Gym Bag Essentials: What to Pack for Your Workout
Isn’t it so annoying to get to the gym and realize you forgot something? I know that it is for me. After picking up all of my leftover motivation to actually get there, I now also have to worry about the fact that I have no clothes to change into once I’m done with my workout. That’s why I created a list of gym bag essentials. So here are some things that you have to pack in your gym bag, no matter what workout you might be doing.
Let’s start with the bag
Before I give you my list of gym bag essentials, let’s talk about the bag itself. If you’re someone who is committed to working out, and you’ve already created a habit out of it, I would strongly suggest investing in a good-quality gym bag. It will last you for years, and it will also be a lot more comfortable and convenient than the cheap alternatives. Make sure that it has plenty of compartments to help you organize all of your stuff.
Clothing & Footwear
Now, there are two types of people when it comes to gym clothes. The ones who already arrive in their activewear, and the ones who like to change into it. Nonetheless, I would always suggest bringing some clothes to change into once you’re done with your workout. You never know what errands may come up once you’re done. And you probably don’t want to do any of them in smelly clothes. Also, don’t forget some clean socks, and an additional pair of comfortable footwear.
Towels & Toiletries
No matter if your gym provides towels or not, I would still pack at least a small one in your bag. First of all, I don’t have to worry about the hygienic aspect of things, but I also don’t have to worry about my makeup or self-tanner transferring to the towel. Also, make sure you pack some travel-sized toiletries to freshen up. These can include deodorant, dry shampoo, a hair brush, body wash, or shampoo and conditioner.
Water Bottle & Snacks
You can’t go to the gym without your water bottle! Staying hydrated is important, but it’s especially important after a sweaty workout. Make sure you invest in a good reusable water bottle that will keep your water cool for at least a couple of hours. Good water bottles can last you for years, so even though they seem expensive at first, they are cheaper in the long run. Also, don’t forget to pack a couple of healthy snacks. Protein bars, bananas, crackers, or a fruit smoothie – these will give you a boost of energy while not being too heavy.
There is nothing I hate more than doing my workout without headphones. A workout simply isn’t fun if I can’t do it while listening to my favorite music or podcasts. In addition to that, it’s also proven that music can motivate you to complete your workout more efficiently. That’s why I have a (cheap) pair of headphones that I always keep in my gym bag with me.
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