Getting ready for fitness should not be confusing. Having some basic essentials in your bag and making a checklist will benefit you greatly. Here is a quick checklist of the 9 workout items you will need when heading to the gym.

When preparing your sports bag, the most important things are to bring enough materials and to choose the most compact ones. By packing just the right amount, you can be sure that you have all your exercise needs while not feeling weighed down when going to and from work.

Everyone has thought of bringing extra fruit juices, nail clippers, old equipment etc. when going to the gym, but let’s be honest, who needs all that? When it comes to getting ready for the gym, it’s all about keeping it simple.

If you know how to prepare the perfect sports bag, you can confidently start your workout knowing that you have all the basic features you need before and after your workout. How comforting is that? So, before going to the gym, make sure you have these 9 workout items in your sports bag.


There’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve forgotten your sport shoes when heading to the gym. Seriously, how are you supposed to survive a spin class without shoes? When setting up your sports bag, always start by collecting your sport shoes to avoid this nightmare. Don’t forget your socks too! Many gyms try to charge extra for things like socks and towels, so make sure you bring your own!


A good pair of headphones is essential for any gym experience. Motivational music and quality headphones can make the difference between a good workout and a great one. So whether you’re a fan of small earbuds or prefer larger, over-the-ear headphones, make sure you have your favorite pair with you before you leave the door.


Staying hydrated during exercise is very important, so make sure you have a bottle of water with you during your workout. We recommend using a reusable water bottle for the better environment and it will keep your water colder for longer. Plus, you’ll save money on water at the gym.


Just like your sport shoes, you don’t want to be in the gym without proper sport clothes. The definition of appropriate clothes varies depending on whether you’re male or female, but we’re talking about things like leggings or sweatpants, a t-shirt or tank top, a sports bra, etc. An easy way to remember what to put in your bag is to make a small list and attach it to your bag. If you don’t remember anything, just check the list!


You’ll need to take a shower after your workout and the shampoo in the gym showers will not compete with the quality of yours. So we recommend that you bring your own shampoo. However, there may not always be time for a shower or you may not want to take a shower. That’s when dry shampoo comes in handy. It’s a quick and easy way to freshen up after a workout.


Have you ever thought about how you smell after a intense workout? That’s why it’s important to use deodorant before and after exercise. So you don’t repel people around you.


We’re not saying this just to be polite. We know there are people with hair and without. But if you have hair, be sure that after the shower you take after the workout, you’ll need a comb. No one wants to go out with tangled hair.


A sport and fitness towel is very important for both health and feeling good about yourself. We say health because gym equipment is incredibly high in germs and bacteria. Covering the equipment with a towel is important for your hygiene. And you also need another towel to wipe off your sweat. That’s why we recommend bringing at least 2 towels to the gym. But why do we recommend microfiber? Because microfiber towels are very light and compact, dry quickly, and don’t weigh you down. You can pack it in a small pocket.

  1. SNACK

One of the best ways to recover your body after a workout is to eat a light, protein-rich snack. We recommend bringing a protein bar, nuts, or your favorite fruits with you to control your blood sugar and speed up the healing process.

Here it is – a perfectly packed sports bag. What other things do you bring with you for your workout? Share with us using the #mygymbag tag and tag @soulmatesandals.

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