Gym Bag Essentials | What I Always Carry In My Gym Bag

Gym Bag Essentials |

Today I am sharing my gym bag essentials. If you’ve come to my blog looking for travel content, don’t worry! As a part of my New Years’ resolution for my blog, I will be posting more lifestyle content. There will still be a lot of travel and adventures but I plan to share my other interests as well. Travelling less is something I’m trying to do on purpose. Well…I’m currently in Spain so I guess I am technically travelling but I have been more stationary and just enjoying being a local in a foreign place.

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Now for my gym bag essentials!

Sudio Bluetooth Earbuds

I cannot work out without music. End of story. I have to drown out noise, grunts and bad overhead gym music. Since getting the SUDIO earbuds (now currenly using the Ett model), I have not gone to the gym without them. They must be in my gym bag! If you are interested, I do have a discount code for 15% off (ARNETTERTW). Apple Earpods are not for me because my ears are weird and the Ett model fits better in my ears without any pain or annoyance. I don’t feel them at all. Check this post for more about them.

Sport Towel

The sport towel in the photo above is from a local retailer here in Spain called Decathlon. At home, I have a Sea To Summit microfibre towel which I bought before my round the world trip. Yes, it’s still in good condition. If you’re in Europe, Decathlon Sports has great budget-friendly sports towels for your gym bag.




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Heart Rate Monitor by Polar

This is my second heart rate monitor strap by Polar. My first Polar purchase was a watch with a chest strap which was great at the time but now I just use a strap and the Polar app on my iPhone. High-intensity interval training workouts played a big part in my weight loss a few years ago and now I still like to see how hard I am working while training. I don’t focus on calorie burn but the level of my output. 

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are amazing. They (duh) add resistance to basic movements like squats or kick-backs. In the past, I have bought cheap bands but I have learned my lesson. I recommend always going with a better quality product. Previously I bought power loops by a brand called Go Fit from Big 5 but they ripped. There are so many brands out there so it’s hard to recommend some. I bought some in a local sports store here and Spain and the quality are amazing so if you happen to be in Madrid, it’s from a shop called Aema. I was also given some great bands as a gift by a brand called X bands.

Jump Rope

In the past I bought a cheap jump rope and that has worked well for me. As I got better I decided to upgrade. Now I am using a new rope by Buddy Lee. I love it. It’s not as expensive as some brands out there but the quality is fantastic and I love the handles. 

Workout Gloves

I have small hands and they get calloused when I’m lifting weights so I occasionally use gloves. These are a random pair because I lost my Nike ones (notice a theme of losing things!). I tried to buy another pair but the store only had pink ones so no. Also, I have very small hands so it’s hard to find ones that fit well.

Water Bottle

I didn’t bring my Hydro Flask to Europe because of weight so I was using a random one at my brother’s flat. But I always bring a water bottle and drink a lot during my training sessions. Stay hydrated people! Also using water bottles is better for the environment. Please reduce plastic waste.

Lip Balm

My lips are always dry so I always have some in my gym bag or pocket.


In the past, I used to go to the gym when I was at home in California straight from my car. Now I carry a lot more gear with me so I do use a locker. In Spain, because it’s usually winter when I am here and cold, I have to wear a jacket and walk to my gym. I bought a lock from a local shop. I had been using a lock from my luggage but I lost it (haha losing theme) somewhere so I went to a local shop here called Tiger which sells locks for €2.


Gym Bag Essentials


And that is what is in my current gym bag while I’m in Madrid. This will probably change over time and I’ll update but this is my gym bag essentials I can’t live without. What are yours? Leave them in the comments!

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