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What to Pack in Your Gym Bag

Use this checklist to remember all the essentials for a solo or family workout.


Updated November 11, 2013

Going to the gym? Good for you! Get in the habit of stocking your gym bag with these must-haves, so you won't slow down your workout (or your post-class cleanup) with a missing item.

For a solo workout:

  • membership card
  • water bottle
  • sports-specific gear, such as yoga mat, swim goggles, or weight-lifting gloves
  • work-out clothes and shoes
  • flip-flops for the shower
  • towels, if not provided at gym
  • toiletries
  • clean underwear
  • plastic bags for wet clothes/swimsuits
  • padlock for locker
  • MP3 player
  • change for vending machines


When the whole family goes to the gym:

All of the above for each person who's exercising, plus:

  • diaper bag for babies/toddlers staying in gym's child care center
  • socks for kids playing in indoor play areas
  • swim diapers, if little ones will be in the pool
  • towels from home, if ones at the gym are too small and thin to keep kids warm
  • pajamas, if it's an evening workout; don't bother putting street clothes back on!
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