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5 Essentials for The Perfect Gym Bag

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Sometimes, the hardest part about working out is taking the first step. What’s the sign in procedure look like? Where are the lockers? Where is the equipment I want to use? When will I have the time to fit it in my schedule? But one thing you should never have to worry about is going in prepared. Whether you’re attending a new yoga studio, a solo run or taking over an open gym, we’ve put together a list of five essentials to add to your workout bag so you can break a sweat anytime, anywhere.

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1. Water Bottle: You know hydration is important, so pack like it. Keep a water bottle in your workout bag but be sure to wash it regularly because, at room temperature, standing water is a hotbed for bacteria that can cause mold and mildew. To take it up a notch, slice a few lemons or cucumbers during meal prep Sunday and store them in individual containers. Then, before you head out or when you get back, you’ll have fresh flavors waiting to take your water to the next level.

2. Deodorant: Whether you want to sneak in a lunch hour workout or just want to hit a few errands post-run, chances are, you won’t smell as fresh as when you first left the house. Buy a travel-size deodorant that you can throw in your bag so you don’t have to worry about stink. Be sure to move your bag out of your car and back indoors during warm weather months so the sun doesn’t destroy this essential.

3. Hair accessories: When you’re rocking your yoga class, running an interval workout or getting in a quick ab workout, you definitely don’t want to be worrying about your hair. Pack extra hair ties and bobby pins so that you’re not worrying about keeping hair out of your face. Not to mention nothing forms a friendship faster than being the superhero with an extra hair tie when someone needs one (and keep them all organized with this easy DIY!). Also, pick up a small bottle of dry shampoo, a quick spritz can do wonders when time is of the essence.

4. Socks: It may seem convenient to keep the same pair of socks in your workout bag but that’s a quick way to clear out a locker room with your stench. Wash your socks between each workout or pack a few pairs with built-in odor control to guarantee you’re not bringing last workout’s smell to your next one.

5. Towel: If you’re changing back into your street clothes or don’t want to leave giant sweat stains on your car seat, packing a towel to keep your car clean. Be mindful to wash that towel regularly to prevent your workout bag from producing foul odors.

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