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Start Your Sweat Sesh With These 10 Gym Bag Essentials

Keep calm and sweat on.

Gorgeous Gym Bag

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Your workout gear will be far from boring with this floral-print gym bag from Vera Bradley. Built to be fashionable and functional, this durable and waterproof gym bag includes a separate shoe compartment and plenty of interior and exterior pockets to keep your gym essentials organized. You'll be the most stylish girl in the locker room with this cute bag. Bonus: The gym bag doubles as a trendy carry-on for any of your upcoming travel adventures. ($118;


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Stay Hydrated

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Stay hydrated. Save the environment. Get sh*t done. This glass water bottle says it all, and you'll be well on your way to reaching your fitness goals. You'll continue to check things off your to-do list like a boss with this motivational water bottle to keep you refreshed and energized. Glass water bottles tend to last much longer than plastic, but to avoid accidental drops and breaks, consider getting a silicone sleeve before tossing this water bottle in your gym bag. ($15;


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Keep Your Hair 100

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You don't always have time to wash your hair after your workout, which is why dry shampoo is practically gold. Batiste dry shampoo comes in a light fragrance so your hair smells fresh and natural. Plus, the clean scent won't clash with your perfume. Your hair will feel refreshed and look amazing after your workout, so remember to keep dry shampoo in your gym bag to cut down on your getting-ready time. ($10;


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Tune In To Beats

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I don't know about you, but it's impossible for me to hit my stride without an upbeat playlist. Working out to your favorite music can make time go faster and pump up your adrenaline so you can really go the distance. Don't mess with cords and add these wireless headphones to your gym bag. These Powerbeats were designed specifically for athletes and were made to withstand intense workouts. Connect these wireless headphones to your Bluetooth device up to 30 feet away and rock out while you work out. ($115;


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You Better Run

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Your new gym bag has that separate compartment just for your gym shoes, so now you need the right running shoes to take to your workouts. Designed specifically for running, the Nike Lunarglide 8 offers lightweight support and plenty of cushion for the ultimate comfort, especially on those longer runs. These gym shoes also provide support for other cardio activities and training exercises. Every girl needs a pair of Nikes in her life, and these running shoes will propel you forward mile after mile. ($120;


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Stay Cool

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You may like to keep a towel handy to wipe the sweat from your face during a workout, but we don't think you've ever heard of a towel like this. When you need a cooldown, pull the Mission Enduracool cooling towel from your gym bag and watch the magic happen. Simply get it wet, wring it out, and snap it a few times in the air before enjoying the refreshing cooling sensation on your hot skin. You won't want to attend another sweat sesh without packing this gym bag essential. ($15;


All About This Armband

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You may prefer to keep your phone in your gym bag, but if you need to stay in range of your Bluetooth wireless earbuds or connect your regular headphones, then an armband is a must. You'll still have full access to your music and apps, but your phone will stay secure and protected from sweat. (Plus, you won't have to worry about setting it down and forgetting it at one of the weight machines.) The Incase armband is comfortable and flexible, so you're free to move. Go ahead and do another set of bicep curls. ($40;


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On-The-Go Essentials

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If you're showering in between the gym and the office, we know you don't want to take your full-size bottles of body wash, shampoo, and lotion. Stay clean and fresh with this travel-size shower gel duo that won't weigh down your gym bag. The body wash can also be used on your scalp and hair, so you may not even need to pack shampoo. Once you've dried off, apply the Amazing Grace lotion to keep your skin soft and smooth. ($11;


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Say No To B.O.

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We've all had those days when we can't remember if we put deodorant on, so we have to discreetly do the sniff test when nobody is looking. Don't worry about transporting your deodorant from the gym to the office and back home again. Just keep this Dove deodorant in your gym bag at all times. So when you don't have time to shower but you have a lunch meeting in 15 minutes, pull out the dry shampoo, swipe the deodorant a few times, and you'll be golden. ($6;


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That Fit Feeling

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Fitness trackers are a great motivator, and the Fitbit Alta is one of the most user-friendly activity trackers on the market. You can keep track of your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, and exercise time all from the device on your wrist. This water-resistant Fitbit has a battery life of up to five full days and can sync with other fitness apps on your smartphone. Reach your health goals faster and don't head to the gym without this slim tracker. ($130;


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