How to Curate the Perfect Workout Bag

You ask for a lot from your workout bag. You need a bag that takes you from home to work to happy hour with friends and, finally, to the gym—all while looking great and keeping you organized. So how do you curate a bag that holds absolutely everything you need, keeps your gear protected, and completes every outfit? 

Read on to find out!

Think Through Your Whole Day

Arriving at the gym only to discover you don’t have your sneakers is a real drag. So is finishing up an extra sweaty workout only to realize you didn’t bring a towel (and you have an important meeting in an hour). The best way to prevent these scenarios from occurring is to think about your entire day when you pack your gym bag.

To do this, we recommend investing in a planner to keep in your bag. That way, as you pack up your stuff each day, you can check to see if you need to throw in red lipstick to complete your evening look, or remind yourself about that book you need to return to the library after your workout. 

Remembering to put your obligations in your planner takes practice, but just like with any good habit, it will get easier over time.

Go High-Tech

Personal trainers and coaches are already using fitness apps to gain better results. If you’ve ever seen a list of running gifts for women or tech gadgets for fitness addicts, you may have noticed how many amazing tools are available to help make your workouts better. Adding a few high-tech luxuries to your gym bag will make you even more excited to focus on your fitness. We love gadgets like:

  • Wireless headphones
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Smartphone armbands

Gym Meets Spa

Sticking to your workout routine means you deserve a little pampering. At the end of a long cardio sesh or weight training, you may need to shower before work, get ready for a date, or just generally remove the sweat (and smell) before entering the real world. Try adding the following items to your workout bag for that post-gym shower:

  • Haircare products – If your gym’s all-in-one shampoo-conditioner-body-wash isn’t doing your hair any favors, try packing travel sizes of your favorite luxury hair care products. Even if you can’t afford full-size products of salon-quality hair care, mini bottles are usually much cheaper and will give you something to look forward to when you wash your hair at the gym. 


  • Fresh fragrances – Throw a sample size of your signature scent in your gym bag for days when you might have accidentally skipped the post-workout shower (no judgment).


  • Top-quality towels – Some gyms provide towels, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve an upgrade. If you’re tired of drying off with a thin, drab piece of fabric, try bringing your own. Microfiber towels are specially designed to be extra absorbent and dry quickly. 

Knowing you have a little luxury to look forward to at the end of your workout can get you through that last set of pushups

Make Your Bag YOU 

If you don’t love your gym bag, you won’t be as excited to put it to good use. This is why finding a workout bag that fits your personal style is so important. Luckily, there are plenty of options in every size, color, and design. Whether you want a neutral tote bag or a brightly colored backpack, the possibilities are endless. 

Just make sure your bag is truly you

Get Ready to Hit the Gym

We’re surprised you’re still here. With such a perfect bag ready to go, we thought you’d be out the door and halfway to the gym by now. No matter what kind of workout you’re about to crush, your bag will have everything you need.