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Nothing should come between you and your workout routine. To help you avoid little hiccups that may stop you from giving your best at the gym, here are nine essentials you should keep in your gym bag at all times

1. Gym bag

Having the right bag is the first step to get your gym essentials organised. It has to be roomy enough to fit everything you need for a hassle-free workout, but also stylish enough to match your active lifestyle. 

Whether you prefer a backpack or a duffle bag, Lululemon has bags of all sizes and colours to suit your style. The “City Adventurer" backpack has a built-in pocket for sneakers or sweaty gear, which makes the work-to-workout transition effortless.

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2. Water bottle

Staying hydrated can help you power through your workout, so picking a reusable water bottle that you like to drink from can be a good incentive to increase your water intake. 

Hydro Flask is an excellent choice in terms of durability, practicality and style. Hydro Flask bottles will keep your cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours and your hot beverages warm for up to 12. They are also leak-proof, BPA-free and come with a lifetime warranty. 

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3. Sneakers

The last thing you want to find out after dragging yourself to the gym is that you have left your sneakers at home. You can easily avoid this by always keeping a pair of sneakers in your gym bag.

As to which sneakers to wear, Lane Eight has great all-purpose trainers that are designed to carry you through your workouts and provide all day comfort—not to mention the natural and recycled materials that add that feel-good factor to the shoes.

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4. Headphones

What’s a workout without music? Whether you need some tunes to help you get in the zone or get you pumped up, a pair of wireless headphones can make all the difference when working out. 

If you value style as much as you value functionality, Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones are engineered with acoustic noise cancelling technology and built with soft Alcantara cushions to offer optimal comfort.

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5. Quick-drying towel

Your gym may already provide clean towels, but if you prefer to use your own, consider microfibre towels as they dry faster and are more absorbent than cotton towels. 

Made from ultra-fine fibres, Aquitex towels are lightweight and boast superior water-wicking capabilities—it can also quickly dry your hair while minimising frizz.

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6. Shower sandals

Often overlooked when packing for the gym, sandals are the best ways to avoid athlete's foot and other foot infections in changing rooms—no matter how upscale your gym is. 

Get a pair of stylish, waterproof sandals from Givenchy to keep your feet safe when you walk on the locker room floor or into the shower.

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7. Dry shampoo

When you don’t have time to wash your hair post-workout, dry shampoo is the most convenient way to refresh your hair. 

There are many dry shampoos on the market, but our favourite is this one from Moroccanoil, which comes in dark and light tones, which means it doesn't leave any dull residue when you spray it on. It also gives a soft and silk finish with its UV-protecting, argan oil-infused formula.

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8. Laundry bag

Sometimes you simply don’t have time to throw your sweaty gym clothes in the washer before going about your day. 

That’s why it can be handy to keep a laundry bag in your gym bag, which separates your dirty activewear from the rest of your bag. This one from Off White is clearly labelled, so you definitely won’t mix it up with other bags.

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9. Snacks

Food is fuel, so you may want to keep some healthy snacks in your gym bag for a post-exercise treat. 

Protein can help promote muscle recovery after a workout, and unlike most protein bars and shakes that compromise flavour, Barebells protein bars and milkshakes are likely the most delicious ones you’ll ever taste—without any guilt.

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