Last month I shared some of my favorite trends in workout wear. This week I’m sharing my personal list of gym bag essentials. My work weeks are busy and unpredictable, and I often do not know what type of workout I will be doing until I am finally able to leave the office for the night. I have become pretty well-versed in being prepared for any type of work out, and if you follow the round up below, you will be too!
Workout Wear: It’s easy to forget to pack the essentials for your workout if you aren’t paying attention. Be sure to have your top, bottoms, bra, socks, and shoes always packed up and ready to go!
Workout-Specific Gear: Whether I am taking boxing or Pilates, I am always prepared and have my specifics packed. I keep a pair of Pilates/barre socks, weight-lifting gloves, and boxing gloves (admittedly stashed in my car to save room) packed at all times.
Water Bottle: Hydration is important throughout your entire day, but it is especially important to replenish your fluids during a hard gym session. A reusable, refillable water bottle will cut down on costs of buying one on the way to, or at the gym.
A healthy snack: If you aren’t always able to plan the time and place of your workout, keeping a small snack in your bag that does not need to be refrigerated will give you just the boost you need at the end of the day.
Makeup wipes: Nothing is worse than that day’s makeup running down your face and into your eyes, distracting you from your workout. You skin will thank you for wiping off that makeup before your workout and wiping it clean right after. I love Neutrogena’s Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes.
Towel: I keep a fresh towel in my gym bag to keep the sweat out of my eyes, keep my yoga mat dry, and to steer clear of the towel rental fee at the gym.
Hair ties and bobby pins: My hair already has a mind of it’s own, I don’t need it flying everywhere during my workout. Keep a stash of hair ties and bobby pins to control your mane during your workout.
Dry shampoo & Deodorant: In case you can’t make it home before running some errands after the gym, you’ll be able to freshen up before making a few stops.
Headphones and Flip Belt: Somedays I fly solo with a run, hike, or bike ride. The Flip Belt is my favorite way to carry my phone and keys during a run or a hike. I never have to adjust it!
A fresh dryer sheet & plastic bag: Protect your day clothes from becoming musty while they are packed away in a bag that typically stores gym shoes and clothes all day.