A big part of having a healthy lifestyle is practicing good hygiene. While we all brush our teeth, shower, and wash our hair (hopefully), sometimes we fall short. Every man has been known to get a little lazy about hygiene after working out because it’s not always so easy to get motivated after strenuous activity. Hey, we won’t judge. Whether you plan on showering post-workout or not, it’s a good idea to always be prepared. Here are 10 things you should always keep in your gym bag.
Gyms are great places to pick up things like dumbbells or a date, but unfortunately, they are also great places to pick up a not-so-fun foot fungus like athlete’s foot. This problem is easily remedied by Showaflops, which are flip flops designed specifically to be worn in public showers. These shower shoes are slip resistant with little holes to drain out water. They’re also antimicrobial and protect your feet against bacteria, mold, and various fungi.
2. Aquis Adventure Microfiber Towel, Extra Large
Gyms rarely provide their members with adequate towels, and there are few things as uncomfortable as being unable to dry off completely. This can trigger skin rashes and breakouts. Aquis Towels are made of a material called Aquitex, which is designed to easily draw the water off your body and dry quickly so you aren’t stuck with a soaking wet towel.
3. ShowerPill Wipes
A post-workout shower isn’t always an option, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean yourself off. That’s why I love ShowerPill wipes. Unlike traditional wipes, ShowerPill wipes come in individual packets and are large and thick enough to actually clean yourself. The alcohol-free formula kills 99.99% of germs, but with aloe and vitamin E, they won’t dry out your skin.
4. Moisture-Wicking Crew Socks by Nike
There’s nothing quite as gross or as bad for your feet as wearing dirty gym socks, so always keep your gym bag stocked with an extra pair or two designed to wick away moisture, like these moisture-wicking socks from Nike.
5. Dove Men+Care Pro-Moisture Shave Cream
Dove Men+Care Pro-Moisture Shave Cream is my new favorite grooming product. First of all, unlike most shaving creams, it doesn’t come in a heavy metal can that will ultimately rust, but a plastic tube instead. The product is easy to dispense and light to carry. Even better, it has a fresh scent and gets you a super close shave while leaving your skin nice and soft.
6. Colgate Wisp
You know how dry your mouth gets after an intense workout? Don’t you just want to brush your teeth? Colgate Wisps are miniature toothbrushes with toothpaste already built into the bristles. This is a great product to keep in your gym bag because it’s disposable and small.
7. Batiste Dry Shampoo
Can’t wash your hair, but don’t want to walk around with a dirty head? Then you need dry shampoo. Batiste Dry Shampoo is easy. You just spray it and brush through your hair. While it won’t replace your regular shampoo, it is a great way to refresh yourself after the gym.
8. Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder
You know what’s a buzz kill when you are trying to work out? Chafing. It’s always a good idea to keep some powder in your gym bag. Jack Black’s Dry Down Friction-Free Powder keeps all the areas we don’t have to mention here free of friction and general ickyness.
9. American Crew Classic Men’s 3 in 1 Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash
Less is more when it comes to toting things to the gym, so getting to combine your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash into one bottle is an extra bonus. American Crew’s Classic Men’s 3 in 1 Shampoo Conditioner & Body Wash is an effective, nicely scented product that will cleanse and condition you from head to toe.
10. Rite Guard Sport Deodorant
You don’t want to be that stinky dude at the gym, now do you? Always keep a spare stick of deodorant in your gym bag. You never know when you’ll need to refresh. Rite Guard Sport makes a clear gel antiperspirant specifically formulated for when you are active, featuring odor- and sweat-blockers. Plus, it won’t stain your clothes with those pesky white streaks.