What’s in your gym bag? Are you a light traveller who just needs water and a towel, or do you bring half your bathroom cupboard with you?
Here are some gym bag essentials that you might want to consider, particularly if you’ll be going from the gym to the office or out with friends!
My current gym bag! Plenty of workout essentials.
This is so important. You’ll need to stay hydrated while you exercise, so make sure you’ve got a full bottle with you. There’s nothing worse than getting all sweaty and tired and not having any water to drink!
Just a hand towel is all you need, although of course you could go for a fancier sports brand! You’ll need it for wiping yourself down during a sweaty workout, keeping your hands dry while doing weights or depending on the hygiene standards of your gym you might want to place it over a seat while using the machines.
Keep a few spare hair ties in your bag at all times! You never want to be without one, and we all know how often they just seem to disappear. We love LYXO Hair Bands because they won't pinch your hair!
Face wipes are going to be your gym go-to. You can use them to wipe off makeup before you exercise, or for a quick freshen up before you leave the gym. They’re not just for your face – use them all over your body if you don’t have time for a shower. Swisspers are great because they are nice and thick, and lightly scented.
Whether it’s spray, stick or roll on, if you have any plans after your workout you’re going to want deodorant in your bag. Don’t forget this one or you’ll feel self-conscious until you get home!
Your body will need some hydrating after all that exercise. Keep a little tube of moisturiser in your bag so you can give your legs or arms a quick touch up. We included a classic in some of our August bellaboxes – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. Perfect for using all over your body.
Fix up your sweaty hair with a quick spray of dry shampoo and pull it into a ponytail or topknot. Most of us don’t have the time for a full shampoo and condition after the gym, and depending on what you’re doing for the rest of the day you might need to wear your gym hair for quite a few hours! We love Cedel Dry Shampoo.
Gyms can be dirty places. Even if there are bottles of disinfectant to use on the machines and weights after you’ve finished exercising, I’ve noticed a huge number of people don’t bother to clean up after themselves. Keep some hand sanitiser in your bag to avoid any gym germs. Natralus NatraSan Hand Sanitiser in Kakadu Plum and Vanilla or Vitamin E and Jojoba is a popular choice at BB HQ. They smell amazing and leave your hands feeling clean and soft.
Whether it's an iPod or your phone, you might want to set up your own mix of tunes to exercise to. You never know what will be playing at the gym!
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What’s in your gym bag? Let me know in the comments - Julia