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7 SheKnows staffers show off their gym bag must-haves

I'm a community editor at SheKnows. I spend the rest of my time on Twitter, reading memoirs and fiction, hiking, painting and writing about things that rile me up.

Peek inside the SheKnows team's workout bags

I've been putting off my gym membership since probably 2008. I know it's time to make the commitment, but I have so many questions. How often should I go? Close to home, close to work? Exactly how much stuff do I need to bring with me? So I checked in with my fabulous coworkers across SheKnows Media, most of them dedicated exercise fanatics, to find out what their absolute must-haves for working out are.

Dianne Cairoli, Account Director at StyleCaster

Peek inside the SheKnows team's workout bagsPhoto Credit: Tiffany Hagler-Geard

"I'm obsessed with my gym bag because it's deep but not wide, so I can fit everything I need from makeup, deodorant, to my gym clothes and shoes without taking up too much space on the subway."

(Favorite: New York magazine)

Kristine Cannon, Entertainment Editor at SheKnows

Peek inside the SheKnows team's workout bagsPhoto Credit: Tiffany Egbert

"Because I’m usually heading straight home from the gym, I only carry essentials — shoes, gym towel, hair tie, water bottle and gym clothes. If I have a particularly sweaty workout, I’ll freshen up in the locker room. But other than that, I have a pretty light bag!"

(Favorite: Zippered gym towel)

Melissa Gilbert, Director of Sales at StyleCaster

Peek inside the SheKnows team's workout bagsPhoto Credit: Tiffany Hagler-Geard

"I hate carrying heavy bags around town so I keep my gym bag very light. Other than the obvious workout gear essentials (sports bra, breathable top, running leggings and of course Nike shoes) I always keep deodorant, a jewelry box (so I don't have to dig everywhere for my jewels), a pen (because you never know when and where you will need a pen) and my music and earbuds. I can't work out without music so those are as important as my workout gear."

(Favorite: Nike shoes)

Nantale Muwonge, International Editor at SheKnows

Peek inside the SheKnows team's workout bagsPhoto Credit: Tiffany Egbert

"I always have a pre- or post-workout protein bar or shake with me, depending on what I’ve eaten that day and what type of workout I have planned. I also always have facial wipes in my gym bag, just in case I can’t shower immediately after working out. It helps prevent breakouts."

(Favorite: Protein bar)

Crystal Brown, Director of Content at SheKnows

Peek inside the SheKnows team's workout bagsPhoto Credit: Tiffany Egbert

"On any given workday I am usually going from the day care, to work, back to the day care, the elementary school and finally to the gym. So I have to carry every possible thing in my gym bag that I will need to work out later. I need my gym clothes, a snack to eat during my commute (I usually throw in one for the kids, too), my shower stuff and a change of clothes to put on after the gym. I have to take a shower at the gym — I put together dinner as soon as I get home and wouldn’t get the chance to do so otherwise!"

(Favorite: Cranberry water)

Rolando Robinson, Editorial Designer at StyleCaster

Peek inside the SheKnows team's workout bagsPhoto Credit: Tiffany Hagler-Geard

"My gym bag is more of a 'spa bag.' The things I carry in there all range from cosmetics, to prestigious skin care, to sketch pads. My life is very customized, so I need to make sure I'm comfortable and feeling great pre- and post- workout. The most annoying part is being in transit, hence why I need to make sure I leave the house with nothing less."

(Favorite: Beauty elixir)

Kelli Uhrich, Home & Living Editor at SheKnows

Peek inside the SheKnows team's workout bagsPhoto Credit: Tiffany Egbert

"A lunch break workout would be my preference, but it gets so crazy around here that I can rarely make that happen. So, even though I’m usually not able to hit the gym until the end of the day, I keep my bag ready for a midday workout just in case. I have what I call a 'sweat bag.' It’s like a gym bag inside my gym bag, where I keep all of the items that wind up sweaty post-workout (clothes, hand towel, etc.). This keeps my car from smelling like Gold’s Gym. Face wipes and shower flip-flops are also must-have items for me, as well as extra hair ties in case I forget. And if I don’t have my cell phone and Bluetooth headphones, well, I’m probably not going to the gym. I must have my e-books and playlists!"

(Favorite: iPhone armband)

This post was sponsored by Ocean Spray.

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