Are you ready to hit the gym? You’ve got the confidence, the drive, and the know-how, but are you sure your bag is adequately packed?
We’ve put together a list of the most necessary gym-going essentials, so you can be sure you’re not missing anything.
These 12 items range from things that could make your workout more fun — like a tiny device that plays Spotify music — to the essentials, like a clean pair of socks.
Who knows? They may even make you want to go to the gym.
Mighty keeps your Spotify on you at all times, even if you’re without your phone.
Your phone is bulky and prone to breaking. But it’s the only way to listen to your favorite Spotify playlists, right?
Well, not quite. Mighty, which is available for iPhones and Androids and will ship via Indiegogo later this year, is like an iPod Shuffle for your Spotify tunes. That makes it perfect for the gym, as it’s lightweight and featureless.
If this product isn’t for you, consider another lightweight, easy music player so you can be untethered from your phone while on the treadmill or pumping iron.
Bring deodorant in case you’re planning on meeting someone after your workout.
Just because you came from the gym doesn’t mean you need to smell like it.
Slap on some antiperspirant before you leave the locker room so you don’t gross out anyone on your walk home from the gym.
A fitness tracker will monitor your activity and heartbeat.
What’s the point of getting a great workout in if you can’t immediately share the hard numbers with all of your friends?
Luckily, with the Fitbit Charge 2 tracker, you won’t have to worry about that. It will also keep track of your heartbeat to make sure you’re getting a great workout.
Use face wash to wipe the sweat off your face.
Sweat and dead skin cells are common causes of acne.
Avoid that with a quick clean with a gentle face wash after you’re done hitting the treadmill. Your pores will thank you.
Keep an extra pair of socks in case you go a little too hard.
There’s nothing worse than sweaty feet. Whether you shower at the gym or not, you’re going to need a fresh pair of socks.
An extra shirt will definitely come in handy.
Whether you’re showering or not, you shouldn’t leave the gym in the shirt you just sweat buckets in.
An extra shirt made for post-sweat is essential, and it will make you feel so much better.
A sweatshirt will keep you warm after and before.
Admittedly, this is more a style-oriented piece of advice rather than something you actually need. But we think you should definitely pack a sweatshirt like Nike’s super-popular tech fleece windrunner, which is made for the pre- and post-workout sweat.
It has double-faced jersey fabric with a synthetic spacer in between to keep you warm and comfortable. It also makes the hoodie super light.
A snack will restore your stamina.
There’s no better snack after a hard workout than a banana or a protein bar.
Make sure you have one on hand so you’re ready to start the day off strong at work — or so you don’t collapse on the way home.
A water bottle will keep you hydrated.
Any water bottle can hold water. Not all of them do it as well as the Swell insulated stainless-steel water bottle, which will keep your water nice and cold for you even after 30 minutes on the elliptical.
Invest in a pair of headphones that won’t fall out.
When you’re doing your thing at the gym, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your earbuds are going to stay put.
Get a pair of sporty wireless earbuds to ensure that that doesn’t happen.
A lock can ensure your investments remain safe.
This one seems pretty obvious, but it bears repeating anyway: When you go to the gym and leave your belongings unattended, you need to lock them up.
Finally, the bag itself — get a stylish one with plenty of compartments for all of your things.
If you’re taking your gym bag to the office with you, then it should at least be presentable. It doesn’t need to be leather or anything fancy, but it should definitely not be plastered with sports logos.
The antidote is a cool bag like Lululemon’s In Your Element Duffel, which walks the line between sporty and work-appropriate.