15 Gym Bag Essentials

Getting the perfect workout is about more than just digging down to find the intestinal fortitude for one last set; it’s also about having the right gear. If you aren’t equipped for your time at the gym, you’re not going to be nearly as effective as someone with the right clothes, the right earbuds, and the right hydration system for staying on point and Getting It Done. You need to have all your gear ready to go in your gym bag so that no excuse can slip in unannounced and no reason can keep you from maintaining your Adonis physique. That’s why we’re here to help you.

Choosing the right gear for your gym bag is about providing your mind, body, and soul with everything it needs for a truly brutal workout. When you have it and the stars align, you’ll be riding the endorphin high all day long. So that you never falter or fail in meeting your physical goals, here’s the essentials for your gym bag.

Gymboss miniMAX

Gymboss miniMAX

Interval training is a huge part of any gym goer’s routine. With the miniMAX, you’re always able to keep track of your timing so that you don’t overexert yourself, nor spend too little time on any single workout. Intervals run from 2 seconds to 99 minutes, and you can program several regimens into the machine for quick, easy run-throughs.

Purchase: $28

BlenderBottle ProStak System

BlenderBottle ProStak System

Here’s your entire supplement system in a single bottle. Storage is included for prepping your pre, post, and during workout supplements, whether you prefer creatine shakes or vitamin pills. The base is a 22-ounce bottle with included pill boxes, and a pair of jars at 100cc and 150cc for ideal measurements in a snap.

Purchase: $12

Youphoria Sport Towel

Youphoria Sport and Travel Towel

Keeping your body dry is important, but so is wiping down machines and having a personal drying cloth that is untainted by the sadly unhygienic gym world. This towel from Youphoria dries fast in its mesh bag or when hung up so it’s never wet and always ready for whatever workout is on deck.

Purchase: $15

Desired Tools Padlock

Desired Tools Padlock

You want to be able to keep the stuff in your bag safe, but also be able to get to it in a hurry. For that, using the quick 4-digit locking mechanism from Desired Tools has you covered. An easy combination as simple as your PIN, fast release, and smooth dial mechanism makes your stuff secure without being overkill.

Purchase: $12

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Heavy-duty stainless steel, this won’t ever allow contaminants from your filthy clothes or workout socks from ruining the flavor of your water. Insulated to keep your fluids cold and nearly unbreakable, it’s ideal for a bag that is going to be used and abused day after sweaty day. The wide mouth opening is great for gulping down your H20 without sucking or fumbling with mouthpieces.

Purchase: $26

JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones

JayBird BlueBuds X

Those winged flanges on the X are what make these a beloved go-to earbud for the gym. They’ll fit comfortably and then refuse to budge, even if you’re bouncing around through the Zumba class your girlfriend insisted on. They’ll run for 8 hours and give you stellar audio quality that doesn’t jitter or fade as you move.

Purchase: $129

Uppercut Monster Hold Pomade

Uppercut Monster Hold Pomade

Working out might make your body sexy, but it makes your hair a flat, lifeless mess. Don’t ruin your pecs and biceps by having a dead head; pump it up with a pomade that can stand up to rain, sweat, blood, tears, and probably carpet bombing.

Purchase: $18

Old Spice High Endurance Pure Sport 0

Old Spice High Endurance Deodorant

If your workout doesn’t leave you with that special man musk, then you’re doing it wrong. While it might attract the neighborhood dogs, your scent needs to be covered by a serious deodorant that doesn’t just mask it. Old Spice knows about both pleasant aromas and killing the bacteria that cause reeking pits. Trust your smell to them and forget about it.

Purchase: $7 3-Pack

Jack Black Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser

Jack Black Turbo Wash

The best makers of natural hygiene products, Jack Black’s hair and body wash is made to not only clean away dirt and oils, but to energize your skin, revitalize your body, and make you feel fresh and new the moment you step out of the shower. Try it and you’ll see the price is worth it.

Purchase: $23

Adidas Adilette Slides

Adidas Adilette Slides

Gym showers are the third most contaminated place on the planet outside of sewage plants and elementary school bathrooms. Prevent warts, fungus, and whatever other bug wants to hop onto your feet with these tough shower shoes; specifically built to prevent bacteria from surviving on them.

Purchase: $30

Goruck 38L Gym Bag

GoRuck 38 Liter Gym Bag

Naturally, one of the essentials for your gym bag would be the bag itself. This one from Go Ruck is as tough as they come and made like an old boxer’s bag. No flashy nonsense, just plenty of space to keep all your kit, a matte black look, and loads of sections for separating dirty clothes, shoes, and other wearables.

Purchase: $75

Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Fitness Locker

Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Fitness Locker

The bag within the bag, this is the perfect way to keep your clean and dirty clothes apart. Dirty clothes get sequestered in the odor-guarded back pocket while clean stuff goes in the mesh front. With TPU-coated fabric that kills bacteria, this is the secret to keeping a clean gym bag for ages.

Purchase: $27

Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags

Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags

Like those little packets that come with new shoes that you aren’t supposed to eat, these help absorb smells and prevent any microbes from gaining a foothold and turning your bag into a petri dish. Totally natural, these use charcoal to make your tote fresh as a daisy without using a lot of perfumes or nonsense.

Purchase: $10

Harry's Shave Cream

Harry’s Shave Cream

Prevent breakouts and help keep your skin hydrated after it’s been stripped bear from a serious sweat. Harry’s shave cream is a sweet-smelling spa day for your face all in a little tube.

Purchase: $8

Harry's Truman Razor

Harry’s The Truman Razor

To go along with your lovely shaving cream, you need a razor that won’t abrade your flesh and is always sharp and ready for action. The Truman will cut close without ever drying you out or causing razor burn for a close, satiny-smooth shave.

Purchase: $10