Gym Bag Essentials

Whether you’re in the gym for a quick bit of cardio or you’re pumping iron for 90 minutes, its good to come organized with all the items you’ll need while in the gym and afterwards.

Here’s a peek into what a pack in my gym bag on a typical day….

Gym Bag

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I currently carry a large pink Victoria Secret’s tote (that’s meant for the beach) because the thing is huge and has very convenient pockets so I don’t lose my phone, keys, and other smaller items.

For true gym rats, I’d recommend a sportier bag much like this one from UnderArmour. It’s got separate spaces for smelly gym shoes and wet shower flip flops and its small size doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Deodorant

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 This is a no brainer and should obviously be the first thing you throw into your bag. I use Tom’s of Main Natural Aluminum Free deodorant because it uses no artificial fragrances or preservatives. I have told so many people to switch to natural deodorants. Aluminum has been linked to a number of health issues such as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone disorders, and kidney problems. Using an aluminum free deodorant lowers your risk of these health issues.

Body Wash

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If you’re showering at the gym, a great body wash is Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soaps. I use the Tea Tree Oil one. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, this stuff is a 100% better than the popular mass marketed body washes and soaps in the market. Also, tea tree oil is great for acne and bacterial infections on the skin.

 Fuel

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Some form of protein. Usually a protein bar with less than 10 grams of fat is ideal. I love RISE vegan protein bars. The Almond Honey bars are my favorite because they are gluten free, have 20 grams of protein and consist of just 3 ingredients. Yeah that’s right. Just 3 ingredients. Can’t get much better than that when having a protein bar on the go. Also, if you’re not a fan of protein bars, a banana and some rice cakes are great post workout.

Water Bottle

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It’s super important to hydrate while working out. I always carry my Drop Bottle not only because it looks great but I like to infuse fruits like strawberries, oranges, lemon, and even sometimes mint in it to give me a little taste of natural sugar while I work out. It’s also much tastier than just drinking plain old water and it’s good for you too!

Other essentials…

  • Hair ties
  • Brush/Comb
  • Shower cap
  • Makeup wipes/Baby wipes
  • Perfume