10 Gym Bag Essentials You Absolutely Need—Plus, the Perfect Bag

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Whether you're a regular or new to working out, we've rounded up 10 must-haves you need in your gym bag.

Black Bose noise canceling headphones from Amazon photo

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Bose Wireless Headphones

Stay focused and minimize distractions with these Bose wireless headphones. All you need is a Bluetooth connection and you'll have high-quality sound to get you in the zone for any workout. Download the Bose Connect app to personalize your settings and choose from three different noise cancellation levels. These headphones provide up to 20 hours of battery life, but if they happen to run low mid-jog, they come with an attachable audio cable. If you're looking for a bargain you might consider the rose gold option that's on sale right now for $130 off.

To buy: $349; amazon.com

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Meow Meow Tweet deodorant stick from Target photo

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Grapefruit Deodorant Stick

Free of aluminum and other harmful chemicals, this plant-based deodorant stick is a must for any gym-goer. The cruelty-free formula is a mix of mineral powders and essential oils that help reduce sweat without drying out your skin. Plus, it'll leave you smelling fresh all day long. It's great for all skin types—even sensitive skin—and features a biodegradable container.

To buy: $14; target.com

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Navy blue insulated water bottle from Walmart photo

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Tal Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is important to your overall health, especially when you're active. Keep your water cold no matter how long your workout is with this Tal reusable water bottle. It features insulated walls that eliminate condensation and a lid that has two openings for drinking and cleaning. Whether you're using it during your workout or for morning coffee, it keeps liquid cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours.

To buy: $15; walmart.com

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A pack of Simple cleansing wipes from Ulta photo

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Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes

Remove dirt and oil from your pores after a good sweat sesh with these cleansing facial wipes. They're made with soft silk fibers that soothe your skin, while the cleansing formula leaves you feeling refreshed and clean. The wipes come in an aqua-lock container that prevents them from drying out so none go to waste. For only $1.50 each, we recommend adding more than one pack to your cart so you can keep one in your gym bag and one in your bathroom at home.

To buy: $1.50; ulta.com

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White and rose gold Garmin activity tracker from Macy's photo

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Garmin Vivomove

There's nothing better than tracking results and seeing improvement, which is why you need this Garmin smartwatch ASAP. Not only is it more affordable than other brands like Apple and Fitbit, it has the look of a normal watch with the capabilities of an activity tracker. It counts steps, tracks your heart rate, and logs your calories burned, while also acting as your personal assistant by notifying you when you get a text or phone call. It's so pretty you'll want to wear it even when you're not in the gym.

To buy: $200; macys.com

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Perfect hair day dry shampoo by Living Proof from Ulta photo

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Living Proof Dry Shampoo

If you're running late and don't have time to wash your hair, use Living Proof's dry shampoo instead. Its unique formula uses fast-absorbing powders and patented Healthy Hair Molecule technology to actually clean your hair. It eliminates dirt, sweat, and oil while leaving behind a fresh scent that'll have you feeling your best all day.

To buy: $25; ulta.com

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Clear blender bottle with a black lid and wire shaker ball from Amazon photo

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Blender Bottle

Whether you need a pick-me-up before your workout or like to relax with a fresh beverage afterward, you'll want a Blender Bottle as part of your routine. This 28-ounce bottle features a leak-proof lid (a must for taking on the go) and comes with a blender ball to ensure your ingredients are thoroughly mixed every time. Use it for a morning smoothie, a protein shake, or even as your everyday water bottle.

To buy: $8 (was $10); amazon.com

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Shower cap with yellow hearts on it from Nordstrom photo

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Shower Cap

If you're struggling with dry hair or a dry scalp, it could be because you're washing your hair too often. Thanks to this shower cap you can still rinse off after your morning jog without even getting your hair wet—which can also save you time getting ready. It's made with terry-cloth fabric and features cotton-lined elastic that keeps water out while still being comfortable to wear. Note: This shower cap should be hand-washed and air-dried.

To buy: $16; nordstrom.com

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White adjustable Nike baseball hat from Dick's Sporting Goods photo

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Nike Baseball Cap

Set aside your headbands because once you have this Nike baseball hat in your gym bag it'll be your new go-to. Wear it to shield your eyes from the sun during your outdoor workouts, or wear it in the gym to keep your hair out of your face. You can even add it to your everyday wardrobe to complete a casual athleisure look with joggers and Nike sneakers.

To buy: $11 (was $18); dickssportinggoods.com

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The Laundress sport spray from Shopbop photo

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Odor-Eliminating Spray

If you work out in the morning, it could be hours before you transfer your dirty gym clothes to your hamper at home. Instead of over paying for dry cleaners or potentially damaging delicate fabrics in the washer, keep a bottle of Sport Spray on hand. Give your bag a couple of spritzes (and your shoes, too) and it'll smell fresh and clean. For only $10 a bottle you can't go wrong!

To buy: $10; shopbop.com

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Fold-up gym bag in navy blue from Bandier photo

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The Fold-Up Gym Bag

Now that we've covered every essential you need before and after your workout, you'll need a cute new bag to carry it all. We are obsessing over this Scuba Navy bag from Bandier with its functional, compact design and high style. It's made from recycled plastic water bottles (an eco-friendly option) and can fold down completely flat for easy storage. It even comes complete with a shoe bag that helps keep your bag organized and prevents odor from smelly gym sneakers transferring to clean clothes.

To buy: $65; bandier.com

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