9 Gym Bag Must-Haves

A blue gym bag
It’s a new year! Are you looking to hit the gym to make some headway on resolutions? First things first, whether you are a beginner, or a two-a-day workout fanatic, you don’t want to show up empty handed at the gym. Worse, you don’t want to show up with your hands and pockets stuffed full of the things you don’t really need.

A high-end gym bag isn’t necessary (a backpack will work just fine), but you do need something to hold the essentials and make your life a little easier — no extra trips back and forth between home, work and the gym. And if you can leave it overnight in a locker at the gym, it’ll enable you to show up empty handed but still have everything you need to get you through a workout — and to get you out the door not smelling unpleasant.

So what are the nine most essential items for gym-goers? Let’s take a look inside a well-stocked bag.

1. Water