From Gym to Work: What You Need in Your Gym Bag

Need in Your Gym BagPIN IT!

Though I have the luxury of usually going from home to the gym, not everyone has that privilege. Most people fit in their gym time before heading to work or on their lunch break. With different gym schedules, different gym bag items are needed. That’s why I compiled this list of everything you need in your gym bag when headed from the gym to work.


This is a given right? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten my deodorant though because I’m switching it between my gym bag and bathroom. The best way to solve this is to grab one of the travel size deodorants like Secret Outlast to throw in your gym bag.

Cooling Items

Living here in Arizona, cooling items couldn’t be more perfect. MISSION Athletecare has an entire line of EnduraCool Instant Cooling Gear to keep your body temperature down when you need it most. From towels to headbands to hats, you can throw any of their items in your gym bag for an instant cool down. 

Body & Foot Wash

Rinse away that lingering scent of sweat with Art Naturals Body & Foot Wash. Infused with all-natural tea tree oil, you can truly cleanse while eliminating bacteria microbes and fungi, soothing and hydrating even the most delicate skin.

For the more intense fitness fanatics, this wash also brings rapid relief to pain and soothing relief to itchy, dry and inflamed skin while clearing nails of fungus and bacteria (if you forget your shower shoes). It is also commonly used to help relieve the irritation associated with a host of fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, psoriasis, and ringworm.

Pura Vida Sponges

Freshen up on the run! These sponges are a 3-in-1 soap, washcloth, and loofah, formulated with plant-based cleansers and botanicals that are biodegradable. Tough on grime, these soap-infused sponges pack small and dry quickly to travel well, making them perfect for heading straight to work from the gym. 

Hair Oil

If there is one thing that suffers from my constant workouts, it’s my hair. The sweat, hair washing, everything dries it out so easily. Don’t forget to pack a small bottle of hair oil to keep your ends happy and healthy.

Facial Wipes

Worried about your face getting overwashed? Throw in a pack of emerginC scientific organics facial cleansing wipes. These wipes are 100% natural, biodegradable, and compostable. They are formulated with organic aloe vera, a proprietary fruit extract blend, witch hazel extract, lacto-fermented radish root, and honeysuckle. No harsh chemicals needed to get that squeaky clean face.


Though you’re all clean now you can’t forget the parfum! Pinrose has created the Parfum-a-Go-Go set offers a fun, convenient new way to travel with luxury fragrances at a fraction of the price. This kit offers a chic iridescent make-up pouch filled with 20 one time use soft tissues soaked. Pinrose’s premium fragrances are manufactured in the USA, phthalates and paraben-free, and made with the highest quality essential oils, naturals, and synthetics.

Karma Water

This new line of Probiotics Water by Karma is the first of its kind that provides a method for drinking probiotics along with the vitamins, thus supporting the immune system, enhancing digestive health and improving metabolism. I personally find these handy but they are a lot sweeter than one would expect. 

Omega Oils

Once you’re clean and ready to head back to work don’t forget to take your oils! Genesis Today offers an awesome blend of Omega 3-6-7-9 in a capsule which is perfect for your joints. These plant-based Omegas support long healthy nails and hair too so bottoms up!

Pain Meds

Sometimes when we work out we get a little too excited and maybe lift a little more than we should. When your Omega oils can’t handle all the pressure Genexa is here to rescue you.  Genexa is a non-GMO organic medicine line that offers Arnica and Leg Cramp Rx for all of your fitness pains. I personally found these meds to work wonders and are always in my gym bag now.

How many of these products do you carry in your gym bag? Anything else you would add?


  • Daytodaymoments

    I’m a full time mom do there’s no gym bag for me and I definitely don’t have the space to carry stuff for myself these days. Lol. But I do carry some of these like wipes and water. 🙂

  • Heather

    That’s a large heavy gym bag! I only pack my clothes!

  • Elizabeth O.

    These are all essential, indeed. I think it’s convenient to have everything you need in your gym bag especially if you’re going somewhere after working out. It’s good to check on what you have in case you need to re-stock as well!

  • Melanie Smith

    Deodorant is the first thing I put in my gym bag. It is so essential.

  • chei

    Towel is the first in my bag and water of course.

  • Glenda

    Great gym selection Jessica! I especially love the Genesis Today oils 😉

  • Amy Jones

    Face wipes are the first article in my gym bag. I’m nothing without them!

  • Momina Arif

    I have a bad case of split ends. I will keep hair oil in my bag next time for sure

  • Shanna Uptergrove

    Great tips! I don’t go to the gym- but I do go walk around the park and make sure I have my tennis shoes and water bottle. Although, my daughter does have Tennis, so I am going to show this to her!

  • Kandi

    Honestly I don’t live near a gym so I do not have a gym bag. But these sound great ideas! Especially the cooling off items. Never knew they had items like that.

  • Jenjen

    Agree on facial wipes and omega oils 🙂 If only it’s easy as 1-2-3 to keep a constant gym routine that would be amazing!

  • Rosey

    I’d like to try the body and tea wash. I hear great things about that oil.

  • victoria

    Sounds like a great gym bag, I love the ideas I will share this to my friends. Glad you share this with us

  • Ana Sanchez

    When I plan on going to the gym I just bring deodorant, towel and a water bottle. When I come home I jump straight in the shower so a lot of the others aren’t needed.

  • Katy {ashadeofteal}

    Deodorant and perfume are musts in my gym bag. I need to add some of your other suggestions.

  • Enricoh Alfonzo

    This is a great gym survivor kits, wouldn’t have thought to pack pain meds so thanks for the suggestion. All awesome points especially on the facial wipes.

  • Tiffany Hathorn

    These all definitely sound like things that would be smart to carry around in your gym bag. That Parfum-a-go-go sounds like it would be really cool.

  • Lisa Rios

    Such a wonderful list with the essentials needed to be in a gym bag anytime. Towels, facial wipes & deodorant are going to be the must & first. The other suggestions are good to take note as well.

  • kathy kenny ngo

    A very wonderful tip to bring. I would like to share this to one of my gym mates as well. Thank you so much.

  • Colette S

    I don’t visit the gym, but this is a pretty good list of items to take along with you.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Michael Woods

    The things you should not forget when going to gym! I really like the items on your list!