11 Must-Haves for Your Spring Gym Bag

Springtime is not only a great time to clean out your closets and part ways with last year’s (or last decade’s) apparel, it’s also a great excuse to restock your gym bag with fun new essentials for the season. We’re happy to come to your rescue, with great finds for your face, body and wardrobe, plus some handy gear to make springtime workouts even more enjoyable.

Put away those earmuffs, dust off those short shorts, and let’s get (re)packing.

Beauty Products

Face wipes

Swipe right—or left—to quickly remove sweat, dirt and oil from your skin post-class with these hydrating wipes. You’ll save time at the sink and get to happy hour even sooner. No rinsing required.
Try itPurify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes by Pacifica, $6

Eye shadow

A gorgeous array of springtime tones, with adorable names like Pelican, Serenity and Coral Haze, offer a quick spruce-up post-class. Plus, they’re paraben-, phlalate- and sulfate-free.
Try itSephora + Pantone Universe Eye Shadow Palette, $39

SPF moisturizer 

The alkalizing power of sea plants hydrates and protects, whether you’re on an outdoor run or reapplying before brunch after yoga. Get your sunshine on and keep your skin safe with SPF 15 (essential, we think!).
Try itAlba Botanica SPF15 Moisturizer, $14

Dry shampoo

No time to shampoo after class? No worries. This simple dry option from amika, available in a gym bag-friendly size from Birch Box, absorbs sweat and smoothes sans showerhead.
Try itamika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, $24

Deodorant 

Because sometimes you need a natural deodorant that works. And because you want it to look cute. This does both.
Try itNourish Organic Fresh Fig Deodorant, $7

Fitness Gear

Water bottle

Kick the disposable water bottle habit and hydrate in sustainable style with a gorgeous variety of portable “Bobbles” with built-in filters. Available in insulated stainless steel or BPA-free plastic, these are stylish enough to sit on your desk at work and reliable enough to ensure you always have clean, delicious water at your fingertips. For extra personalization, check out Build my Bobble, where you can customize the colors of your filter cage and collar.
Try it: Classic Bobble, $13

Headphones

Avoid the frustration of your headphone cord tangling around everything in your bag with these uber-pro wireless headphones from Sol Republic. They sit comfortably on the back of your neck, leaving you more freedom and fewer instances of accidentally ripping out your buds during your workout. They also include an eight-hour rechargeable battery.
Try itSol Republic Wireless Shadow Headphones, $100

Running jacket

Could this spring-inspired jacket be any more perfect? It’s waterproof and packs up small, making it a great option for those unexpected April showers. Wear it over another layer for an outdoor bike ride, and revel in how cute you look covered in flowers.
Try it: Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Blossom Jacket, $185

Headband 

You don’t really need an excuse to buy more workout headbands, but it’s spring and these are spring-toned. You’re welcome.  
Try itLucy Power Double Strap Headband, $6

Snacks

Seaweed 

Maple-touched seaweed? Sounds weird, but this deliciously nourishing snack is light enough to have before a workout and potent enough to rebalance your electrolytes afterwards.
Try it: Maple Seaweed Snacks, $4

Meal replacement bars

Made in Durham, N.C., Big Spoon Roasters bars are one of our new favorites. They’re high in protein and fiber—thanks, peanuts!— and offer a big boost of energy. Toss one in your bag to have on hand to prevent one of those I’m-about-to-bonk workout moments.
Try itBig Spoon Roasters Meal Replacement Bars, $21 for six

 

Amy Height is a holistic health coach, triathlete and yogi traveling North America full-time to discover the best in nutrition and fitness. She shares healthy living ideas and plant-based, gluten-free recipes at From the Ground Up Wellness. Follow the adventures and find some fit-foodie inspiration on Instagram, amyheight.