Game-Changing Gym Bag Essentials for Women

Getting yourself to the gym can be challenging. You always feel better when your workout is behind you but that ‘getting there’ part is the catch.

Like most anything else, being prepared is half the battle.

You're more likely to get that workout in when you do it earlier in the day but this often means you’ll need to do some getting ready after your workout.

Fear not, getting ready at the gym doesn't have to be a pain in your just worked-out butt.

Having your gym bag stocked with multi-functional lightweight items is the key to having all the things that are essential to you but not having your bag be so bulky and heavy that you dread lugging it around.

1. The Gym Bag

Your gym bag is an essential item no matter what. You need something to keep all of your things in .

There are so many options to choose from you’re sure to find something that suits your style perfectly. Gone are the days when you have to sacrifice style for function. There are very chic bags that have all the functionality you want.

Find some fab options here.

Getting ready at the gym doesn't have to be a pain in your just worked-out butt. Here are 5-tips to get you quickly prepared for your post-workout day.

2. The SpaStar Get Ready Wrap

A quick-drying, lightweight, and compact alternative to the damp, bulky towel, plush robe or terry spa wrap. The SpaStar wrap weighs less than one pound, stores perfectly in your purse or gym bag and you won't even know it's there until you need it!

The wrap provides enough coverage to feel comfortable - even in most co-ed gym areas, and stays securely in place while blow drying hair and applying skincare and makeup.

3. SpaStar headband

The perfect solution for when you don't have time to wash or dry your hair after a shower.

The SpaStar headband is a chic and multifunctional hair accessory. Use the headband to keep your hair back when applying your skin care and makeup or use it as a dirty hair fancy-it-up accessory. See the tutorial here.

4. Microfiber Quick Dry Towel

With any good workout, there will be some good sweat so you’ll need a towel to wipe yourself off. You might need one to dry yourself off after showering too. So quick-drying and space-saving are two qualities to look for.

This is a list of some good options worth exploring.

5. Toiletries

Minimize your gym bag “get ready” products by investing in products that are multipurpose. There are plenty of high-quality products to choose from.

Bonus Eco-Friendly Tip: Your SpaStar Wrap will arrive in a cute frosted bag that you can use as your hair care, skin care, makeup or toiletries bag.

Shampoo + Body Wash

I recommend Davines MOMO Bar which is a shampoo bar that also functions as a body wash. Eartheasy and Surf Soap also have clean options you might love.

Hair Styling

You want to ensure you have a brush and or comb with you if you use them for styling.

For adding texture and hold to your hair, try a combination hair + texturizing spray combo. I recommend this Texturizing Hair Spray by OUAI. I love this one because it’s effective and it won’t leak in your bag.


Grab a bag of Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrushes. These gems are perhaps the best kept secret. I’m not sure why everyone doesn’t keep these on hand. They are the perfect way to freshen your breath without taking up too much room in your gym bag.


Sweat is good but stink is not so good so be sure to have your favorite deodorant in your bag.

6. Beauty Items

These are the items you may need to have with you if you're going anywhere other than home after your workout.


For adding some color, grab a lip stain that doubles as a blush. I love Glossier’s Generation G Sheer Matte in Crush.

Charlotte Tilbury Tinted Love Lip & Cheek Stain and Ilia’s Multi-Stick are pretty fab options too.


Curling iron with a hot cover

Curl. Cover and Go. Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron is great as it comes with a protective cover so you don't have to wait more than a minute to throw in your gym bag and not worry about melting everything it touches.

Other Gym Bag Essentials to Consider

While the focus of this article is getting ready at the gym, these are some other items you might want to have in your gym bag.

  • Water Bottle - Look into BruMate and Corkcicle for some fun and functional leak proof options.
  • Shower shoes
  • Don’t forget to pack some fresh undergarments. Trust me, no one wants to put sweaty undergarments back on.
  • Charger, ear pods, and maybe an armband for your phone
  • Feminine hygiene products - when you know, you know but you don’t always know, you know? So just in case, drop a few in.
  • Lip Balm. We covered lip color earlier but while you’re working out, you want hydration without worrying about smearing color all over your face while wiping the sweat away.
  • Extra hair ties
  • Gym lock to keep your valuables safe while you workout
  • Protein bar or other snack to refuel after your workout
  • Membership card if you need one for your gym
  • Bandaids are always good to have on hand
  • Lifting gloves and straps if you use them
  • Yoga mat if needed
  • Bathing suit, goggles and swim cap if needed

Having Your Gym Bag Essentials Packed is One Obstacle Conquered

What are the items that are non-negotiable for you? Are there any I've missed? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope this list helps you feel more organized, pulled together, and ready to slay the day ahead feeling strong, healthy, empowered and ready to live beautifully.

You’ve got this!

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