Wondering What to Pack in a Gym Bag? The Top Gym Bag Essentials

Ten must-have items you should add to your gym bag ASAP.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.

Here’s what to pack in your gym bag:

  • A change of clothes
  • A protective mask
  • A fresh towel
  • A fitness tracker
  • Anti-bacterial gel or spray
  • Trainers
  • A yoga mat
  • A reusable shopper bag
  • Airpods or headphones
  • An awesome playlist
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Fresh socks

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.

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.

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.

Hand Sanitizer or Bacterial Wipes

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


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.

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.


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

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.

Gym bag essentials for her

The majority of this article focuses on gym bag essentials for everyone, but there are specific items that may be essential if you are female. We suggest packing extra tampons, hair ties, bobby pins.

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