There are some essential items to have in your gym bag for a great workout and also post workout. More importantly, putting certain staples in your gym bag can prevent common mishaps from happening. For example, if you suddenly realize you need to go out after the gym, only to find yourself without a change of clothes. That’s where the fully-stocked gym bag comes in. These are my favorite gym bag essentials that will keep you prepared at all times.
1. DRY SHAMPOO ≫ ENJOY
If you don't have time to take a full shower after your workout, you should bring along some dry shampoo. It only takes a few minutes to apply, and you'll feel better about how your hair looks. You've probably never used the product before, but you can find it pretty much anywhere, so don't forget to add it to your list. I personally LOVE Enjoy Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray($22)..it works wonders!
2. TOOTHBRUSH + MOUTHWASH ≫ QUIP,
Sometimes, a piece of gum just won't do the trick. If you're worried about the smell of your breath, bring along a toothbrush that you can use. You'll be able to go through the rest of your day without being self-conscious about what you smell like when you open your beautiful lips. I LOVE Quip ($45) for this very reason. It's a great portable toothbrush! I also carry with me Fettle Gum & Teeth Rinse ($28) and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Toothpaste ($9).
3. WATER BOTTLE ≫ BKR
The fact is you are going to sweat when you work out. That means you need to rehydrate due to this loss. It is absolutely essential to bring a water bottle (or two, unless you can fill it up at your gym) to the gym. If you don’t, your workouts might suffer and you may pass out from dehydration. This can all be avoided if you simply pack a water bottle! I personally love my bkr 1L water bottle ($45). It's cute, trendy and its vibrant color reminds me to keep hydrated! It's also glass and BPA-free.
4. PORTABLE FOOD ≫ SKOUT BACKCOUNTRY, MRM, & VITAL PROTEINS
Depending on the duration of your workout, you are going to need to replenish your glycogen stores afterward. This means getting in carbs and protein in a 4:1 ratio. To accomplish this, I like packing an extra insulated water bottle filled with protein powder and almond milk or a smoothie. Some other portable food options I like include Skout Backcountry Trail Bars ($22, box of 8), Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Collagen Peptide Stick Packs ($34, box of 20 )with Harmless Harmless Harvest Coconut Water, MRM Veggie Elite Protein Powder ($27), bananas, trail mix of pistachios, cashews, and dried cherries or blueberries. In general, I like having the protein shake and MRM BCAA ($27) after my workout, and the others before my workout.
5. EXTRA CLOTHES ≫ PLUS DEODERANT!
As far as items to have in your gym bag go, a change of clothes is a must. Even if you think you aren’t going out afterward, you never know if someone will text you to pick up something. Deodorant is also a must! I don’t know about you, but I most certainly don't want to smell when I’m out and about. This includes another pair of shorts or pants, sports bra, shirt, and don’t forget socks! It’s also a good idea to bring a jacket with you, especially if you get cold all the time like I do. Jackets are especially nice for keeping your muscles warmed up after yoga class as well.