Just like everything else, planning to take the essentials is important. To keep it simple, this is what I pack:
Gym Bag Essentials
- Two small towels
- A bottle of water
- Shower sandals (gyms are a good place to pick up athlete’s foot, so protect your feet)
- A mesh bag for toiletries that will allow them to dry before the next day
- Shower cap
- Change of clothes in a plastic bag. I can make several bags in advance so that I can just grab them and go.
- A large mesh laundry bag for my workout clothes
(This will be different for everyone, but at minimum pack a good BB cream)
- BB Cream
- Lip Gloss
- Eyebrow pencil
- Face powder
- Small set of brushes
Mesh Bag for Toiletries
The mesh bag allows them to dry well. I found that at Walmart for around $5.
- Shaving cream
- Bath Pouf
- Face Wash
- Shampoo & Conditioner
(I recommend buying small, refillable containers for shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. I just happened to have these on hand from hotel stays)
In the winter, I wear boots to the gym. Salt and snow shouldn’t be tracked onto the machines out of courtesy for everyone else who uses the equipment. I also keep my headphones in this bag so that on days that I shower at home, I only need to take this small bag. I also keep a couple of pairs of spare headphones in my car just in case I lose them or forget.