I find it interesting to learn about what other people keep in their bags, and their seems to be a trend going around on blogs and YouTube for “What’s in my bag” posts. I wanted to make my own version, a gym bag version. I always like to keep my gym bag packed and ready to go, that way I know that I’ll have everything I need without having to run around to get everything together minutes before I’m supposed to leave. It’s soooo much easier and less distracting (I get distracted easily) to get up/get off work/get home, grab my bag and go straight to my work out. My gym bag list covers everything you need from shower and beauty essentials, to must have snacks and undies.

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I always feel better when my stuff is locked up at the gym. There’s been so many times I’ve forgotten change for lockers, or cash to pay my way in. Give yourself some peace of mind by making sure you have this covered by keeping change, other cash, and a lock, in your gym bag at all times.

  • Quarters for coin lockers
  • Combination lock for open lockers

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I HAVE to have music when I’m working out. I feel so much more motivated and workout harder when I have a great playlist to listen to. I like to use 8tracks for listening to music. You can find new playlists all the time, and collect the ones you want to listen to again later. By easily searching based on mood, genre, artist, or any other keywords you can find a great playlist for any situation, and it’s free! The headphones pictured here are my favourite Bluetooth headphones I ordered off Amazon. They work great, my Mom bought a pair after I boasted about mine, and she loves them too! I’ll leave a link for the headphones below 🙂

Just as music can set the tone for your whole workout, having a towel and fresh undies and socks can set the tone for your attitude after your workout. There’s been several times that I’ve forgotten a towel or a pair of socks, and have had to “air dry” or go barefoot in my shoes (yuck! – barefoot in shoes seriously weirds me out!). It can quickly change your happy post workout feeling to a feeling of discomfort, and that’s why I always make sure I always have these packed in my gym bag.

  • Bluetooth headphones
  • Workout playlist
  • Workout outfit
  • Spare undies
  • Spare socks
  • Towels (yoga, sweat and shower towels)

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I always keep my shower bag in my gym bag. Sometimes after a workout I go straight home to shower and don’t always need it, but having this packed has saved me lots of times. Most of these items I’ve found in the travel section of the beauty/health sections of Walmart and Target, or I’ve received in my Ipsy Glam Bag. When I empty out the little bottles I refill them with my favourite products that I’m using at the moment. If you’re curious about my favourite products you can check out my Top 10 Beauty Essentials post.

  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Hand lotion

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Although I’ll sometimes add a small makeup bag with what I have on that day, I always make sure I have my gym bag beauty bag packed and ready to go. This gym bag must have has your back if you need to clean off a full face of makeup before a workout, your hair elastic breaks as you’re putting your hair up, or you need to freshen up your hair without washing it. I love using face wipes to freshen up, or clean off my make up at night when I’m feeling lazy, so I always have lots on hand.

The Got2b dry shampoo is the best dry shampoo I have been able to find. It doesn’t leave a bunch of residue, and your hair feels nice. The scent is better than a lot of others out there and isn’t too over powering. The only links I could find were a little pricey, I get mine from Shopper Drugmart for around $12, and I think Walmart carries it too. If you’re interested in seeing more of my beauty essentials check out my Top 10 Beauty Products list.

  • Dry shampoo
  • Face wipes
  • Elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Mascara
  • Powder
  • Chapstick

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Sometimes I don’t have time to refuel my body in the best way, but I always make sure I have a basic snack and a way to quench my thirst. I try to drink water as much as I can and love using different infused water recipes. I prefer to use glass water bottles because they don’t absorb the taste of the fruit and other fixings you infuse your water with. I got this awesome water bottle that’s coated in the cute pink rubber from Target. Unfortunately Target isn’t in Canada anymore 🙁 but if you keep your eye out for cute water bottles you’ll find one that you love. I have a tad bit of a water bottle obsession with 10+ cute water bottles sitting in my cupboard!

  • Granola bars
    • Clif bars
    • Protein bars
    • Snacks from Urthbox
  • Water bottle

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After every workout I empty my dirty laundry, and repack my gym bag to make sure it’s ready to go for my next workout. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what I like to pack in my gym bag. I’d love to hear what you always like to have on hand when getting ready for the gym, please share by commenting below 🙂