ad | There’s nothing worse than getting to the gym or an exercise class to realise you’ve forgotten something important. It can completely put you off and make a dent in your workout. So in this post, we’re going to look at some gym bag workout essentials that you need to keep in your bag before you leave for the gym.

Sometimes, getting the gym full stop is hard enough. There are always days when we don’t want to go and have no motivation. But we manage to drag ourselves there despite all of that and get a workout in.

So getting there and realising you’ve forgotten something important is always going to put a spanner in the works. In this post, we’re going to highlight 9 gym bag must haves you shouldn’t forget when you leave for the gym.

Here are 9 gym bag must haves you need:

Gym clothes

If you’re going to the gym straight from work, then it’s so important to have your gym clothes just your gym t shirt ready to go. Ironpandafit do a good range of gym clothing that you can stock up on so you’re never running low on gym wear.

A hoodie

Gyms can often get cold due to the air con, so if you’re a cold person, it’s a good idea to have a sweatshirt or hoodie with you in case. You can find plenty of comf0rtable gym hoodies for men or women on Ironpandafit.


I need some good music to keep me motivated when I’m exercising. Something I can bop to. So headphones are an absolute must-have, especially if you’re going to be spending a long time on one machine.

Water bottle

You need to stay hydrated at the gym, it’s one of the most important things to consider. So you really don’t want to forget your water bottle. A reusable one is preferable.

A snack

It’s always a good idea to have a healthy snack with you when you go to the gym to stock up on protein when you’ve finished your workout and ensure your blood sugar doesn’t drop too low.

Resistance band 

A resistance band is a great addition to any workout and can be used very effectively during strength training. Some gyms might have them there but if not, it might be worth taking your own just in case.

Small towel 

Taking a small towel with you into the gym itself to wipe your face / chest / arms when you get a bit sweaty is a good idea as it can help you feel a bit fresher.

Deodorant and body spray 

If you don’t have time to shower after a workout, then taking deodorant and/or body spray with you is a necessity! Especially if you’re going anywhere or meeting anyone after.

Anti bacterial wipes

Gyms obviously get cleaned by staff on a daily basis and are well kept and well looked after but it never hurts to be a bit extra cautious and take some anti-bac wipes with you for the handles of machines.

Do you use the gym? What are your gym bag essentials?


  1. I agree with this post. As a gym goer, I can’t live without my phone and earphones, water bottle and body wash. If I work out early in the morning, I tend to shower at the gym before work.

  2. As a daily gym-goer. I definitely agree. My most essential things are training shoes, gym wear, bottle of water and earphone and of course my iPhone ❤️💪💪💪

  3. I can’t work out with my snack and yet it’s something I always forgo. I workout at home, so it’s not as if I have far to go to get one, though.

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