Essentials for every workout bag
Thereâ��s nothing more frustrating than carefully planning to work in an hour at the gym only to open your workout bag and find youâ��re missing something essential. Here are some must-pack items your next trip to the gym.
Gear-up: Obvious, we know, but make sure you are packing the right clothes and gear for your workout: Does your workout call for shorts or yoga pants? Swimsuit and googles? Lifting gloves? Running shoes? If you change up your routine, be sure youâ��re packed for the dayâ��s activities. If it wonâ��t add too much bulk to your bag, consider putting clothes for the week into separate zippered storage bags, labeled by workout (yoga, spin, weights, cardio, etc.). Donâ��t forget to pack essential undergarments: socks, sports bra and underwear. If sweaty hair is a bother, be sure to throw in a hat, hair tie or headband. Put in a plastic grocery bag (or two) for your post-workout clothes so itâ��s easy to remove your dirty laundry later. (It keeps your gym bag fresher, too.)
Clean-up: If youâ��re showering after your workout, youâ��ll need shampoo, conditioner and body wash. To save space in your bag, buy travel sizes or look for soaps that are 2-in-1 (body wash plus shampoo). If your gym has towels on-hand, save space in your bag and donâ��t bother packing one. If you wonâ��t have time to shower, pack dry shampoo and body/face towelettes. And, of course, deodorant! Even if youâ��re not showering, pack flip flops. You donâ��t want to be traipsing around a wet locker room in your good sneakers. Ladies, be sure to always keep a few pads and tampons in your supplies, too.
First aid: Donâ��t let minor cuts, blisters or aches and pains end your workout early. Keep a few bandages, moleskin, a small tube of antibiotic ointment and a travel-size bottle of pain reliever in an easy-to-grab pouch. Check medicines every few months for expiration dates.
Entertainment: Make sure you have your music (whether thatâ��s on your phone or a separate MP3 player), earbuds and a charger.
Hydration and nutrition: Pack a reusable water bottle that fits your workout and your personal preferences. â��Upgradeâ�� with bottle that has a frozen core or fruit infuser or go for a shaker bottleâ��perfect for supplements and protein mixes. Include a couple of snack bars or nut mixes in case you need to eat immediately before or after your workout.
Security: Locker rooms are easy pickings for thieves, so buy a small, light combination lock and keep it in your bag.
With these essentials, you can make sure you have everything you need for your workout. Take a few minutes at the end of each week to clean out your bag, re-stock and re-organize and youâ��ll be fully supplied for your next several trips to the gym.