Emergency Kits – Gym Survival Kit

By Lindsay Craven

Emergency kits might inspire fear at the first mention of their name, but they aren’t necessarily tied to instances of disaster. Thanks to handy sites like Pinterest and Etsy, there’s inspiration for ways to create kits for both real emergencies, or for those little emergencies that life throws at us daily. This column will explore ideas of items that could be essential for various types of emergency kits, so that you can be inspired and start your own. This month we bring you a kit to prepare you for your fitness resolutions in 2016.

Of course, you’ll want to compile your workout survival kit in a bag you can carry into the gym. A backpack or messenger bag will best serve you, since they will offer multiple pockets so you can stay organized.

Dry shampoo is an essential if you don’t want to take a full shower at the gym, and especially if you plan to squeeze in your workouts in the morning before the workday. Make sure you grab a brand whose scent you enjoy.

To keep yourself going and focused in a gym setting, you need to make sure you have the essentials to distract you from the grueling workout. Pack your headphones and your iPod or a book, and hop on the treadmill, elliptical or bike, and watch the hour(s) fly by.

It’s inevitable that you’re going to forget your socks for an afternoon or morning workout when you’re wearing slip-on or high-heeled shoes that don’t require socks. It’s always a good idea to have some clean spares in your bag, so you don’t have an excuse to skip your workout.

Keeping your hair off your face and neck are essential for a comfortable workout, and keeping your hair ready for the workday if you’re taking in a morning workout. Always keep a handful of hair ties or headbands, so if you leave one behind in the locker room, you’re not missing your essentials at the next workout.

Keeping your energy levels up is essential for keeping up a fitness routine. Keep a box of protein bars in your gym bag, so you can power up before or after your workouts, depending on your schedule. Many studies show that protein bars and shakes are most effective after a tough workout, when your body is searching for nutrients to rebuild itself.

We all get a little smelly when we get a nice, sweaty workout in, and no one really enjoys taking a shower where countless women have been before you. It’s handy to have a pack of baby wipes on hand to freshen up without busting out the shower shoes. Make sure to grab a scent that’s just fresh and clean, as opposed to baby powder, or you may get some strange looks as to why you smell like an infant.