It’s finally happening: The weather is getting warmer and slowly but surely things are opening back up, including our favorite gyms. There’s no better way to get ready for summer, LIV Fam. We can’t wait to finally pack up and spin, stretch, run, lift, and box once again. It’s been a while since we last checked in, so here’s a list of gym bag must-haves for your triumphant return to the locker room.
It’s in the (Gym) Bag
Yes, we know we said what goes in your bag, but picking the right one is key. Our go-to details are organized pockets, a sturdy material, and a sleek look. The Luka Duffel from Calpak fits all of our requirements, including an amazing nine pockets, including one that’s large enough to fit your sneakers.
All Dressed Up With Somewhere to Go
It’s true that we’ve been living in stretchy yoga pants for a while now (thanks, global pandemic) but we’re finally ready to get a bit more active in our activewear. In the summer months, it’s best to pick fabrics that help your body release heat, like these from Under Armour Heat Gear. Look for moisture wicking fabrics and well ventilated clothing, too.
Under (Bluetooth) Lock and Key
It’s been a long quarantine—do you remember your combination? Good news: You don’t need to. The latest gadget to get a smart-makeover, bluetooth Master locks let you open up using an app on your phone.
Woe is the person who forgets their headphones, only to have to listen to their own breathing on the treadmill. We like these buds from Bose, featuring a leash that means you won’t lose them to a random pop-out no matter how fast you go.
The Gloves Are On
If you’re planning on strength training during your session, bring a pair of weightlifting gloves (like these from Lululemon) to protect your hands from the rough barbells. Ready to spar? Don’t forget boxing gloves like this classic pair from Fila. Pro tip: If the gloves that have been collecting dust in your closet for more than a year have started to smell a little funky, sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda in each. Let sit, shake out, and hit the ring, refreshed.
Lightning in a Bottle
Peak performance doesn’t just come from your spirit—it comes from your water bottle. Make sure you stay hydrated and energized throughout your workout. The perfect gym-bag add: our Adventure Essentials Bundle featuring Energy Multiplier and a reusable bottle.
Quick Dry for You and Your Towel
Whether you’re using it to blot after each rep or drying off after your shower, a small microfiber towel is a handy must-have at the gym. Microfiber absorbs quickly and is super compact, so it won’t take up a lot of real estate in your bag.
‘Wash’ Your Hair
This smart secret is a must-have in our gym bag. Dry shampoo saves time and means you can get a quick refresh and still look amazing when you head out the gym door. (We love this one from Ouai.) Trust us—this gym hack is one you might start using on your rest days, too.
Mist or Bust
A sweaty face is the sign of a killer workout, but your skin could still use some soothing. Blot your face with a soft towel and spray with a refreshing face mist like this rose-scented favorite from Glossier. This sweet scent is like a spa in a bottle, and leaves you feeling completely recharged. Add it to your favorite travel toiletry bag, like this one from Athleta featuring a spill-resistant waterproof lining.
Sort it Out
Keep your used towel, swimsuit, or post-workout sweaty gear separate from the rest of your belongings by stowing it in a wet bag like this one from Wander & Perch. Bonus: It will make it easier to sort out what needs to be washed when you get home.
Pack a portable, healthy snack to refuel when your workout is done (or if you need an extra boost before it begins). Try almonds, low-sugar Sakara bars, or a piece of fruit. If you’re training for a race or challenge, consider a gel or pouch that balances carbs, fat, and protein to give you the mid-workout boost you need.