What to pack in your gym bag

Packing for the gym seems like an easy task, but forgetting an important item can make or break your workout. I can't tell you how many times I've arrived at the gym only to find out I forgot my water bottle, heart rate monitor, or even worse, my sneakers. Yes, I have in fact done that....multiple times. 

Anyway, because I workout so early in the morning, it is super easy to forget things as I scramble to get out the door when I'm half asleep. Thankfully, this rarely happens anymore because I now know exactly what I need to bring and I always pack it the night before. 

Here's a list of my gym bag essentials and and some tips to help you stay organized. This process has worked out really well for me the past few months and if you're forgetful like me, you'll definitely want to start doing this. 

Tip 1: Get a solid gym bag 

Finding the right bag is key to having a stress-free workout. On days that I go to the gym before work, I use my Adidas duffle which perfectly holds all my stuff. It's lightweight, has a lot of space, and I love that it has a mesh pocket on the side that is perfect for storing my shower shoes. 

If I go to the gym in the evening or on the weekends, I prefer brining a smaller gym bag. I recently bought a backpack from SoulCycle and I absolutely love it. It's perfect for days when I don't have as much stuff, and it's super cute too. 

Tip 2: Buy a set of toiletries for your gym bag 

To keep things easy for me, I keep face wash, deodorant, make up remover, and a brush in my bag at all times. I only use these at the gym, and have separate ones that I use at home. This way, I don't have to remember to pack these items everyday and I never go without them. It makes life so much easier. 

I also have a small makeup bag that contains only my "everyday makeup" that I bring with me almost everywhere. I usually keep it in my car so that I always have it. 

Tip 3: Leave spare clothes in your gym bag- just in case 

There's literally NOTHING WORSE than realizing you forgot to bring a change of underwear or socks after a hard workout. Yes, this has happened to me, and yes, it pretty much ruined the rest of my day and I truly hope it never has to happen to you. 

On the bright side, I've learned that it can be prevented if I leave an extra pair of undies and socks in my bag for emergencies only. This has been super helpful, and I highly recommend it. 

Tip 4: Pack your gym bag the night before 

I always pack my gym bag right before I go to bed. I pick out everything, including the clothes that I wear to the gym and the clothes I will wear to work. I also make sure that my breakfast and lunch are ready so that I just have to grab them from the fridge before I leave. This saves me so much time in the morning and allows me to sleep in as late as possible. 

Here's a list of everything in my gym bag:

  • Workout clothes: leggings, shirt, sports bra, socks, sneakers
  • Clothes for work
  • Polar A300 watch and HR strap (I love using this to track my workouts and see how hard I'm pushing myself) 
  • Water bottle (I use a glass Contigo one, and let me tell you, this thing is durable. It fell off the treadmill at full speed, slammed into the ground and hit another treadmill. It didn't even chip) 
  • Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Jump rope
  • Lock (So I can keep my bag in the locker room) 
  • Beats headphones
  • Lyte Lumo Pack portable charger (Since I rely on my phone to do my workouts, this is great for ensuring my phone is always charged)
  • Makeup bag
  • Shower shoes