Here’s the ultimate packing list so you can focus 100 percent on working up a sweat

Whether you’re heading to the gym, a nearby park or a physically distanced fitness class, it’s more important than ever to prep your bag with the essentials. Put hygiene first so you can work out stress-free and clean up comfortably afterwards.

From antibacterial wipes to dry shampoo and more, browse through our roundup of fitness must-haves for this year…

 

1. True Go Slim Earbuds by DeFunc, $49

DeFuncGet energized with your favourite workout playlist without breaking the bank. DeFunc’s True Go Slim earbuds include tons of features such as a 10-metre wireless range, powerful sound, 22-hour playtime, volume control and much more. Plus, they are waterproof, sweat-proof, and come in a variety of of colours.
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2. Pink Peppermint Lotion by Lush, $27.95

LUSHSay goodbye to that achy, post-workout feel with this cooling foot cream by Lush. Made with peppermint, spearmint and arnica, this top-rated lotion will not only give your tootsies relief, but will also keep your skin moisturized thanks to almond oil and cocoa butter.
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3. Mini Watermelon Cleansing Wipes by Sephora Collection, $4

Sephora Collection,A pack of face wipes always comes in handy during a workout, as it’s important to remove your makeup and get rid of excess oil on your face. We love these mini ones by Sephoranot only because they are super hydrating, but also because they smell amazing, come at a great price, and can fit easily into your bag. 
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4. Wanderlust Water Bottle by Blush Peony, $42

Blush PeonyStaying hydrated throughout your workout is key, and this pretty pink water bottle will definitely keep you motivated to sip. Made from durable stainless steel, it will keep your H2O cold for up to 24 hours and features a protective matte coating, perfect for when you’re on the go. BPA-free. Hand wash only.
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5. Double Roller Mini by Lululemon-1, $38

LululemonEase pre- and post-workout tension in your back, arms and legs with this travel-sized double roller by Lululemon-1. Made with durable foam, it’s perfectly functional and will tuck into your gym bag with no problem.
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6. Resistance Band by Gymshark, $25

GymsharkGymshark’s glute bands are durable, made with high-quality fabric, and allow you to be versatile with your leg exercisesno matter where you are working out. There are lots of options available depending on what type of resistance you are looking for. 
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7. Public Myth X Kim XO Collab, Various

Public Myth X Kim XO CollabChic gym gear is a must-have, and Canadian celeb stylist Kim Appelt’s brand new collab with Public Myth is fabulous. Taking inspiration from the late '80s, this collection features bold colours, patterns and stars, which represent divine energy. Go ahead and bring out your inner exercise diva.
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8. Reversible Face Mask by JC Masks, $17

JC MasksHere’s a staple you shouldn’t leave the house without. Local company JC Masks creates super soft, hypoallergenic coverings that not only protect yourself and others, but also look incredibly trendy. Our top pick is this reversible mask featuring a floral pattern on one side, and dusky pink on the other.
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9. Women’s Best Protein Bars, $33.52

Women’s Best Protein BarsKeeping protein bars in your gym bag is always a good idea, because you never know when you might need a pick-me-up. These ones by Women’s Best taste absolutely amazing, contain 34 grams of protein in each serving, and are also very high in dietary fibre. Choose from flavours such as Strawberry Crunch, Coconut Crunch, Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch and more. Box of 12. 
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10. Super Dry Shampoo by Ouai, $14

OuaiDetoxify your hair and boost volume post-workout with Ouai’s dry shampoo. This product is super absorbent and has the brand’s famous Melrose Place scent, featuring rose, bergamot, lychee, cedar wood and musk. Not to mention, this mini travel size is perfect for the gym bag!
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11. All-natural Deodorant by I Luv It, $18.28

I Luv ItHere’s a natural deodorant that is long-lasting and effective. I Luv It’s formula is completely baking-soda free and is powerful against strong odours. It uses ingredients such as coconut oil, arrowroot, beeswax, 100 percent natural vanilla extrac, and more. Apply a dime-sized amount under each arm, and off you go about your day. 
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12. Antibacterial Mat Spray by Saje, $14

SajeKeep your yoga mat clean and bacteria-free with Saje’s all-natural spray infused with fragrant orange, niaouli and patchouli. Give the bottle a shake, spritz it onto the surface, and wipe dry after a few minutes.
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13. Rosewater Facial Spray by Mario Badescu, $7

Mario BadescuMario Badescu’s face spray is a cult favourite for all the right reasons. Featuring rosewater, aloe and herbal extracts, this little bottle of goodness hydrates and reenergizes your skin leaving you with a dewy glow. Tip: For an extra cool burst, leave it in the fridge overnight and then toss it in your gym bag.
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14. Microfiber Towel Pack by Sinland, $19.59

SinlandMicrofiber towels are super absorbent and fast drying versus conventional materials which make them highly efficient for your gym bag. Use them to wipe away sweat and even place on equipment to ensure optimal hygiene. Plus, this three-pack comes at a great price!
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15. Rejuvenating Eye Gels by Flashpatch, $20

FlashpatchCombat post-sweat puffy eyes quickly with these refreshing hydrogels packed with caffeine and collagen. It’s like an instant treat for your skin, especially if you have to rush back to work or run errands afterwards.
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16. Shower Sheets by Yuni, $20

YuniNo shower? No problem. These stellar wipes by Yuni are pre-moistened and extremely soft on the body, so you can freshen up after exercising. The sheets are vegan, biodegradable, non-toxic, and made with natural ingredients such as neem, peppermint and citrus. This pack of 12 is a definite winner!
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17. Hand Sanitizer Spray by Nena, $7.50

NenaHere is another must-have. Local skincare brand Nena’s hand sanitizer is Health Canada-approved, and enriched with natural goodies such as aloe vera, calendura and blueberry. It will keep your hands germ-free and hydrated with every use.
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18. Halfmoon Deluxe Yoga Mat, $45

HalfmoonThis great quality mat is perfect for stretching which is super important both before and after your workout. It’s designed to keep you comfortable at all times with its non-slip grip texture, lightweight material and extra cushioning.
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19. Hair Scrunchies by H&M, $14.99

H&MInstead of worrying about tangled hair and breakage, opt for some soft hair scrunchies that won’t cause any damage. We love this velvet four-pack by H&M because the colours are so cute, and you can even match them to your workout outfit for a little extra fun.
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20. Adidas-1 defender III Small Duffel Bag, $44.99

AdidasLastly on our essentials list is a highly functional and sporty chic gym bag to hold all your workout basics. Made with 100 percent polyester ripstop, our top pick by Adidas-1 is adjustable, contains side and end zip pockets, and is an easy carry thanks to its padded handles.
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