Stock Your Gym Bag With THIS… it Helps!

The following is a sponsored conversation, in partnership with Mom It Forward and Body Armor.  All opinions are my own.

gym bag packed and ready to go

Aaahhh… dragging yourself out in the winter cold temps to head to the gym. Anyone else struggle with this? My fitness focus has shifted in recent years, so that it’s not so much worrying about weight.  At this point in my life, I workout for my overall health.  It’s a solid investment in yourself!

I know this in my head.  But that doesn’t always translate to getting my lazy butt in gear.

That being the case, I’m always looking for help an motivation to go get that exercise in!  Am I right, girlfriend?  One thing that I have found really helpful is having a cute gym bag I love… all packed and ready to go.

Discover you forgot something you “need”?  Deal breaker.

Too groggy to even pack your gear for that early morning workout?  Deal breaker.

So take 5 minutes and pack that gym bag, so it’s ready to go!

gym bag inspirational bling

Hey, hey! Add some inspirational bling to your gym bag.

Pack Your Gym Bag Essentials

Here’s some ideas on what to have packed.

#1 Headphones.  (And Backup Headphones.)

Verizon Bose SoundSport wireless headphones

No sound, no workout – that’s how I tend to roll.  If I can’t listen to music, or tap into a half hour of some crime show while I do the elliptical – I just can’t pull off a workout.

So now I have these nifty Bluetooth, wireless headphones that work really slick with my fancy TomTom Adventure fitness watch that’s also an MP3 player. Super cool.  Until the batteries in my headphones die… and then it’s not cool anymore.

So I literally have TWO SETS of music options packed in my gym bag!  The backup plan is my iPod Nano with traditional earbud headphones.  (And my backup-backup plan is my phone…)

#2 Hydration

Did you know BodyArmor now also has SportWater?  Launched in 2017, BODYARMOR SportWater is designed by athletes, for athletes and provides superior hydration.  It includes both Electrolytes and Performance pH 8+.

BodyArmor Sports_Water

BodyArmor SmartWater – Wide mouth bottle in 3 sizes (20 oz., 23.7 oz. Sports Cap, & 1 Liter)

Or if you prefer their incredibly delicious flavors (Peach Mango or Cherry Berry), you have the option of the naturallly sweetened BODYARMOR LYTE.  It also includes vitamins and coconut water, and has only 20 calories per serving.  Not formerly big on sports drinks, my husband and I both come to love the BODYARMOR LYTE this past year (it was launched in 2017).  We purchase it frequently for after-athletic endeavors.  

Here’s a Kroger BodyArmor SportWater coupon link, good for $1 off 2 (filter by “Beverages” if you don’t see it at first).  Or get a BodyArmor coupon directly from their site.  In Denver, BODYARMOR is available at King Soopers.

#3 Swim Suit & Towel

I hope for you sake that your gym has a hot tub, sauna, or steam room (or all 3).  This is such a relaxing post-workout treat, it’s an awesome motivator to get yourself to the gym.  Especially in winter.  I’ve been know to shed a tear or two when I come to find my swim suit missing from my gym bag…

#4 Change of (Loose) Clothing

If you always dash off without changing after your workout, no worries.  But I keep an extra pair of not-fitted-leggings (typically yoga pants) in my gym bag just in case I need to change post-workout.  Especially if I hit the hot tub, it’s really tricky to pull on spandex after that.  Yep. Especially tricky.  Not a pretty sight, overall.

Also pack a clean pair of socks. And underwear.  I maybe didn’t need to say that out loud, but… you’re welcome.

#5 Sports Bra

Ever quickly thrown on a t-shirt and ran to the gym, then realized you forgot you were wearing your daytime bra, and that wasn’t going to work out so well?  Just keep an extra one handy in your gym bag.  Problem solved!

#6  Small Toiletry Bag

Gym essentials toiletry bag

I’m not one of those girls that lingers in the lockeroom for 1 hour after their workout, styling hair and applying makeup.  But I have put together a small toiletry bag that I keep on hand for those fast, semi-desperate post-workout touchups so that I look a little less scary when I depart.

It includes:

  • Lotion
  • BB Cream for Face
  • Travel sized Mouthwash (so refreshing! Would be awesome if my gym were fancy enough to provide this, but they don’t)
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair Comb
  • Hair Tye
  • Deodorant
  • Eye Makeup remover and Q-Tips (if the steam room transformed my mascara into monster eyes)

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#7 Ball Cap

That segwayed nicely to the hat.  Maybe you don’t wear these.  But I do, and they help me feel like I’m hiding.  I keep a backup one in my gym bag, just in case I look extra rough after my workout and hot tub session.

I’m very, very sneaky.

#8  Lock

Locker lock for lock your own lockers.  🙂

#9  Plastic bags

For wet and/or stinky clothes.  I re-use them, keep a few in my bag, and it’s pretty slick.

#10 Flip Flops

For shower or steam room use.  Less eeww.

#11 Protein Snacks

Protein Energy Gels for pre workouts

Sometimes I rush to the gym on a busy day, arrive, and realize “Ah, nuts. I’m starving, and have zero energy”.  Don’t you hate that when that happens?

Although I don’t run much anymore, I learned when training for a runDisney half marathon that energy gel packets are the least offensive substance to take into your stomach right before exercise.  If I’ve got at least a 20 minute buffer, I prefer to eat a Cliff bar.  I try to keep both on hand in my gym bag, just in case.

I think that’s everything I stock my gym bag with!

Any tips on what I missed, or what you like to include…?

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  1. I have to have my earbuds when I exercise. Need the music distraction.

  2. Wireless headphones are must. I love listening to music while working out.

  3. Stephanie Larison says:

    A bottle of water is my must have. Got to keep hydrated!

  4. Rebecca Graham says:

    A bottle of water handy and some music.

  5. Kimmy Ripley says:

    Gotta have a water bottle, Fitbit, and headphones

  6. Cynthia C says:

    I need my iPod so I can listen to an audio book.

  7. I like to have a small cloth towel and hand sanitizer available.

  8. Adrienne Gordon says:

    A water bottle.

  9. Always gotta have a water bottle!

  10. I usually bring a water bottle and a dried fruit bag for exercise
    Thank You

  11. kathy Persons says:

    Gotta have my water

  12. A water bottle and my ipod are handy.

  13. susan smoaks says:

    i have to have water with me when i work out. i always feel dehydrated.

  14. water, a hair elastic, my ipod and my wireless headphones

  15. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I need my water and a towel to dry my sweaty self off with.

  16. Christina Sparks says:

    I like having hand weights available.

  17. I have to have water, music, and a towel.

  18. I always have my water bottle with me.

  19. My phone is my go-to because it has all my music and audio books that keep me going!

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  20. Stacey Roberson says:

    A water bottle and my tablet.

  21. A bottle of water.

  22. Nicole Sender says:

    A couple of bottles of water. I need to stay hydrated.

  23. Ellie Wright says:

    A pair of comfortable athletic shoes.

  24. I have to have my workout DVDs and weighted boxing gloves.

  25. Kelly Kimmell says:

    Comfortable shoes and a lot of water.

  26. Lisa Bourlier says:

    Flavored water and a friend!

  27. A bottle of water

  28. love to have some water and fruit

  29. A bottle of water

  30. Jessica To says:

    I like ice water and some music.

  31. Charlene S. says:

    My Nike walking shoes. My feet don’t get tired when exercising.

  32. Alexandra Y says:

    A towel and water bottle.

  33. paige chandler says:

    I must have a bottle of water for sure

  34. I walk for my exercise and I like to have a pair of heavy soled casual shoes. They must have a ton of support.

  35. My go to is a cooling wrap for my neck. It keeps me from overheating.

  36. water bottle

  37. My music and ear buds

  38. Derek Jennings says:

    cold bottled water!

  39. Monique Rizzo says:

    Powerade gum.

  40. towel

  41. alice minx says:

    My ipod and running shoes. You never know when you’ll need them

  42. Brandon Meade says:

    Definitely need my phone so it can track my run.

  43. heather s says:

    A bottle of water is important

  44. water, I always have to have a bottle of water with me

  45. Jan Warner says:

    gum, keeps me focused!

  46. Nicole Lancaster says:

    My go-to item to have handy during workouts is hair ties.

  47. Mary Cloud says:

    Definitely a big bottle of water

  48. Dolores Miranda says:

    My favorite water bottle!

  49. I like to have 3 pound weights ready.

  50. Virginia B. says:

    Goggles. I swim for exercise and without goggles it is a no go.

  51. shelly peterson says:

    I have to have water and some music.

  52. Kristin McCall says:

    I love to have my headphones and a protein bar handy.

  53. Anne Higgins says:

    Water and exercise near a fan!

  54. Jennifer Marie says:

    I like to have a bottle of water close by.

  55. I need earbuds.

  56. beth shepherd says:

    A water bottle for sure!! Also, I like to keep a towel handy. thank you

  57. Definitely a bottle of water, and then a towel

  58. Paula Hafner says:

    I like to have a water bottle full of cold water! Wet wipes are great to have handy as well.

  59. Brandy G. says:

    My bottled water & ipod.

  60. erica hall says:

    I’m with you- I have to have music too.

  61. I have to have my water bottle.
    Thanks for the contest.

  62. My go-to item I like to have handy for exercise is some healthy snacks.

  63. Bottled water – always!

  64. Kayla Klontz says:

    I like to always have my bottle of water, without it I would dehydrate.

  65. Nicole Martin says:

    I always have water and my bluetooth headphones.

  66. my water bottle

  67. Azeem Isaahaque says:

    I like to have my wireless earbuds

  68. Lori Walker says:

    I always have my pack of tissues.

  69. Just a bottle of cold water

  70. I always have water with me.

  71. Meredith Brooks says:

    I have to have a nice cold water & my iPod. Thanks for the chance to win!

  72. Cindy Peterson says:

    My water bottle and hair clips.

  73. I have to have my iPod shuffle for my music when out running.

  74. Marlene V says:

    I need music and my water bottle.

  75. Water and a good protein bar

  76. I would like to have Protein Snacks

  77. Sarahjferg says:

    I always have my water bottle. ALWAYS

  78. Sarah Hayes says:

    I always have to have plenty of water

  79. Michelle J. says:

    A water bottle!

  80. Linda Svarovsky says:

    I always have a water bottle and towel.

  81. Definitely a water bottle that’s easy to open

  82. Just plain-old water is a must-have! Plus a hair band to put my hair up.

  83. I have to have my fit bit and pedometer

  84. Morgan Stewart says:

    I always have my water bottle and headphones when I workout!

  85. Good shoes, my music & H2O

  86. Dynal Roberson says:

    A swimsuit. I do most of my exercising in the water and the little I don’t do in is next to the pool so Water Proof anything is a must.

  87. monique s says:

    I keep my water bottle close by for workouts

  88. A bottle of water.

  89. Earbuds are a must.

  90. Tammy Woodall says:

    I like to always have water with me to stay hydrated.

  91. Earbuds, a towel and my water. Then I am good to go!

  92. Janice Cooper says:

    I always have a bottle of ice cold water when I exercise.

  93. Laurence Price says:

    That is a very big bottle of water

  94. Water! I drink a gallon of water a day, so I am never without it! It makes a huge difference on my mood, skin and the way I feel!

  95. Tainan Lu says:

    A bottle of water

  96. I like to have an empty water bottle, a snack for after the gym, my headphones and iPod, and a clean pair of socks

  97. Headphones are a must when I go running! I need to listen to music.

  98. I always have to have plenty of water to stay hydrated

  99. Cheryl Everitt says:

    Water, water and more water

  100. I need water, preferably with ice in it.

  101. Definitely a water bottle with me so I can keep refilling it to stay hydrated. 🙂

  102. A water bottle is a must=have – staying hydrated is a must!

  103. Steve Weber says:

    I like to have a resistance band.

  104. Saundra McKenzie says:

    I have to have my bottle of water and my phone.

  105. Annmarie W. says:

    I like to always have a towel nearby…and when I’m on the elliptical, I like to have my phone to watch Netflix on!

  106. Kayte CookWatts says:

    Water and a great play list- lots of disco and 80s music.

  107. Jeremy McLaughlin says:

    Water bottle and music.

  108. Soha Molina says:

    A bottle of water,

  109. A water bottle.

  110. Karen Hoover says:

    My water bottle, music, and my dog.

  111. elizabeth miller says:

    My go to item for exercise is either water or a gatorade.

  112. Water, Water, and More Water!

  113. Jennifer Hess says:

    A blender Bottle with water or BCAA’s and a protein bar or shake

  114. Mary Jacobowitz says:

    I have to a have something salty like peanuts or some cheese as a post workout snack.

  115. My go to item is lots of water and a protein bar or shake for after.

  116. My item that I need at all times when exercising is a bottle of water!

  117. Definitely a drink.

  118. I LOVE your list! The only thing I usually keep in my bag that you didn’t mention is that I throw a couple of dryer sheets in the bottom to keep it smelling fresh, and my last pair of eyeglasses (so I don’t have to get my regular ones all sweaty!)

  119. Melanie Hayes says:

    Water bottle

  120. my water bottle is always with me

  121. Lots of water, for me.

  122. Angela Newsome says:

    My music, it keeps me motivated!

  123. Lauren Becker says:

    I have to have some sort of water with me…if I’m exercising on my own, then I need music or a podcast or something.

  124. When I get the urge to exercise, I lay down until it passes. So I guess I need my couch for exercise!

  125. I like to have really cold water and because I get bored audiobooks to listen to while I exercise.

  126. Susan Baughman says:

    Water bottle and a towel.

  127. I like to have water and yoga pants or leggings!

  128. Sam Brooks says:

    My go to item when exercising is actually my Cat! He sits there in front of the treadmill and truly gives me motivation to keep on going!

  129. Wendy Williams says:

    This would be great to start off 2018!
    I would be on the right track and up to date with technology…Amen

  130. Wendy Williams says:

    The water and headphones are so important to a healthy happy workout

  131. Kim Cowgar says:

    earbuds and water are my must have items

  132. nina bergeron says:

    my water bottle is definitley somehting i always take with me.

  133. Francine Anchondo says:

    a water bottle and some music

  134. pandora radio and earbuds

  135. Dwayne Berry says:

    I really don’t have any go-to exercise items.

  136. The most important thing: good shoes.

  137. I would have to say my shoes and my hair bands

  138. Linda Trinklein says:

    1.My sports bra 2. water & 3. hair ties!! Thanks for the chance!

  139. Dan Dykstra says:

    I need a towel and water.

  140. My iPhone and ear buds. I cant work out and get in my “zone” without some good music.

  141. Water…lots of water. Thanks so much!

  142. Dawn Monroe says:

    I always grab for my towel or water.

  143. Margot S. says:

    My phone so I can listen to energetic music

  144. Jessica Miller says:

    I always need my water bottle.

  145. A pony-tail holder

  146. I need to have my water bottle.

  147. What is what the body needs. Need water to flush the impurities away.

  148. Tonya Mcminn says:

    Water because I like to stay hydrated.

  149. kathy eyre says:

    I never go to the gym without my bandana

  150. My go to items are water and music.

  151. Julie Hawkins says:

    I like to have water and a protein bar on hand.

  152. Resistance band.

  153. Earbuds and water.

  154. Elizabeth Brooks says:

    Water is a must

  155. Definitely a water bottle! And some good earphones 🙂

  156. shannon fowler says:

    I like to have my bcaa’s to mix in my water when I work out.

  157. My go to item is water!

  158. Angie Ford says:

    I have to have my music so my earbuds are a must!

  159. My go to is always water.

  160. My go-to item is a bottle of water.

  161. My go-to item is definitely my water bottle.

  162. Mark Marville says:

    My phone I love listening to my tunes!

  163. Patricia Green says:

    Water. I need to have my water bottle with me.

  164. Sara Filler says:

    Apple watch, gotta feel vindicated with those activity rings

  165. natasha lamoreux says:

    I always need my music and headphones!

  166. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I love to grab my bottle of water with crystal light in it!

  167. Jennifer Ramirez says:

    Love having a water bottle and headphones!

  168. I always bring water and ear buds to listen to music.

  169. brittany marie thompson says:

    My reusuable water bottle

  170. Definitely a water bottle and some gum!

  171. Donna Teller says:

    I must have my phone and wireless headphones to listen to music while I workout.

  172. Spotify and water is always a must have.

  173. Julie Murphy says:

    My weight vest and water.

  174. I need my Ipod. Just not the same exercising without it.

  175. My go to item is a water bottle.

  176. bottle of water and a snack,

  177. A water bottle is my must-have.

  178. Michelle F says:

    My go to is my armband to hold my phone.

  179. cassandra m says:

    i always need my hair to be pulled back since its long and thick so any type of hair accessory to get that stuff out of my face!

  180. Definitely water! And, I also like to have some earbuds for listening to music or an audio book.

  181. Amanda Hoffman says:

    I have to have water gum and music

  182. I think water, I always exercise at home and that’s what I go for!

  183. A bottle of water and a twel

  184. Brenna H. says:

    My iPod and hair ties!

  185. Nickole Heim says:

    water and my earbuds

  186. Music! I can’t move without upbeat music!

  187. Sonya Allstun says:

    water, a hair elastic, my ipod and my wireless headphones

  188. Sara Floyd says:

    I need my water

  189. Karley Moore says:

    I must have my Ear Buds si I can listen to talk radio. Thanks for the giveaway!

  190. My go to item is my big ol’ bottle of water and a good pair of shoes!

  191. Sarah Cool says:

    A water bottle

  192. A water bottle is my go to item. It’s very important to stay hydrated.

  193. A flashlight for evening walks.

  194. Michelle H. says:

    I always have 2 large water bottles.

  195. Casey Everidge says:

    a water bottle is my must have

  196. Some good music and my ear buds

  197. Mary Somerville says:

    I have to have my music. It really helps keep me going!

  198. Brenda Elsner says:

    I have to have my music, water, and headbands.

  199. Jerry Marquardt says:

    A pair of air-buds and a w ter bottle are a definite for any run I need to go on.

  200. I have to have my water and ear buds.

  201. Jane McGregor says:

    Protein bar!

  202. Lindsay A. says:

    My essential, aside from water, is a non-slip headband!

  203. angela smith says:

    Towel ..I am always sweating when I am working out

  204. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Always a water bottle!

  205. Grace Mitchell says:

    Earphones and a ponytail holder!

  206. Yana Ryjova says:

    I like earphones, water, an a banana for after the workout.

  207. Brenda Robinson says:

    I go item is water. I have a hard time staying hydrated even when not exercising so I keep on handy.

  208. Fredrick Pauly says:

    My MP3 player.

  209. Cassandra says:

    Water bottle

  210. Lyndsey R. says:

    Earbuds and water with lemon slices.

  211. Cathy Balogh says:

    I’m not a gym person but love to be out hiking and my most important thing has become my hiking poles.

  212. Cashews and water!

  213. My headphones and chap stick

  214. I need to have trail mix. Thank you

  215. Diane Estrella says:

    A towel. I sweat a LOT!

  216. Julie Matek says:

    My go to items for working out are: water and chapstick:)

  217. Carla Pullum says:

    Ice Cold Water!!!

  218. My headphones!!

  219. Richard Hicks says:

    Go to item for me while exercising is a full water bottle

  220. elizabeth peck says:

    My go to item is an extra sweat towel.

  221. Yoghurt and fruit

  222. Headphones for sure.

  223. Water and music are two of my go-to items.

  224. DeAnna Keller says:

    I like to keep either a water bottle, Gatorade or Powerade near.

  225. I keep an orange handy .

  226. Tim Smith says:

    Gotta have a bottle of water handy

  227. Water is something I have to have when I exercise.

  228. I always need water!

  229. I have to have my water bottle to stay hydrated

  230. Waterbottle. I don’t really keep anything else snack wise.

  231. Sammantha D. says:

    My headphones so I can listen to music from my phone.

  232. Gotta have a towel.

  233. Water bottle! Sometimes a medical food powdered drink because of the carbs in it and minerals.

  234. Nicole Carter (Weasley) says:

    My must have items is a water bottle and hair tie1

  235. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Must have earbuds and my water bottle!

  236. I have to have something to drink and an audiobook.

  237. I like to have my headphones to keep me movin.

  238. I always have my water bottle

  239. Melanie C says:

    I have to have three items for sure lol…..water, music and of course a sweat band of some sort lol.

  240. Eileen Boyce says:

    I need my water. I am always thirsty.

  241. Holli Joren says:

    A bottle of water for me.

  242. Buddy Garrett says:

    Bottles water is my essential.

  243. water bottle

  244. kathy pease says:

    My must have is water for sure

  245. Breanna Pollard says:


  246. I have to have plenty of water and definitely a hair tie!!

  247. Stephanie Liske says:

    water is the item.

  248. Mary Gardner says:

    The one thing I have to have is a big bottle of water.

  249. Water and Music, baby!

  250. laura bernard says:

    water for me!

  251. Lots of cold water and a towel!

  252. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    Besides water I carry my own towel to wipe down the machines.

  253. Kathy Hanley says:

    A bottle of water and my phone and earbuds so I can listen to music or watch a show on the treadmill

  254. Always have flavored water. I also keep my fitbit on so I can see how hard I’m working.

  255. Philip Lawrence says:

    My go-to item for exercising is a small towel.

  256. Kyl Neusch says:

    A water bottle.

  257. Laurie Emerson says:

    My water bottle and bandanna to keep my hair out of my eyes.

  258. Elsie Mangeri says:

    I need my water bottle.ever present, ever ready

  259. Kelsey vinson says:

    Ear buds

  260. Kathryn C says:

    my Fit Bit AND some cold water!

    Kathryn C

  261. kim brooks says:

    my go to item would be my ear buds! when im in the gym i love to get in the zone and listen to the music that get’s me pumped up and ready to work out

  262. I always take along an old iPod so I can listen to music when I go for my daily run !!!

  263. Julie Myles says:

    A bottle of water.

  264. A water bottle and headphones!

  265. Trisha McKee says:

    I have to have water, and I also like to have a towel always handy.

  266. Janine Hwang says:

    I’ve got to have water and my gym towel

  267. Mine is my phone so I can use the stop watch.

  268. I need water, a towel, and my phone

  269. Betty Curran says:

    A water bottle is a must

  270. I have to have my water bottle and sugar-free hard candy.

  271. Thank you for the giveaway. Water is definitely my go-to item when exercising!

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