Working out is a great way to stay fit and healthy, but it can be hard to know what to bring with you when you're just starting out. That's why we've put together this list of must-haves for your gym bag.

Whether you're new to the gym or already an experienced fitness enthusiast, these items will help make sure your workout is as successful and enjoyable as possible.


Gloves are essential for protecting your hands while lifting weights and doing other exercises that involve a lot of grip. They can help protect your hands against calluses, especially for weightlifting. Even if you're picking up light weights, those perforated bars can be tough on a woman's soft skin!

They come in a variety of materials and sizes, so make sure you pick up a pair that fits and feels comfortable on your hands. Don’t forget to pack them in your gym bag!


Hydration is key when you're working out, so make sure to bring plenty of water with you. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the day, not just during your workouts, so having some with you at all times can help ensure that you don't get dehydrated. You can pick out a cute water bottle that you use only for the gym, to help remind you to stay hydrated during your work out.

Protein Bar

Protein bars are great for giving your body the energy it needs before or after a workout. Choose one that has plenty of protein and other nutrients to fuel your body without adding too many extra calories or sugar. For more information on the different types of supplements you can take to enhance your work out, have a look at my blog:


Having a good pair of headphones can help motivate you during your workout, as well as provide some much-needed distraction when things get tough. Pick out a pair that is comfortable to wear and has good sound quality so you can listen to your favorite music or podcast while exercising. If you enjoy listening through over-ear headphones then check out my guide to the best over-ear headphones on the market for working out.

Wrist Straps

Wrist straps are an often overlooked item but they can be incredibly useful when lifting heavy weights, especially when you're just starting out. They provide extra support and stability while helping reduce any potential strain on your wrists and forearms. This means that you'll be able to lift heavier weights without putting strain on your wrists. Plus, they look pretty cool!

Sweat Towel

Sweating is inevitable when you're working out, which is why it's important to have a sweat towel handy at all times. Not only do they keep sweat from dripping onto the floor, but they can also help keep sweat off of any equipment that you use.

Most gyms post-COVID require every gym goer brings a sweat towel for hygiene purposes so make sure to bring one with you each time—it'll save you from having to borrow someone else’s!

Active Wear

Activewear is a must for any serious gym bunny! Look for pieces that are lightweight, breathable, and comfortable so that you can move freely without feeling restricted by your clothes. Try to find pieces that also have sweat-wicking properties so that your clothes stay dry no matter how hard you work out.

And don't forget about shoes! Make sure to invest in a good pair of cross trainers or running shoes so that your feet feel comfortable throughout your entire workout session! Finding clothes that fit properly and feel comfortable can make or break your workout experience, so make sure to find something that works for you.

Not only will it help keep you feeling motivated throughout the workout, but it’ll also make sure that those around you don’t have an awkward view of what’s underneath!

Investing in some good quality activewear is always worth it if it means getting more out of every workout session, not to mention it helps you get your booty to the gym, knowing you'll be wearing something cute (is that just me?!)

Membership Card

Last but not least, it's always a great idea to keep your gym membership card in your gym bag so that you can never forget it!


Getting ready for the gym doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive; all it takes is a few simple items such as gloves, water, a protein bar, wrist straps, sweat towel, and active wear!

With these must-haves in your gym bag at all times, there won’t be anything holding back from achieving success during every single workout session - no matter how much (or little) experience you have under your belt! So now go forth – armed with knowledge – hit the gym with confidence knowing exactly what gear will get results! Good luck!