Making it to the gym is a feat all on its own. But if you get there and find out you forgot your tennis shoes or socks, the bummer is real. To help you mitigate that kind of workout-time tragedy, we've got tips and products that'll help you keep your gym bag stocked and ready for emergencies, big and small (whether your hair tie snaps, or you desperately need a tampon). Gym bag
Having the right tote is imperative. It has to be big enough to carry all the many things you'll need on your fitness journey. We recommend this one from Paravel, which can fold up into the size of a book if you need to pack it for travel. You can also have it monogrammed, if you want all your fellow gym-goers to know how fancy you are.
Fold-Up Bag, $, available at
Paravel More Foam roller
This useful little guy is easy to pack and will help you fight sore muscles on the go.
Restore Compact Foam Roller, $, available at
Gaiam More Laundry bag
There are major perks to getting your exercise in before work. Tossing your sweaty, smelly gym shorts into your gym bag or purse afterwards isn't one of them. It can make for a stinky mess. Enter,
this tiny, portable laundry bag
Washable Sports Bag, $, available at
Amazon More Sneakers
We've all had those dreaded days where we sign up for a workout class, only to realize we left our tennies in the closet at home. You can avoid that problem by constantly keeping a pair of sneakers in your gym bag. Pro tip: If they start to get smell, put unused tea bags in them at night.
Nike Air Zoom SuperRep, $, available at
Nike More Tampons or pads
Although many gyms and studios stock tampons these days, it never hurts to be prepared in case you (or your workout buddy!) get in a bloody bind.
Compact plastic applicator tampons, $, available at
Lola More Water bottle
The first rule of working out and feeling your best is hydration. Don't be caught without a water bottle during your next sweat session.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle, $, available at
Urban Outfitters More Story continues Dry shampoo
Sometimes there simply isn't time to shower post-exercise. In that case, it's dry shampoo to the rescue.
Detox Clear Invisible Dry Shampoo, $, available at
Ulta Beauty More Headphones
You probably carry some with you in your purse already, but it can never hurt to have a spare pair around, just in case. If you've ever tried running silently, you know these are key to workouts.
FWD-01 Sport In-Ear Headphones, $, available at
Adidas More Snacks
As they say, food is fuel.
CLIF BAR - Energy Bars - Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea, $, available at
Amazon More Extra undies
Just in case you forget to pack them in the morning, it can help to keep a spare pair around. Leaving on sweaty underwear doesn't just feel gross — it can lead to a
Warner's Women's Blissful Benefits Seamless Hipster Panty 3 Pack, $, available at
Amazon More Makeup wipes
When you get really sweaty, it can cause old mascara to run all around your eyes. It's an edgy look, but it may not be your style. Plus, your face, like the rest of your body, probably got sweat-drenched during your circuit workout. Wipes are crucial.
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, $, available at
Urban Outfitters More Extra socks
They're everyone's least favorite Christmas present, but they're essential. I always compare buying socks to buying toilet paper. It's an unglamorous, but highly necessary, expense. Make sure you have a few pairs hidden in your bag, just in case you forget one day. Don't be the girl who has to pull her leggings up over her pantyhose.
Dr. Motion Women's 2pk Compression Low Cut Socks, $, available at
Amazon More Ponytail holders
There's nothing worse than having your hair tie break mid-workout. Especially if you're in the midst of cardio. Stay prepared and keep these cute bands on hand.
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Pearl Hair Ties, $, available at
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