7 essential items you should keep in your gym bag

The weather in Atlanta is rude. Waking up to a freeze warning is not my preference, especially when I have to walk two little dogs outside pretty early. Said dogs have also taken a liking to stopping and sniffing any and every flower that Fall spared. Essence and I shot these about a week ago *dances* and it felt like a nice fall day. Last Monday felt like summer was hanging on and letting us transition slowly. Sadly, Summer decided to officially leave me, us, and now everyone around me is sick.

I try to stay indoors as much as possible because  I don’t like being out in the cold unnecessarily. Interesting enough, I am more consistent with going to the gym when it’s cold. Anyone else the same way?
Putting on gloves Posing with gym bag Posing with gym bag

When I first started working out, I’d walk into the gym, a complete ball of nerves, with a 500ml plastic bottle of water in one hand and my keys in the other. I kinda found the gym rats a wee bit intimidating with their Nike duffle bags and their Deer Park gallon water. Like, bruh, what do you have in that bag? And why don’t you just leave it in your locker??

Fast forward a few years and here I am toting around my own bag of stuff. So, I figured I’d share my 7 essential items I keep in my gym bag.

side profile holding jump rope Holding jump rope above head



  1. The actual bag, duh! My bag has been through some things and needs a couple of stitches. Also, please don’t leave your bag in plain view in your car. No one wants to come back to a busted window.
  2. Workout clothes – If you’re coming from work then I assume you’ll want to change into appropriate attire. Just assuming. I like to plan my outfits and I’m usually the brightest dressed in the gym. If you’re injured, PLEASE make sure you pack your knee brace, compression sleeve or Kinesiology Therapeutic (KT) Tape. You don’t want to aggravate your injury. Also, don’t forget your headband and a hair tie!
  3. A big reusable bottle of water! Because the thirst is real and why not save the planet while you work out, right? You can also add lemons to your water like I mentioned, here.
  4. Equipment– Before my knee betrayed me and died I tore my meniscus I always kept my jump rope in there. Other things to consider are resistance bands, ankle weights, ankle strap, and gliding discs. Depending on what your gym has this will be different for everyone. If you don’t feel like going to the gym you can keep these at home and use a training app like Nike NTC to do workouts in your living room.
  5. Gloves – To help you grip and protect your hands. Unless you’re into calluses and insist on being one with the weights, and that’s completely fine, But you’re not gonna be my person and sand down my epidermis with your rough hands. I’m sure there’s a lady or man out there who likes sandpaper textured hands caressing them. Right?
  6. Earphones – There have been times when I’ve found a bomb ass parking spot at the gym and wanted to cancel the workout and leave upon realizing my earphones are NOWHERE in the car. My gym pump would go from a strong 9 to a humbling 3. Unless it’s a group workout, I find it challenging to focus sans headphones. Plus, I like to do listen to certain songs when I do certain exercises to help pump me up when I want to cut a set short or the beat helps me keep my pace when I do weighted squats
  7. Towel – because, everyone sweats! I like to put a towel down on the mat when I’m doing floor exercises or on the machine, I’m using. I still sanitize everything, but I like the extra barrier of protection.

Extra items you might need

Toiletries – You’ll need these if you’re gonna shower and meet up with your person, or your friends after the gym. So, some extra clothes would probably be a good idea, too.

Blender bottle and protein. If you’re going to be in a bit of traffic you might wanna make a quick shake or nibble on a protein bar while you fight your way home in unreasonable traffic. I prefer plant-based protein powders, I wrote about why here, and it’s only $12 at Trader Joes. Let me just go aheaf and say, the first sip will probably have you cussing me out in your head because it doesn’t taste like anything exciting, but that’s something you’ll learn not to care about. Think, nutritional benefits!

Heart rate monitor – If you have a medical condition or you’re pregnant, you should probably get one of these.

Apple Watch – Fitbit, Garmin, etc whatever activity wearable watch is popular. lol I  don’t have an Apple Watch, but I do know they help with accountability, create a sense of community and a good way to document fitness activity. You don’t need one but they’re pretty neat and maybe one day I’ll cave in and get one.

Holding BPA free reusable water bottle

Now, remember, you’re there to improve yourself.  Whether is mentally or physically, you’re not in competition with anyone.

Go at your own pace and enjoy your workout embrace your lifestyle to a healthier you!

On that note, what’s your reason for working out? What are your gym bag essentials?

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  • Reply Essence Renata

    I for one , can definitely not go to the gym without headphones . i would kind of wing it before , but now that I do kickboxing , I can’t go without a gym bag to make sure i keep up with my gloves and wraps . great post !

    November 20, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you 🙂 I feel empty when I don’t have my bag with me like I’m unprepared.

      November 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Vidya Tiru

    That hot pink bag is one I would totally enjoy toting around!

    November 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I’ve had it for years and it’s held up pretty well. 🙂

      November 27, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Jaime

    Omg you’re an inspiration! Seriously could only *dream* of being as fit as you. Anyway, I now love carrying a water bottle with me EVERYWHERE … especially to the gym. I’ve also got a mini towel, which is super useful that I like to stash in my bag. I love your workout gear here too!

    xo Jaime

    November 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you, Jaime!! Years of being in and out of the gym! I try to drink at least 3L a day.

      November 27, 2017 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply magen

    Every single time I go to the gym I always find that I have forgotten something. It is a curse.

    November 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Hopefully, it’s not the remnants of a forgot protein shake left in the bag lol.

      November 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Heather Simpson-Bluhm

    Thanks for the tips. You have great items to remember.

    November 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply Blu


      November 28, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Jen @Jenron-Designs

    This is a great list of gym essentials, I just wish I remembered to keep all the items on my bag, I always forget to repack my blender bottle, or my earbuds, or my weigh gloves, ugh it is never ending. I probably get more of a workout trying to find everything again before I go lol.

    November 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm
    • Reply Blu

      lol! with me it’s finding my socks that slows me from leaving on time! lol I suppose I should add a pair to my bag lol

      November 28, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply loudy

    Damn I love that Gym bag and the whole outfit. Girl you have the Body goals. great post

    November 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you, Loudy! Weight training has really helped sculpt my body. 🙂

      November 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Bianca

    These are definitely gym bag essentials! Thanks for sharing!! I love reading all your tips

    November 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you, Bianca!

      November 28, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I have a love/hate relationship with the cold. Sometimes I want to stay under the covers when it’s cold outside. But sometimes I love it because I know the gym will be warm!!

    November 29, 2017 at 12:17 am
    • Reply Blu

      Yes! It so hard! Especially since it gets dark soon and waking up seems harder when it’s cold outside.

      November 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Tara

    love the color of your outfit – it suits you! I need to get me a pair of gloves still!

    November 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you! I love wearing my gloves. Even if I’m on the treadmill I feel naked without them lol

      November 29, 2017 at 12:24 pm

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