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10 Gym Bag Essentials You Don't Want To Forget To Pack

If you’re someone who visits the gym frequently, packing a gym bag may seem like second nature. You think you don’t need to create a list for your gym bag essentials. That is, however, until the day comes that you forget something, completely throwing off your work out.

If you have once forgotten to pack something essential to your workout, this list is for you. In this blog, we are going to review some gym bag essentials you won’t want to forget.

Gym Shoes

While it may seem like a given, you’d be surprised how many gym-goers arrive at the gym only to realize that they forgot their gym shoes. This is common, especially for those who head to the gym after work. Instead of wearing your work shoes on the stair climber, always make packing your sneakers first a priority when assembling your gym bag. And remember to bring some extra socks, too!

Proper Gym Apparel

Don’t get caught working out in jeans and a sweater, make sure you always have the proper gym clothing packed. If you don’t wear your workout clothes to the gym, make sure you always have a fresh set in your gym bag. If you do, make sure to bring clothes to change into after. Remember these essentials:

Workout Tops.  It's not a bad idea to bring an extra shirt if you plan to do weights after a hard cardio session.

Workout Shorts or Bottoms. If you don't have shorts or exercise bottoms with that cute little built-in underwear, make sure to bring a clean pair.

Underwear and Socks. You’ll want to ensure you have an extra pair of each, especially if you aren’t going home after the gym.

Reusable Water Bottle

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You lose quite a bit of water while working out, so it’s important to stay hydrated both during your workout and while recovering. Bringing a water bottle with you makes it that much easier to get adequate water intake while you sweat it out on the treadmill or during a spinning class. The longer and more intensely you exercise, the more important it is to drink.


One of the worst things you can leave out of your gym bag is a pair of headphones. All it takes is one time to learn how awful it is working out to the overhead music the gym provides. Motivating music and quality headphones can make a significant difference between a decent workout and a great workout. If you want an even better workout experience, try using Bluetooth headphones. With cordless headphones, you won’t have to worry about any cords getting caught in equipment or your earbuds being ripped out and causing an interruption.


Most gyms have lockers you can put your stuff in, but you typically have to provide your own lock. Make sure to bring a lock along in your bag so you can keep your belongings stored and don’t have to haul them around during your workout.

Shower Essentials

If you are like some gym-goers, you may prefer a nice shower to cool down and clean up after a workout. If you plan to shower afterward, make sure to bring the shower essentials you need. These include shampoo and conditioner, body wash, and everything else you to clean up. You may even want to bring a pair of rubber sandals to wear inside the shower.


Often times the gym will provide towels, however, they may not always get the job done or be available. Always ensure that you have a clean, fresh towel after your workout by bringing your own from home. Additionally, you may want to bring along a small towel to wipe the sweat from your eyes or dry your hands before hitting the weights.


Keep your body odor at bay before, after, and during your workout by swiping your underarms with deodorant. To help limit underarm sweating during a workout, try using an antiperspirant.

Energy Bars or A Snack

It’s hard to get a good workout in when you’re running low on fuel. If you need a quick pick-me-up before beginning your cardio session or hitting the bench press, make sure to keep some healthy snacks in your bag. We recommend bringing along an energy or protein bar, walnuts, or your favorite fruits to keep your blood sugar in check and help speed up the recovery process.

Hand Care Products

The gym can be rough on your hands. Dumbbells, rope equipment, and other exercise equipment can cause rips, blisters, and calluses. Ensuring you have the best hand repair products packed in your gym bag will not only help keep your hands protected during workouts, but also after. w.o.d.welder offers natural hand repair and other skin care products for athletes. Check out our hand repair cream, bar soap, and other natural skin care products today!

By including these essentials in your gym bag, you can rest assured that you will be prepared for your workout. If you would like to learn more about w.o.d.welder products, contact us today!