What Essentials to Keep in Your Gym Bag?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Summer’s Eve®, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Going to the gym or a fitness class (as in my case) isn’t always as cut and dry as it seems, especially during this time of the year. When I used to go to kickboxing classes it was a hassle fitting in the class multiple times a week with the kid’s schedule, my work obligations, and their class schedules. Now, fitting in exercise classes is even more hectic with the holidays coming, which means the kids will be out for 2 weeks for winter break, we must visit relatives to do our holiday rounds, and all of the other things that come along with the holidays.

Unless I went to the last class of the evening taking a shower after my workout wasn’t an option. AND in kickboxing we really got our sweat on so over that year I learned what essentials to keep in my gym bag.

I’ve finally decided to dip my feet back in the water and try out a new group fitness class (I’ll be telling you all about it after my first class) and thought it would be the perfect time to discuss what essentials to keep in your gym bag since I have to get mine all packed up again.

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Hair Ties

If you’re like me, most of the time when it’s time to work out you’re pushing it making it to class on time. I usually just have time to get on my workout attire and do a quick look in the bag to make sure that I have everything that I need in there. The last thing on my mind is hair ties, but it’s a huge mistake to not have at least one in your gym bag as your hair will be all in the way.

Hand Sanitizer

This one is a must for me because I like group classes where we constantly have our hands on the floor doing pushups, burpees, etc. When class is over everyone obviously rushes to the locker room to get ready for their next destination, which means that a sink may not be readily available (usually there are only 2 so no surprise there). Therefore, hand sanitizer allows you to clean your hands immediately, which is especially important during the winter time when germs are more likely to spread.

Cleansing Wash and Wipes

After working out it’s normal to be super sweaty and maybe even a little stinky. If you must go back to work or have another obligation after your workout you probably don’t want to show up smelling not so fresh. This is especially true if your workout is over and you must head to the airport to pick up relatives for the holidays. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have a cleansing wash and/or cleansing wipes in your gym bag as well.

Summer's Eve

In my case, I’m someone who is really picky about the bathroom I use in general, so taking a shower at the gym isn’t something that I would do unless it was absolutely necessary. However, cleansing wipes work great for me in my life. The brand that I’m currently testing out is Summer’s Eve®. I’ll give you some quick deets about them in case they’re a brand you’ve been considering.

About Summer’s Eve®

Summer’s Eve® is a brand that I’ve heard about and seen in the store. However, I had never thought to give it a go since my skin is so sensitive. But, after doing some research on Summer’s Eve® I was informed that their products are gynecologist and dermatologist tested for safety. They are also known for helping women feel fresh, which is why I added them to my gym bag. And they could also work out during that “time of the month!” Furthermore, they’re great products to have in your travel bag when you’re taking long road trips to visit relatives during the holiday season.

About Summer’s Eve® Island Splash Cleansing Wash for Sensitive Skin

The Island Splash Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash for Sensitive Skin is just the product for “the time of the month.” It has a light fragrance, but it doesn’t cause you any skin irritation.

It is gentle enough to use on the “lady parts” and the fragrance can keep you fresh during your “time of the month”.

About Summer’s Eve® Sheer Floral Cleansing Cloths for Sensitive Skin

The Summer’s Eve® Sheer Floral Cleansing Cloths are a new staple in my gym bag because they allow me to freshen up without having to resort to taking a shower at the gym. Like the Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Wash, they also have a light fragrance, but it’s nothing that irritates your skin and they’re free of dyes and parabens.

Overall, if you need a new cleansing wash or cleansing wipes to add to your gym bag Summer’s Eve® is worth giving a try. Their products have been clinically tested, don’t leave behind residue, rinse clean, and are hypoallergenic and gynecologist tested. Additionally, if you’re going to be traveling across multiple states this holiday season I would definitely recommend having some of their cleansing cloths on hand.

“Time of the Month” Products

Just because it’s your “time of the month” it doesn’t mean that you must skip your workout. In fact, what I realized is when it’s my “time of the month” and I go workout it stops the flow for a while and gets rid of my cramps. However, since getting off birth control some years ago Aunt Flo is all over the place. So, I always must keep “time of the month” products in all my bags (gym bag included) as I never know when she’s going to pop up.

See Also: There’s Nothing to Be Embarrassed About When It Comes to Women’s Health

Lip Balm

Just because you’re working out it doesn’t mean your lips need to be dry…enough said.


Deodorant is a no-brainer, but a reminder never hurts.


Depending on your class, you may need extra socks. For example, with kickboxing, we work out barefoot or in socks. I prefer to work out with my socks on, and again, with having my socks all over the mat where hundreds of others have been on after the workout it’s time to either change socks (in winter) or take off the socks and put back on flip-flops (in summer).

Extra Undergarments

If you do a lot of sweating in the “lady parts” region when working on fresh undergarments will be a must on those days when you need to shower or are doing a quick wipe off to go to another obligation.

Hair Brush

If you’re working out hard enough your hair will be a mess once the class is over. You don’t want to go to your next location looking like you just rolled out of bed.

Sweat Enhancer/Wrap

This obviously isn’t a must for everyone, however, when I’m working out I like to put on a sweat enhancer/wrap around my stomach to help me really get my sweat on in that region. I have a few, and I would recommend that you purchase a few too if it’s something you want to try, so you don’t have to wash it after every class so it’s fresh for the next day. You can just throw it in the laundry and add in a fresh one.

Closing Thoughts – What’s in Your Gym Bag?


Obviously, there are other things that go in our gym bags such as fitness trackers, boxing gloves (in my case), bottled water, and whatever workout specific items we need for each class. However, these essentials can often be forgotten and that is the day we end up needing them the most.

What essentials do you keep in your gym bag?










1 Comment

  1. great gym bag thanks for sharing

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