What to Pack: My Gym Bag Essentials


I’ve been meaning to write this post for so long now as I love taking a peek inside peoples gym bags! Since I usually workout straight after work, often I’ll need a pre-packed gym bag that I can just grab and go with all my essentials. It saves SO much time and it means I never forget to bring anything. So, without further adieu, here’s all my gym bag essentials.

{Day Birger et Mikkelsen tote bag}


Workout tights: I’d say about 90% of the time, you’ll find my sporting some workout tights. I’m not a huge fan of shorts unless the temperature is pretty unbearable but considering it’s usually cold most of the time in Melbourne, tights are my go-to. My favourites are Lorne Jane, Nike, Adidas, and Sweaty Betty.

Gym Shoes: Not pictured, but these have been my usual workout shoes and I LOVE them. Nike have always been the way to go for me when it comes to fitness.

Socks: I always keep a couple spare pairs in my gym bag because I always change after a workout.

Gym bra: My all-time favourite gym bra’s are by Lorna Jane – they’re cute and super supportive. They can be quite expensive but I would completely vouch for them as I still use the first one I purchased over 2 years ago!


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Wireless earphones: I’ve just recently been converted to wireless earphones at the gym, especially since if you’re doing weights it’s a lot harder to carry your phone around and not get caught between wires.

If you’re more of a headphones kind of person and like to make sure you’ve completely blocked out all outside noise, I recommend these iLive Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

Water Bottle: I honestly don’t know (or want to know) how much money I’ve wasted on buying a water bottle nearly every time I’ve been at the gym. This water bottle came with my protein powder by my all-time favourite supplement and protein powder brand WelleCo by Elle Macpherson. It’s secure, sturdy and BPA-free.

Protein bar: Just in case you feel a bit peckish after a workout. RXBars, Larabars and bounce balls are my favourites. They’re made with the cleanest ingredients because no one has time for anything processed and full of preservatives after a good workout.



Hair Ties: Can’t be without these – especially if your hair is as long and unruly as mine!

Shampoo and Conditioner: Considering how many travel-sized shampoo & conditioners I’ve collected from hotels over the years, I find this the perfect time to use them all otherwise they’d be sitting in my drawer forever.

Hair Brush: Always handy before and after the gym. You never know where the day is going to take you (particularly true in my case).

Makeup remover: Because I’m just SO IN LOVE with this jojoba makeup remover, I now have one in my gym bag too. I find it really useful if I’m wearing heavy mascara/eye makeup because sweating down black eyeliner is really not cute. This removes any stubborn waterproof makeup in only a couple of swipes!

Body cleanser: For times you’re showering at the gym, I like to have my own body cleanser on hand.

Dry Shampoo: Anyone who knows me, knows I could not live without dry shampoo. Washing my hair is one very annoying task and one I aim to avoid as much as possible, so dry shampoo is without a doubt a staple for me. I spray a little into my roots and at the ends. You don’t have to go too crazy!



When I’m finished at the gym, I always like to keep clean and refreshed. I hate the feeling of sweat that’s drying up into your skin and blocking pores *shivers*. So I just bring along 3 facial products for a quick facial.

1. Facial Cleanser: I use this jojoba facial cleanser in a travel-sized version to quickly cleanse my face & remove any dirt and sweat. Washing my face just doesn’t do it alone.

2. Facial toner mist: Since I’m trying to save as much time as possible, I opt for a spray toner. A few quick spritz and I’m done.

3. Moisturiser: Sometimes I’ll use a tinted moisturiser for some colour, otherwise since I workout at night, I just use any other moisturiser I’m loving. For the moment, it’s this Lightweight Mattifying Moisturiser by Coast to Coast.



Perfume and deodorant: Pretty self-explanatory, because no one quite enjoys that “just finished at the gym” scent. I usually use only travel-sized products but ran out of perfume!

Toothbrush and toothpaste: I have a spare toothbrush and mini toothpaste I take to the gym most days. This is a really cute set.

Towel: It’s always good to have a small hand towel to take around the gym with you (especially if it’s a BIG workout) as well as a large one in case you’re showering there.

Your turn! Is there anything else you would add to your gym bag that I should too?!


  • Ashley Christabelle

    I’m taking the heap and signing up to my local gym tomorrow! I’ve always worked out in the proximity of my home because it’s where I feel at ease, but I just felt like I was feeling uninspired when doing it at home. This post couldn’t be anymore perfect for me!


    • Congrats on making the decision!!! I can never workout at home! A great workout is never supposed to be comfortable – that’s what keeps you pushing harder :) xx

  • Rachel Spross

    Awesome post! Dry shampoo is always a must! I like to keep some face wipes in my gym bag too. I’m going to have to give some of these other products a try though :)


    • Thank you Rachel! Dry shampoo is the best!! Ooh yes, face wipes! I bring them along sometimes too :) xx

  • Deodorant, water and a snack are musts for me! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • Also my top 3 essentials!! :) xx

  • Around Colours

    Well, I never go to the gym because I like to work out at home or go for a run around town but it’s really interesting to see what you take with you to the gym (I’m just really curious lol)

    Marta – http://www.aroundcolours.blogspot.com

    • I’m the same!! Always curious about what other people pack in their bag haha! Xx

  • I swear I’m one of the few who don’t have a gym bag (I finish work at 2pm so I have plenty of time to get home and organise myself before I head to workout, not to mention my car is pretty much my gym bag), but I do love these posts. It’s always interesting to see what other people carry on them.

    I 100% agree that Lorna Jane bras are the best but I find that Cotton On Body are really upping their game, they are following closely behind Lorna Jane at the moment, especially since they have a great pricing point. Also agree on the wireless earphones, I don’t yet have any but NEED them in my life. The amount of times the cord have wrapped around weights and got in the way or have been pulled out of my ears is annoying. I’m hoping someone answers my plea and buys me a pair for Christmas. I love them ones you have linked, so chic.


  • aline

    sport is mord :)