Inside the Bag: Gym Bag Essentials for Men

September 13, 2015


Look, we get it: You’re busy. What with all of the time that you have to juggle between home, work, and your other demands, hitting the gym regularly in order to stay healthy can be a tall order. Thus, the best time for you to get in your daily workout is probably in the morning before your normal routine kicks into high gear. Yet be careful; you don’t want to take the smell of the gym with you to work. However, by ensuring that you carry the right gym bag essentials, your transition to the locker room to the board room can be a breeze.

First, Find the Right Gym

Before starting into the Gym Bag 101, however, you need to make sure that your gym has the proper facilities for you to be able to prepare for your day. When considering opening a gym membership, take a tour of the facility and pay extra close attention to the showers and locker rooms. Make sure that this is a place where you would feel comfortable prepping for your day. Also, don’t forget to invest in a good lock to secure the locker holding your gym bag, wallet, keys, and other essentials. It does you no good to have all the right stuff in your bag if it’s stolen while you’re getting your workout in.

With that in mind, here is a list of the tasks you need to be able to do at the gym following your workout, and the essential items needed to get them done:

  • Cleaning: Being drenched in sweat is the ultimate sign of a good workout, but it isn’t a look (or a smell) that you want to take with you to the office. Therefore, bottles of shampoo and body wash are a must. Throw into that mix deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as a small bottle of mouthwash to complete your cleaning arsenal. Consider a separate toiletries bag in order to keep these items away from your clothes, shoes, and other gym bag essentials.
  • Grooming: Who says you can’t get ready on the go and still look great? All it takes is a few minutes after you’re done showering as well as the right tools. These include a good styling gel in order to get your hair looking on point, as well as a razor to avoid the grizzled look. Opt for an electric razor so as to avoid having to carry shaving gel.
  • Dressing: The most overlooked items by most gym goers are socks. Unfettered Socks will help you go from the office to the gym with minimal sweat and stink, and maximum style. But don't forget to pack an extra pair for when you need to head home or to head back to the office.

There’s no avoiding the need to live an active, healthy lifestyle. The challenge then becomes finding time for fitness within your daily schedule. A well-stocked gym bag helps ensure that you’re capable of enjoying an early morning workout without looking and smelling like you actually did.

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