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

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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 Tre 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 Tre earbuds, 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 (SUDIORTWGIRL). Apple Earpods because my ears are weird and these hook into my ears without any pain or annoyance. I don’t feel them at all. Check this old post for more about them.

Sudio Tre

Sport Towel

The one in the photo is from a local retailer here in Spain. 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 so I just use a strap and the Polar app. High-intensity interval workouts are a big part of my training and I like to see how hard I am working. Being able to monitor my effort has helped me improve much more than if I worked out without one. Also, the cardio machines you use in the gym are not very accurate when tracking calorie burn. Fit Bits or those other fitness trackers are not accurate either. In order to monitor my activity and output, I wear my chest strap and then connect to the Polar app on my phone. 

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are amazing. They (duh) add resistance to basic movements like when I’m on the stair mill and they also help me keep things in check when I’m doing things like squats etc. In the past, I have bought cheap bands but now I’ve 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.

Jump Rope

I bought some super cheap jump rope and that has worked great for me. Now I’m pretty dedicated to jumping so I do plan to invest in a better rope because I am wanting to do more tricks and things. But I think I just bought some cheap Bally Fitness rope in the beginning. I’m actually using a 2 Euro rope from a sports store here because I wanted to try out a new rope.

Workout Gloves

I have small hands and they get calloused when I’m lifting weights so I 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 Carmex is always in my gym bag or pocket.


At home in California, I don’t use a gym locker. I go into my car without a coat and go directly to working out. Here because it’s cold, I have to wear a jacket and walk to my gym so I bought a lock from a local shop. I had been using a lock from my luggage but I lost it (haha losing them) 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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