January 6th, 2015

Gym Bag Overhaul: 7 Ways to Get Organized in 2015

Is packing for the gym more work than the exercise itself? Organize your gym bag with these 7 tips!

The road to fitness begins with a single step…sort of. Before heading to the gym, you have to take on the arduous process of packing your bag. Sometimes, the tedious process may even make you want to skip the gym altogether!

Don’t let a messy gym tote get in the way of fitness. Instead, kick your gym bag organization into high gear with these seven tips. 

Designate THE Bag

Picture this: You rush to the gym after work for a yoga class, just to realize you are one pair of lululemon leggings short of a downward dog. Ah yes, you realize: The pants are in your other gym bag, or maybe the weekend bag, or perhaps shoved in whatever purse you were using the last time you worked out. Wherever they are, they’re not making it to this class (and neither are you). Stay organized by keeping all workout gear in one designated bag you’ll use every time you go to the gym.

Keep it Simple

Figuring out what actually goes into your bag is a major organizational challenge. Take a look at our nine-point checklist for the basic necessities—like flip-flops, a microfiber towel, and more—to start. Add a clean outfit and pair of shoes if you usually head to the gym before work or right after work. 

Separate the Laundry

Even light packers can agree: Rarely should gym clothes be worn more than once between washes. Separate out the sweaty clothes in a Pack-It Clean Dirty Cube immediately after your workout so you can easily identify them as laundry at home. Beyond maintaining organization, this will help keep your gym bag from smelling like, well, a gym bag!

Separate All the Smells

Pulling out the dirty laundry is a good start, but there are plenty of other offenders that add to gym bag odor. Separate shoes in their own shoe sac, and never leave snacks in the bag for too long. Sanitize your bag at least once a week in the washing machine, or by wiping it down with disinfectant wipes. 

Plan for Attachments

Unless your gym bag is an oversize trunk (please, don’t let your gym bag be a full trunk), there are certain items that just won’t fit. Ahem, yoga mat. Attach mats and other large fitness gear with straps and/or carabineers to avoid the “juggle shuffle” on the way to the gym.

Store Rotating Items in an Outside Pocket

Magazines and headphones may accompany you for a treadmill sesh, but will sit out a spin class. Speaking of that spin class: It’s the only time your cycling shoes should come along for the ride. Prevent your bag from being weighed down by unnecessary items by storing the workout-specific items in the outside pouch, and rotating them out when not needed. 

Keep it In Sight

All packed and ready to go? Keep your gym bag in sight to increase your chances of actually using it. Designate a hook or bag drop that’s visible each time you leave the house or office. After all: What good is a perfectly packed gym bag if it doesn’t get exercised?

Ready for the gym? Check out Eagle Creek’s wide selection of duffels and packing organizers for the perfect fitness pack! 

Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can read more of her work at CailaBall.com

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by Caila Ball-Dionne

Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at CailaBall.com.

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