It’s time to take the guesswork out of packing your gym bag. By packing just the right amount, you can ensure that you have all of your workout essentials without feeling weighed down on your commute.
Trust us, we’ve all thought about bringing those extra juices, nail files and old equipment to the gym, but honestly, who needs it? When it comes to packing for the gym, it’s all about keeping it simple.
By knowing how to pack the perfect gym bag, you go confidently into your workouts knowing that you have all the essentials you need before and after your session. How relaxing is that? So, before you head to the gym, make sure you have these 11 workout essentials packed in your gym bag.
There is nothing worse than getting to the gym and realizing that you forgot to pack your sneakers. Seriously, how are you supposed to get through a spin class with no shoes? Make that harsh reality a thing of the past by always packing your sneakers first when assembling your gym bag. Don’t forget your socks either! Many gyms try to charge you a pretty penny for things like socks and towels, so be sure to bring your own!
An essential for any gym experience is a good pair of headphones. Motivating music and quality headphones can totally make the difference between a good workout and a great workout. So, whether you’re a fan of tiny earbuds or love the larger, over-the-ear style headphones, be sure to throw your favorite pair into your bag before you head out of the door.
Pro tip: Throw a few hand towels into the dryer as well. If used damp, these tiny towels are perfect for steaming open your pores before a facemask or softening your cuticles before a mani/pedi.
3. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLEStaying hydrated is essential during workouts, so make sure to keep a bottle of water close by during your workout. We recommend using a reusable water bottle as they are better for the environment and keep your water colder for longer.
4. GYM CLOTHES
Just like your sneakers, you don’t want to be caught at the gym without proper gym attire. An easy way to remember what you’ve packed is to make a small list as you go and pin it to your bag. Don’t remember if you’ve packed something? Just check the list!
5. DRY SHAMPOO
Don’t have the time or energy to shower after your workout? We’ve all been there! By bringing along a bottle of your favorite dry shampoo, you can soak up excess oils and sweat from your strands, while adding volume and texture to your roots.
6. SHOWER ESSENTIALS
For those of you who plan on a quick rinse after your workout, be sure to pack a small makeup bag full of your shower essentials. From strengthening shampoos and conditioners to a lightly scented body wash, make sure you have everything you need to feel squeaky clean from head to toe.
7. CLEANSING WIPES
Cleansing towelettes can be a lifesaver after the gym. From removing sweat and makeup to acting as an impromptu odor neutralizer (no judgment!), cleansing wipes are a must for any woman’s workout bag.
This one is pretty obvious. Keep B.O. at bay before, after, and during your workout by swiping your underarms with a lightly scented deodorant. Whether you choose vegan formula or opt for a clinical strength option, make sure your deodorant is always on hand.
9. WIDE-TOOTHED COMB
Kick annoying tangles to the curb by packing a wide toothed comb in your gym bag. These gentle tools are perfectly for delicately removing snags and knots from your strands. Be sure to detangle from the bottom up, however, to prevent any unnecessary damage or breakage to the hair. By working from the bottom up, you lessen your chances of damaging your hair as you won’t be tugging downwards on your hair causing your knots to become entangled with one another.
10. COMPACT MICROFIBER TOWELSometimes gym towels don’t always get the job done. Always ensure that you have a clean, fresh towel after your workout by bringing your own from home. Many fitness and wellness companies make compact microfiber towels that are perfect for bringing with you on-the-go. Simply choose your favorite color and throw in your bag before your workout.
One of the best ways to heal your body after a workout is by having a light, protein-filled snack, according to Self. We recommend bringing along a protein bar, walnuts, or your favorite fruits to keep your blood sugar in check and help speed up the healing process.
There you have it – the perfectly packed gym bag. Want to show us what else you pack for your workout? Tag @pureology in your next gym post to show off what’s in your gym bag.