Gym Bag Essentials:

What You Should Bring To The Gym

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If you're going to the gym for the first time or if you've gone to the gym and found out that you didn't put enough thought on what to bring with you, this article is for you.

These are the essential things that you should bring to the gym. I won't include dead obvious things like gym shoes and a change of clothes.

Refillable Water Bottle

Tempted though you may be by other beverages, nothing quenches thirst like water. Bring the bottle with you in your workout. You'll love that you have it on hand when your body starts screaming for hydration.

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Flip Flops

Wear your flip flops when you shower. The shower is common to all gym goers so there is a chance of fungal infection. Also, when you get out of the shower area you'll be walking back to your locker and you don't want to walk that floor on bare feet.

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Fuel for the body that is. Bananas are popular and so are energy bars.

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Working out and then going out to work? Or hitting the gym after work then going on a date? Just imagine yourself without deodorant. If you did forget to bring it I have two words for you: convenience store.

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Soap and shampoo

Soap and shampoo is the basic stuff. You might add conditioner, cologne or perfume, moisturizer, lotions etc.

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Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash

You'll certainly need some oral hygiene products if you've made a stop at the gym bar or if you've been eating your gym food.

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Toiletry bag

Without a toiletry bag all your hygiene products will basically swill around your gym bag. This organization tool is a must.

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Laundry bag and shoe bag

There are gym bags with a separate waterproof compartment for wet gear or shoes. If yours does not, you should at least use a couple of plastic bags. Or you can get a special shoe bag and laundry bag. Not only will they keep the wet items from the dry ones they'll also keep the wet items and shoes from smelling.

Bring enough bags for your soggy gym clothes, shoes and wet towels.

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Band aids

This is a just-in-case measure. You don't want to have a minor cut and and not have these. It's best to put the bandaids in a small, hard container. That way they don't get sogged up or crumpled.


At least a small face towel for you to bring to your workout and a bath towel for the shower room.

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