Gym Bag Essentials

10 Essentials Every Guy Needs in His Gym Bag

Make getting in shape simple with these top must-have products

March 26, 2014


It’s March, which means you’re probably hitting the gym harder than ever. And you’re probably going to the gym before or after work. Which means you’ll need to stuff your gym bag with products that’ll have you entering the office or showing up for that date after-work, fresh and dapper.

Dude Wipes (30ct., $10.00,

It happens: you work out, an emergency pops up, and that quick shower you planned after your workout gets eliminated. Luckily, there’s a product that’s perfect for situations like this: Dude Wipes. These wipes were specifically constructed for the on-the-go fella, with a perfect blend of soothing aloe and Vitamin E. No longer will you stress about your funk after a strenuous workout.  

Jack Black’s All Over Wash (6 oz., $15.00,

Bars of soap in a gym bag are a certified no-no. For one, it can leave a mess, and for two, it leaves too much room for the dreaded slippery soap problem. (Don’t drop it.) Besides, I’m here to simplify things. So take my word when I say purchase a gel soap in a simple container. Just squirt some out, rub it in, close the cap, and throw it in your bag when you get out the shower. Simple enough, right?

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash (8.5 oz., $32.00,

Don’t get stuck with gunk in your pores. This Glycolic Acid Facial Wash is guaranteed to get your face fresh without the over-drying effect. Simple bottle, no frills, just what you need.

Beats By Dre – Powerbeats ($149.95,

Tired of your earphones falling out mid-workout? Well, Beats by Dre has designed the perfect set of earphones for you—word to LeBron James, who actually helped with the creation to ensure you don’t end up dropping or breaking your earphones like he used to. Besides, do you really want to work out in a silence? 

Uniqlo Men’s Sweat Pants ($29.90,

If you’re ending your day with a workout, you won’t feel like throwing on work pants. Thank Uniqlo for offering a slim sweat pant at an affordable price point, perfect after an intense workout session.

Nike Flyknit Lunar2 ($150.00,

It’s crucial to remember that taking care of your feet is important while breaking a sweat. Doing it with style is even more important. The Nike Flyknits are officially the coolest fitness sneakers on the market, which means you should own a pair. Lightweight, breathable, comfortable, and affordable. What else is left to say?

Caption for Gallery: Workout in style… and oh yeah, take care of your feet with these Nike Flyknits. What could be flyer?

Under Armour Men’s CTR Trainer Workout Gloves ($19.99

Nobody wants to shake, rough and dry hands. Under Armour offers this slick, black and grey pair to keep your hands looking decent after your workout.

Vaseline Men’s Spray Lotion ($5.99,

There’s nothing worse than opening up your gym bag only to find lotion splattered everywhere. The folks over Vaseline made a spray version for us. Just spray it, massage it in and go.

Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-Fit Trunk Boxer Briefs ($38.50,

Probably the most forgotten, but ultimately the most essential item to have in your gym bag is a pair of boxer briefs. No matter what happens, you always want an extra change of underwear. The Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-Fit briefs have a shorter hem to fight against the “bunching up” that happens with most boxer-briefs cut too long. 

Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer ($45.00)

If you’re a male between the ages of 18-35, your skin is still pretty oily, which means you want a moisturizer that’s oil-free with the essential vitamins to help you look alive after a workout. In that case: Malin + Goetz nails it directly on the head, offering an oil-free moisturizer with vitamin E and chamomile to calm the skin after a strenuous workout, while brightening your complexion. 

—Corey Chalameau



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