10 Must Haves in Your Gym Bag

Sometimes packing for a workout class feels like you’re prepping for a weekend getaway. Between the clothes, toiletries and snacks, you might as well grab your suitcase and call it a day. But truth be told, it doesn’t have to be as complicated or cumbersome as we make it out to be.

Whether you’re bouncing from one cycling class to the next or gearing up for a sweaty hot yoga sesh at your favorite studio, the list of goodies below will make your pre and post-workout life much easier. And as a bonus, the ClassPass app lets you search by “amenities” so you can find the things you need that won’t fit in your gym bag! 

1. Dry Shampoo

Regardless of the time you workout, it’s likely that you’re heading to work or grabbing dinner with a friend after you get your sweat on. Eliminate an oily scalp — and refresh your look — with the help of a sweet-smelling dry shampoo. It also doubles as a deodorizer and perfume.

Buy it now: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, $22

2. Flip Flops

This is a public service announcement to all gym-goer’s out there: do not use public showers without flip flops. Showers are a breeding pool for fungus and germs so a trusty pair of flip flops will be your best friend.

Buy it now: Target Flip Flop Sandals, $4

3. Microfiber Towel

Let’s get dirty for a sec: most of us sweat …a lot. While some studios provide towels free of charge, many don’t. Always be prepared and keep a towel in your bag for sweaty classes, water bottle leaks or even a makeshift hair towel.

Buy it now: Lululemon Small Towel, $18

4. Hand Sanitizer

No explanation necessary. Workout equipment can be downright disgusting and full of germs. Stay safe — and healthy.

Buy it now: Purell Hand Sanitizer, $2

5. Rollerball

Don’t let your post-workout stench follow you home. Mask the odor (for an hour or two) or just give yourself a spritz so you feel more put together as you step back out into the real world.

Buy it now: Sephora by Travalo Pocket Atomizer, $17

6. Hair Elastics (or Rings)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever shown up for class without a hair elastic. They just magically disappear, don’t they?! Keep spare elastics in your bag so you’re never in a pinch.

Buy it now: Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring, $8

7. Deodorant

It may sound obvious but you’ve probably been in the middle of getting ready after your workout only to realize that you forgot deodorant (and if you haven’t, other people definitely have). Avoid the embarrassment and the last-minute drugstore run by keeping an extra deodorant in your bag with you at all times.

Buy it now: Dove Dry Spray, $6

8. Pre or Post-Workout Snack

Some people like to work out on an empty stomach, others don’t. But most of us will agree that we like to have a little protein after we pump some iron. Regardless, these protein bars are the way to go.

Buy it now, RX Bars, price varies

9. Wipes

Never underestimate the power of a good wipe — seriously. Multipurpose, compact and oh so handy, wipes will save you on a number of occasions.

Buy it now: CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Face + Body Cleansing Wipes, $16

10. Reusable Wet/Dry Bag

Dirty gym clothes should not see the light of day until they’re in the washing machine. With a designated bag for your dirty clothes, you’ll reduce any mix-up — and trap sweaty smells.

Plus when it’s empty, this is the perfect place to store your extra pair of socks and undies.

Buy it now: 3D Zip Set, $34

Amanda Garrity is a commerce editor and content producer living in New York City. She finds every excuse to go on an adventure, whether it's in her own backyard or across the country. She enjoys hiking, pretending she's a prima ballerina and drinking an abundant amount of coffee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.