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.


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;


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;


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;


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

To buy: $8;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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; for stores.


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

To buy: $11;


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;


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;