Essential Fitness Gear for Every Gym Bag

A gym bag that is kitted out with essential gear ensures you’ve got everything to hand, just when you need it. But, knowing what to put in the bag is the hard part. Here are some ideas to make the task that bit easier.

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Water bottle

A water bottle is probably one of the most important items to pop in your gym bag, as it means you can quench your thirst easily during workouts. It’s also more eco-friendly to bring your own bottle than take single-use plastic cups at the gym’s water fountain. Invest in a good quality reusable bottle that can keep liquids chilled.



Some gyms provide towels free of charge, whereas at others you have to pay. Either way, it’s always worthwhile sticking a towel in your gym bag when you need to keep the sweat at bay. Avoid large fluffy affairs, however, as they’ll only gobble the space up in your bag, and instead opt for a small, hand towel. A microfibre towel is a worthy choice as it’s great at absorbing moisture and dries quickly.



If you don’t have time to shower after a gym session, you can rely on a quick slick of deodorant to freshen you up, making it a must-have for any gym bag. If you want to save space, opt for a roll-on deodorant rather than a spray can.



If you’re monitoring your workout progress, a reliable fitness tracker is the perfect addition to any gym bag. Choose one that best suits your individual needs and goals. For those who like to exercise to music, don’t forget to pack your MP3 player or phone. Invest in some wireless Bluetooth earbuds to enhance your workout session.



Depending on what activity you’re doing at the gym, make sure your bag is packed with the right clothing (or equipment) that offers support, comfort, flexibility and protection. For ladies, a supportive sports bra is essential. A decent pair of trainers and sweat-wicking socks will also earn their place in your gym bag.


Hair care

Keep long hair off your face when exercising by adding a hair bobble or tie to your gym bag. Opt for small travel-sized hair products if you wash your hair after your workout. If you don’t have time for this, a quick spray with a dry shampoo should help to revitalise your locks.


Spare bag

Chuck a spare plastic carrier bag in your gym bag to store any damp items after your session. This will stop the rest of your bag from getting wet.


Muscle rub

If your muscles begin to feel the strain after a workout, a handy muscle rub balm can help to calm them down. There are lots of different varieties to choose from but look for ointments containing soothing menthol and eucalyptus, which not only aid aching muscles but smell refreshing, too.



To refuel after your exercise session, bung a healthy nutritious snack into your bag that is high in protein. Protein-rich snacks are especially ideal for those looking to sculpt their physique, as protein helps to build muscles after a workout. Plus, if you’ve got a healthy snack in your bag, you’re less likely to be tempted by other post-exercise snacks elsewhere, which might not be as healthy!