The health category will encompass both gym equipment sanitation and personal hygiene. Even when the gym maintains a high degree of cleanliness there is just no way they can completely control the spread of bacteria. With multiple people doing various sweaty routines it is difficult to wipe each piece of equipment every time. Although there may be the lone person with antibacterial wipes, the most common practice is to do your workout and wash your hands afterward or have antibacterial gel available. This also applies to restrooms and showers. So for health reasons having a pair of shower shoes or flip-flops is essential.
Depending on whether you are working out before going to work, during your break, or after work will determine which personal hygiene items are necessary for your purposes. The most common sense suggestion is to keep a trial or travel size item of the basics such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, or hairbrush for those times you need them.
Duffel gym bag equipment can be both general and specific to your particular chosen workout routine. In general terms, your workout clothes would include shoes, socks, comfortable clothes or swimsuit and towel. Specifically, personal equipment or items necessary for each particular exercise, yoga mat, weight lifting belt, tennis racquet, swim goggles, lacrosse stick, and for most people headphones for music. Other small items that may not be considered equipment, but are really quite essential for any duffel gym bag, would be band aids or athletic tape, ibuprofen, and water bottle.
Last but not least of the three categories is odor prevention. There are bags with antimicrobial properties that are available to help keep your sweaty clothes, wet towel or swimsuit smell contained within a duffel gym bag. There is commercial odor killing options such as Smelleze or Innofresh that will absorb that funky smell. Home remedies consist of tea bags, dryer sheets, or car fresheners. Whichever way you chose, any effort will be appreciated by one and all.
A couple of other tips that the pros have given to help keep your workout routine on track, no pun intended, is to pack your duffel gym bag the night before. This trick helps increase your motivation and your commitment to a workout later in the day. A second tip is to have a protein bar or energy shake in your bag for a snack. Easy and nutritious for on the go and helps keep you out of the fast food lane!