How do you minimize the crap you bring to the gym?
June 7, 2007 1:44 PM Subscribe
Gym/Bag Lady filter: How do you minimize the crap you bring to the gym?
posted by paddingtonb to sports, hobbies, & recreation (26 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
So I started working out at the gym. Yay for me!
I've been going to the gym in the evening after work. It's right on my way home and I commute by public transit 45 minutes each way. All the stuff I have to bring to the gym mean that I'm basically packing for a weekend trip every time I go to work! Since this is all packed in a backpack, it's kind of a drag. Here is what I'm bringing:
Breakfast, lunch, (as we all know, this is healthier and cheaper than eating at work, so these stay), book for the train, sweater, sometimes mail or things I need for errands, wallet, phone, sunglasses, keys, chapstick
For the gym:
hand towel for equipment, towel for shower (the 45 minute commute sweating in work clothes is a no go for me.) Workout sneaks, socks, shorts/pants, sports bra, shirt, bandana (new short haircut), i-pod, lock, water bottle, Burt's Bees outdoor shampoo/soap combo (this was my first minimization attempt)
Then there are the things I kind of wish I had, but I'm refraining so far: flip flops, fresh outfit for post gym, lotion
My question is, do you guys bring all this stuff? Do you have any strategies for things I could leave out or combine to minimize the load? Also, if there is no way for me to minimize this stuff, do you have any packing strategies that might help me make this go a little faster when I am packing up so I know I have everything?