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8 essentials to pack for a perfect, foolproof gym bag

No doubt, you’ve showed up to the gym, opened your gym bag and realized that you forgot one essential item for your workout. I’ve been there! Make it easy on yourself; put together a list of must–have essential gym bag items and keep them stashed to avoid any mishaps. A well–edited gym bag (our fave) will save you time in the morning and keep you prepared if you need to fit a last–minute workout into your day.

We’ve put together a list of the essentials for every workout. Be sure to keep these on hand, along with your workout clothes must–haves and add any additional gym bag items for specific workout needs.

8 Essential Gym Bag Items To Keep Packed In Your Bag

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1.) Dry Shampoo

My gym doesn’t have a shower (which is a common issue) so I rely on dry shampoo if I need to go from my workout to the office or to run an errand. Spray your hair with dry shampoo, throw it up in a messy topknot and you’re good to go.

2.) Socks

The number of times I have shown up to the gym for cardio and realized I didn’t have any socks is slightly embarrassing. Prevent this by keeping an extra pair of socks in your gym bag, especially during the warmer months when you might be wearing sandals or flip flops.

3.) Headphones

Just thinking about a silent workout gives me anxiety. Keep a pair of headphones in your gym bag so you always have your favorite songs to pace yourself too.

4.) Odor Bags

Do you throw your gym clothes in your bag after your workout and not take them out until hours later? I’ve been guilty of this. Keep odor reducing bags in your gym bag to prevent it from acquiring the smell of your sweaty gym clothes or socks.

5.) Face wipes + deodorant

This combo is essential post–workout. It makes freshening up on–the–go easy. Use face wipes that easily remove makeup and sweat and don’t irritate your skin. Apply deodorant pre and post–workout to avoid the sweaty smell.

6.) Water Bottle

It’s unlikely you will forgot to bring a water bottle to your workout, but because it is a must–have for any workout, it is a good idea to keep an extra one in your gym bag. Be sure to wash it with soap and water after each use to prevent bacteria.

7.) Underwear

There is nothing worse than changing out of your gym clothes to head to work and not having a pair of clean underwear. It can be a hard item to remember to pack, so do yourself a favor and keep a no–show pair always stashed in your gym bag.

8.) Hair Ties + brush

The worst feeling is getting to the gym and not having a hair tie to throw your hair up. The feeling of your hair sticking to your neck…no thank you. Keep a set of hair ties in your gym bag to prevent this and also to use after your workout when you need to toss your hair up in that high bun. Pack a brush as well, so you can smooth our your tangled hair easily.

What are your must–have gym bag essentials? Share with us in the comments below!

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    Addison Messer
    September 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I completely second socks. I have needed them more than once. One time I went in the pouring rain and by the time I got inside, the socks I was wearing were drenched. Thankfully I had another pair or I would have turned around and gone home. I also suggest a swim suit, goggles and a towel if your gym has a pool. That way, if you forgot something essential, you can at least get in a swim session.

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    September 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I need these odor reducing bags for my kids gym bags from school! This is a great comprehensive list for the gym!!

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    September 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    SOCKS! Yes! Totally agreed. Great post, Thanks!!

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    September 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Definitely love to keep my gym bag packed !

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    September 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Great tips. I nevet though about dry shampoo, this is the best tip for me 🙂

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    September 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Great Post! I just started to work out again since my twins are now three and I can’t make excuses anymore! I went to a class the other day and realized that I now I need a headband or something because I sweat like crazy! I guess it’s a good thing 🙂 I’m getting a good workout 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

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    September 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I have never heard of “odor bags” before. that is a great idea!

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    Blanca N Valbuena
    September 28, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I need to start doing this. I usually walk back home sweaty and shower there, but this would save so much time.

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