Pack your gym bag with these essentials—plus a few little luxuries—to make every workout a good one.

By Courtney Leiva
Updated February 11, 2019
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Prepping your gym bag can be a bit tricky: You’ll want to make sure you have the right items on hand that will help you refuel properly and keep post workout routine sweat and grime at bay. And while some gym bag essentials can cost you a pretty penny, it’s great to know that there are also mini life-savers and little luxuries out there that cost less than $10, saving you a few dollars to put toward that cute new workout set you’ve been eyeing for a while.

To help give your gym bag the necessary revamp it deserves, we rounded up 17 affordable gym bag essentials that double as little luxuries that will help you refresh and recoup after that invigorating sweat session or stairs workout. From deodorant wipes and dry shampoo to pain-relieving rubs and athletic tape, here are some of the items totally worth investing in before you hit the gym next.

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Gym bag essentials and luxuries - EO Natural Deodorant Wipes in Lavender
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1 EO Natural Deodorant Wipes in Lavender

If you aren’t a fan of deodorant sticks or sprays, be sure to pack these all-natural deodorant wipes in your bag for a quick burst of relief.

To buy: $4 for six; eoproducts.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Cricket Black Hair Ties
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2 Cricket Black Hair Ties

You never know exactly when you’ll need a hair tie. Pack this tin and the 25 hair ties it holds in your gym bag to ward off any pre- or post-workout hair struggles.

To buy: $5; cvs.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Arm & Hammer Odor Defense Shoe Refresher Spray
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3 Arm & Hammer Odor Defense Shoe Refresher Spray

Keep sweat and odor at bay with this shoe refreshing spray, which freshens sneakers and other sports gear with one quick spritz.

To buy: $6; walmart.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Laundress Fabric Fresh Classic
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4 Laundress Fabric Fresh Classic

Tackle lingering post-workout stink head on with this fabric freshening spray, which fits nicely in your gym bag.

To buy: $8; thelaundress.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Invisibobble Multiband True Black
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5 Invisibobble Multiband True Black

This 2-in-1 hair essential allows you to successfully pull your hair away from your face while you sweat up a storm on the elliptical.

To buy: $9; amazon.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Skullcandy Jib Wired In-Ear Headphones – Black
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6 Skullcandy Jib Wired In-Ear Headphones – Black

Everyone needs a good pair of headphones, and this portable pair will definitely allow you to indulge in that motivating playlist without taking up too much space in your bag.

To buy: $8; bestbuy.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Batiste Travel Size Dry Shampoo
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7 Batiste Travel Size Dry Shampoo

If you don’t have time to shampoo, be sure to pack this mini dry shampoo, which leaves post-workout hair feeling revitalized and clean.

To buy: $4; ulta.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Birdie by Olika Robin’s Egg Hand Sanitizer
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8 Birdie by Olika Robin’s Egg Hand Sanitizer

This 2-in-1 workout-saver features sanitizing spray and some dry wipes to keep your hands clean after touching that suspect gym equipment.

To buy: $9; target.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Neutrogena Makeup Remover Facial Cleansing Towelettes Singles
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9 Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Singles

Stash some of these mini facial cleansing towelettes inside your bag when you need to remove stubborn mascara and foundation before (or after) you start heavy lifting.

To buy: $8; neutrogena.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Dove Zero Aluminum Cucumber & Green Tea Deodorant
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10 Dove Zero Aluminum Cucumber & Green Tea Deodorant

This aluminum-free deodorant product contains a formula with zero percent alcohol that can keep your underarms fresh and odor-free all day long.

To buy: $6; target.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - DollyMoo Peppermint, Rosemary, Teatree Loofa Soap
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11 DollyMoo Peppermint, Rosemary, Teatree Loofa Soap

You can definitely leave your shower sponge at home when you use this beautifully-scented loofa soap, which successfully cleanses and buffs away dry skin and ingrown hairs.

To buy: $9; dollymoo.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Novarnica Sport Pain Relieving Cream
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12 Novarnica Sport Pain Relieving Cream

Be sure to pack this pain-busting cream in your bag so next time your muscles and joints are a bit sore, you can use it for relief from backaches, strains, sprains, and cramps.

To buy: $10; drleonards.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Electric Sugar Free Energy Straws, Mixed Berry
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13 Electric Sugar Free Energy Straws, Mixed Berry

Add these energizing straws to your gym water bottle to help provide that necessary jolt as you work out. Plus, these straws are light and compact, allowing them to fit perfectly inside into your bag without taking up too much space.

To buy: $8 for 10 straws; amazon.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Rebbl Protein Elixir
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14 Rebbl Protein Elixir

Boost your protein intake post-workout with this elixir, which helps support stamina and endurance through added adaptogens, such as ashwagandha and reishi.

To buy: $5; rebbl.co for stores.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - CVS Health Kinesiology Athletic Tape Strips
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15 CVS Health Kinesiology Athletic Tape Strips

Avoid sore joints with this handy athletic tape, which helps stabilize areas such as your knees before a long run.

To buy: $11; cvs.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - Nalgene 16 oz Wide Mouth in Melon Ball
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16 Nalgene 16 oz Wide Mouth in Melon Ball

If you don’t already have a water bottle on hand, be sure to invest in this compact item that will keep you properly hydrated after your next spin class.

To buy: $9; nalgene.com.

Gym bag essentials and luxuries - iON Charge Warmup Muscle Rub w/Vitamin E
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17 iON Charge Warmup Muscle Rub w/Vitamin E

Say "goodbye" to pain with this cayenne and mint-infused rub, which can provide your joints and muscles with some necessary relief—quick.

To buy: $8; ionsoak.com.