If you’re working on your fitness routine and aiming to keep things healthy and in check, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve got all the right items in your bag for the moment you’re ready to sneak a workout in. 

1. Microfiber Gym Towel

Microfiber Gym Towel

You go to the gym to stretch, workout and sweat it out. Microfiber gym towels are soft, convenient, and quick drying, so you’ll be ready to dry off and change to quickly get to work on time. Making sure you have one of these in your bag means you’ll never find yourself waiting to air dry or needing to use one of the less than ideal towels provided by your gym. Do we even know how well they clean those?

2. Protein Bars

Protein Bars
Protein Bars

Whether it’s a pre-workout or a post-workout snack, it’s important to make sure you don’t find yourself without a little bit of sustenance to use as an excuse not to go workout. Hold yourself accountable and keep a protein bar or two in your bag at all times to eat on the way down. High-protein, low-sugar bars are best, so you don’t find yourself fighting a sugar rush.

3. Water Bottle

Water Bottle

This should really seem like a no-brainer when it comes to necessities in your bag. Every workout junkie or athlete knows that hydration is key when it comes to seeing progress. But, it’s important to pick the right kind of water bottle: insulated to keep it chilled, stainless steel so it’s durable and eco-friendly, so you’re promoting a healthy world to workout in.

4. Workout clothes

Workout clothes
Workout clothes

Having a workout bag with clothes and gear already in it means you’re not going to need to run home to grab equipment before you work out. The convenience of having everything you’ll already need, ready to go is one less reason for you to try to give an excuse to not go to the gym today. This should include socks, shoes, workout pants, and a workout shirt. Whether you grab the bag before you leave for work or leave it in your car regularly, there’s no reason you can’t squeeze in a quick lifting session.

5. Deodorant


Sweating is a sign of a great workout, but most of us would prefer to not have the odour. Keep a stick of deodorant in your bag in case you need to quickly swipe some on either before or after your workout. This is a must especially in an environment prone to resulting in unwanted odours.

6. Workout Headphones

Workout Headphones
Let’s be honest, the intensity of your workout is often directly connected to two things: your mood, and your playlist. While we can’t necessarily help you with the first, finding durable, wireless, quality-sound headphones mean you’ll find yourself quickly in the zone and ready to put in some work.

7. Personal Lock

Personal Lock
Personal Lock

You shouldn’t have to worry about year gear being taken from the locker room, so keeping your own personal lock in your bag means you’ll always know your combo and can use your own locker without stressing about some public lock on a locker.

8. Mini Shampoo/Conditioner

Mini Shampoo/Conditioner
Mini Shampoo/Conditioner
You know those little bottles of body wash, shampoo, and conditioner you always leave behind at the hotels you stay at? Next time, grab them before you go. Keep your own miniature set of body care items in your bag in case your workout comes before something important to go to. Conveniently small and usually of pretty decent quality, they’re just great to always have around.

With a well-prepared gym bag, you’ll find yourself running out of excuses not to go to the gym and get a great workout in. And with this kind of preparation, you’ll notice how quickly you’re seeing real results!