A beautiful Asian woman with a big smile holding a black gym bag

When you’re about to go into battle, you need to be prepared with the right artillery. This same philosophy can be applied when you intend to launch into an intense exercise session. How you prepare for a workout will guarantee a better outcome. With gyms slowly allowed to reopen, you might have forgotten what you need to pack after almost a year of contentedly sweating it out at home. A well-curated gym bag will help you sweat comfortably and freshen up better. Ready to crush your workout? Then get packing!

Use a Proper Gym Bag

The armory is just as important as what’s inside. Forgot a random shopping tote or, heaven forbid, a plastic bag. Make sure to use a proper sports duffel that is breathable to avoid developing a musty odor from your sweaty clothes and dirty shoes, as well as washable so you can prevent the buildup of bacteria. 

Bring an Insulated Water Tumbler

More than keeping you feeling refreshed, cold water has been proven to improve exercise performance. A study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition concluded that cold water lowers body temperature and reduces water loss during exercise, pushing you to work out longer. Further research in Health and Fitness Journal also notes the importance of staying hydrated before, during, and after a workout. 

An insulated flask will help keep your beverage refreshing for at least 24 hours, making you feel confident that you have cold water throughout your gym time.

Always Double Up on the Towels

 There’s nothing worse than wiping your face with a soiled towel.

Many gymgoers make the mistake of bringing a single towel. Our recommendation? Stock up on at least two. You need one towel to wipe off your sweat and a separate towel to use in the shower. Maybe you need a third in case you’re doing some mat work, like yoga or stretching. You wouldn’t want to use a towel that’s touched the floor on your face, would you?

Have an Assortment of Hair Accessories

Sometimes, a ponytail scrunchie isn’t enough. If you have a layered haircut, a short hairstyle, bangs, or you’re blessed with some baby hair around your hairline, you need something that can push your hair away from your face better, like a sweatband or clips. Cardio might require a tighter ponytail or updo compared to isometric exercises. Have options depending on the exercise you’re doing. Nothing kills a jump rope workout worse than having your hair fly all over your face. 

Sanitize! Sanitize! Sanitize!

You’ll be touching so many things at the gym. Make sure to keep everything clean. Model: Niña Alvia, Sunsilk Camp Hairkada, (Credit: instagram/@ninaalvia)

This is still a time for precaution and sanitation. Make sure to pack a jumbo-sized hand sanitizer and alcohol to disinfect gym equipment and regularly decontaminate your hands. When you’re working out, not only are you touching various surfaces, you will also be unconsciously reaching for your face often, whether it’s to wipe off sweat or push away messy hair strands. Now, do you see the importance of having a towel and proper hair accessories?

Don’t Forget to Wash Up. 

From gym debris to sweat to who knows what other dirt you picked up along the way, you need to end your workout on a refreshing note: with a nice shower that not only cleans your skin but also pampers you and makes you feel relaxed. After all, you did work hard.

Lifebuoy Antibacterial Body Wash Total 10 has Activ Silver, an intense antibacterial ingredient that eliminates pesky germs and leaves you feeling squeaky clean, and fresh. If it was an extra challenging workout, reward yourself with Dove Relaxing Lavender Body Wash, which is infused with chamomile and lavender to soothe skin (and your mood thanks to the calming scent). It nourishes skin just as much as it cleans.

Are you all packed? Now that your gym bag is ready, it’s time to exercise!