What to Pack in Your Summer Gym Bag

When the weather finally makes that switch to summer, there is an immediate desire to shed layers of clothes, cut hair shorter and carry less. A few smart choices will lighten your gym bag while still satisfying your needs. Here’s a round up of summer gym bag essentials that won’t make you sweat.

A convenient accessory

We’ve all experienced the uncontrollable messy hair that comes from a major workout. Enter the summer hat, which can make us look a little more put together and is a convenient way to tame a wild mane without much effort.
Buy it now: Rosin Wide Brim Felt Fedora by Urban Outfitters, $29

A solid hair product

Dry shampoo is a no brainer year-round, but it’s of particular importance during the summer, when the simple walk to class makes us sweat. This version by Verb gives a healthy boost to the roots and actually adds a little body while absorbing oil and impurities.
Buy it now: Dry Shampoo by Verb, $14

An extra tank

You never know when you’ll feel the urge to jump into the class that’s immediately following the one you’re in. Going hard in the summer means a sweaty tank is essentially guaranteed. That’s why keeping an extra lightweight top in your gym bag just makes sense.
Buy it now: V-Back Mesh Inset Tank by Ivy Park, $42

A way to hydrate

Staying hydrated all summer long is much easier to do when the beverage is an interesting one. This bottle has a compartment for placing summer’s finest fruits to lightly flavor the water and make hydrating a little more exciting.
Buy it now: Fruit Infusion Water bottle by Calia, $30

An instant face refresher

After a sweaty commute to class, it feels great to use a fresh, scented face wipe to dissolve any of the grime that has built up along the way. These towelettes by Herban Essentials come in several different scents, but the peppermint essential oil wipes in particular seems like a smart cooling option for the summer months. The light scent will linger long enough to keep you invigorated throughout class.
Buy it now: Peppermint Towelettes by Herban Essentials, $16

Sun protection

A quality SPF is a requirement but can sometimes feel too thick to be comfortable when the temperatures rise. This sheer serum provides lightweight coverage with SPF 30, and includes a subtle tint that makes it feel more like light make-up than a heavy sunscreen.
Buy it now: City Sunscreen Serum with Soft Focus Finish SPF 30 by Supergoop, $42

A pack of hair ties

Summer is when you constantly need more hair ties, since tossing long locks into a top knot instantly cools you down. Because hair ties always seem to go missing mysteriously, it’s a good idea to keep a pack around for good measure.
Buy it now: Zing Hair Ties by Anthropologie, $15

Hand sanitizer

Summer is great, but sometimes the heat makes us feel gross. Keeping a pocket-size hand sanitizer around helps to relieve some of that feeling while also killing germs and softening the skin. The happy, tropical flavors of this new line will brighten your day and leave you feeling refreshed and clean.
Buy it now: Yay Summer Sanitizing Hand Gel by Bath and Body Works, $2

A legit deodorant

Look for a brand and product that provides 24 hours of protection. A spray is a sensible option for summer because it won’t soften or melt in the heat and never leaves a residue on clothing.
Buy it now: Dry Comfort Anti Perspirant Spray by Nivea, $12

Amy Hillock is a freelance writer and an executive producer at production company ASSEMBLY9 in New York City. She enjoys leading workplace wellness yoga in offices around Manhattan through YogaWithAim, and spending recklessly on travel plans, green juice and new Nikes. Follow her (mostly) healthy pursuits on Instagram and Twitter.