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What’s In My Gym Bag {updated}

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I love “what’s in my bag” posts and videos, and it’s been a long time since I updated my gym bag post. Since I’ve transitioned into mostly going to the gym after work instead of before, I don’t need to tote around my entire morning routine anymore, which has helped me downsize what I carry around considerably. In the spirit of full disclosure (and also probably some humour) I didn’t clean my bag out or anything before I did this post so I’m sure there are some funny finds in here.

Bag: I picked this Apana bag up at Marshall’s for $29. It has a lot of compartments, which is great. I am not crazy about the color, but it met all my other wants, so it came home with me and I’ve been using it for about three months.

Gym clothes: usually a mix of about two sports bras, four shirts, mismatched socks and if – IF I’m lucky – I remembered to throw in some activity-appropriate bottoms. I forget to do this more often than you think lately, which explains the overabundance of bras and tops. By some miracle, today there are two pairs of capris. There’s also a pair of Injinji socks and some Crazy Compression socks as well.

Toiletries: deodorant, Vaseline, Bodyglide, mascara, face/body wipes, lipstick, lotion, perfume. Whatever will let me run out to an impromptu post-gym dinner date.

Wallet and planner: I’ve just been toting my gym bag to work as a purse lately. It works for now. This also means that 4/5 days a week when I haven’t remembered to bring my lunch bag home, there’s also a sandwich or sweet potato in here.

Hair accouterments: Sweaty Bands and extra hair ties. I never remember that the hair ties are in my bag, so they never get used.

Nutirtion: various snacks, protein, and drink mixes. Note the absence of a water bottle.

Injury support: Dr. Cool wrap, KT Tape, wrist brace.

Armpocket, iPad, earbuds: treadmill entertainment. (Unless the wireless at the gym isn’t working and I get wrapped up in an episode of Dateline that keeps me hooked for 45 minutes longer than I anticipated to run.)

(At least) two pairs of sunglasses and an empty sunglass case: I have no explanation for this. For some reason the glasses never make it to the case.

Target receipt: there is nothing in this bag that was purchased on that receipt.

Does your “gym” bag do double duty? What’s your must-have product?

I was provided a sample from Crazy Compression, Showerpill Dr. Cool, and Armpocket for review, but as always, all opinions are my own. 

Update, 5/15/14: I’ve been using this bag since early February, and after three months of use, the handles started to come undone. If you’re a heavy gym go-er like me, I wouldn’t recommend this bag, even though I still love the organization of it.