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! That is still coming but as part of my 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. I am trying to travel less. 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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Anyways…here are my gym bag essentials!

Sudio Tre Bluetooth Earbuds

I cannot workout without music. End of story. I have to drown out noise, grunts, bad overhead gym music, etc and since getting the SUDIO Tre earbuds, I have not gone to the gym without them. They must be in my gym bag! I do have a discount code (SUDIORTWGIRL) for 15% off. I cannot use 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

I had to buy this one from a local retailer but at home, I have a Sea To Summit microfibre towel which I bought pre-round the world trip and it’s still in good condition. If you’re in Europe, Decathlon Sports has great sports towels for your gym bag.

Heart Rate Monitor by Polar

This is my second heart rate monitor strap by Polar. I had an HRM watch and strap which was great at the time but I didn’t want to carry that and my phone so I ditched that and moved on to just a strap. I lost the first one in a move and now I’m on my second and I don’t go to the gym without this thing. I incorporate HIIT into my workouts and I need to see how hard I am working. I think being able to monitor my effort has helped me improved much more than if I worked out without one. The cardio machines you use in the gym are way off. Fit Bits and all those other gizmos are not accurate unless there is a chest strap. I put on the chest strap and connect it to an app on my phone.

Resistance Bands

I love these things. They 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. I have used several brands. I tend to buy things cheap in the beginning and then I learn my lesson and buy a more quality brand so, I recommend always going better. I bought power loops by a brand called Go Fit from Big 5 but they ripped so don’t buy those ones! I use super wide bands by them but those are sturdy as hell. 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 using a random one 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.


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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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