6 Essential Items to Have in Your Gym Bag

Whether you’re going to be spending a couple of hours lifting weights or you’re going to be in and out of the gym within an hour, it’s always a good idea to pack a gym bag with the essentials. The following six items should be in everyone’s gym bag.

1. Lock

If you stash your gym bag in a locker, but you’re not able to lock it, you run the risk of having somebody swipe your stuff while you’re working out. Some gyms will even have staff go through unlocked lockers and pull items out because it’s not safe to keep them unlocked – if that happens, ask about your bag at the front desk. Make sure you know the combination to your lock, though. If you tend to forget it, keep it in a password app in your phone. Or, opt for a key lock and keep your keys on you during your workout. It’s never safe to have your gym bag with you where you’re working out because it can post a safety risk for other people.

2. Dry Shampoo

If you’re not going to wash your hair after a workout, you can give it a boost with dry shampoo. This is a great product for people on-the-go who don’t want to do a full shampoo every single day. Dry shampoo soaks up excess oil so you can make your blow out last another day. Plus, it makes your hair smell fresh.

3. Specific Gear suggests that you keep your workout-specific gear in your bag. This way, you won’t be unprepared if you opt to take a yoga class instead of running on the treadmill one day. A bathing suit and googles, weight-lifting gloves, spinning sneakers or yoga mat should always be in your bag, depending on your workout preferences.

4. Face and Makeup Wipes

If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to scrub your face, a face wipe will help you cleanse quickly and get rid of any makeup that’s run off during your makeup. Even if you’re heading straight home for a shower, a face wipe will make you feel clean immediately. Plus, it will help prevent clogged pores that can cause acne.

5. Two-in-One Soap

If you’re going to shower at the gym before heading to work or going out to dinner, a two-in-one soap will get you clean without taking up too much space in your bag. These soaps work as a body and face cleanser as well as shampoo.

6. Water

According to US News, it’s a lot safer to bring along your own water bottle than to drink from or fill up at the water fountains. So many people drink from those fountains every day that they tend to be covered with bacteria.

Remember that the bag itself matters. You’ll want one that’s water-resistant and that’s small enough to fit in your gym locker while being big enough to hold everything you need.