Packing a Gym Bag

When heading to the gym, nothing can ruin a good workout than realizing your gym bag doesn't have everything you need in it. You can go from fully motivated to knock out a cardio session to dragging yourself back to your house, only to lose that motivation to go back to the gym. After all, with all that wasted time, your whole evening would have to shift back an hour. Instead, knowing how to pack a gym bag can ensure that you are ready to go at all times for a gym day.

The first part knowing how to pack a gym bag is ensuring that you have everything you need for it. Follow our checklist and lay everything out on a counter first.

You'll Need:

  • A towel for after your workout and one for showering after if necessary
  • Spare clothes, including socks and underwear
  • Deodorant
  • A hairbrush
  • Shower gel (if necessary)
  • Shampoo and conditioner (if necessary)
  • Workout shoes
  • Hair ties, bobby pins, and a headband
  • Shoes for after your workout
  • Yoga mat (if necessary)
  • Water bottle
  • A snack for after your workout
  • Armband to hold your phone or iPod
  • Headphones
  • Portable phone charger
  • Workout leggings, sports bra, and top
  • Clothes to change into (if necessary)

Now that you know what to pack, we break down the best way to pack it.

First off, you'll want to put your spare clothes at the bottom of the bag. These are there just in case, and hopefully won't be used often, so they go in first. Next, you'll want to put all of your snacks in, as they won't be used until the end of the workout. After that put in your change of clothes, if you plan on showering and changing at the gym. Then, put in your toiletries and towel for your shower if you plan on showering there. Once those are all in, it's time to pack your gym clothes, so your shoes, leggings, etc. Keep a hair tie there for easy accessibility. After that, your phone charger and headphones, as well as your water, go in a side pocket or standing upright, leaving your yoga mat, if you are carrying one, which may need to go separately, depending on the size of your gym bag.

Just like that, you are good to go with everything you could need, in an easy to reach bag.