What to Pack In Your Gym Bag

What to Pack in Your Gym Bag?

A gym bag is a great way to pack all your gym essentials for a workout, and can do double duty as the perfect smaller bag for weekend travel. Similar to a duffle bag, the key characteristics that set a gym bag apart is its structure. A gym bag usually features a rectangular base with a zippered opening top. They are usually carried by hand with two handles held together, though sometimes there is a strap that enables you to carry it over the shoulder. Being organized and prepared is a big part of realizing goals, and packing a well-stocked gym bag for your workout can be a big key to your success. To help you plan for your next session at the gym or in the studio, we’ve created a list of 5 essential items to have on hand, packed up and ready to go!

Gym bag essentials:

Water Bottle

Towel

Fitness Tracker

Post-Workout Snacks

Change of Clothes

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is an integral part to working out. Supporting endurance and muscle recovery, while helping to avoid dehydration by replacing fluid lost from sweating. Ideally you should be drinking before, after, and during a workout for best results, while monitoring your thirst levels as you go. A good amount to aim for is 20 ounces of water before exercise, 8 ounces for every 20-minute interval, and 8 ounces post-workout. Having a water bottle already packed up in your gym bag is a great way to remember this gym essential. Using water bottles with a stainless steel double wall design like S’well can help keep drinks warm or cold for hours, so you can fill your water bottle ahead of time and be ready to go when you need it. The LARQ self-cleaning water bottle which uses UV-C LED light to purify the water bottle and your water of up to 99.99% of harmful odor-causing germs, and you can leave it in your bag at all times. The Aquio steel water bottle with rechargeable and removable Bluetooth speaker is perfect for combining hydration with your favourite tunes during a home workout or outdoor training session.

Towel

With all the sweat in the air and on benches, gyms are unfortunately a hotbed for germs and bacteria. While most gyms provide towels and sanitary spray to wipe down equipment, not all do, and you never know when your workout might fall on laundry day. Having a personal towel packed in your gym bag to wipe down equipment means you don’t have to rely on the gym to provide one for you, so you can stay in the zone and keep your workout on track.

Fitness Tracker

Tracking your progress and fitness levels when working out has loads of benefits for both the short term, and in the long run. When trying to hit goals at while active or at rest, fitness trackers and smart watches from Fitbit, Garmin, and Fossil can give you real-time results for things like your heart rate, step count, sleep and more. Staying on top of your results makes you more likely to reach or surpass goals by actively engaging with feedback. With a fitness tracker you become accountable to yourself, while improving focus. Depending on the person, a fitness tracker might be considered worth wearing all the time, but if you’re just trying it out, you can keep it in your gym bag to use exclusively during a workout. A fitness journal is also a useful tool when it comes to workout success. A space where you can write down reps, sets, speed, and physical and emotional reactions to a workout also pays dividends in the long run.

Post-Workout Snacks

Your body loses more than just fluids when you work out. Whether you’re lifting, running, or stretching, your muscles lose proteins as they are exercised. That’s why it’s important to eat after a workout to promote recovery. Carbs, fats, and especially protein are important nutrients to consider when planning and packing a post-workout snack. Go homemade if you’re meal prepping with a snacks you’ve preassembled in a lunch container or a smoothie, or stock up on naturally protein-rich foods like nuts or jerkies.

Change of Clothes

There’s nothing worse than finishing your workout and realizing you have to wear the same sweaty clothes you exercised in home. Packing a change of clothes for the next part of your day in your gym bag, whether they’re for work, school, or relaxing at home is something you should never leave out!