What To Pack In Your Gym Bag This Summer
A great workout starts with a well-packed gym bag. There’s nothing worse than getting there and realizing you forgot something crucial to your workout routine. That’s why it’s a good idea to make sure your bag is packed and ready the night before—and that it has these great things inside it.
A Water Bottle
This is probably a no-brainer, but you don’t want to be stuck buying one at the gym or drinking the nasty fountain water. Plus, having a reusable water bottle is a lot eco-friendlier than buying disposables all the time. With such a variety of materials, patterns and styles out there, having your own bottle ensures you don’t get it mixed up with someone else’s, too.
A Healthy Snack
Eating the right foods before and after you work out can help you feel full, fuel your exercise and help you recover afterwards. Whether you hit the gym first thing in the morning or go after work, make sure you have something to eat before or after. A good protein bar or some trail mix is great for after, while an energy bar or a smoothie works for before.
Even if you’re just heading home after the gym, staying in your workout clothes is super uncomfortable. If where you go after the gym changes, make sure you think ahead and pack an outfit that’s appropriate. You don’t want to go anywhere in sweaty gym clothes.
Always have at least one extra pair of socks in your bag. First, your everyday socks probably aren’t going to be the best for a workout. You want athletic socks that are moisture wicking, padded and have a good amount of support.
Second, it’s easy to forget socks altogether in the summer months. If you’ve been wearing sandals to work or out all day, you might not even think of socks. Just to be safe, make sure you’ve got some socks in your bag. You’ll thank yourself on the day you forget them.
This is one of the most important items you need to have at a gym. Instead of wiping down your face with your dirty hands, wipe it down with a towel to help minimize the spread of bacteria. You can also use it as a shield between yourself and the gym equipment.
Not all towels are created equal. Make sure you have one that’s going to hold up to being washed after every workout. You also want something that’s pretty absorbent, to keep you dry during a workout, but it doesn’t have to be as absorbent as a bath towel. Cotton is an optimal material, but there are others that are good too. It’s all about finding the perfect one for you.
If you can’t wash your hair at the gym, this is the next best thing. If you have an appointment or somewhere to run after, this can keep your hair still looking good and manageable. Throw it up in a messy bun and you’re good to go!
A Music Player
You might have trouble getting motivated with whatever is playing on the gym televisions. Or their satellite music station. Bring some headphones and a phone or iPod that has your signature workout playlist on it. Nothing gets you pumped up more than your favorite jams.
A First Aid Kit
You can never be too careful. Cuts and scrapes are typical, so having Band-Aids and antibiotic is a good idea. Accidents can always happen so it’s better to be prepared. Have some bandages, wraps, tape, gauze and instant ice packs on hand in case something bigger happens.
A Fitness Tracker
Tracking your workouts is a great way to measure progress and make sure you’re hitting your goals. If it’s inconvenient to wear one all the time, at least wear it at the gym. Calorie tracking, step counting and heart rate monitoring are all important things to have access to during a workout.
Another seemingly obvious one, but that means it can be easily forgotten. You don’t want to be the person at the gym that no one wants to use the treadmill beside because you reek. Definitely double check and make sure this is in there. Maybe add an odor eliminating spray for your shoes or bag.
Make sure your gym bag is packed and ready to go before you hit up your workout! With these items, you’ll be ready to go and make your workout the best it can be.