym happens to have a shower, a sauna, or pool, you’ll want to wear these when walking around.
The floors of the locker room are filled with bacteria. With all the people coming through each day, showering and walking around barefoot, you don’t really know what’s living on the floor. Keep your flip-flops on when showering, or anywhere you’d otherwise be walking barefoot.
The Dollar Store and Walmart both have $1 flip-flops. Invest in a pair to keep in your gym bag. Keep them either in a side pocket or in their own bag tucked away to avoid the spread of bacteria on your other possessions.
2. Travel Beauty Bag
Keep a separate bag inside your gym bag to hold all your cosmetics and toiletries. This is very useful if you have to leave for work after your gym sesh or plan on showering at the gym. Fill it with skincare products, makeup and travel size bottles of hair and body wash.
I prefer to keep a separate skincare set in my gym bag so I’m not constantly moving products around or forgetting anything. You could also fill travel size bottles with shampoo and conditioner to keep in your bag.
This gorgeous marble cosmetic bag is perfect to travel to the gym with. It’s lightweight but big enough to hold all your cosmetic necessities.
3. Tech Bag
I always carry an ipsy bag around the gym to easily travel to different machines without losing my things. It’s also nice to throw what I need into a small bag before leaving the locker room.
My tech bag usually consists of headphones, my cell phone, hair ties, lip balm, and a few pens.
4. A Towel
Your gym may already have towels, but if not, keep one in your gym bag.
Carry a hand-sized towel with you while doing cardio or HIIT, or pack a larger towel for swimming or showering.
5. Water Bottle
One of the most important items in your gym bag is your water bottle.
You should be drinking water throughout your workout to keep your body hydrated and at the top of your game.
Want a water bottle that keeps your water icy cold and thirst quenched all day? Check out this giant Hydro Flask.
6. Workout Gear
Lifting weights? Bring some gloves with you for a better grip or to avoid callused hands.
Resistance bands are also great to keep in your bag for a calorie-torching workout.
7. Notebook and Pen
The best way to reach your fitness goals and break personal records is by keeping track of your workouts.
Keep a fitness log and record what machines you used, your weight on each machine, and how many sets/reps for each movement.
8. Gym Lock
Bringing a gym bag with you means storing your things safely. Make sure to keep a lock for your locker in your bag so you don’t have to carry your bag all over the gym.
9. Spare Clothes
If you plan on showering at the gym, bring extra clothes to change into.
10. Grocery Bag
A grocery bag is great for damp swimsuits. Bring one if you know you’ll be hitting the pool.
Most gyms with pools have a spin dryer for your swimsuits. Although these dryers do a pretty great job of drying your clothes, they’ll still be a little damp. Keep it separate from the rest of your gym bag items.
Only if you plan on swimming, of course!
12. Gym Shoes
I like to keep a pair of running shoes and training shoes in my gym bag.
It’s important to wear the right shoes when working out to avoid injury and (not cheat yourself out of a great lift).
13. Headband, Bobby Pins, and Extra Hair Ties
Keep extra hair ties, bobby pins, and headbands with you. You’ll never know when you might need more than planned!
I love to use pre-workout before I hit the gym. I have such a better workout and more energy when I use it.
However, you should always talk to your doctor before starting any new supplements.
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