The locker room. A known stereo type of embarrassing moments and social awkwardness for some. Why not make life a bit simpler with these helpful tips of gym bag essentials and locker room hacks?
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Gym Bag Essentials & Locker Room Hacks
1. Keep it Small
Don’t try and switch your home deodorant in and out of your gym bag, or constantly be putting your full can of hairspray into your gym bag. Your bound at some point to forget to switch it back and get frustrated with yourself. Try buying your home equivalents in travel sizes. In the toiletries section of your local store you can usually get a miniature size deodorant, hairspray, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. for around a $1.00 each. After your initial investment into these compact sizes you can then refill them with your home products.
2. Compact Compartments
Use these compact compartments that you can buy in the travel section or any dollar store would really work well for any specialty liquids you need.
3. Lock it Up
I always, always recommend locking up your things. I have used combination, and key locks, but by far my favorite is this word lock. For me it’s quick and simple to unlock. Also, the width of the lock bar has worked in every locker I have tried.
4. Spa Day
Apply a luxurious hair mask and go take a seat in the steam room for a bit. Allow yourself a good relaxing 10-15 minutes and let that warm goodness assist with the hair mask. After rinsing it out your hair will be looking fabulous.
5. Hit the Showers
No matter your modesty level. The shower in a locker room is always a bit of a struggle. While there is no shame in going commando as needed in the locker room, coming around the entry corner and nearly colliding with someone in the buff is a bit unnerving for any two strangers.
If you prefer to disrobe near the shower, but have no place for your dirty clothes to go, bringing a large carabiner can help keep clothes off the floor. Hook your clothes on the carabiner and hang it nearby, or even on the shower bar outside the curtain.
6. Keep it Clean
I’ve never been comfortable stepping in locker room shower floors barefoot. For me shower sandals are a must, and in general are just a courtesy to others. You can buy a cheap pair of rubber flip flops to use in the locker room when transporting from area to area. Poke a few holes in a large ziploc bag to throw them in after they air dry a bit.
7. Hang it Up
It’s enough juggling a towel to keep yourself covered forget messing with a heavy toiletries bag. When you buy travel size shampoo and soaps make sure to get the bottles that have a loop at the end. Then using a lanyard you can hook on the bottles with small clips, or key rings and have an easy hanger to take in with you. You can also buy this one, it comes with the bottles already.
8. Dry Zone
Bring a large bag for your wet swimsuits or wet towels. This will keep your bag from getting soaked and stop the moisture from locking in creating the “funk” smell.
9. Keep it Fresh
Speaking of funk smells. Throw in a dryer sheet at the bottom of your bag once a week. For a natural alternative, take a small satchel bag filled with baking soda and a few drops of essential oil of your choice.
10. Hot and Steamy
I’ve been to many different gyms across the country. They all have different features. One of my favorite was fans set up in strategic locations in the locker rooms. Let’s face it, you get multiple hot showers going and 10 people getting ready in one area and the heat will rise. There is nothing worse than taking a shower after a workout and walking out of the locker room sweating more than you walked in. Having one of these personal fans is great if you have the counter space to set it up. Or set it in your open locker facing you as you get dressed.
If you go no shower, bring in some cooling wipes to refresh and cleanse after a good workout. Some dry shampoo can give limp locks a boost too.
12. Single Applications
It’s not necessarily frugal to buy a complete second set of personal products. Instead of packing up your entire collection for the gym, try using single application units. Use q-tip applicators and swath them across your eye shadow. Round applicators are great for powders. If you have a mint tin already on hand you can use that to store these single applications, or again in the toiletries section you can find a ‘soap’ holder box.
13. Contain the Clutter
I found this box in the travel toiletries section and it is a GEM (iGo Travel Compartment Case). I can use the small compartments to hold ponytail holders, bobby pins, small hair clips, watch, etc. It’s been perfect. If you cannot find one of these in your local store, you can always use an empty tic-tac container to hold bobby pins or small accessories.
14. Wrinkle Free
Wrinkle releaser in a travel size is great for smoothing your clothes after being rolled up in your gym bag for a bit. Just spray, shake and go.
15. Ready to Refuel and Go
If you have a post workout snack or drink have these made up in advance. If you use a powder drink mix put it in plastic baggies (make up multiples) so you can throw it in and go.