Gym Bag Checklist

Gym Bag Checklist

If you go or plan to go to the gym, here’s some helpful information to make sure you’re well-equipped.

First, get a good gym bag that has the following features:

  • Durable
  • Washable (at least by hand)
  • Easy to Carry
  • Vented (breathable)
  • Large Main Compartment
  • Pockets For Gear Organization

Here’s a Gym Bag Checklist of items you may want to carry in your gym bag:

  • Gym & Personal ID Cards
  • Gloves
  • Exercise Log Book & Pencil
  • Workout Plan/Goals
  • Towel
  • Lock (key, combination)
  • Protective Gear (athletic tape, supporter, joint protectors)
  • First Aid Kit (bandages, antiseptic…)
  • Supplements (bars, capsules, mixes…)
  • Medications
  • Water/Electrolyte Drink Bottle (a liter or larger capacity)
  • Money (cash)
  • Business Cards (networking, prospects, friends…)
  • Cell Phone
  • Notebook & Pencil (notes, ideas)
  • MP3 Player
  • Swim Gear (suit, ear plugs, goggles…)
  • Tanning Gear (eye protection, lotion…)
  • Change of Clothes
  • Breath Mints (drops, gum…)
  • Special Equipment (yoga, martial arts…)
  • Bath/Shower Kit (soap, shampoo, razor, deodorant, eye care, lotion, makeup, feminine hygiene, perfume/cologne…)

You may not want or need to carry all of the above.  In fact, some people just take what they are wearing and their ID.  This list is intended to serve a wide-range of needs for various types of gym goers.



Bernie Wild is a general preparedness writer, speaker, instructor, and consultant. He’s passionate about sharing his ideas and experiences with others. He enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with family and friends. Bernie may be reached through

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