5 Tips For Packing Your Gym Bag
5 Tips For Packing Your Gym Bag
While it would be great to workout whenever you wanted, for many of us, the reality is trying to fit a visit to the gym around work, school, a social life and various other commitments. What that means if we’re usually hitting the gym on our way to, or from, something else. That’s why the art of packing your gym bag is so important.
Preparation is the key to getting a good workout, and that includes getting your gear together before it even starts. Take a tip from us; this is how to pack your gym bag!
1. Lay out your whole outfit
Have you ever made it all the way to the gym, only to realise you forget socks? Or even worse, forgot your tights? Yep, it’s frustrating. To avoid it happening again, lay out each item for your outfit and mentally tick it off. Repeat after me; sports bra, underwear, socks, shirt, tights, shoes. You might even want to grab an extra pair of socks, just in case.
2. Pack the night before
Packing your gym bag at night means you’re prepared first thing in the morning, and you’re probably less likely to forget something important. Grab your pre-laid out gym gear, then pack your headphones and a clean gym towel in the bag too. And don’t forget your gym pass! If you’re still figuring out how to work out in the morning, having your gym bag packed the night before puts you a step ahead!
3. Pack extra hair bands
Ladies, it doesn’t matter how many are in your bag, you can bet you’ll struggle to find a hair band when you need it! There’s nothing worse than getting ready to workout and realising you don’t have a band (or a hat) to keep your hair off your face, especially if you’re about to do a circuit with burpees! Pack double what you think you’ll need and you should be okay.
4. Don’t forget your toiletries
If you have to rush off to work after your gym session, then you’ll want to feel refreshed! Pack a little toiletry pack you can keep in your gym bag, with things like shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and hair products (plus anything else you might need). Travel-sized toiletries are perfect for this, because they won’t take up a lot of space and you can refill them at home as needed!
5. Make a mini emergency kit and keep in your bag
You never know when you might suddenly get a blister, so an emergency kit with some Band-Aids can really save the day! Plus you might want to include things like disinfecting wipes, a safety pin, tampons and a padlock and key (if your gym doesn’t provide them). You might also want to have a plastic bag to stash your shoes or any damp clothes.
While there might be a whole stack of items you want to keep in your gym bag, it’s best to keep it as efficient as possible. Do a regular clean-out to keep the bag light, and to make sure there are any loose sweaty socks floating around!
Having a gym bag packed and ready to go can help ensure you make it to your workout! Now the tough part is keeping your bag tidy...
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