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What to Pack in Your Gym Bag

Posted on August 11th, 2020

What to Pack in Your Gym Bag

There’s nothing worse than getting to your workout and realizing you forgot to pack something in your gym bag. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there before. If you’ve ever felt like you can never remember all of your gym bag necessities, you’ve come to the right place. Packing your gym bag doesn’t have to be so hard when you have a list of everything you may need while working out. Now, you’ll be prepared for all of your workouts with the ideal gym bag.

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10 Items You Need in Your Gym Bag

A well-packed gym bag not only includes items you’ll need during your workout, but also all of the necessary supplies you may need before and afterwards. We are here to give you the ultimate list of gym bag necessities. From pre-workout essentials to cooling down, here are the 10 gym bag items you should never forget:

1. Headphones

Being able to listen to music, podcasts, videos and more will help you stay motivated to continue working out while at the gym. Nobody enjoys listening to themselves breathe heavily while working out. Headphones can serve as a bit of a distraction during your workout, giving you something to focus on rather than yourself being worn out. Whether you like to wear wireless earbuds or larger headphones, it’s always important to toss a pair of them into your gym bag.

2. Water Bottle

One of the most important things to do during a workout is to stay hydrated. Bringing your own reusable water bottle allows you to keep water on hand while you workout. Instead of buying a disposable water bottle every time you visit the gym, reusable water bottles are also a great way to save money.

3. Microfiber Gym Towel

If you have ever used a normal towel at the gym, you may understand how frustrating it can be to have your sweat soak through instantly. Microfiber gym towels are designed to dry quickly, allowing you to continue using your gym towel during the entire workout.

Workout Equipment

4. Sneakers

Of course, you will need to pack your favorite pair of gym sneakers. Finding the right pair of gym shoes can be difficult. However, it’s important to invest in a good pair of workout shoes that will last a long time. The right pair of sneakers can make a huge difference in your workout routine.

5. Toiletries

Whether you want to shower or just rinse off, it’s always a good idea to freshen up after a workout. This is why it’s important to remember a few essential toiletries to pack in your gym bag. Toiletries you may need after the gym might include:

  • Deodorant

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Face wash

  • Body wipes

6. Change of Clothes

Unless you always head straight home after the gym, it’s never a bad idea to keep an extra change of clothes in your gym bag. You never know when an emergency may arise and you need to quickly get dressed to run errands or meet a friend. We recommend bringing light weight clothing to change into, because you want to give your body the ability to breathe after a heavy workout.

7. Cleansing Wipes

If post-workout showers aren’t really your thing, cleansing wipes may become your new favorite workout buddy. When you’re in a rush to get out the door, cleansing wipes can be a helpful item to have stuffed in your gym bag. These help remove sweat while also taking away any odor you may have developed while working out.

8. Gym Lock

Whether your gym provides locks or not, it can be beneficial to bring your own for the safety of your personal belongings. If you are out of town, you never know if your hotel’s gym provides locks, so it’s important to pack your own.

9. Post-Workout Snack

Post-workout snacks can be one of the most beneficial ways to rejuvenate your body physically after visiting the gym. Simple protein-heavy snacks can help restore energy and help heal your body at a quicker rate. A few healthy post-workout snacks are:

  • Greek yogurt

  • Granola bars

  • Nuts

  • Trail mix

  • Bananas


10. ATC Fitness Membership Card

Last, but certainly not least, always remember to pack your ATC Fitness Membership card! It’s never fun to arrive at the gym and soon realize you’ve forgotten one of the most important gym bag necessities. Your gym membership card will not only get you in the door, but it also prevents you from having to manually check in, allowing you to get into your workout quicker. 


Here at ATC Fitness, we are committed to providing you with the most beneficial information you may need while working out in one of our facilities. Are you ready to get started on your fitness journey? Don’t wait any longer! Contact us today or check out our membership options. 



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